On The Road To Glory Part 2
On the Road to ever-increasing Glory.
That’s where you and I as Christians were divinely designed to live.
Praise the Lord Saints. “O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy endureth forever.” I certainly thank the Lord that we can come together today to share from His Holy written Word.
Last week I ended speaking about a Different Kind of Lifestyle. We also looked at things like prayer, worship, fasting, meditation, and studying the Word of God which puts us in a position where God can mold us and shape us.
Now, let’s dig a little deeper on this subject. If you are like most Christians, you’ve already made at least a couple of those disciplines a normal part of your life. Perhaps you read a scriptural devotion and pray, for example, every day. That’s a great start, but if you’re going to develop in a balanced and healthy way, you need to include other Christian disciplines in your life as well.
One of the most important is the discipline of real, serious Bible study. I know that not only because of what the Word says, but from recent personal experience. A few years ago I spent some time studying the ministry of Jesus Christ. In the process, I had a fresh revelation of just how vital it is not just to read the Bible, but diligently study and learn what it says.
Some believers think that kind of study is boring and dry, but it is not! The Bible is God’s divinely inspired Book. The words it contains have His life and breath on them. They carry the truth and power you need to equip you to live a victorious life.
That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to the young Pastor Timothy and said: “…continue in the things which you have learned and being assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from a child you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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, and thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Timothy 3:15-17).
Study: Your Primary Vehicle
That’s not all Paul had to say about study, either. Earlier in the same letter to Timothy, he wrote: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
Again and again, the New Testament confirms this fact: the study of the Word of God is the primary way we renew our minds. It is the primary vehicle God has given us to travel down the road to change.
Even so, however, many good, Holy Spirit-filled, church attending Christians don’t take the time to truly study the Bible. As a result, they’re still living in bondage in certain areas of their lives. Many of them are hoping that someday, some kind of special feeling will hit them in church and they’ll finally get free.
Again, my dearly beloved Saints, I am out of time and space. So I encourage you to join me next week as we continue this eye-opening study. God Bless you.
A word for Today: "Confidence"
Proverbs 3: 26 say, “For the Lord will be your “CONFIDENCE” and will keep your foot from being caught.” The Hebrew word that translates “Confidence” comes from a root word that means foolish. Some people consider bold action foolishness and mistake Confidence for arrogance. That’s what happened when young David chose to take on a giant named Goliath. And you know how that Story ended. God’s Word for everyone today is “HAVE CONFIDENCE!” Do you have it?