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Craving The Word

When we are born again into Jesus Christ, we are newborn spiritual babies who need nourishment. Newborns cannot handle a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. They need milk. Peter says this is true of infant Christians. He writes:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

When we come to faith in Christ, we need to start off by learning the basics of doctrine through the study of God’s Word. We need people in our lives who will share with us the basic truths of the Bible so that we will mature and be able to handle more difficult tenets of the faith. Eventually, we need to get to the point when we can feed ourselves by studying the Word. Until then, we need to be fed. Once we mature, though, we need to learn to pick up a spoon and feed ourselves so that we will mature beyond infancy.

Testing The False Prophets

There are many false teachers and false prophets in our world. There are people who claim to speak for God, but are deceiving millions. We have to be discerning to know what is truth and what are lies. John wrote:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  – 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

If you are listening to someone claim to speak for God, do you know if they are telling the truth or if they are speaking lies? The best way to know if someone is a false prophet is to study the truth of God’s Word. Know the truth and the truth will set you free from the lies of false prophets and teachers. Don’t believe every preacher just because they’re on TV or the internet or writing a blog. Study the Word of God and learn the truth for yourself.

Those Who Teach

Good Friday morning to you! James gives a warning to those who teach the Word of God. They are held to a higher standard. He writes:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. – James 3:1 (NIV)

The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is so very important to the life of the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Those who handle it must do so with great care. Not only are we to be concerned with the Word itself, but those who hear it and who sit under our teaching. Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than a sword. Many have had their faith cut to pieces because the Word was handled incorrectly and wielded recklessly. May God have mercy on those of us who teach. May God give wisdom and discernment to those who sit under our teaching. May we all honor God and obey His Word faithfully until Christ returns.

Choosing Spiritual Amnesia

Have you ever looked in a mirror in order to check your hair or the fit of your clothing, walked away and forgotten how you looked? James says that when we hear the Word of God and fail to do what it says, it’s as though we forget what we look like. This is what he wrote:

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. – James 1:23-24 (NIV)

The Word of God was not meant to just be heard or read. It was meant to be lived out each day. When the Word says to do something, we are expected to do it. When the Bible says to not do something, we are expected to not do it. Otherwise, we are guilty of choosing spiritual amnesia. We cannot claim ignorance. We’ve heard the Word. We’ve got the Bible in our homes, our churches, our hotel rooms and on our phones. It is up to us to obey it.

Watch Out!

Good Tuesday morning to you! One of my greatest fears is leading people astray when I preach and teach. I don’t want to be a false prophet or teacher. I want to make sure that I am handling God’s Word correctly and with great care. Jesus said:

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NIV)

As followers of Jesus, we must be on our guard against those who are false prophets and teachers. There are preachers and teachers who will manipulate God’s Word and God’s people to make a buck or to feed their egos. The best way to guard against false prophets and teachers is to know your Bible. Spend time in God’s Word and listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. You’ll be able to discern between the truth and false teachings much easier. You will not be as likely to be led astray. False teachers and prophets will come and go, but the Word of God stands forever.

Do You Lack Judgment?

In Proverbs 7, Solomon warns about the adulteress.  He uses the story of a “youth who lacked judgment.”  I think back to my younger days and the lack of judgment I showed on many different occasions.  I think about my current days and though I show better judgment now, I still have times where I lack discernment.  This is why it is important that we follow verses 1-3:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, NIV)

To take God’s Word and write it on the tablets of our hearts (and no, Solomon didn’t mean an iPad!).  He was referring to a stone tablet.  We need to etch God’s Word on our hearts.  1 John 1:1 calls Jesus the “Word of life.”  May He be etched on our hearts today.  This way we will know His teachings.  We will follow His commands.  We will obey Him and our hearts will beat in tune with His.  Let us show discernment and good judgment as we etch God’s Word on our hearts today.

PRAYER: Father God, etch Your Word on my heart today. May I know Your Word. Help me to obey it. I want wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding. Thank You for Your Son and Your Word, amen.


Hanging On His Words

Luke 22:47-48 (NIV)
Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.
I wonder how they did it.  Luke makes it clear that the chief priests, teachers of the law and religious leaders in Jerusalem were looking for a way to kill Jesus during the week of Passover, but they could not do it.  Why?  Because the people “hung on His words” (Luke 22:48, NIV).  They were captivated by Jesus.  He did not teach like the teachers of the law, but instead taught as One with authority (Matthew 7:29).  His words were filled with grace and truth.  His words were filled with compassion and mercy.  His words were challenging and powerful.  The crowds of people could not get enough of Him.
So how did the religious leaders of Israel convince these same crowds to cry out, “Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!”?  This was a punishment reserved for the worst of criminals and now the people were demanding it for Jesus.  How could this be possible?  What did He do?  What crime did He commit?  He did not lead an invasion against the Romans.  He led an invasion into the hearts of people.
He is still leading this invasion to this day as people all across the globe discover that Jesus holds the words of life (John 6:68).  We trust in His words to give us hope and eternal life.  We still hang on His words.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank Your merciful plan of salvation.  It cost Jesus His life in exchange for mine.  Thank You for the words of eternal life that Jesus spoke.  Help me to hang on His every word that I may have hope in Him.  Amen.

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