I’m so appreciative that you've taken time again to walk with me today. My third entry in this discourse leads me to the third of the triplets mentioned by Plato in his examination of human life. Plato said “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge”

People have said for years that knowledge is power. I partially agree with that. My opinion is that the proper application of knowledge is power. Knowledge alone without deployment is simply potential never knowing the realization of what it could do. To have knowledge and not apply it is like a man receiving a cashier’s check for one million dollars and within thirty days afterwards he gets evicted from his house and is driven to a life of homelessness. Having a cashier’s check isn’t enough to change anyone’s fortune. You must cash the check and utilize the funds in order to truly gain.

God declares in sacred scripture that “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6. A lack of knowledge can put you in perilous situations and insure a poor outcome. If a family member falls to the floor in front of you convulsing because they are choking on something that has blocked their wind pipe, what you do next can determine whether they live or die. If you have knowledge of how to dislodge the object and you utilize it the loved one has a chance to live. An old saying is “what they don’t know won’t hurt them.” But my saying is “what you don’t know can kill you.

My father, Bishop Charlie Green Jr., a man of wisdom and unparalleled integrity, has a powerful truth that he’s uttered for decades. He would say “people would do better if they knew better”. That is true in many cases. Many people would make better choices if they just had more information before they made their decision. It is very difficult to be effective in anything without knowledge. Marriages fail because people don’t know how to be married. Families are dysfunctional because many people don’t know how to be functional. Some people are poor because they don’t know how to manage money.

Osama Bin Laden
War has been waged for centuries on this planet. Most think that sheer military might wins battles but that’s not really true. Intelligence tips the scales of war. Spies who work undercover, drones that secretly scour airspace, hackers that infiltrate, encrypted, military, firewalls, and other intelligence gathering resources, collect information that gives countries an advantage. Bin laden was killed because of intelligence. An informant discovered where he was hiding and passed the information through the proper channels. If you know the strengths and weaknesses of your enemy you can win the war. 

It’s close to impossible to win any personal battles or wars without knowing something about yourself and your enemies. Empowering yourself with information that enlightens and clarifies leads to the formulation of strategy and tactical plans that can give you a chance to win in life. Knowledge of God, self, friends, enemies, and more, is imperative if you plan to reach your goals and dreams. We must be willing to make the necessary sacrifices to limit our indulgences in things that don’t feed us with knowledge and understanding. It takes passion and a commitment to knowledge in order to consistently partake of its sweet nectar of empowerment.  “The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly.” Proverbs 15:14. Knowledge is an indispensable key that unlocks the door to MASTERING YOURSELF.

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