It’s 12:57 a.m., and I should be in bed. My sweet, little girl has already had two night wakings (as per usual), so I should be extra tired, and, yet, here I am, wide awake, hitting the key strokes, stopping only to pray and to find the references to the passages of Scripture the Lord brings to mind.
Where shall we begin?
Here we go…close your eyes for a moment and imagine that you are starving and wasting away, and before you stands a cabinet behind the doors of which is the most glorious feast of food you could possibly imagine, and, yet, you just stand there staring at it as your stomach aches and rumbles and as you begin to shrivel, longing to fill your belly with the goodness of what’s inside…and still you remain in your unmovable state, all the while the key to the cabinet rests comfortably in the palm of your hand. Are you still with me?
Unlock the cabinet, beloved. It is time. You’ve been starving yourself for far too long now. Likewise, open your Bible and taste and see the goodness inside. It’s good…it’s really, REALLY good. And it will fill you up.
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:8-10 (KJV)
As I was mentally preparing the next article I would share here, it seems as though the Lord would have me to take a different direction today. For whatever the reason, the Lord continues to point me to Scripture that defends the power of His Word; therefore, I would be remiss if I were to turn aside from what has been so clearly placed on my heart for today to another topic.
You see, there is always an unseen element at work in which only the Lord can see, so I trust that the Lord is at work doing the things in which only He can do. Likewise, I believe He has a purpose to be accomplished in my middle-of-the-night rantings via tiny iphone keypad.
Dear friends, I pray that the Word of the Lord would stand out to you in a new way as you follow along here, that it would be multiplied, glorified and have free course in your hearts and minds. Further, may God’s Word be effectual and not return void according to His mighty promises in His Word.
AND, if you have not received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, may TODAY be the day of your salvation to the glory of Him who’s precious blood was shed to wash away your sin.
Lastly, if the absolute necessity of studying God’s Word has never been made clear to you before, my prayer is that by the time you are done reading this article and the passages of Scripture I will be sharing, you will feel a burning conviction within your heart to go and find yourselves a King James Bible and study the Word of the Lord like never before. Why the King James Version, you ask? To see my response, head over HERE.
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39-47 (KJV)
There is a FAMINE OF THE WORD in our world today, and I believe it is because we, the Church, have not hearkened unto the Lord and His counsel given to us in His Word, so He has given us over to the lusts we desire…
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
Amos 8:11 (KJV)
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Psalm 81:11-12 (KJV)
Oh, if only we would hearken unto the Lord. If only we would seek HIS counsel!
Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee. Psalm 81:13-16 (KJV)
It is time to return to Lord, beloved. It is time to HEARKEN unto His voice before it it too late.
That being said, I feel as though far too many Christians are unprepared for the fierce spiritual battle that is unfolding in our generation and continuing to accelerate at a speed that continues to blow my mind.
If there were ever a time, NOW is the time to dust off the Sword of the Spirit and stand firm in God’s truth.
It’s one thing to be used by the Lord to lead someone to Christ, but it’s a whole other matter to help that new believer or the long-lost and now returned prodigal to be equipped to live out their new life in Christ. Salvation is merely the beginning…a glorious beginning, mind you, but merely the beginning, none-the-less.
While we become a new creation in Christ through salvation, immediately following that decision, we are still faced with an adversary that is even more hell bent (literally) than ever to destroy our witness for and our confidence in Christ, and you and I need to be a aware of it right off the bat.
Enter in the Word of God in all its power and might!
Faith and Salvation in Jesus Christ come by HEARING the Word of God.
The first crucial reason to study God’s Word is that it is where we learn of the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ by which we are given the choice to have all our sins washed away and spend eternal life in heaven with Him. God’s Word is the truth by which we find our faith in Christ. Further, without obtaining this faith, it is impossible to please God.
So then FAITH cometh by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. Romans 10:17 (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:14-15 (KJV)
If you’ve never heard about the ultimate of free gifts, head over HERE to see what God’s Word has to say. There is but a single choice that separates you and I from an eternity in heaven or an eternity in hell. No one is promised tomorrow, so I plead with you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life today.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:14-15 (KJV)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hosea 4:6 (KJV)
We are commanded to study the Word of God.
God, quite literally, in His Word COMMANDS us to study Scripture, and there are some crucial reasons for that command. Shall we take a look?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:13:15-16 (KJV)
Knowing how to “Rightly Divide” your Bible is a whole other crucial command in 2 Timothy 2:15 which means to labor in studying “as a workman” so much so that we may clearly be able to recognize which parts of Scripture apply to which groups of people in the Bible, such as the Jews, Christians in the age of grace of God (Eph. 3:2) and Gentiles.
For example, we as Christians/Bride of Christ are no longer held under the Old Testament Levitical Law as Christ is our final sacrificial lamb and the end of the law for those of us who believe, so it’s worthwhile to know that we no longer need to go and sacrifice lambs to bring to an alter to atone for our sin.
A once and final act of atonement for sin was accomplished at the cross by Jesus Christ, thus acting as the FINAL atonement and final fulfillment of the law to us who believe.
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4 (KJV)
But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:12-14 (KJV)
For an excellent audio Bible study on how to rightly divide your Bible, head over HERE, or I highly recommend the greatest book I’ve come across walking you through the Scripture on rightly dividing your Bible called Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth by Clarence Larkin.
Deep stuff, I know, BUT God put it in His Word for a reason, and if it’s important to Him, it should be important to us, too.
The Word of God is our ultimate weapon in spiritual warfare.
Please understand, dear friends, that our Heavenly Father will never EVER leave us ill-equipped. Thus, we have been given the mighty Word of God to not only recognize when the enemy has slithered into our camp but, further, to have the appropriate weapons in order to fight and ultimately defeat him just as Christ used Scripture to defeat Satan in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-11).
We must fight a spiritual battle with spiritual weapons, and this is a truth we would know and a promise we could cling to if we would make the time in the midst of our busyness to study God’s Word. It is of the utmost importance that we know what the Lord would have us to do in this brief earthly life we’ve been given. Again, salvation is just the beginning of our journey.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10: 4 (KJV)
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Ephesians 6:17-18 (KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 1 Corinthians 2:12-13 (KJV)
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Philippians 2:12 (KJV)
The devil will never stop striving to keep you from God’s great and precious promises which are given to you in the Bible. If he can keep you indifferent or apathetic to God’s Word, then you are rendered ineffective for Christ, which is why it is the utmost importance that you study, study, study the word of God with all diligence so that you will not be robbed of the great and mighty promises of God.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4 (KJV)
Oh, yes, the devil especially loves the classic carnal Christian who looks and acts like the world all in the name of “love” and appeases everyone else BUT God for the sake of unity. And, yet, if we knew what God’s Word really has to say, we would know that friendship with the world is enmity with God and that we are called to be holy and separate and to be the salt of the earth and the light in this dark world.
The Word of God sets us apart as children of God by which we are recognized by our fruit.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4 (KJV)
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: John 1:12 (KJV)
Further, abiding in the Word of God is a mark of our discipleship in Christ Jesus.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; John 8:31 (KJV)
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Matthew 7:16-20 (KJV)
Beloved, we are supposed to look and act differently from the world…not in an “I’m better than you kind of way,” but rather in a, “But by the grace of God, I would still be in the pit too, but praise be to God because Christ has set me free! And let me tell you how YOU can have this great and glorious gift, too!” kind of way.
“And let me tell you how my sins have been forgiven, how Christ Jesus put a new song in my mouth, how He changed my path from one of darkness and self-destruction to that of light and life…abundant life. Let me tell you how He set me free from my captivity…How he gave me a new, clean heart.”
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psalm 40:3-5 (KJV)
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Ephesians 5:8-12 (KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV)
Oh, yes, He did all of that and so much more just as He promised He would IN HIS WORD.
The problem, though, is that when our beliefs line up with those of unbelievers, we have clearly been led astray from the Word of God and have broken our “fellowship” with the Lord…then we begin to allow other things of this world to take precedence in our hearts and in our lives leading to unfruitfulness.
And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. Mark 4:19 (KJV)
Now, you must understand that you cannot lose your salvation once you have sincerely believed on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (Click HERE for a great article on eternal security), but you can grieve and quench the Holy Spirit’s work in your life (1 Thess. 5:19, Eph. 4:30). But, again, how would you know any of this if you didn’t study the Word of God which tells us so?
The word of God is the very means by which we have the power through Jesus Christ to pull down strongholds and overcome sin.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Ephesians 1:18-19 (KJV)
Now, I’m not saying you will lead a life of sinless perfection. Only Christ was perfect and without sin, and you and I will struggle with sin the rest of our earthly lives, BUT as we abide in the Lord and He in us, and as we apply His Word to our lives and as we offer up prayer and praise to Him, we will begin to see more and more victory in our lives when it comes to sin. Sin will no longer have power over us as we submit ourselves to God and cling to His Word.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalm 119:114 (KJV)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:7-8a (KJV)
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (KJV)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 Peter 4:1 (KJV)
I could go on and on about the power given to us by God through his Word and the working of the Holy Spirit to overcome sin, but if you are down in the dumps today because you keep falling back into that old besetting sin, confess it and get back into fellowship with the Lord today, and pick yourself back up and try again. Keep fighting the good fight, beloved.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (KJV)
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. Proverbs 24:16 (KJV)
For a really great article with a wealth of Scripture on overcoming besetting sins, I recommend THIS ONE.
The Word of God Guides us and Instructs us in all godly living. It is the light that guides our path.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. Colossians 3:16-17 (KJV)
We must know the Word of God so that we may know how to answer those who question the hope we have in christ jesus.
Whew. Okay, it’s now 2:56 a.m. and my eyeballs hurt from staring at this screen, and my head is going to be hurting in about 3 hours when my alarm goes off at 6:00 a.m. to get ready for work, BUT…
Oh boy, here I go again…
As I’ve also mentioned in previous articles, the Lord has placed an urgency on my heart to really pour over Scripture and put it into my heart, but that’s not a command exclusive to me. Rather, it is for ALL who would follow after our Lord Jesus Christ.
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Proverbs 15:28 (KJV)
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 1 Peter 3:15-16 (KJV)
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
The word of God and through prayer is how we stay in fellowship with the Lord.
Do you know what it means to abide in Him, beloved?
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. John 15:5-9 (KJV)
The word of God works effectually in those of us who believe.
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)
The Word of God is a holy book that IS powerFUL and CAN grow, be multiplied, Be glorified and have free course in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 (KJV)
But the word of God grew and multiplied. Acts 12:24 (KJV)
For those of you believers in Christ, have you ever wondered how a certain passage of Scripture can speak to your heart about whatever issue you are dealing with right in that very moment? Well, according to the Bible, the Word of God is a “discerner of thoughts.” God’s Word by the power of the Holy Spirit literally knows what you are thinking right down to the intents of your heart. I can hardly fathom it, and, yet, I know that God’s Word is true and that I have experienced for myself.
The Word of God is, indeed, the most powerful book you could possibly take hold of. It will change your life. Truly, it will.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:12-13 (KJV)
The Word of God never returns void.
Rather, it always accomplishes God’s purposes.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (KJV)
Why on earth wouldn’t anyone want to cling to such a glorious book written to us by a loving and faithful Heavenly Father that not only wants to show us how we may obtain victory over sin and death, but also how we may have life and life more abundantly? The only thing I can think of is that they haven’t really studied it enough to know just how powerful God’s Word really is, which is, again, why we are told over and over and over again by God to study His Word. He’s throwing us a lifeline here, gang.
Without the Word of God dwelling within us by the power of the Holy Spirit, we quickly lose sight of the goodness and mercy and long suffering and incredible faithfulness of our incredible Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Let me ask you a question, dear friends…how do we expect God’s Word to be multiplied, glorified and have free course in our lives if we never know what it says?
The more I study my King James Bible, the more I discover just how little I knew. I mean, it’s like I’ve tapped into this incredible treasure where I continue to be blown away by the new things I am discovering on a daily basis.
I continue to find myself thinking, “I had no idea that was in the Bible!” OR, at least, “I had no idea there were so many words removed from that passage of Scripture in the newer, perverted versions.”
Allow me to take a tangent for a moment here…
I often wonder things like, “Why on earth have I never heard a message on this certain book of the Bible or that certain book of the Bible or that topic?”
For example, has anyone else out there ever had your own pastor (not an internet prophecy site – some are really good, btw) teach a series of sermons on the Book of Revelation? No? Me neither.
If you have, that’s a beautiful and rare thing as Satan continues to have most pulpits completely NEGLECT the Book of Revelation in which there is TWICE given (at both the beginning and end of the book) a promise of blessing – spiritual/eternal blessing (not carnal) – for those who read it and keep the prophecy in it, and YET I have been hard pressed to find a pastor that actually teaches it from the pulpit, which leads me to my next point…
God promises a blessing to those who read and keep His Word.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:3 (KJV)
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Revelation 22:7 (KJV)
Clarence Larkin describes the neglect of the Book of Revelation this way:
That the book should be shunned by many because of its mysterious character is no wonder. It is one of the “devices” of Satan to get people to neglect a Book that foretells his casting as “Prince of the Powers of the Air,” and the “God of This Age” out of the Heavenlies; of his imprisonment in the “Bottomless Pit” for a 1000 years; and his final casting into the Lake of Fire. While Satan hates all Scripture in general, he hates the books of Genesis and Revelation in particular. Therefore he attacks the authenticity of Genesis and seeks to have Revelation neglected. -Larkin, The Book of Revelation, pg. 3
Thus, I continue to pour over the Book of Revelation on my own as well as the rest of the Bible…in the late hours of the night, and true to His promise, the Lord has blessed my fellowship with Him greatly through it. I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that it is AWESOME to walk with the Lord and to have Him reveal His Word to my heart. It’s the BEST, really it is.
All that to say, in order to remain aware of Satan’s devices, it would serve us well if we stay in tune with God’s word and be mindful that if there’s anything Satan would pervert or seek to destroy, it would be God’s communication to his people…the Bible.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)
We even see Satan trying to twist Scripture in the wilderness temptation of Christ in Matthew 4:1-11 (I encourage you to look up and read this passage), which ends with Christ rebuking him. So, please understand, that there is a very real enemy out there who is vigilantly working to seek and destroy God’s Word and, thus, render God’s people ineffective, so you must be on guard and in the Word.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Matthew 4:10 (KJV)
God’s Word keeps us looking up, up, up and away from the things of this world to eternal things, holy things…things that will matter when we stand before the judgement seat of Christ when we give account for how we lived our lives following salvation.
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (KJV)
The good news for little ol’ me and YOU, dear brother and sister in Christ, is that we don’t have to be scholars or have seminary degrees (not that I don’t respect the work that’s put into said degrees – rather, I do, BUT still…) to understand the Word of God because 1.) The Lord is not a respecter of persons (yay! I’m nothing but a vessel in the hands of the Potter anyway) and 2.) Scripture is not of any private interpretation for those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior and have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. This is the best kind of news, if you ask me.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV)
For there is no respect of persons with God. Romans 2:11 (KJV)
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. Acts 10:34-35 (KJV)
One factor, undoubtedly, as I’ve previously stated is that I had been reading perverted, modern Bible versions for so long that I had no idea just how much Scripture had been removed. It is shocking and alarming, for that matter.
All that to say, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t thank the Lord for opening my eyes to His true Word. It’s that precious gift that drives me to point others back to the Lord and to His mighty Word.
Now, we all know that it’s a good idea to study our Bibles and that it’s part of growing in our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but it truly is so much more than that.
You see, by not knowing God’s Word, you cannot understand the power of God.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? Mark 12:24 (KJV)
The Word of God brings to light when we’ve encounter a false teaching.
Dear friends, how do you know when you’ve encountered a false teaching if you don’t know what God’s Word has to say?
Case in point, I was visiting another church for a special occasion a few weeks ago, and the pastor of that church threw out all sorts of false teachings…one right after another, in fact.
Now how did I know that what he was saying was false? Well, not only did he claim to get certain of his ideas from Facebook (oh boy), but moreso because, by the grace of God, I have studied the Bible to the extent where the Holy Spirit literally brought to mind passage of Scripture after passage of Scripture that refuted each of those false teachings he threw out. He didn’t even sound confident in what he was saying, and rightly so. He was, indeed, on shaky ground.
I just kept thinking to myself, “Well, that’s just not right because the Bible says such and such,” and then the Lord would bring to mind a specific Bible verse. I took great confidence in God’s Word, and knew, without a doubt, to dismiss this man’s teaching.
And so, I thank God so much for the gift of His Word and the discernment that the Holy Spirit gives as we diligently study it.
You see, we aren’t just supposed to believe everything a pastor says without checking it against the Word of God. Quite the opposite is true, we are to test all things whether they be true or not according to Scripture. Even at my own church, that I love dearly, I follow along closely in my Bible and check every passage of Scripture whether it is, indeed, so according to my King James Bible.
Where the teaching and God’s Word depart, I go the way of God’s Word.
How about you, dear friends? Are you testing what you are being taught under the microscope of God’s Word?
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 (KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
1 John 4:1 (KJV)
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (KJV)
These passages of Scripture are but just a mere sampling of the power of God through His Word, and I pray that today as you read over these passages of Scripture that you would be given a renewed passion for the mighty Word of God.
To Christ be the glory!
Editor’s Note: As with all teachings you encounter in matters of spiritual things, including the posts you read here, I urge you with all diligence to test everything you read under the light and authority of God’s Holy Word…the King James Bible. Open your Bible and follow along, and see for yourself what God’s Word has to say. While I strive to be thoughtful, careful and ultimately prayerful about what I share on this site, I am still human, so should there ever be anything that isn’t in line with the Bible (which I pray doesn’t happen), then God’s Word is always right, and I am wrong. God’s Word is the final authority in all things.