Summary: We are a privileged people – we have free access to the Bible, the Word of God, God’s has given us the Guide Book for Life. The Bible is a gift from God, God speaks to us and other believers around the world today through the pages of the Bible.
The Bible is our Guide.
Our theme this month is the Supernatural Stream of God’s Guidance and calling.
We are a privileged people – we have free access to the Bible, the Word of God, God’s has given us the Guide Book for Life.
People in the world today often ask questions about the Bible:
Perhaps the most common questions are:
Is the Bible reliable?
Is the Bible relevant today?
Is the Bible really the Word of God?
I believe as I trust you do too, that the Bible is reliable, it is true, it is relevant to us today, it is and important part of our lives, it guides us, it advises us, it reveals God’s will and purpose to us.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
The Bible is a gift from God, God speaks to us and other believers around the world today through the pages of the Bible.
We need to do more with our Bible than leave it to gather dust on a shelf somewhere at home. We need to read it, study it, believe it.
When we read the Bible, we need to listen to God’s word, allow it to penetrate our hearts and minds, allow it to change and transform us.
There is so much we can learn from the Word of God, but it’s more than just learning head knowledge.
As disciples of Christ, the principles and precepts of God revealed in the Bible need to be learned, applied and obeyed in our daily lives.
Obedience to the word and commands of God.
Great in principle, harder in practice.
Our worldview or opinions may be contrary to what God has said – but God is the one who is perfect.
We are imperfect and just because we don’t agree with God on something it does not make us right and God wrong.
If we truly want to be guided by God then even though it may at times be hard, we must be obedient to His word and calling on our lives.
You know that our lives here are brief, when physical death comes and we leave this world behind, we will awake in eternity.
There is more to experience beyond this life – either an eternity with our Lord and Saviour in Heaven or eternally separated from God in Hell.
God in His love allows us the choice of where we will spend eternity.
If we accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour we are assured of a place in Heaven.
If we reject God and His free gift of salvation,
then by our own free will we are choosing an eternity without God in Hell.
It’s either one or the other there is no other option.
A simple Yes or No – Accept or Reject choice that seals our final destination.
Simply put God has given us His Word to guide us to our eternal home.
James 1:22-25 says: Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
In the Bible God teaches us, guides us and admonishes us, He requires us to listen, learn,
live by faith and in love serve Him and each other.
When we ignore God’s Word, we are not being obedient to His guidance and direction for us.
In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus said these words, “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”
If we ignore the Word of God, we are just building castles of sand that are washed away by the streams of this worlds opinions and viewpoints.