You can use the word of God but he is the one that gives it power. Many religions today sound like the way of righteousness but do not produce the expected fruits. They often fall short because they lack God’s approval.
How can one tell if they are being deceived? False religions steal the word of God. If God is not with you, godly words do not have the same fire power. Neither do they hold the same force of a hammer that breaks rocks into pieces.
There was a certain group of people in the days of the first disciples, who demonstrate how dangerous false religion is. This group was attempting to use the word of God for "godly work" without the authority of God behind them. The result? The spirit of the enemy almost destroyed them for their efforts.
Falsehood thrives on good intentions as anything that sounds good often gives us a false sense of security. It's the equivalent of your enemy handing you a sword to fight against him. You feel well equipped until you realize he has a much bigger sword. David was a mighty warrior but even he will tell you...
For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
The most dangerous enemy is one you cannot see. Many years back, I was what one would call “woke”. I then came into the word of God and realized that our life was simply prophecy being fulfilled. Right down to the current generation that is waking up to ways of God. In order to come into the light, there must be darkness somewhere around.
By God's grace, we are told how to navigate these very wisdom filled waters. With wisdom we are asked to get understanding. Understanding gained by leaning on God and having faith that he will guide us into all truth. Knowledge has increased which came by the way of the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ left us with.
Before the glorious reappearing of Christ, many imitations must first come and make their best sales pitch as to why you should listen to them. They offer what sounds like knowledge because it appeals to our desire to be "in the know". The new knowledge of today is old knowledge of yesterday. We would be wise to see how those who had this knowledge feared back in the day before falling into similar traps.
Knowledge of self
Yes, we are destroyed for lack of knowledge. We even prove God's point in our handling of said verse. How? Most conveniently ignore what it says just after. Hosea says “because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee…”. To reject something, it must first be offered. Jesus mentions that we think we have life in his words but we choose not to fully come to him.
Without coming to Jesus, the words of God hold no power. Our God is a consuming fire and all flesh is grass. I don't really like those odds. Only the power of God can prevent this grass from being consumed by fire as he demonstrated with Moses.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. A horse does not drink water with it’s head held high. It has to bow.
Verses to read:
Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.
Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
Isaiah 50:10 - 50:11
And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isaiah 66:14 - 66:15
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jude 1:20 - 1:23