“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
Do you claim to follow Jesus, to like Jesus, to believe in Him? Then beloved… Read. Your. Bible. And pray fervently for God to give you wisdom and understanding of His word, to open your eyes and mind to the ONLY truth, praying for the diligence to faithfully continue reading the entirety of His Word. ALL of it, not only the verses that make you feel good.
“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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.“ – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
My friends, the days have come where the authority of scripture is being thrown aside and cast off as an afterthought or worse, as hateful and offensive. And it’s true, the Word of God is offensive… to Satan. This is obviously happening in the secular world around us but it’s also creeping quickly into the Church now. This is not a good thing!
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” – Hebrews 13:8
God is not going to rewrite Truth just for this generation. His Word remains the same as it has always been, now and forever.
Take Every Thought Captive
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
If you think you’ve heard some new revelation from God in your mind or felt some great new thing or calling in your heart but it does not line up with scripture, then it is a LIE from Satan and following it will lead you away from God and right into sin. Do not be fooled and mistake the sinful desires of the flesh which we ALL wrestle with and attribute them to the workings of the Holy Spirit. Just because something ‘feels’ right does not make it true. That is why we must take every though captive and check it against scripture. And when we look at the scripture (in its entirety and in the correct context) and these thoughts or yearnings we experience line up and glorify God in the process, by ALL means, obey!
But how can we judge correctly for ourselves in alignment with God’s Word if we’re not actively reading and studying God’s Word? I heard the following quote on a podcast earlier today and it perfectly speaks to what I’m trying to say here…
“When we separate the Holy Spirit from God’s Word, we end up mistaking our feelings for the Holy Spirit… It is impossible to know God intimately without knowing God accurately.” – Allie Beth Stuckey
The Bible isn’t merely a nice supplement or afterthought to your walk with God, it is a critical piece of it. While scripture can and does help us when we’re going through a difficult time, it is SO MUCH MORE than that. It is a foundational part of relationship with our Creator. That is why it was given to us. And that is why we as Christians all have a job to do.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Follow your heart?
NO. Follow Jesus.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” – Jeremiah 17:9
The idea that many have come to in this day of ‘following your heart’ does not cut it. Because our hearts cannot be trusted. Our sinful hearts are inclined to the god of self not the true God. Without Jesus, who IS the Word, we cannot truly know and have an intimate relationship with God. In fact, we cannot be with Him at all.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12