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~Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

How often do we really desire God’s will in our lives? If God’s will coincides with ours, we’re more apt to accept it. But what if it goes against what we want? It is not our nature to desire anything that would be difficult in life. We do not wish for sickness, heartache, and difficult trials. However, there are times that God allows sickness, heartache and difficult trials to draw us closer to Him. He also allows them so that we can be a help to others who are going through the same thing. All that we go through in life should be a testimony to God’s goodness and His faithfulness. It’s a testimony to our Lord, Jesus Christ!

So when we go through difficulties, let us be thankful because we know that it is God’s will for us and He will be sure to help us through. (I think of the Footprints in the Sand poem!)  God never gives us more than we can handle.

Fiery trials make golden Christians.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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~Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Sin’s appeal works in many ways. If the devil cannot attract us through one of our senses, he will use another. This is apparent in the account of Eve’s temptation in the Garden of Eden.

After Satan questioned Eve as to what God had told her, he probably saw that she understood what God had said to her. So his first attempt was to appeal to her reasoning. He twisted God’s words around to cause Eve to question what she had actually heard. Had that worked completely, he would not have had the need to proceed, in my opinion.

However, he did proceed – Eve probably needed just a nudge to turn her thinking around and he knew just how it do it. So Satan then appealed to her sense of sight. She saw the fruit and it was pleasant to her eyes. She sees that the fruit is healthy fruit and has no blemishes. Now the devil has appealed to her reasoning and her sense of sight.

Like anyone else guilty of doing what we’re not suppose to do, Eve wants to share that with someone close. She had no one else but Adam. Adam could have said no. But he didn’t. God punished Adam just as much as He punished Eve. They both had the opportunity to say no, but they did not. Had they just yelled out to God to come to their rescue, the fall of man would not be an issue today.

Are we any different? Of course not! How many times a day do we give into temptation? We cannot blame Adam and Eve for their sin. We are just as much to blame and we possess the same weak flesh as they had. At least we can recognize what is going on because we have God’s Word to instruct us. Let’s pay attention to the devil’s antics. He’s only going to get worse as his end draws near.

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.
Blaise Pascal

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~Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

I have heard many times that as long as I don’t carry out my thoughts into action, I’m O.K. However, God knows our every thought. Jesus even went so far as to say:

~Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Nothing can be hidden from God. Our sin cannot be hidden, even if it is in thought only. Our discouragement and pain cannot be hidden from Him:

~Psalm 69:5 O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.

~Psalm 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.

God knows every little part of me down to the smallest cell in my body.  Since He knows us to the finest detail, He is able to know our goings as well:

~Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

~Jeremiah 23:24a Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD.

There is not a place, even in our own thoughts, that we can hide from God. Therefore, let us keep our thought life in check and centered on the Lord then our actions will follow.

Repentance is to leave
The sin we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve
By doing so no more.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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~3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Walking in truth requires action. We can know the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and accept it – this is forward motion. But to stop there and not continue is a travesty. Many are satisfied with merely crawling in spiritual matters. The Word of God is not a treasure to them and, therefore, they do not feed themselves with its truth on a daily basis.

When you first discover something that peaks your interest, your enthusiasm is high and you try to learn as much about it as possible. You do not rest until you have captured everything about your new interest. A good example is a new book by your favorite author. You cannot wait until you get the book home – you curl up on the couch and open to the first page, anxious to get caught up in the story.

The Christian should have this same enthusiasm with the truth from God’s Word. Unlike a story, each word of the Bible is God breathed. Each page uncovers truth after truth from the God of Creation. The Word of God reveals enough about God’s nature to give us a glimpse of our Creator and man’s need for a Saviour. We will not fully understand His nature until we reach Heaven. However, we have enough information to draw us closer to Him.

God is perfect love and perfect grace and mercy. Experiencing these traits as each page of the Bible unfolds brings joy to the believer. This joy is then shared with the unsaved world. There is no better testimony than that of a Christian who knows his God because he knows His Word!

Joy is increased by spreading it to others.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne

 

~James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Have you ever walked over the rocks on the coastline? It is difficult, at best! Trying to maneuver your feet on the jagged rocks’ edges is difficult. You really cannot think about anything else because you’re focusing your thoughts on being stable.

Can you imagine your life like this? Imagine that your daily walk is comparable to walking on those rocks. James says that the double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Being of double mind, spiritually speaking, means that one vacillates between worldliness and Godliness. You’re either on the side of the fence where the world lives or you’re on the side of the fence where God’s will is. Even if you sit on the fence, it is the fence of indecision. Anyone who has sat on a fence knows that the seat is uncomfortable and it is not stable.

Purpose in your heart to get off this fence and become a single minded man who will be stable in all his ways. The believer who strives to abide this way will be kept by the God of all creation! The unstable wrestle with Scriptures and cannot live the life God intended for them.

~2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

 

“Gifts and power for service the Spirit surely desires to impart; but holiness and
spiritual worship come first.”
A. W. Tozer

 

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~ Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Waiting on the Lord is the hardest thing for me to do. It is my nature to resolve a problem or work out a situation right away. However, God’s will may not always be in it. No one likes conflict. No one enjoys going through a difficult marriage or living with chronic pain. Seeking solutions may be good but if they are not centered in God’s will, they will not bring me joy.

When a dilemma engulfs me, Isaiah exhorts that I wait on the Lord. God will renew my strength.  Before I make a decision that will put me on a fast pace to a future I may regret, I simply have to let the Lord speak to me through His Word.  I cannot make hasty decisions but I must let God be at the center of those decisions.  He promises to lift me up, strengthen me if I am weary, and give me the strength that I need to continue on.

No problem is too great for Him.  But He does not always work in the “here and now.”  Sometimes I simply need to sit back and wait to allow Him the opportunity to work in my situation.  This is so much easier said than done!! 

~Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

For the weary believer, waiting is not always what he wants to do.  He wishes to be rid of what weighs heavy on his heart.  That is the natural man’s way – but it is not God’s way.  Allow yourself time to see the hand of God at work in your life.  There is promise in waiting!

 

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I stand in awe of the God of all creation when I look at the moon and all the stars in the heavens! As a believer, I have a special relationship with God – He is my Heavenly Father, He is my Shepherd, He is my Friend. The Bible has much to say about the fear of the Lord. There are 30 verses with that same phrase. One such verse is:

~Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

This fear has nothing to do with being afraid of God and His judgment. We are no longer judged because we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour and His blood is what cleanses us from all unrighteousness. This places us in a different position than the unsaved. The unsaved have every right to be afraid of God and His judgment. But to the believer, we fear him as we do our own earthly father – a reverential fear.

What blessed peace is brought to the heart of the believer knowing that he is a child of the King and no longer needs to be afraid!

There is a difference between fearing God, and being afraid of God; the Godly fear God as a child does his father, the wicked are afraid of God as the prisoner is of the judge.
(Watson, Religion Our True Interest, 9)
Thomas Watson

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2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, [even] as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

As I was driving up the beautiful Oregon coast one morning, I saw one of the most beautiful views since I’ve been living here. I did not take this picture but what my eyes beheld was almost exactly like it. The sky and ocean just seemed to melt together and I couldn’t tell where the ocean ended and where the sky began.

That’s the way our relationship with our Heavenly Father should be. The unsaved should look at us and be able to see God. They should not be seeing sin and worldliness, but love and Godliness. We should appear to them as “the Holy Spirit with skin on.” As we grow in Christ, and drink from the Scriptures, our words and actions should reflect His goodness. We should be like that beautiful picture – we should be melting into our Father and becoming one with Him.

~Ephesians 4:22-24 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

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~2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

Elijah’s exit from earth and entrance to Heaven must have been spectacular! To think that one could be carried away in a horse-pulled chariot that were so bright they appeared as though they were on fire! I would have loved to witness that for myself!

The Bible records a similar episode.

~Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

Again, I would have loved to be with those who witnessed this blessed event!

Some Christians will be able to experience a similar event at the Rapture of the Saints!

~1 Corinthians 15:51-53 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

~1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Praise the Lord that the believer can live in the midst of the turmoil but yet have peace because he knows the time is near, even at the door! 🙂

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~Colossians 3:23-24 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

As parents, we can see life through our children, can’t we? For example, you tell your children to go clean up their rooms. One child stomps his foot on the floor and cleans his room but with a lot of attitude. The other one immediately does as he is told and does a great job. It’s not difficult for you to see which child brought much joy to his parents.

It is no different with Christians. How many of us serve the Lord grudgingly? How many of us serve Him because we love Him and are delighted to serve Him? When we serve Christ with gladness of heart, it is a testimony to the unbeliever. They see our joy for themselves and it attracts them. They want what we have – the joy of the Lord!

Won’t you serve the Lord with gladness today?

p7050022~1 Peter 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The phrase, “the word of the Lord,” appears 255 times in the King James Bible. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have been contacted by readers criticizing the fact that I believe that the Bible is the sole authority to the Christian. If God sees fit to put the phrase, “the word of the Lord,” 255 times in the Bible, then it must be important!

I found it interesting that the last time it appears in the Bible is found in 1 Peter. Peter said that God’s Word would endure forever! God doesn’t need man to add it to His Word or even make it better or clearer. He is perfectly capable of giving us His complete words in one book. After all, He is God!

How full of pride man is to think he can add or take away from God’s word!

Grow-bible_treeProverbs 19:2 Also, [that] the soul [be] without knowledge, [it is] not good; and he that hasteth with [his] feet sinneth.

The Scriptures say that it isn’t good for us to be without knowledge. God gave us His words so that we would not be ignorant of His will for our lives.

I’ve heard asked so many times, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” It is by reading His word and giving heed to what the Scriptures instruct. We will never go wrong if we obey God’s word. NEVER!

The Bible tells us to ask God when we need wisdom. Not only that, He promises to give us wisdom plentifully – liberally! Nor does God hold it against us when we ask!

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

He also promises to give us understanding of things that confuse us or confound us. Because we are His child, we have the spirit of Christ within us and can have confidence that the Almighty will give us understanding.

Job 32:8 But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding.

Don’t search out the wisdom of the world, friend. For it is filled with lies and deception. God, however, will never lead you astray! It is always best to go to the Source 🙂

heartProverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

My heart’s condition directly reflects the amount of time I put into reading my Bible and applying it to my life through the Holy Spirit’s convictions. Achieving a sound heart takes a journey through the Scriptures. Many read their Bibles but do not apply its teachings. It’s like taking a shower without soap. You get wet but not totally clean. 🙂

Heeding the prodding of the Holy Spirit as He teaches us adds to our “wisdom bank.”

We make deposits daily and when the time comes and we are in need, the wisdom is there. Gleaning from the word of God makes us well advised according to:

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised [is] wisdom.

It’s comforting to know that whatever path we take, God’s word has something that will guide us along the way.

God’s holy word is a treasure and we are on a treasure hunt, if you will.

As we search the Scriptures daily, as did the Bereans in Acts 17:11, we build a sound spiritual heart! We make deposits from the Scriptures into our spiritual bank and are able to withdraw wisdom when we need it 🙂 Our sound heart breathes life into our spiritual walk!

Proverbs 14:30 A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

 

(John 6:60 [KJV])
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard [this], said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

 

(John 6:61 [KJV])
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

Has the Lord spoken to you through the Scriptures recently and you’ve just not liked what you read? Or maybe you’ve heard some preaching that you just didn’t like. I’ve been there … I’ve even shoved it aside justifying it in my head as “being legalistic.” But was it really? Legalism, as it relates to the Scriptures, is anything that adds to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation. The Pharisees were legalists because they burdens on the people that even they themselves could not keep.

But what is it that you have read or heard that bothers you? Is it something that God is trying to remove from your life? If so, will it hurt you? God would never do anything to hurt us for He is our Father. He wants only to do things for our own good, both spiritually and physically. Let’s say God is working in your life on the type of music you listen to. Will removing ungodly music from you life be bad for you? What negative things can come from it? But good will come from it – you won’t be fulfilling the lust of your flesh! If God convicts you of smoking, will the end result be bad for you? Of course not!

There are times that we hear a message or read a portion of Scriptures and we’re offended because it’s a hard pill to swallow, just like those in today’s text. Notice what the disciples did after they heard … they murmured amongst themselves. Birds of a feather stick together, don’t they?

Remember, God would never ask you to do something that would be bad for you. He only wants your well being. It may come with a cost, but it will bring eternal rewards 🙂

~2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Salvation brings about change in a person’s life. The stealer steals no more. The curser curses no more, etc. 

It is not that we are “perfectly holy” at the time of salvation.  It is that we acknowledge our sin and we desire to be more like Christ.

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The Holy Spirit convicted our hearts and our whole spiritual life goes from running with the world to being a child of the King!

Our old nature wants to sin but the new nature is now “in Christ” and no longer wants to sin. There is truly a battle.

~Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Before salvation, we do not care that we sin.

However, after salvation we become aware of that dirty sin in our lives and we do not have that same desire to continue in it.

The Holy Spirit convicts us and we continue to change into the image of our Lord and Saviour!   Many profess Christianity but do not change.  They sit in church pews and live their lives just as they did before with no convictions at all.  That was the way I was prior to salvation.

~Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

There IS a difference in a person’s life once they accept Christ as their Saviour… there SHOULD be a difference.

John 6:5-6 When Jesus then lifted up [his] eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

We see here that Jesus knew what He had to do but He asked Philip where they should buy food for the people to eat. Do you think that Jesus wanted to give Philip the opportunity to exercise his faith in Him?

God uses His Word even today to give us the opportunity to show our faith in Him. What areas of your life is the Lord touching, dear Christian?

Reader, if you’re not saved, what are you waiting for? If you’ve read this blog for any period of time, you’ve read the plan of salvation – you’ve read that it is not by works that you can earn your way to Heaven. There will be excuses which God will accept. He gave you every opportunity through His Word. What must you do to show your faith in Christ? You must repent from your sin. You can’t just blab a prayer and expect to be kept from going to Hell.

To both the Christian and the unsaved, repentance proves your salvation by what you do with your life afterwards.

Turning away from a steady diet of sin is the beginning.

Feeding yourself the Scriptures daily and allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way with you is the cherry on top of the sundae.

Christ wants to show you His miracles by changing your life. He wants you to exercise your faith by allowing certain things in your life to prove your metal.

Psalm 119.103 honeyPsalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!

Is God’s Word sweet to you, Christian? The great and wise Solomon asked God for wisdom and God allowed Solomon to experience everything in life in order to achieve wisdom. Much of that wisdom was penned into the Book of Proverbs and is there today in order for us to glean its goodness!

The Bible repeatedly “shouts out” to us that we should desire wisdom more than the world’s riches – more than gold – more than any material possession!

Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom [is] better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

 

Job 28:15 It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed [for] the price thereof.

 

Psalm 19:10 More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

 

Proverbs 3:14 For the merchandise of it [is] better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

 

Proverbs 3:15 She [is] more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

God has given us His words to read, to study, and to glean wisdom. It is through His words that we learn about life and how to deal with everyday situations. We don’t need man’s wisdom – we don’t need Dr. Phil or Oprah! They are of the world, Christian. But what about those false preachers out there? They are wolves in sheep’s clothing – they add to the Scriptures by imposing their own opinions. They dilute God’s words and take away from their effectiveness. It is God’s words that pierce the heart and reveal the dirty sin that lies within. When they stand before God, whose words do you think will be 100% accurate? God will always win, hands down! His word is truth (John 17:17). I would rather put my trust in what God says than what man says any day. At least I know that God won’t lie to me … but man, well… that’s a whole other story!

Proverbs 16:16 How much better [is it] to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!

 

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~2 John 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed.

With today’s way of thinking, one may think that this verse is intolerant.  However, we absolutely have to recognize false doctrine and to stay away from it. We need to protect ourselves from these things. Otherwise, compromise begins to “set in” and we begin accepting other ways to Heaven. We know there are no other ways (John 14:6).

One cannot recognize what is false without first knowing what is true.  It is said that bank tellers are trained to recognize counterfeit money by having them handle real money.  The longer they touch and look at real money, the more likely they are to be able to pick out a counterfeit bill.  It is the same with false doctrine.  The more a believer is in the word of God, reading it and studying it, the more he will be able to recognize when someone is spreading false doctrine.  He will be able to recognize the devil’s lies.

What is false doctrine?  It is anything that denies the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, His deity, His death, burial and His resurrection.  It is doctrine that adds to what Christ has already done. False doctrine can also come in the way of “adding” to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by saying that His death on the cross was not enough but more is needed: good works in order to get to Heaven, denying He is the only way to Heaven and He is the only intercessor between God and man.

Don’t be left in the dark.  Study your Bible and read it daily so you can be able to immediately spot what is right and what is wrong.  Our world is not getting better and you will need to be armed with truth. Jesus, Himself, claimed that God’s words are truth and that His words would sanctify us – set us apart from the world!

John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Be proactive, Christian! Don’t depend on other people to study God’s word! YOU are the one that has to make the effort – and that’s what it boils down to. People want instant everything (microwave popcorn, instant cash, etc.) but that just cannot be done with the Scriptures. It takes work – it takes time – it takes dedication.

~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.

~Acts 17:11  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

~Psalm 9:10And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

The world says that a good way to know if you trust someone is to turn around and fall backwards into that person’s arms. We’ve all done this at one time or another, right?  We are so willing to trust another human being to this extent but do we trust God in this same way?  Do we trust God with what seems impossible in our lives?  What about with those day-to-day struggles?

This Psalm blesses me because it continues to say that the Lord does not forsake those who seek Him.  God is faithful and is not to be compared to a human being who makes mistakes.  God promises to never forsake us, therefore, He will never forsake us.  We can count on Him to help us through whatever trial, illness or difficulty we are experiencing.  What comfort this is to my heart!

Today’s graphic is Zephaniah 3:17 – what a beautiful way to show God’s love for us, amen? This same God who loves us, has provided us with salvation because He joys over His creation. He desires that you repent, be saved and grow closer to Him. What a wonderful God we serve!!

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It saddens me that people would rather follow a certain “religion” than to research for themselves to find out if they are being taught the truth by their leaders.

God has given us the truth through the Holy Bible. Why has this Book been the biggest seller of all time for all these years? Why do you think God left this Book for us? It certainly wasn’t so we could press dried flowers or keep the family’s genealogy!

When Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father, He said:

~John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

It is up to us to read and study the Word of God so we can think for ourselves and make up our own minds – not rely on someone else to direct us. Your parents probably quoted you the old saying:

If your friends jump off a bridge, will you jump too?

It’s the same concept. Men boast of much knowledge. However, God says to study the Bible so you can be approved by Him, not man.

~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 turn, studying the Bible is not just for the intellectual. God wrote it in such a way that even a child can understand it. You can’t shove that responsibility onto a friend. You can’t depend on your church leaders to have all the answers. Doing so is repeating the errors of the Dark Ages. It was during this time that the Bible was forbidden to be read by common man – hence, the title “Dark Ages” was labeled for the time period. How appropriate it is, indeed!

I would rather be wrong on this issue of studying the Bible for ourselves and have spent hours in the Bible – for, truly, what have I lost??? A mere few hours a week on reading?  I don’t want to be so pig-headed that I have not studied it out for myself – then only to find out when it’s too late that I was wrong.

If someone has been reaching out to you about salvation, why hesitate? What possibly could be so wrong with desiring to be more Christ-like? What can be so wrong with desiring to spend eternity with God? That’s all that God wants for you! But there’s a cost – that cost is repentance, which is exactly what most people do not want to do. They want to continue living their lives with their pet sins rather than repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Without Him, there is no entrance into Heaven. His way is not a prayer-ette. His way is not good deeds (although good deeds are a byproduct after salvation). His way is repentance and accepting His word on the cross as sufficient for our salvation!

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to Heaven – nothing else and no one else can add to what He has done for us.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You may think you are good enough to get into Heaven but how “good is good”? What’s the criteria? Do you think your good works are on one side of the scale and your sins are on the other and whichever one weighs more will decide where you will spend eternity? If you were to live 70 years and commit only one sin per day, you would have committed 25,550 sins at the end of 70 years!

If not ONE mere sin can enter Heaven, how do you expect 25,550 sins will be “good enough” to let you in?

Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The bottom line is this:  What will we say when we stand before God? Will we give the excuse that we left the “spiritual” matters of life to our minister or priest? The Apostle Paul said in the above verse that we are to study for ourselves so we can be approved unto God.

 

What will your answer be when God asks you why you didn’t read the Bible? What will you answer when He asks you why you chose not to repent and be saved the way the Bible says? What will you answer when you say that you chose to listen to your church leaders than to listen to God’s Word? Please think about what you are doing, dear reader! Eternity is a very long time and our time on this earth is very short in comparison. Don’t delay!