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Like The Nations Around Us

For a society which supposedly values individuality so highly, it’s funny how much most people in America want to be just like everybody else. A crazy hairdo soon becomes everyone’s crazy hairdo. A fashion “statement” soon becomes everyone’s fashion statement. Before long, people are expressing their “individuality” in exactly the same way. This idea of wanting to fit in and be like everyone else has been around for a very long time, but is extremely dangerous in our pursuit of a right relationship with God.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 11:22

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Really Wanting the Truth When We Study

Psalm 119:103 “How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

What is our attitude toward Bible study?  Do we love it?  Is it interesting, encouraging, and a major priority to us, or an obligation and a chore?  “If scripture study is nothing to us but an obligation or a chore, we ought not be so bold as to say that we love God or take Him seriously.” (Gary Henry, Diligently Seeking God).  Bible study should be something we don’t just do to “check off” our list, but something we want to do—something we enjoy doing because it brings us closer to God.  Furthermore, we should have an open mindset toward what the Bible says.


 

John 8:43-44  “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.”

Jesus isn’t saying that they didn’t have the ability to understand His speech, but that they didn’t have the desire to understand it.  They weren’t disposed to accept it because they didn’t like it.  They could understand, but they didn’t want to because of the personal ramifications of understanding it.  If they accepted what He said as the clear truth it was, then they would have to do it—and they didn’t want to do it!  Such is the attitude of too many today.  For us, however, we should study to understand what God wants from us—whatever that ends up being!  We should diligently search the scriptures to find the truth.  As Martin Luther said, “I study the Bible as I gather apples.  First, I shake the whole tree that the ripest might fall.  Then I shake each limb, and when I have shaken each limb, I shake each branch and every twig.  Then I look under every leaf.”  We too should be so thorough in seeking the truth when we study.  Instead of studying to justify what we’re doing, we should study to find out what we should do, and do it!

James 1:21-22  “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”


The hard part of Bible study is usually not figuring out what God wants, but being willing to do it.  Many deceive themselves into thinking they are right with God by “hearing” His Word, but they fail to implement it into their lives.  Without this practical “doing” of the Word, all of our Bible study if for naught.  If we love God, however, we will happily study God’s Word to find the truth, even if it requires a personal change in our attitude or actions, and then apply that truth to our life. Only then is our Bible study profitable to us and pleasing to God.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 12:16
   

Walking, Walking Uprightly, Walking with God

The terms “walk,” “walked,” and “walking” are used many times in the Bible.  Sometimes when the Bible uses these terms it is speaking of the physical act of walking-- putting one foot in front of the other and transporting ourselves from one place to another.  For instance, God spoke to Abraham and told him, “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you" (Genesis 13:17).  Likewise,  in the New Testament we read, “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him” (John 7:1).  In this sense of the word, not many of us have to be told what it means to walk or how to walk.  We naturally learned to walk as we grew from infants to toddlers, and it is something we continue to do throughout our lives.

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What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).

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"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25