September 07, 2018
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How many times would I have to ask Him to fill me up? How many times would I have to say the prayer? How many times would I have to ask Him to come into my heart? How many times would I have to ask Him to clean me up? Was I really sure about going to Heaven? Was I really born again? Was His Spirit leaving me when I made a wrong choice and returning when I repented? Is this the whole thing about being born again?  Was I to know the same thing forever? What on earth am I here for? Okay, I’m born again, now what?

I had questions, so many. My heart was bugging me about the whole faith thing. I needed to know. I needed answers. I needed to know the next step. I needed a guide. I needed to grow.

Unknown to me for a long time, all the answers I ever needed were already available to me. I didn’t realise I had the treasure.

Just take a glimpse of what I had:
“Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another - showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”

I couldn’t just pick a verse or chapter of the Bible every now and then and be satisfied with only that, I had to search all Scriptures. I had a balanced meal but I stayed on milk for so long. I kept asking for what I already had access to. I expected to grow, how could that happen: from infancy to adulthood feeding on just milk?

The Word of God was available to me. God’s Spirit made His home in me immediately I believed The Gospel, ready to help me to know everything about God and what He has gifted me. But there I was, ignorant of all I had received freely from my Father in Heaven, asking for a drop when I had the river that could never dry up flowing within me .

You see, The Word of God is one of the greatest possessions of the believer. Knowledge is the next vital thing after believing The Gospel, else you might keep feeding on crumbs and milk without knowing how much more you have access to as a child of God.

Paul desired knowledge for the church in Ephesus and by extension, all believers:
“But I do more than thank. I ask - ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory - to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for Christians, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him - endless energy, boundless strength!”

I am definitely growing now that I feed on The Word, continue in prayer, walk in the Spirit, fellowship with believers and learn from those who know better about the Faith as they guide me from The Word of God. I no longer let doubts cloud my mind about being a child of God, I am more conscious of who I am in Christ and all that I have received. I am confident as He says in Hebrews 13:5 that He is never leaving me. I am certain that he will bring to a flourishing finish this beautiful work He has started in me as His Word says in Philippians 1:6.

I’m still learning and there’s so much more to know about this wonderful gift of being put right with God by grace through faith but I’m glad I didn’t get comfortable with not knowing.

Why settle for the unknown god when you can know God as your Father?
Why stay on milk when you have a feast before you?
This piece was originally written by Oyinkansola Odunlami.

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