October 21, 2018

Take Him at His Word

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 

Do we take God at His Word? This is an important question because for some people it means that we have to logically understand everything He says–and that is impossible. Does that mean we don’t take Him at His Word, or does it mean we engage our faith? 

Yes, we must engage our faith to take God at His Word. God’s ways are higher than our ways and we will never understand everything He has written to us in our Bible. But we can believe what we don’t understand…by faith.

Faith is definitely required to take God at His Word and it begins the moment we exercise faith to receive Salvation and is integral in living out our new life in Christ.

It is also important that we read our Bible and know what God actually says in His Word and not just rely on teachers and preachers. We need to read our Bible and allow God to teach us. Not everyone is a studied theologian, but everyone can read Genesis through Revelation and ask God to teach them and increase their knowledge and wisdom.

Everyone can also benefit from the use of a concordance that is either in your Bible or buy one to use when you read the Bible. There are so many convenient and free online tools that can help with Bible study and we need to reap the benefits of the resources that are now online.

Why is this so important? We need to know what we believe and why we believe so we can be grounded and rooted in our faith. We need to know God’s Word so it can help us navigate our life.

We need to know God’s Word in order to benefit from the many promises He has given us. 

His Word tells me if I believe on Him then I am saved: John 3:16, Romans 10:9 

His Word tells me once I am saved that I am His forever: John 10:27-30

His Word tells me nothing can separate me from his love: Romans 8:38-39

His Word says He has a plan for my life: Jeremiah 29:11 

I will take Him at His Word. 

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

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October 16, 2018

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Just a couple days ago our temperature was in the high seventies and now after a cold front we are in the forties. I don’t like this cold weather. I want yesterday back. Yesterday was better! 

As I heard myself thinking this, I knew I was having a complaining spirit. Then I thought of the many times we find ourselves wanting yesterday back in so many other senses of that phrase. We remember something good about the past when we are having a hard time in our present, and wistfully wish we could go back. But that is not the answer.

The solution to what we are dealing with now cannot be resolved by wishing today was like a particular season in the past when things were going more smoothly. We will find ourselves stuck in the past, if we keep turning to the past, when we should focus on today and face tomorrow with hope.

We tend to use selective memory in regards to warm remembrances of the past. If we are honest with ourselves, our past is also filled with uncertain and tough times, just like our present is. It is probably very common and natural to look to the “good past” when we are uneasy about facing today and the uncertainty of tomorrow.

There is one good thing we can draw on from the past, and that is knowing God was with us in our yesterdays, and He is with us today, and He will be with us for all our tomorrows. Are you believing this today?

Every tomorrow is uncertain, 
No matter what I’ve planned.
But God is with me—
Whatever tomorrow brings,
Of this I can always be certain.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." 

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