So many times in life we get frustrated with people because they constantly ask us questions and interfere with our work so that we can explain things to them instead of them being responsible and simply reading the instructions for themselves. Oh, how much time it would save if people would stop being lazy and just take that initiative in the first place. And oh, how God must look at us so often in amazement that we, His children, would rather ask someone about Him than read the Bible and learn for ourselves. We need to follow instructions and not pass Go…d.
The main reason that we have so many religions and false doctrines is because Christians don’t want to read the Bible for themselves. They are basically just plain lazy and would rather let someone else do it and then just follow them. No wonder the people are being deceived – and it’s because of their own callous attitude. Christians really have no one to blame but themselves.
God gave us His Word … aka the Bible … aka our manual for life … aka His instructions so that we could learn first-hand about Him, about His plan for mankind, about the redemption at the cross, and about the grace we’ve been given because of Jesus. And all we have to do is read it.
“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
Many Christians worry that if they study the Bible on their own they’ll misunderstand it and they’ll get all mixed up, but that is far from the truth because there is only one teacher of Bible, and He teaches every single believer the exact same truth without the slightest variation. There is no way that we, on our own merits and with our own understanding, could ever understand the Bible. Clearly, only the Holy Spirit will reveal the truth of the Bible to those who seek God and ask Him.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” … Matthew 7:7
And God is faithful to those who want to know Him.
“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. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. … 1 Corinthians 2:12-14
As Christians we will stand one day before God and have to account for what we did with our lives. So many will have to explain to Him why they didn’t serve Him with a whole heart, why they didn’t trust Him and why they didn’t share His love with others. The lame excuse of, “I didn’t know what you wanted me to do”, will not cut it because God gave us each the ability to know His will, and He has explained His will and His ways throughout the Bible. And since Christians can obtain a Bible almost anywhere in the civilized world, even to say they didn’t have one to read will just add to their humiliation.
There are so many false teachers in the world who are just waiting with their master, the devil, to devour innocent people. We need to be humble and meek before God, but in this world we need to be wise and bold and know our God.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” … Matthew 10:16
We need to find a church that praises and worships the Lord in spirit and in truth so that we can be part of this beautiful worship before Him. And we need to find a church that preaches only the real gospel of Jesus and not a “new age Jesus” and a compromising gospel that’s filled with lies and deception. It’s not an easy task anymore, but we can get a better understanding of what to look for in a church when we know the Bible and when we know what the real gospel is. We need to be filled with God’s wisdom and not with our own understanding of what we think is good.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” … Proverbs 3:5
There are many televangelists today who appear to teach the Bible, but who have more programs and missions going on than they do salvation messages, and they constantly ask for large donations of money. God does NOT charge us money to be saved, so we need to realize that when money is the theme and the motive for everything they do then God is not their main focus and they are on the wrong path. When we know the Bible we know that God provides all of our needs.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” … Philippians 4:19
There are many false teachers and doctrines that the devil has established to deceive the people. We enjoy nice things and we have been taught that we are successful when we’ve got lots of riches, and so we think that these notorious churches that are lavished in riches are God’s perfect church on earth. We think that God has blessed them because it’s His will that as King’s kids we should be wealthy. But when we know the Bible we know that our inheritance is in Heaven and not here, and we understand that while we are here on earth it is our responsibility before God to share His love and purpose with as many people as we can.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” … Matthew 6:19
Heaven is a real and very beautiful place, and not just because of its physical appearance. Jesus is there – the One who gave His life for us so that we wouldn’t be at the mercy of the world, but would live in His grace forever.
We can only know who God is, what His purpose for mankind is and what our future is when we read the Bible and learn the truth for ourselves. Our lives are too valuable to just leave in the hands of other people and hope that they’ll get us through; our lives are so valuable to God that He gave His only Son so that we WOULD get through.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” … John 3:16
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“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” … Ephesians 6:11-16