1 John 2:14 – I write to you young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We overcame the devil when we accepted Christ. We no longer need to submit to his temptations. That does not stop him from trying. But we have the strength to resist because God’s Word lives in us.
My Advice – Continue to be strong in the Lord, because His Word lives in you.
2 Peter 1:20 – Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are being bombarded by new “revelations” and new interpretations at an ever-increasing and alarming rate. But the Scriptures we have had stood the test of time because they were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Let’s stick with them.
My Advice – You will encounter many private interpretations of Scripture. Many will have generated a large following. But always remember, God’s Word does not change, and a large following of another word does not make that word true.
2 Timothy 4:3-5 – For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – The time is now. It describes not only the world, but many churches today.
My Advice – There will be many times that you face such “doctrines.” Keep your head. Remember what you were taught, and the truth that you have believed. Keep your ears tuned to the truth and you will be able to distinguish the myths.
1 Timothy 6:20-21 – Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from Godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – Unfortunately, a lot of the so-called wisdom of this world does cause a lot of people to turn away from the truth of the Scriptures.
My Advice – A lot of worldly philosophies that you heard in college are likely in opposition to what you know to be true from your Christian upbringing. Make sure these “beliefs” do not invade your thinking. Weigh them carefully against the Word and discard those that are in opposition.
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.