As we go through life, we have all kinds of questions and events bombard us. Just as we learned in grade school, life is all about the “How, What, Where, When and Whys”
Where do you go to get your information? I know before the Internet, we had to rely on textbooks, encyclopedias, newspapers and/or people’s memories of an event or the stories that were passed down to us. Now we have Google! We have Siri and Alexa! The world of information is at our fingertips. But when events of life hit us or questions arise do we go to the one place that will never fail us? The one place that won’t give us the wrong information or “fake news”. Do you turn to your Bible?
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (NKJV) “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Paul is telling Timothy to read the Scriptures. The Scriptures will tell you how to correct your wrongs, give you instructions on how to live your life and how to save your soul.
In the book of 2 Peter, Simon Peter in his teaching to Christians is telling us that all that they were being told was true. The stories of Jesus and His Power and His coming were not fables, they weren’t just made up stories to entertain or fool people. They were “eyewitnesses” of His power and greatness. They are told that they could believe the prophetic words of the teachers and Scripture. 2 Peter 1:19-21 “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning start rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretations, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
We are told in many places that the Bible is the place, the only place that we should look for answers.
Give me the Bible, star of gladness gleaming,
To cheer the wand’rer lone and tempest tossed;
No storm can hide that radiance peaceful beaming,
Since Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
Give me the Bible, holy message shining;
Thy light shall guide me in the narrow way;
Precept and promise, law and love combining,
Till night shall vanish in eternal day.
Give me the Bible, when my heart is broken,
When sin and grief have filled my soul with fear;
Give me the precious words by Jesus spoken,
Hold up faith’s lamp to show my Savior near.
Give me the Bible, all my steps enlighten,
Teach me the danger of these realms below;
That lamp of safety o’er the gloom shall brighten,
That light alone the path of peace can show.
Give me the Bible, lamp of life immortal,
Hold up that splendor by the open grave;
Show me the light from Heaven’s shining portal,
Show me the glory gilding Jordan’s wave.
Written by Pricilla Owens circa 1989
So, when you need answers or are not sure of what to do or which way to turn, turn to your Bible. Just say, “Give me my Bible.” That Lamp that shows me the way for one day I am going to walk the streets of Galilee.
Have a Blessed Day
Are You Living the Pattern of Paul
“Brethren, join in following my example, and not those who so walk, as you have us after a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:” Philippians 3:17
Paul is telling in his letter to all the saints in Philippi to watch him, listen to him and to do all that he does. He is telling them to pattern themselves after him in his word and deed because there are many people out there who claim to be Christians but are actually the enemies of Christ. Is this not true today?
We all know people that claim to be Christians. It seems like everywhere you turn people say they are Christians and that “their God” understands them and they change the meaning of the words in the Bible to fit what they want to do and then say: “See! It’s right here!”
I have just finished the “Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. It is a book that is sent in America in an unknown future time. The author doesn’t tell you how America got to where it is now but from the characters you have an idea. It is about a country that was taken over by radical “Christians” because the country had turned into a Godless society. It talks of Baptists hiding in the hills and Jews being killed if they don’t convert. It is the story of a woman taken from her family and made into a vessel to procreate the country with ideal people. I know it sounds far fetched but as I read this book, I thought to myself if we are not careful, this is not unrealistic. In some fashion this could happen, look at what’s happening with ISIS. We are on a slippery slope and only WE acting through God’s word can stop it.
In Philippian’s 4:9 Paul writes: “The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” We need to start doing as He commands and live the life he commands. He has promised us salvation if we follow his plan.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved” John 3:16-17. He is telling us right here that His plan was always to save us and love us.
John 11:25-26: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” Do you? Are you teaching this?
Are the actions we take today, right now, actions that would stop such a thing as the “Handmaid’s Tale” or do our actions today make the story seem more likely? Are we doing all that we should to live the life we are told to? Have you read the story of Paul and are you using him as a pattern? If not, maybe you should
Have a Blessed Day