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Feb 01 2006

Why Spend Time in the Word?

Both Peter and Paul exhort us to ‘spend time in the word’ – in fact, if we don’t have a strong desire to do this, we may need to either question ‘why’ – or to begin disciplining ourselves in this. Here I’ll copy for you some key Scriptures, and also combine with mine, the commentary by a dear old saint I hold in respect for his scriptural insight and discernment learned because of his diligent and prayerful time in the Word.

1 Peter 2:2-3 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

An obligation flowing from our new birth is to have an insatiable craving for the pure spiritual milk of the word. There are things which ‘stunt’ spiritual growth; the good word of God nourishes it.

The phrase as newborn babes does not necessarily mean that Peter’s readers were new believers; they may have been saved for several years. But young or old in the faith, they should thirst for the word just as infants cry for milk. We get some idea of the thirst of a healthy baby by the impatient, aggressive, determined way they suck and swallow.

By the pure milk of the word, a believer grows up spiritually. The ultimate goal toward which all spiritual growth in this life is moving is conformity to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Nov 19 2004

Does it matter what you believe?

(Ephesians 4:11-16) Especially verse 14: As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming.

Most of the following is taken from a series of devotionals from In Touch.

Our Christian beliefs form a mental grid through which we determine the validity and usefulness of what we hear. We know a filter with large holes isn’t very successful at keeping out impurities and unwanted material. The same is true of our mental filter—-it must be tightly woven with scriptural truth in order to separate out ungodly values, unbiblical opinions, and erroneous thinking.

Remember how the Adversary has made our minds his battlefield? He wants to create holes in the helmet of ‘biblical thinking’ that protects us. If we allow our mental grid system to include worldly thinking as well as scriptural truth, then there will be weak spots or openings the Enemy can penetrate with his deception. Satan fooled Adam and Eve by disguising lies with partial truths, (Gen 3:1-7). He tries to deceive us in this way too. The more we understand God’s character and plan, the quicker we will recognize error, no matter how it is camouflaged.

Our beliefs also protect us from fear and intimidation. By being well-grounded in the Scriptures, we can stand firm when our convictions are aggressively challenged.

It is essential that we know what we believe and that our faith is based on God’s truth alone. How well protected is your mind?

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Jan 26 2003

Absolute Truth and Where To Find It

I am not a Biblical scholar, nor a pastor, nor anyone’s teacher. However, I hear things that trouble me, and instead of accepting a person’s opinion, even if they claim to be a man of God, I always try to study the Bible to see if from what I gain through that study, whether or not I believe them. So, this is stimulated by several things I have heard—–some recently, and some over a period of time. Today, I felt the drive to try to write some of what I believe in answer to some of these “issues.” I am not doing this to convince you, rather to stimulate you to seek the truth in God’s word.

Absolute Truth and Where To Find It

In today’s world, one of the deceptions I believe Satan would foster is that “there is no absolute truth.”

Thus, many are disillusioned, and want to “act on feelings.” Our morality is then conceived and conducted by our feelings.

Is the Bible the infallible word of God?

Is Jesus God? Or is He just “a God?”

When He was crucified and buried, did God the Father raise Him from the dead?

Why would God profess to be a God of love and condemn anyone to hell?

Is hell real?

Is Satan real?

Are Jews (of the Jewish faith) lost?

Are Muslims condemned to hell?

If a child dies and has not heard of Jesus, or made a profession of faith in Christ, is that child condemned to hell?

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