“….. but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32
This scripture has been heavy on my heart and as I mediated on it, I thought it will be good to share some of the nuggets I got from it.
I understand this scripture was used in a different context. However I will share the way it ministered to me this time.
To know is;
- To be aware of a thing or someone through observation, inquiry, or information.
- To have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them.
- To be familiar with.
Doing exploits comes from knowing God. The challenge we as believers are having today is that we want to do great exploits without paying the sacrifice that will help us know God. In fact some can no longer be bothered about knowing God. All they want is the ability to do exploits. This desire in itself is not bad. I want to do exploits for God and if Jesus Christ has said that we will do greater works than He did, then we ought to desire the power to do those great works. However when this desire is from a place of pride, then we push God outside of the picture. In looking for shortcut, some learns tricks and pick up habits from watching people on YouTube. Some feed off bloggers and spiritual leaders without the desire for them to seek God personally. They give edited versions of prophesies and miracles which they try to mimic and wonder why they don’t experience same result. They excite the emotions of men but lack the word of God that transforms men. As a result, the people they encounter get excited when they minister but are never transformed because their words lack power. Motivational speeches excites the flesh but the word of God transforms the heart.
The sons of 7 sons of Sceva comes to mind. These guys were the sons of a high priest. They have spent so much time in the temple and they knew everything about how the services were coordinated. Perhaps they even knew and memorised the “scriptures” or scrolls (whatever they had then). They knew about God but they didn’t know God. They were very much used to how things were done. Instead of seeking to know God, they decided to use the shortcut. You see, this attitude didn’t just start with the millennials. It’s been since the days of the bible.
These guys saw Paul who was filled with the anointing of the Holy Spirit, doing miracles and they copied his style. They saw someone with evil spirit and wanted to do as Paul did. And the evil spirit recognised that they had no power. The evil spirit said “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?”.
Knowing God gives us strength. Our level of trust in God is proportional to our knowledge of Him. When we spend time knowing God, we grow deep roots that helps us to stand in times of turbulence. We are strong because we understand who He is and what He can do. This strength isn’t only a physical one. Mentally we are strong. Spiritually we are strong. Not as a result of who we are but as a result of who we know He is.
The more we know Him, the more He releases us to “go into the deep”. He begins to open doors and put us in rooms we never expect to be in. He puts us in situations where we can enact our faith to wrought miracles. He begins to birth things through us. The kind that we never would have dreamt of.
As I write this, a thought just dropped in my heart. There are people who know God for real but aren’t doing exploits because they are afraid.
Some of us hold back because of fear of failure. Or fear of not being accepted. We second guess ourselves until we abort the very thing that God has put in us. We over evaluate the process until we begin to see waves instead of Christ. Before we know it, fear grips our hearts and we begin to sink. We talk ourselves out of the dreams God has given us to fulfill. We place our inadequacies above His abilities. We begin to view the task from our eyes instead of His. We keep generations stranded because we are afraid to go out in faith and do, not just small exploits, but great exploits.
When next fear tries holding you back from doing what God has told you to do, remember that the person whose freedom is tied to your obedience is waiting on you to step out into the waters.
So what am i trying to say? Know God. Spend time knowing God. As He equips you, don’t let anyone or anything talk you out from what He has placed inside you. Go and do great exploits!