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 It does not get superseded or become obsolete.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”
Jeremiah 20:9 – But if I say, “I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name,” His Word is in my heart like a burning fire. Shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed I cannot. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We are moved by many things in life, but our primary inspiration should be the Word of God and His will for our lives and mankind. What a pity that we do not get as worked up about the things of God as we do some things of this world.
My Advice – You can use this as a barometer of your spiritual condition. If you are not on occasion moved and inspired by His Word, it is a good time to evaluate your relationship and ask God to “restore the joy of His salvation” in your life.
Isaiah 5:20 – Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put biter for sweet and sweet for bitter. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – There was a time that it was very easy to identify right from wrong. We live in a time where the “social justice” is turning everything upside down while convincing the unsuspecting that things are right side up, that God’s laws are out-of-date or no longer valid.
My Advice – Beware of the social conscience of today’s society. What is promoted as right, fair and just is many times wrong, unfair and unjust. Be familiar enough with God’s word that you can put everything to the test.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 – If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success. (NIV 1984)
My Musings – Aptitude may come natural, but skill requires practice. We may have an aptitude for understanding God’s Word, but not skillful in using it. We need to be skillful in the use of God’s Word. This is done by regular reading and meditation.
My Advice – Do not wait until trouble comes or decisions need to be made to consult God’s Word. Your skill in discerning will be dull and require more effort because it has not been sharpened. Discernment is sharpened and success made easier by regular study of His Word.