If there was one fear Peter was delivered from, it was the fear of repetition. In other words, he didn’t seem to have a problem teaching the same things over and over again to the same people. He wasn’t afraid of being branded by his hearers as “shallow,” “ignorant,” or not “deep enough” spiritually. Peter’s goal was not to show off his extensive scriptural knowledge to everyone by teaching everything he knew about a particular subject. No, what was important to him was that the people he ministered to actually experience the present reality of the truths which he did teach.
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth. Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you…” (2 Peter 1:12-13).
Really, this was the pastoral side of Peter’s ministry in operation–to feed the sheep. He knew the Word will not work in a person’s life until they get stirred up about it. It is possible to know truth, be established in truth, and yet not be stirred up about that truth.
Knowledge of the truth is what holds you accountable to obey and walk in the truth. Being established in the truth means you know it inside and out, and you can easily explain it to others plainly and simply.
2 Timothy 2:15 is a perfect example of what it means to be established in the truth. The King James Version says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
When you are established in God’s Word, you don’t hope it is true; you know it is true.
So if you have knowledge of the Truth, and are established in the Truth, how can you know when you are stirred up about the Truth–the things of God’s Word and His promises? –when you are excited about it for yourself and it’s all you can think or talk about.
3 benefits of staying stirred up in the Truth:
1. It will work for you
Your faith will only be as stirred as you are. You and your faith are one. If you are down, your faith is down. if you are weak, your faith is weak. Simply knowing a bible truth does not guarantee it’s arrival in your life. Kenneth E. Hagin would always say, “It’s the part of the Word that you become thrilled with that will work for you.” In other words, until you become thrilled with the Word that you know, none of it will work for you.
2. It will move you to act
Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
Meditation in God’s Word will stir you up concerning the promises of God. It moves you to act, or as the scripture reads, “to do” accordingly. Verse 8 says, “…for THEN you shall make your way prosperous and THEN you will have good success.” Just knowing something to be true isn’t always enough to cause you to act. But when you were excited about something, anything, there has never been a time you weren’t moved by an inward compulsion to ACT on it.
3. It will determine outcomes in your life
Our faith becomes ritualistic and ceases to be accepted as worship when we begin doing things only because it’s required. When you begin to feel like you “have to” go to church, “have to” pray, “have to” forgive, or “have to” love, these actions cease to be pleasing to God. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift]” (Amplified).
Praise God, we don’t HAVE to do anything! We “get to” give, we “get to” go to church, we “get to” serve, and we “get to” love like God! We GET TO do all these things! In fact, your attitude about what you do will always determine the outcome of it in your life.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).