This may seem like a silly question but far too many people, Christians included, have relied on others to tell them what to believe.
It is wonderful if, as a new Christian, you have someone to guide you; a person who will open the Bible and show you where to find the answers and even help you learn how to study. But you can’t stay that way forever.
I realized I couldn’t remember why I believed certain things. These were things taught when I was fresh in the Word. It was a time when any research that lasted more then a couple hours must have been exhaustive, at least in my mind.
In addition to spiritual growth, there are many reasons why we need to make each Biblical lesson our own. Many feel that Faith, Trust and Believing are one and the same. Our faith is given because we trust God. We trust God because we believe in His Word. But what do you believe? And more importantly, why do you believe it? I know that I am accountable for my believing. So, why would I take someone’s word for it instead of making the Word my own?
Making the Word your own does not mean private interpretation. What it means is that we must study the word in order to be sure that it is rightly divided and to the point that we “get it”. ( 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.) In my experience, every single study I have done to completion has always resulted in a “I got it” moment. That’s the moment when it all makes sense to you and you know the spirit of God is saying…Yes!
The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17). This of course is completely true. We are called to witness. As such, most people will hear the Word from our lips. Isn’t it important that the Words we speak be rightly divided so that we bring others into truth?
So what I am asking you today is…What is your faith worth? Do you have first hand knowledge of what the Bible says or did you let someone show you and just took their word for it? Isn’t it possible that as humans we are wrong sometimes? Isn’t it possible that God has something new to reveal to you? Don’t you want to be able to say “Father, I searched Your Word, I strived to understand You and Your Will with all that I am”.
This is not to say that all those who share the Word have bad intentions. Not at all! But the adversary can more easily fool us by making it appear good then by making it obviously bad. How many of you would go out and commit sin full well knowing how hurtful your actions are? How many of you, unknowingly, did something that hurt someone but didn’t know it until after you got the facts? This is what I am talking about.
We need to know that we know that we know the Word for ourselves. We can not be spoon-fed and self-feeding. We can not go out into this evil world standing boldly on the Word when we don’t really know it. It is not wise to build a house without some type of foundation. It is only a matter of time before the house weakens and collapses. We need the Word and we need first hand study. We live in a world with so many false teachings and so many half-truths to steal us from our Father.
My Lord is my rock, what an awesome foundation I aim to claim!
May God bring you to His truth.
Below are some verses I felt led to share. All are in KJV.
Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of him who lacks judgment.
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (we don’t know the depth of our faith until we are tested).
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Whole chapter is awesome!)
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
“God Gives every bird it’s food, but He does not throw it into it’s nest.”
I read this in an email this morning and it just stuck with me. You know that saying, “Where God guides, He provides”? It implies action. Guiding is leading. Leading is moving. Moving is an action. In order to be lead, we must follow. Again, an action that must be taken. God can provide for us abundantly, but what good is it if we don’t take the steps to receive those gifts?
Much like in Luke 8:15, (But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.), we have a responsibility to take the steps
needed in order to receive. How can you expect to get a job if you do not look for one? How does a house get cleaned if we sit and watch tv all day? How can
you find your lost house keys if you don’t look for them? (And don’t say “By having my kids do it” lol).
It could be giving of yourself in service, it could be making a phone call, it could be applying for a job.
What ever it is, it does require you to act. God will never make that action required more then you can do. He may make the means available to act in a way
you would otherwise not be able to accomplish, but He will never make it an impossible task. You have to show your commitment to it and then the pieces will fall into place.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may
give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in
the thing whereto I sent it.
This was in the signature line of an email I received today. I’ve always focused on verse 9, (For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.), but today, this verse just really spoke to me.
God’s actions always produce good fruit. He never leads us somewhere to have a negative result. The results are beneficial on many levels. It is much like
teaching a man to fish instead of just giving him a fish for dinner. He gives us the tools to not only succeed for the moment, but to make a lifetime of
Whatever area God is blessing you in, remember that it is not just for today. It is for always. Just as in Isaiah’s example, we can have a watered flower,
but the seeds need harvesting, planting, harvesting of crops and then preparation into food. As long as we continue to nurture the seeds God has given us, they can perpetuate and grow endlessly.
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
We are only human. No matter how hard we try, there will just be times that we will break fellowship with God. And He knows that. Aside from Christ, no one has been able to live a perfectly sinless life.
That is why Christ’s life and death were so important.
In the Garden of Eden we had lost our perfect bond with God. Christ bought us back. Christ’s life and death were payment for our sins. He made it possible for us to have a wonderful bond with our Heavenly Father. Christ in us would not be possible without Jesus. Could you imagine what life without that small, still voice might be like?
Fortunately we don’t have to.
I know from personal experience it is easier said then done, but beating yourself up over every little break of fellowship only keeps us from God longer. We need to realize what we did, be truly remorseful and **accept His forgiveness**. Then He can work on healing our lives so that we do not fall prey to the same sin.
God gives us His forgiveness freely. But we must take it or we become stagnant, unable to advance and move beyond. If God doesn’t condemn us, why should we hold onto condemnation?