Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Need For Scriptures

We live in a world where proof is required for everything.  When we buy a car, we need to perform a test drive.  When we buy appliances we need to see that it works.  On top of that, we need some type of warranty to make sure we are covered, in case the product later fails.  Unfortunately, there is a valid reason why this is so.  It’s greed. The ruler of this world has had his way.  He entered the hearts of the weak, and led them to believe they need things to make them happy.  These things are not free, so the more money you have, the more things you have.  Because of greed, many will try any and everything to get over.  Those who become victims, tell themselves “this will never happen again.”  Now trust is gone.  Instead of someone telling us that the item they are selling will work, and we believe it; we now require proof.  This is the same when it pertains to God, His promises and His blessings.  Man requires proof, where God requires faith.  This is an unhealthy way of thinking, and it can only be broken by reading the scriptures.
Scripture tell us, that when we lean to our own understanding, we get lost; however, if we trust God He will direct our paths (Pr 3:5-6).  Scripture instructs us on how we are to behave towards one another (Jn 13:34), for if we are left with our own instructions, we can become destroyers instead of builders.  Scriptures tell us, that because of our thinking, we forfeited our right to be immortals (Gen 3:22); however, it also tells us how to have life eternal (Jn 3:15).  So it is evident, that there is a need, urgency, a necessity for scriptures, for without it, we are lost and dead.
Scripture is also an inspiration to us.  When you look at it, in the beginning, God spoke, and it came to pass (Gen 1:1-29).  Moses through God’s authority would have made rock flow water (Nu 20:7-8).  If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains (Lu 17:6).  You read stories on how Jesus healed the sick, and made the blind see, and the dumb speak, and he ends in “your” faith did this (Matt 4:23-24, Mr 7:31-37, 8:22-26).  Then James said no matter what you are going through it is all good (Ja 1:2-3).  In other words, do not concentrate right now on your circumstance, just ride it out, and look to the end because in the end is glory.  Hallelujah!   All of this happens because it said so in scripture. 
But how did God, an invisible and all powerful spirit, put words in a book for us to read?   Simple and to the point, and I believe it with all my heart; scriptures was written by man but inspired by God.  Deut 18:21-22 says"And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken? When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”  Peter also confirmed this by saying in 2 Peter 1:19-21 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;  knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”. So in “Layman’s terms”, the Holy Scriptures is God’s main evidence that the Word of God, the Bible, is His word and not something made up by men. 
            Family, the Lord speaks to me daily.  I give God praise in the morning, throughout the day, and in the evening.  It is when I am at my desk; I receive the word for the following day.  Today, I listened and listened, but did not hear anything.  I spoke to my former pastor and friend and I knew if I just speak to him for a little bit, I will receive something.  I thought I did, but it turned out that it wasn’t.  At approximately 6:20pm-6:25pm, I received this from the Lord.  I heard, “My Word is important.” Everybody wants proof.  Proof is contingent upon a flawed mind understanding what it sees.  When it comes to God, that logic is incomparable.  A flawed mind cannot comprehend a flawless doctrine, hence faith is necessary.  Family, this was probably one of my hardest lessons, but I believe the Lord wants me to share with one of you, that you indeed need the scriptures.  I pray that God bless and keep you, and that He reveals to you the mysteries of the faith via scriptures.  Amen!

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