Have you heard the expression “I just know that I know”? People use it when there is no logical explanation for knowing something. When it comes to faith in God and understanding His Word it often boils down to “I just know that I know”. It is like having a “knower” inside of us. Actually, this knower is Holy Spirit as He touches our spirit and there is a “knowing” because He speaks and encourages us, in fact, dwelling within us. 1 Corinthians 6:17,19-20 “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” The Greek word for “know” in this verse is “eido” implying we know our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in us through our mind’s eye. As Christians, “We just know that we know God!” We know because Holy Spirit lives in us, teaching us all things, reminding us of things we already know. (John 14:26)
As we grow in the knowledge of God, we uncover His mysteries, encounter new things with Him, and find ourselves immersed in Him. We discover we are citizens of the heavenly realm even though we physically live here. (Philippians 3:20) We discover our knowing is not limited to things here on earth or things that we will one day experience in heaven. We realize there is much more to life than the things we can see, touch, feel, taste, and hear. We experience the heavenly realm by knowing there is always more in Christ. Colossians 3:1-2 says “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
If we set our minds on things on the earth, we remain bound by limitations because we create the substance of our faith from the earthly realm where we see, touch, taste, hear, and feel. When bound, we become frustrated because we do not see the results we expect to see when faith is released. However, the truth is we do not see results because we are releasing faith for things we already have evidence for. We have set our mind on earthly things, not seeking those things which are above.
Setting our minds on things established in the Kingdom of God (those things which are above) activates our kingdom mentality letting us roam freely outside our limited earthly perspective, letting the things “above” form the substance of our faith. When we set our minds on things above, our faith rests in heavenly things and we can proclaim and declare boldly, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Setting our mind on things above requires faith, discipline, and dependence on Holy Spirit, the knower inside of us. It requires we know His Word, meditating upon things above, believing them as Truth. There is a difference between facts and truth. We have a saying in our family, “Facts are facts, but Truth is Truth.” Facts will always exist on earth and many of them do not line up with truth. Unfortunately, we often allow these facts to shape our belief system keeping us bound to the things of earth.
However, truth always outweighs and overrides facts. All of God’s will is truth, whether we see it established at this time or not. All truth exists or it would not be truth. Even when we cannot see God’s will in the natural, it is still truth and this truth must exist, observable or not, else it would cease to be truth. Setting our minds on things causes us to focus on Truth rather than on earthly, factual things.
We discover the things above when we spend time with the Truth, Jesus, and in the truth of God’s Word. We know these truths exist without seeing them. Here on earth we “know” something exists because we see it. This can be puzzling as we attempt to grasp the workings of “knowing” something exists without seeing it or without logical explanations. But with faith, the puzzle comes together. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is only when we “know” something exists in the heavenly realm that we can believe and trust God for it eventually to be established in the natural realm. Knowing precedes doing. We cannot do what we do not know. Notice I did not say we cannot do what we do not understand. There are many things about God and about His will we do not presently understand, but our lack of comprehension should not stop us from knowing truth, and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and then acting on that truth. (John 14:6)
For example: We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, three persons in one God. (Matthew 28:19) We cannot logically comprehend this mystery but we know it is Truth. We know if we have the faith of a mustard seed we can say to this mountain, Move, and it must move. (Matthew 17:20) We cannot understand how it works, but we know it to be true. We know if we train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) We cannot understand this, especially if children go astray, but we know it is truth.
This “knowing” must come by faith. When a person knows by faith, the power to demonstrate God’s will flows through them because a demand is placed upon what is unseen. These “unseen” things are discovered by faith, but where does this faith come from? According to Romans 10:17 it comes from hearing. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” “Hearing” in this verse means “to instruct, specifically, preaching of the Gospel.” The Word of God causes us to hear, and hearing causes us to grow in faith. Then faith causes us to believe for things greater and outside of ourselves, greater than what we see in the earthly realm. Faith comes to us and we believe for unseen things, and then God adds hope and perseverance to the mix. Romans 8:24-25 “For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But, if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”
Many Christians have hopes dashed when things do not turn out the way they want or believe God for. As a result, they determine not to hope for anything outside the realm of what they can see or simply leave it all up to God rather than believing for His will to be established. But this is because we so often set our minds on what we can see and put our hope in things we can touch, feel, or hear. We believe God is “in” it all, but our minds are still set on earthly things we hope are possible, not on heavenly things we know are possible.
Being instructed in and hearing the Word of God causes faith to arise to believe God for the things of heaven, not the things of earth. In hope, we eagerly wait for His will with perseverance, not giving up. We must not change our prayers when we “see” facts not lining up with truth. We must stand in truth and believe the facts in this earthly realm will line up with the truth from the heavenly realm. When we hope for things we cannot see, we will be eager to wait for the fruition perseverance. Why do many of us give up, tire of waiting, become weary in believing? Because we are hoping for things we can see, which is not really hope. We must believe for “God” things, things above, things from the heavenly realm. We must allow the Knower in us to rise up and show us what to believe for. Hope is a beautiful attribute, but we must make sure we are truly hoping, not simply imagining or fantasizing. Hope causes us to walk in faith.
Most Christians are familiar with 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith not by sight!” This whole section of Scripture speaks of the battle raging between our inward and outward man, of the contrast between temporary things we “see” and eternal things we cannot see, of our desire to be with the Lord, clothed in our heavenly attire, yet confident no matter where we are, we are pleasing to Him because we walk by faith and not by sight! In order to walk by faith we must know what and Who we “know”. This determines where and how far we will go! When we know Jesus, and we walk by faith, we will not be limited by what we can see. It is what we know about God, about His character, His will and His ways which enables us to go further in Him. In other words:
The measure of our doing and going is determined by the measure of our knowing
This “knowing” is not simply obtaining information about God. The more we know God intimately, the more we will love, serve, obey, sacrifice, and go after Him. There is no end to knowing God. We will spend eternity knowing Him. Our ability and availability to “go and do” will always be growing if we seek to know Him more every day.
Isn’t it great to know that we know? We have the Knower living in us! Take some time now to know the Knower – He will cause you to set your minds on heavenly things – He will cause you to walk by faith – He will cause you to hope for things you cannot see – He will cause you to wait eagerly with perseverance for unseen things – Faith will erupt from your innermost being! Let us refuse to be limited by facts – Let us soar in the Truth! In Jesus’ Name!!!!!