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What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open?

(Bethany House Publishers)

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By Lorraine Peterson – I’ll always remember one particular Saturday morning. I got up early to attend a Bible study. I’d gone to church all my life and thought I knew my Bible pretty well. But as we studied the first chapter of Ephesians, I learned for the first time that the power of the Holy Spirit within me is the same power that raised Jesus from the day. Wow! That’s a lot of power! I could never again say that I was powerless to do what God asked of me. I had within me the power that raised Jesus from the dead. That Bible truth has made a big difference in my life.

The Bible is full of spiritual principles the Holy Spirit wants to apply to our lives. How many people have to look back on their lives and sadly say, “If I had only known and applied what the Bible teaches, this would not have happened to me”?

An increasing knowledge of God’s Word and a deeper obedience to God’s commands will assure you of an abundant and joyful life. The Bible is like a huge gold mine – you’ll always keep finding more treasure if you’re willing to search for it. But what you don’t know about the Bible can hurt you.

My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests, because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children. -- Hosea 4:6

While they were bringing our the money that had been taken into the temple of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord that had been given through Moses … . Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Law, he tore his robes. He gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Abdon son of Micah, Shaphan the secretary and Asaiah the king’s attendant: ‘Go and inquire of the Lord for me and for the remnant in Israel and Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the Lord’s anger that is poured out on us because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written in this book.’ -- 2 Chronicles 34:14, 18-21

Want more devotions like this one? Check out If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open?

Excerpted from If God Loves Me, Why Can't I Get My Locker Open?, by Lorraine Peterson, copyright © 2006; ISBN 0764201891. Published by Bethany House Publishers. Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

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