“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions 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 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.” – 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 is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – 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
“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey 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 therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Follow your heart?
NO. Follow Jesus.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand 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.
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12