Did you know, that you can know, … that you know, what you know … with complete certainty and assurance, … that you know, what you know?
But it will cost you.
What … you might ask?
If I told you that you can know all of the Answers to all of life’s questions and dilemmas, would you want to know how? Well, I know it sounds like I am about to launch into some rehashed Faith discussion, but I am not. Rather this is a: needed to be discovered by all, dying to self, and finishing the Journey, discussion.
A lot of people that I know play “pot luck” with God. And for years, myself included, that is before I learned better than to live a Christian life playing pot luck with God.
A pot luck life in God is one where we might know eighty percent (80%) of the things that God has Revealed OR is trying to Reveal to us, which will come into our life. Or we might know eighty percent of the answers to the things that we have Prayed about. Now that other twenty percent (20%) … we tend to leave that to “da’ Lawd work in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform …” or some such phrase.
But if we are completely honest, we absolutely want to know with one hundred percent (100%) certainty that I prayed for something, because God told me to Pray it. And He did or gave me everything that He showed me that I should Pray for and expect as a result of uttering that God Inspired Prayer (John 15:1, 5, & 7).
Well how in the world can you know everything?
You can by completely dying to self and finishing the Journey.
That is what Enoch did and why he did what he did. I heard someone demonstrate the short Biblical story of Enoch in this way; during the three hundred years that Enoch walked with God, and he “was not” because God took him from this earthly realm and translated him into a Spiritual Realm (buy my book Enoch’s Journey). Yet Enoch still had a physical body, just like Christ had, post Resurrection. During the three hundred years of that walk, God kept saying to Enoch that you can come another “step” closer to me, however you cannot bring “that” with you.
Now, what is that … you might ask?
That, as another person once described, is “your friends.”
That second person once said that “God does not take away your friends.” Words that I have come to live by. My brother has another, more colorful way of expressing that idea. One about “picking” things, but I will not write it down at this time.
Simply put, your friends are the things that you love and hold on to dearly. The things that mean the most to you. The things that are GREAT to you and that you do not think that you can live without.
But can you live without them if they cost you that other twenty percent?
What the first person I referenced described, when discussing Enoch’s Journey was that God in effect was saying to Enoch that you can come another step closer to Me, I AM, the God who is a Spirit and who must be related to, in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Enoch you can come another step closer to I AM, but you cannot bring that friend in or up here with you. I AM sure that your friend is nice and all, but that friend of yours cannot come in here.
Not if you want to take another step closer to knowing that you know … that you know … what you know … with one hundred percent certainty.
Now you can get into that back and forth with God about …
“… but God, why not? I like doing that … and thinking that way … and living that way and …” … as often as it pleases you.
I will not presume to tell you how valuable your friends are or should be to you.
But that first person went on to say that Enoch decided to let go of his friend and take another step closer to God. And in doing so, Enoch cut that twenty percent down to nineteen percent (19%), just like … that.
The first person continued on and said that God kept coming back to Enoch to collect his friends until Enoch had no friends left to give. He had given them all to God.
So, because Enoch had no more friends, God had one more if … then conundrum left to discuss with Enoch.
God said Enoch, you have come as close to Me, I AM, your only True Friend, as you can, at this point in your Journey. So, if you decide to take this last and final step on the Journey, you will have to leave the earthly realm behind and come to be with Me, your Only Remaining, True Friend.
Enoch took the last and final step to eternally be with his True Friend.
Of course, he had to struggle to go from nineteen friends, or twenty nine friends, or thirty nine friends, or … down to zero … and then back up to One.
Was it worth it?
If he was still here, you could ask him.
But I bet he would say that it was absolutely worth it!
Letting go of your friends is hard. And it becomes more difficult to let go of each successive friend, the closer you get to God and zero friends.
This occurs just before you realize that you are actually about to be granted access to ALL of the Knowledge that you seek and have prayed for, as well as gaining your One True Friend. But only if you let go of all of the others.
… As a matter of fact, it has been said that there is no greater Expression of True Love than when one lays down their entire life and all of their friends, for That One True Friend (John 15:13).
Philippians 3:13, 12-14
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the Journey and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.