Acts 17:11 – Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see what Paul said was true. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Paul was as trustworthy as they come, but the Bereans still made sure that what he was saying was scriptural. The Word is the ultimate authority, not our pastors, Sunday school teachers or mentors.
My Advice – Make sure when you receive a message that you check it out for yourself. Many things will sound true but nevertheless be wrong. Do this even if the source is otherwise trustworthy (yes even when it is from me). People are fallible; the Word of God is not.
Mark 7:9 – And He said to them, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Sometimes, we are much more diligent in observing man-made traditions than we are in observing the Word of God.
My Advice – Do not set aside God’s Word for anything, whether it is religious traditions or prevailing social mores. Anything that is inconsistent with the Word, is wrong, even if it is highly regarded or widely believed.
Matthew 24:35 – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God’s word is not old fashioned nor does it go out of style. It does not get superseded or become obsolete. It does not lose its relevance or power. When science fails (heaven and earth pass away), His word will still stand.
My Advice – God’s word is being challenged, called into question and reinterpreted. Do not believe any of it. Remember what you learned as a child and hold true to it.
Hosea 4:5 – “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It is a pity that we as Christians have so little knowledge about God’s Word, how it applies to us and our situations and how we can use it.
My Advice – Become knowledgeable in God’s Word by reading it, attending church and Sunday school and being part of a small group. This may sound like a lot to do, but the benefits of knowing His Word should not be underestimated.
Ezekiel 44:5 – “Look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We need to study God’s Word, not merely for general knowledge, but to hear what He may be saying to us, so that we can act on it to improve our lives and character.
My Advice – Do not just be a casual reader of God’s Word (look carefully). Consider how it might be speaking to you personally (listen closely) and then apply what you’ve learned (give attention).
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Much of the deceptive philosophy can clearly discerned as false or not to be trusted, and we easily dismiss or discard it. Some contradicts what we have grown up believing. Yet many Continue reading “Illuminated by the Word”