Do You Believe The Bible?

About a month ago, I started a one-year Bible reading plan. If I stick to it, I will have read the entire Old Testament by this time next year.

As I read through the Old Testament, I keep realizing just how crazy the Bible is. It is filled with astonishing accounts including the Creation of the earth from nothing, a worldwide flood, fire from heaven, and talking donkeys to name a few.

Later in the New Testament, we read about a man who was completely human, but also completely God. He lived a life free of sin and was holy and blameless. He not only raised others from the dead but was brought back to life after three days of rotting in a tomb. He claimed to be God’s Son and said that He is the only way to His Father in Heaven. After He ascended into Heaven, His friends started performing miracles in His name!

In our culture today, many people – including some churches – treat the Bible as a cafeteria; they pick and choose what they want to believe. They say “I want love, acceptance, forgiveness, and Heaven. Just don’t try to make me believe that hell is real, or don’t tell me I shouldn’t have sex with my boyfriend – that’s crossing the line!”

So, what’s the problem with this mindset?

The Bible is the True Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16-17NIV states, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The Bible is God-breathed (or God-inspired). Every word in the original books of the Bible was given to the authors by God himself. John 17:17NIV says, “Your word is truth.”

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6NIV). If Jesus is the truth, then His words are true. If anything in the Bible is false, then that statement in itself would be “testifying falsely” which is breaking the ninth commandment.

if absolutely anything in the Bible was embellished, exaggerated, or untrue, it would be completely against God’s character

God is Holy

“And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.’” (Isaiah 6:3NIV)

God is perfect, holy, and just. He hates sin, and that is why we need a Savior to purify us.

God is super upfront about this; He says “be holy as I am holy.” We are to strive to be like Him because everything He does is good and pure. He is awesome beyond all compare.

If the Bible is Untrue, it Means God is a Fraud

You see, if absolutely anything in the Bible was embellished, exaggerated, or untrue, it would be completely against God’s character. In fact, if any account or command in the Word of God is false, it means that Jesus is a fraud.

Jesus claims to be the truth, but if anything in His Word is incorrect, then He is a liar and deceiver. It means that He is not holy. It means that His blood could not wash away our sins.

This would strip us of all hope, purpose, and worth because if Jesus is not holy, His sacrifice means nothing. If even the slightest bit of God’s Word is untrue, the cross is completely worthless.

If our Creator – the One who claims to love us and give us purpose – is a liar, we have no hope. Our identity is gone.

This is why we have to believe the Bible. This is why we can’t treat God’s Word as a cafeteria. This is why we have to study the Bible and trust that everything in it is true – because it’s our hope. It’s the foundation of our identity.

‘Lord, what should I do?’: 2

 

‘God is working in you.’ Philippians 2:13 NLT

Another way in which God will lead you is: through the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit. A true friend would warn their mates if they saw them heading into trouble—and that’s exactly what God does. ‘For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.’

God will give you a desire to do His will, plus the power to carry it out. You ask, ‘But how can I know God’s voice?’ Through time, through testing, through experience, and most of all through intimacy with Him. When your best friend calls you on the phone, they shouldn’t have to say, ‘Hello, this is BFF calling.’ You know their voice!

So learning to recognise the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit is crucial.

‘The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?’ (Proverbs 20:24 NLT) When all is said and done, you will say, ‘Honestly, I didn’t figure this thing out. It must have been God.’ The longer you walk with God the more you’ll realise that it’s impossible to always know the reason why He leads as He does—however, you’ll know with ever greater assurance that He does lead you. Knowing that is what will draw you back to Him time and time again to seek His guidance. The apostle Jude said, ‘I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith.’ (Jude 1:3 NIV) Those words—‘I felt I had to’—are nothing less than the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit.

SoulFood: Gal 5:23, Prov 16:32, 2 Pet 1:5–8, Heb 11:23–27

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Galatians 5:23 (Listen)

23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 16:32 (Listen)

32   Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty,
    and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:2 (Listen)

  All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,
    but the LORD weighs the spirit.

1 Peter 1:5–8 (Listen)

who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,

Hebrews 11:23–27 (Listen)

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.

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