I heard something today that resonated with me… “Having knowledge does not equal having faith.” 2 Timothy 3:7 tells us that there are those who are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” You can know about salvation, healing, provision, and the myriad of other promises that God has given us through His Son, but unless you have faith in those promises it will do you no good. Don’t get me wrong knowledge is important but it must go much farther than that. The Bible says in James 2:19, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble.” So the demons and the devil himself have knowledge of God but they certainly aren’t going to heaven or inheriting any promises! And just obtaining knowledge won’t get us there either.
The Bible tells us, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” We must know what to contend for in the faith but once we have that knowledge, faith must take over. I know how to drive a car but unless I turn the key, put the thing in drive, and press the gas, I’m not going anywhere. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence if things unseen.” We can know what God has promised to those who love him, but faith is what brings the promise from the world of the unseen to the seen. Knowledge does have it’s place, but once we have it we must act on what we know. Knowledge is the seed. Faith is the water that causes that promise to spring forth. Once we know what God intends for us we must contend, unwavering for that which we know is ours.