Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Check It Out!
“What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err.” ~ J.C. Ryle
I love listening to the speakers who tell you to check out what they say against the Bible. Too easily we take what we are fed and don’t look into the ingredients to make sure it is what it claims to be. The scary part about this age old advice of checking it out against the Bible is the fact that false teachings are coming out in Bible’s that are being tweaked to read what people want to hear.
Beyond all doubt the regular study, STUDY which means to “learn” from the word of God is the best safe-guard against false teachings. In other words merely reading the Bible isn’t good enough, we need to study it diligently. We need to look into it with all intensity in order to draw from it what we need to learn.
Just like it’s not good enough to know the Revolutionary War in the United States took place between 1775-1783, it’s not good enough to know God is love. We need to go deeper and get the full story, the full meaning behind what it means to have a God that loves. A God who loves us so much He sent His only Son to die for us. One who loves us enough to discipline and punish us as well for our disobedience when needed.
Instead of settling for half truths we need to go for the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That can only be done by studying God’s written word which originally came from Him alone. Not the “updated” version that satisfies itching ears.
Like it or not we are responsible for getting the truth. God is not going to listen to our excuses about how we thought that was the way it was. We will be held accountable therefore we need to turn to the best safe-guard we have and that is the studying, the learning, and the applying of God’s Holy Word in our lives. Truly the lamp we need to light the path God has set before us in order for us to make the best journey possible on our way to eternal life with Him.
If we’re willing to trust our GPS system on our phone, we need to be willing to trust God and the directions He has given us. A confidence in God’s whole truth and nothing but the truth He has given us as His personal directions to the foot of the cross. Once we see where we can and should be heading we need to follow up by picking out of the seeds we want to grow. Next is the preparation of the ground of the garden we will need to maintain. And last but not least the harvest our crop as the lamp unto our feet and the light into our path goes to work. Check it out!
Our host for the day is Twinkle Mom at her blog SunflowerFaith. It’s a must that you run over there and join with us in sharing on today’s quote. Don’t forget to be with us for the remainder of the month as we cover the subjects of planting seeds, maintaining a garden, and harvest as our introduction to the best safe-guard against false teaching continues.