Have you ever told someone about a great book you just read and they responded that they’ll wait for the movie to come out? Many people prefer movies over books because movies entertain the brain; books make it think. Besides that, what can take weeks to read can be portrayed in two hours in a movie. There are pros and cons to both, but when it comes to knowing the truth about God, there is only one way and that is to read the Scriptures prayerfully—so don’t wait for the movie!
God reveals His truth through His Spirit to all those who diligently seek to know Him. Therefore, every believer who studies the Bible has the same teacher and gets the same revelation. The reason we have so many diversities of doctrines and Bibles is that people interpret its meaning according to their own understanding in light of their desires and lusts. So the true gospel gets changed; however, God does not change, nor do His Words! So we need to avoid all false teachers and modified Bibles like the plague because these are not from God. Apostle Paul warns us that we are not to change the words in God’s Holy Bible.
- But even if we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.—Galatians 1:8
If we struggle with reading on our own, it’s good to study with a reputable Bible teacher who teaches only the fullness of the gospel. Unfortunately, many so-called teachers don’t really understand the Scriptures and create their own interpretations. As believers, we must be very careful that we don’t try to learn from someone who isn’t teaching the full gospel of Christ. Whatever we are taught must always be compared to what God has told us in the Scriptures.
The more we study the Scriptures, the more we’ll discern false teachers and doctrines from real ones. Sadly though, many believers prefer to let someone else teach them rather than have to read the Bible. This is extremely dangerous because they could easily be taught a false doctrine that will take them from the truth and away from God. The teachers say all the right words and people love to be around them so it appears as if they are doing God’s work. The only way we will be able to discern the real teachers of Christ from the false ones, and the true Scriptures from modified ones, is to get into the Bible and read it ourself prayerfully so that God alone can teach us His truth.
- Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesu Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.—1 John 4:1-3
When we begin to read, we are as babes, learning and understanding the simple things, and as we grow, God reveals bigger things and our eyes of understanding start to open. Then after a while, just as we think that we are on the right track to understanding the Scriptures, we’ll suddenly get a new revelation! Not new from God as He has revealed it all in His Scriptures, but new for us, and it’ll be a remarkable awakening that will bring us closer to God. The more we learn, the more we want to learn, and the more we will crave to know God.
Apostle Paul was blessed with an anointing that gave him instant knowledge of God and of God’s plan, and that’s because he had only a short time to set up churches and win as many souls to Christ as possible so they could carry on the mission of Christ when he was gone. But for the rest of us, we need to be committed to the Scriptures and study them, and we need to think about them and pray for God to keep revealing things to us.
- This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.—Joshua 1:8
The Scriptures are the only source of truth that tells us about God. We know this because 2 Timothy 3:16 says that God gave the words to faithful men, and they recorded them on scrolls. Eventually, scribes copied them, word-for-word, but it was such a long, tedious procedure that only the leaders of the synagogues could have a copy. But today, we can all own a copy of the Bible.
When we read it prayerfully, God reveals His truth to our heart and we become more like Jesus because our minds are transformed into the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16. ). The Scriptures become food to our Spirit and we crave to be fed so we keep reading. They become life to us as we develop a relationship with God because then we see Him as our Father and not as someone else’s imagination.
When we watch a movie “about” God, we only see what their limited imagination can create, and while we may learn a few things and even be encouraged, we won’t get the deep truth that we do when we study the Scriptures. There is life in those pages and when we read them, we’ll absorb the truth and it will set us free. Then we can go forward boldly and tell others that if they want to know God, the only place to find Him is in the Book He wrote—because God never made a movie!
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