“Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
Proverbs 30:5-6 NKJV
One of the hardest things for the follower of Jesus, is surrendering to what the word of God says. We have the tendency to twist the word of God to fit what we desire, or water down its meaning so that we don’t feel bad when we disobey. There are others who will look to tradition, what has been taught by man as something that supersedes the word. We are like children, looking for loopholes. We are called into maturity.
“that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—”
Ephesians 4:14-15 NKJV
The word of God is complete.
As I have studied it over the years, I have come to the conclusion, time and time again, that it is perfect, and to deviate from it is leaving oneself open to sin and much pain. It is like trying to guide a ship without a rudder, drifting aimlessly, until the rocks appear.
Faith without the word of God is shipwrecked.
“This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.”
I Timothy 1:18-20 NKJV
Hymenaeus and Alexander had gone away from the truth of the word and the faith on which it fosters. It is easy to do these days, as our culture is rife with opportunities to fall onto diverse paths, leading one away from the path of true faith. The devil is a crafty critter, distracting people one way or another , causing them to take their eyes off the important things.
The word of God is best taken for what it says, and not going by what it does not say. I know so many people who spend so much time doing “research”, looking for extra biblical resources outside of the Bible. There are others who spend all their time reading books about the Bible written by others, consuming the regurgitations like little birds feeding from their mother’s mouth.
I have a small library full of books that I have been given, and have barely read. I read a few chapters, toss it aside and turn to the Bible. I have found that the work of the author, has little meaning in my life. It is like David trying on Saul’s armor. It just doesn’t fit.
The Scriptures are God’s X-ray, revealing the true nature of who we are. It convicts, showing us our sin. If we deny that we have sin, we are calling God a liar, as the X-ray of God is perfect.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
God is out shield if we put our trust in Him, and His word is our protector if we obey it. Life is so much better following the Lord. Peace is constant, and there is order and little drama. In the height of temptation, I seek the peace found in the word of God. He has delivered me through many situations and has never let me down.
Every trial I have encountered has been accompanied by the word, and fellowship in Jesus. He has walked with me through it all. Through the fire, God has proved faithful.
Brothers and sisters, let us embrace the truth of God found in HIs word. Let us take it at face value in a world where true intents are hidden. With God, you see what you get. It is all there.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
II Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV