2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
Though God may use any way He pleases to speak to His creation, He chose one main method. In the Bible we find God’s self-revelation to man, His letter addressed to us that we might know Him. If we want to know what God thinks about something, here it is before us in His Word. If we want to know more of who He is, what His character is like, we have answers.
We can have a tendency, though, to ignore this very important method of communication. We go around searching for God’s will or “feeling” what He’s telling us without any regard for what He’s already said on the matter. When we think or feel something about God or His will, we should consult His Word to see if we’re in line with it. If we feel something contradictory to what God revealed of His character, we’re wrong. Because the Bible is inspired by God Himself it has the authority on all matters. We can’t say that we think our feelings or thoughts are correct if they’re not in line with Scripture because this is God’s primary means of communicating to us.
The neglect searching the Word in favor of trusting in ourselves is bad enough, but to read it and then disregard it because we think we know better is even worse. The Bible stands the test of time as the authority above all others in regards to God and His ways. It should not only guide our moral standards, but lead us loving others and worshiping our Lord.
1 Timothy 4:1-5 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.
A brief survey of American Christianity can easily lead one to get pretty confused. If someone had never heard of Christianity before and then took a look at our churches, I’m not sure what they’d conclude about us. What do we believe? What is good to do and what isn’t?
It’s amazing how varied local churches and denominations can be when there’s but one Bible from which to get guidance. There’s one Spirit to lead us and it’s in fact one God in whom we all claim to believe and follow.
But some don’t even listen to God. They don’t consider the Bible a guide at all, let alone an authoritative one. Some will follow teachers who sound good and say things that people want to hear. Some will come up with silly practices and even require believers to abstain from things that God has said are good. They’ll make up rules that God never laid out and claim they’re from Him. They’ll cause confusion and even make up doctrine that goes in direct opposition to what God has taught through His Word. But people will follow.
We’re in confusing times. There is an abundance of religion and it all gets mixed up at times. That’s why God gave us His Word, to keep us grounded. He knew that people would go astray and that the only way to preserve what’s right is to put it in writing. Every single church or denomination that strays from God begins by lowering their view of His book. It’s true for individuals as well. Show me someone who used to be a strong believer that has gone away, and I’ll show you someone who began to view the Bible as less than God’s inerrant Word.
If you want to remain strong in your faith, it’s best to remain close to God by staying in communication with Him. Speak to Him in prayer at all times, and listen to Him in His Word. Stick to what He says is right.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
What directs the steps of a true follower of Christ? To know God’s will, a disciple must know God. And to know God, the disciple must read His Word. But the way we view the Word has a huge impact on what we get from it.
If we simply view the Bible as stories, suggestions, or even as a rule book, we miss the full impact of God’s self-revelation to us. But if we view it as the very words of God spoken to man, as inerrant, as infallible, as sufficient, we have everything to gain.
God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet, it directs our path. When we seek God in the Scriptures, we find Him there. He speaks to us from the pages, from the Word that’s living and active, hitting us right in the heart with His message. A disciple loves God and so he/she loves God’s Word with a passion. It’s our spiritual nourishment so we should feed on it every single day.