Oct 25

Conformed or Transformed

Yesterday on Facebook I posted a quote, “We have created a group of professional church-goers who know when to stand up, when to sit down, and when to say ‘Amen.’  The problem is there is very little change happening in our churches.”  The saddest part of this is this problem isn’t just in the pews, it is also in the pulpit.  Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  I think a question that we must all ask ourselves is this, am I being conformed or transformed?

To be conformed means to make like or to fashion after something.  When I come to church am I conforming myself and my image into the acceptable image of the church I attend? In other words, Am I becoming more and more like those I worship with?  This may not be an all together bad thing, especially if you worship in a godly church where it is all about Him and not about them.  But what if you attend a church that is not healthy and that is more people-centered than God-centered?  This goes to what is known as “the mob mentality.”  What that means is that as an individual you may talk, act, and live one way, but when you get into a group setting, you begin to take on the characteristics of that group.  It happens more often than we would like to think.  I heard one church strategist put it this way, after a number of years of a pastor being at the church, the church body begins to take on the personality of their pastor.  What a scary, scary thing for myself as a pastor to think about!  This means that I must not only speak of godly character, but that I must also make sure I live it out so that I as Paul can say “follow me as I follow Jesus” (1 Corinthians 11:1).  But is conformity to a pastor or a church what God calls us to?

The most important word in Romans 12:2 is the word transform which means to be changed.  It is my belief that God does not call us to be conformed to anything or anyone that is on earth, but that we would be changed by the One who is heaven.  When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, He didn’t create a “better” you, He made you a “new ” you according to 2 Corinthians 5:17.  In other words, He didn’t conform you, He transformed you.  This transformation is not a one time thing, it is a lifetime thing.  God’s desire is to continually transform (change) you so that you will be conformed (made like) to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29).  If we desire to be like anyone, please don’t make it a pastor, a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, or someone other person other than the One who sought you and bought you with His precious blood!

Everyday when you read the Bible and when you pray multiple times throughout the day, may you read and pray seeking God to transform you.  We should pray, Lord change me that I may become more like you.  When we come to worship we should come with the expectancy of meeting with God and being changed by God.  Every time you come into the house of God, God desires to reveal Himself to you and to your church.  It isn’t about the music, it isn’t about how long the service is, it isn’t about how good or bad the preaching is.  When we come into the house of God it must be about how God is going to change me and the body to make us look more like Him and be fit for His use.  I promise if you come to Sunday worship asking God to change you through worship today, and you are sincere about it, God will change you and you and I will be better for it.

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!

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Oct 22

Change

Many of you know that our family’s situation changed pretty dramatically here recently.  Diana and I knew it was the right decision and God has confirmed that time and time again.  However, at the beginning I wondered how would this new challenge effect our boys?  That answer came the first night when they displayed more love to someone else than I thought was humanly possible.  I realize that I am bias, but Eli, Noah, and Caleb are three of the most loving and amazing boys I have ever known.  They didn’t question what this change meant for them or how was this going to change the amount of time Diana and I spent with them, or even why are we doing this?  Rather they embraced the change and have even loved the change.

That got me to thinking, how do we react with change?  In our minds we consider some changes to be good while other changes are considered bad.  But my question to us is this, if the change is God-led is there anything such as a bad change?  Changes can be unnerving, scary, and make us feel out of control, but are those things in an of themselves bad things?  There are countless stories in the Bible in which Jesus taught that if we were going to follow Him, we were going to have to turn over control of our life completely.  Many of us are ok with God making changes in our life, but we want them to be slow and steady.  While God does make some changes over time in our life, there are some changes that are best done like taking a Band-aid off, just rip it.  While you and I cannot control many of the changes that come into our life, we can certainly handle how we react to them.  I think of Job, here was a man who loved God and followed God according to Scripture. Yet in the matter of a day or so, Job went from happy and blessed to I imagine confused but still blessed.  Job 1:20-21 says, “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped , and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord (italics mine for emphasis).”  This was Job’s response to the sudden death of his sons and daughters and the killing of his livestock.  Here was a man who’s circumstances in life radically changed.  He could have gotten mad, questioned God, and thrown a temper-tantrum crying “this isn’t fair.”  But instead we see Job worshipping God and blessing the name of God.  Job couldn’t control the change that came into his life, but he was in control of how he reacted to it.

I know change isn’t easy.  You can ask my wife, I am a man of routine and I don’t like that routine altered.  But many times change is not only good for us, but it is necessary.  God’s desire is for us to become more like Him (Rom. 8:29), and to bring about that change, God must change us.  The best way to handle change is to pray through it asking God for strength, wisdom, and faith.  We need to worship and bless God through change because He is still God, He is still on His throne, and His is still in control.

Although I know you won’t be able to read this right now (especially since only one of you can read as of right now), I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you Eli, Noah, and Caleb.  Though God has given me the task of teaching you to become men of God, you have taught me!

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!

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Oct 15

More Than A Word

If someone were to come up to you and say the word “disciple”, what would enter into your mind?  It is a word that in Christian circles is thrown around a lot.  But I wonder if those who use the word truly understand what it means.  Many times we over simplify the word disciple to mean a follower.  While a disciple is a follower they are much more than that.  A better word to use to describe a disciple would be “apprentice.”  An apprentice is someone who is following someone around for the explicit person of carrying on their teacher’s work in the future.  That is exactly what Jesus is calling us to do, to carry on His work.  Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that we are “ambassadors for Christ.”  We are to represent God to the world.  In order to do that we must learn about Jesus, study Jesus, and then imitate Jesus.  Luke 6:40 says, “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.”  In other words, no disciple is greater than his teacher, but when he is fully trained he will be like his teacher.   Again, this goes right in line with the idea of an apprentice.  The word disciple is much more than a word, it is a lifestyle.  When Jesus called His first disciples in Matthew 4 He said, “Follow Me.”  In Matthew 11:29 Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”  Notice Jesus says, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me.”

Jesus didn’t call His disciples and then say don’t change your lifestyle or become more like Me.  In fact, Jesus says just the opposite.  That as we learn more about Him, He will change us and that we will become more like Him.  That is also the thrust of Paul’s message in Romans 8:28-29.  Are you a disciple of Christ by mouth only or by deeds?  Are you obeying Jesus’ first command to His disciples, “Follow Me?”  If not, there is no better time to start than now!

 

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!

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Oct 11

Out with the old, In with the new

Today we want to look at the last two verses of Ephesians 4.  Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  Paul here wraps up his contrast of the old way of life versus the new life we have in Christ.  So let’s look at it in a little more detail.

As we begin in verse 31 we first encounter the word bitterness.  Here to be bitter means to have resentment for someone or to be unwilling to forgive.  Next is wrath which is a burst of rage or what we call in small children temper tantrums.  Then comes anger which is similar to wrath but in this instance refers to having animosity or hostility towards someone. Next we see clamor which is loud outcries of anger, bickering, or shouting down your opponent.  Evil speaking in the verse refers to insulting someone or abusing them with your speech. Paul says these things should be put away as should our malice, or our wishing evil on someone.  How many times have we ever fallen into one of these traps?  These are all signs of our sin nature.  Earlier in the week we said that this passage was about two things. First we are to put away some things. But secondly we are to fill the space with what we have put away with other things.  So many times we simply focus on asking God to remove the sin in our life, but then we never ask God to fill it with Him and His character.  The end result of this is that God removes one bad habit and we pick another one up.  2 Timothy 3:16 says that “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine (what we should believe), for reproof (telling us what we do wrong), for correction (telling us what to replace it with), for instruction in righteousness.”  In this instance Paul says that we should replace the sinful nature stuff with kindness towards others.  This kindness is not just towards those who are kind to us, but also to those who are mean to us (cf. Mt. 5:44).  We should also be tenderhearted which means that we are compassionate towards people and willing to bear their burden rather than wishing God would give them what they deserve.  Paul’s last replacement strategy is that we give them forgiveness which is our being willing to overlook how someone has hurt us and to harbor no desire to retaliate against them.  Paul closes the chapter by telling us why we should be so ready to forgive and it is, “even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  This falls in line with Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:14-15.  The meaning of Matthew 6:14-15 is that if we have truly experienced God’s forgiveness for our sins, then we will forgive others readily.  But if we are unable to forgive others for what they have done to us, that shows that we have not received God’s forgiveness for our sins.  Simply put, those who have experience the amazing, matchless grace of Jesus Christ cannot help but to extend the same grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness to others that has been extended to them.

So as we close out this mini-series on Ephesians 4, I hope you will take time to ask yourself, who is in control of my life right now?  According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, when Jesus saved us and became Lord to us, He threw out the old way of life and He gave us a new heart with new desires.  Is it evident to those around you that you have received a heart transplant?

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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Oct 10

What God Grieves Over

In the second part of our look at the last four verses of Ephesians 4:29-32, we want to look at what breaks God’s heart.  Today’s focal verse is verse 30 which says, “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”  I really enjoy the Christian music group Casting Crowns.  They write some of the most powerful songs because they come straight from Scripture.  There is one song that has somewhat recently been released titled “Jesus Friend of Sinners.”  We will sing that song, Lord willing, on October 21st as part of our Youth Sunday.  There is a line in the chorus that says, “break my heart for what breaks yours.”  Do we understand what breaks God’s heart?

As we begin to break apart verse 30 we need to ask ourselves, who is Paul talking to in this verse?  Based on the overall context of Ephesians 4:17-32 being a contrast of our old way of life versus the new life Christ has given us, we can say that Paul was specifically speaking to Christians when he said “and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God.”  So the next question to ask would be, what does it mean to grieve?  In the Greek, the word is “lupeo” (loo-peh’-o) which means to make sorrowful or to have a heaviness of heart.  The next logical question is, how do Christians make God sorrowful or have a heavy heart?  The simple answer is that we break God’s heart when we do not live in a manner that reflects that God has given us a new heart and a new life.  In other words, when we sin we bring sorrow to God.  Have you ever bought something for someone and you were really excited about it and couldn’t wait to give it to them, and then when you did give it to them they didn’t seem all that grateful or as excited as you thought they would be?  How did that make you feel?  I imagine God probably often times feels the same way with His children.  He sent His Son to pay a price that we owed, but God paid that price so that He could give us a wonderful gift that we didn’t deserve.  Then we go out and instead of living thankfully for what God has done for us, we want to do things our way.  It is like a parent buying something for a child and the child saying, “but I don’t want that one, I wanted this one.”  When we do this we grieve God.  Not only did God purchase this gift with His own blood, and offer it to everyone, but it also promises that once you receive it, He will never take it away (ye are sealed unto the day of redemption).  Then we go out and act like we never received the gift or that we are ungrateful for the gift.  May we be sensitive to sin and truly pray for our heart, “break our hearts for what breaks yours.”

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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Oct 09

Graceful Communication

Ephesians 4 is an important chapter for Christians.  Within this chapter we are told to walk in a worthy manner that is becoming of a Christian, we are told that we are unified in our faith in Jesus, we see why God gave spiritual gifts,  and God’s way for doing kingdom work among other things.  Starting in verse 17 Paul contrasts our old way of life with the new life Christ has given us.  In verses 17-32 Paul says that we should “put away” certain things while also saying we should “put on” other things.  However, today I want to focus on the last four verses (vv .29-32).

In verse 29 we are told to guard our speech.  “Corrupt communication” here means worthless communication.  Have you ever known someone who can talk a lot and yet say very little?  Paul is specifically talking about communication that is not moral and not fitting for a Christian to say.  But notice it goes past this.  We are not to have worthless communication, but we are to have communication that builds people up (edifying) and we are to have communication that “may minister grace”, that is promote grace, unto the hearers.  At the heart of what Paul is saying here is make sure that you make your communication count.  It is ok to talk about other things that interest you (politics, weather, sports, etc), but make sure you have a point, in particular a spiritual point to your communication.  Many people have commented to me that sports is a point of reference I use a lot.  My explanation is that they are right, it is something I know, but I also see so many parallels between my faith in Jesus Christ and sports.  Some pastors/teachers use their kids, marriage, politics.  Literally the list is endless.  The point is not do you talk about these things, but do you allow God to use those things to point people back to Him?  An example may help here.  A memory I have of the Super Bowl is from 2000.  It was the St. Louis Rams versus the Tennessee Titans.  On the last play of the game a Titan player caught the ball, ran as hard as he could, looked like he was going to score a winning touchdown, but at the last second was tackled just short of the endzone.  The game was over and the St. Louis Rams had won.  How in the world can that be a spiritual principle?  So many times we think if we just try a little harder we can be a better Christian, or that if we are a “good” person that God will let us into heaven.  But try as hard as we want, on our own merit and efforts, we will never get into heaven.  The interesting thing about the final play of that Super Bowl is this, if the player had gotten just one more block, he most likely scores.  You see, we can’t get into heaven on our own, we need someone to block God’s justice from us by absorbing that blow of His wrath.  That is what a blocker does, they put themselves in between the defender and the person with the ball.  That is exactly what Jesus did for us.  He put Himself in between us and God’s divine justice, by taking our sin and paying the price.  Only because of what Jesus did can we get into heaven (the endzone).  That is one reason Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:30-31, “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  What we couldn’t do on our own, Jesus did on our behalf!

Lord willing tomorrow we will look at verse 30.  For today, let us concentrate on making sure our communication with people promotes the grace that can only be found in Jesus Christ.

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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Oct 08

Know Your Opponent

A couple of weeks ago I wrote on knowing your playbook, and that for a Christian we should constantly be studying the Word of God to know the will of God.  This morning I want us to realize that we have an adversary who wants to destroy us.  Part of a sports teams preparation for an upcoming game during the week is watching game film of their opponent.  A defense will study an opponent’s offense to see if they can pick up some tendencies.  A pitcher will study an opposing team’s batters to learn what they can hit well and what they struggle with. It is simply part of the preparation process for an athlete.  But what about for a Christian?  Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  We aren’t fighting each other, although many times it looks that way to us, rather we are fighting against satan and his forces.  So who is our adversary, what does he do, and how does he do it?

Obviously as a Christian, our adversary is satan and his demons.  Again read Ephesians 6:12, we are fighting an invisible power.  1 Peter 5:8 shows us what satan does when it says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  Notice satan is a roaring lion who is constantly looking for someone to destroy.  This is why putting on the whole armor of God daily is so important.  The final question to consider is, how does a roaring lion find those to destroy?  Genesis 3:1 says, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”  In this case the “serpent” is a reference to satan.  Notice, satan is subtle.  The word means to be sly or cunning.  I love how one Christian pastor put it, “satan doesn’t have to destroy you to be successful, all he has to do is distract you.”  In the Garden of Eden, satan didn’t come right out and lie because then Eve would have stood a better chance of recognizing it.  Rather, he distracts us by getting us to question God and God’s Word.  Satan gets us to thinking, is God’s Word really trustworthy?  Satan gets us debating mindless arguments that distract us from our God-given mission.  What are forms of spiritual warfare?  Although this is not an exhaustive list, this is a good place to start.  Diana and I recently went to a Pastor, Staff, and Wives retreat.  The featured speakers were Brian and Amy Bloye.  In one of the session they made the comment “be aware of the unseen.”  Specifically they mentioned spiritual warfare can be “disguised as frustration, anger, or even discouragement.”  Notice how subtle these things are!  Have you ever tried to do something that you felt God calling you to do only to have it not work or your work get frustrated at every turn?  Have you ever gotten angry at a brother or sister in Christ?  Have you ever been discouraged?  Again this is not an exhaustive list, but how effective are these strategies?

Know your enemy, his desire, and his tactics or you will get overrun!  When you feel that attacks pounding at your door I encourage you to do two things.  First of all, you need to pray.  You cannot fight satan and his demons on your own.  Secondly, you need to rest.  When do you get sick?  Most of the time we get sick when our bodies are worn down from the constant running and stress of life.  The same is true in our spiritual life.  When we don’t take time to physically rest and spiritually rest in Jesus, we are vulnerable to attacks.  Victory is certain because of Jesus Christ, but that doesn’t mean the devil won’t try to slow you down, distract you, or even take you out of the game.

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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Oct 02

Easy or Obedient

I apologize it has been so long since my last post.  I pray the Lord will allow me to resume daily updates here.  The title of this blog might seem a little misleading, but hopefully it will make more sense shortly.  The issue here is discipleship.  The question is, do we want an easy discipleship or do we want an obedient discipleship.  Please understand that I am not talking about life in general or salvation.  I firmly believe that as God draws people and they hear the pure Gospel, they will give their life over to Christ.  However, salvation is the beginning point for a Christian, not the arrival point.  Before I go any further, let’s define what I mean by easy or obedient.  An easy discipleship is one in which you do the things that you desire to do such as pray occasionally or read your Bible occasionally.  This person might serve if it is convenient or even attend “extra” church services as their schedule allows them to.  Again this person has made a genuine profession of faith, but their faith is only surface deep.  An obedient disciple is one who follows all the instructions given by Christ and the Bible, including the ones that are difficult for them.  They live out their authentic faith in front of the world unashamedly.  If we are honest, most Christians live in the easy discipleship model.  Hebrews 5:12-14 says that although they should be teachers themselves, they need someone to teach them.  Those who opt for this model of discipleship simply need to know going forward that they will not experience all that God has for them because of the path they have chosen.  If we want to experience that abundant life He spoke of in John 10:10 then we are going to have to do things like love Him more than our father, mother, brother, sister, and all other relationships.  If we are going to obediently follow Him we are going to have to recognize that life isn’t about me and that what I desire no longer matters, but only what God desires.  We are going to have to live a life that has been radically transformed by God Himself which means the TV shows, radio programs, much of the music, etc. has no business in our life now because it doesn’t glorify God.  If we are going to be obedient we must be willing to go through persecution, suffering, trials, disciplining by God, and be willing to delay our ultimate gratification for when our life is over.  Being an authentic Christian has never been nor will it ever be easy, but you must answer this question, do you think it is worth it?  I can give you all the reasons in the world why I think an obedient life is worth it, but that isn’t going to help you.  You must make that choice.  One final warning, this will not be easy but with God’s help it is possible.  It is the only way we can be truly blessed by God, and it is the only way that a lost,dying world will know what God can do with any life.  I will close with familiar words, “Choose you this day whom you will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15)

By His grace and through His strength may we live for Him!

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Sep 21

Real Meat or Processed?

Wow what a difference 45 or so days makes!  August 1st of this year, hundreds of thousands of people who support traditional marriage flocked to Chick-Fil-A in support of their owner taking a biblical stand.  A few weeks later those who oppose traditional marriage staged a “kiss-in” that was no where near as large as they had hoped or what August 1st was.  And now breaks the story that Chick-Fil-A has changed their policy on who they will give to or more specifically who they will no longer be giving to.  I am going to attach an article from Baptist Press so that you can read the article yourself and come to your own conclusions.  Please understand that I am not claiming to have been in the board room during the decision process, nor was I there for all the criticism they took.  I have had my fair share of criticism launched at me (not to the degree they probably received mind you) and I can tell you it is no fun.  The kicker to the whole story is why the changed occurred.  It is clearly stated in the article, but here is the short version of it.  If they would change their stance, the Chicago Alderman would drop his protest of Chick-Fil-A opening in Chicago.  I feel as though Chick-Fil-A spit in the face of those who stood with them.  As one person on Facebook said, “so when are you going to start opening on Sundays?”  Luke 12:4-5 says, “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”  My message to Chick-Fil-A is this, you sold your convictions and your faithful customers out for a couple of stores (most likely Boston will now relinquish and let Chick-Fil-A there now as well).  You turned your back on God and His Word, something that you have stood for since your inception.  And now frankly, you are just like all the other fast food restaurants. Is your (Chick-Fil-A) faith in God so weak as to think that God could not continue to supply for you if you maintained your biblical beliefs?  God showed you what He could do on August 1st.  Just remember this Chick-Fil-A, the same God who blessed you for following His Word, can also remove that hand of blessing as seen in Deuteronomy 28:15, “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee.”

This is a reminder to all of us, our faith is only has strong as what we believe God can do.  It has been said that faith ends where fear begins.  Jesus told us in John 16 that we will have trials, but to be of good cheer because He overcame the world.  There is nothing too hard for God to do, but we must move from a talking faith to a walking faith.  Do you have enough faith to persevere until the end, even if it gets really hard?  Just know that testing will come, but Paul reminds us in Romans 8:37, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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Sep 19

Knowing the Playbook

Few things will irritate a coach like not knowing your playbook or the signals or whatever a coach might use.  These are designed to help the coach communicate with his players during the game without giving away valuable information.  Yet, there are always those who choose not to learn the playbook or the signals.  What got me to thinking about this was I read an article about a young man who chooses not to take his Bible to church.  His premise was the if he takes his Bible with him to church, he doesn’t listen to the preacher because he is reading his Bible.  Let me say two things at the outset.  First of all, I don’t know if this young man studies his Bible throughout the week and simply doesn’t take it to church or not.  Secondly, I don’t want to come off a judgmental or that I am somehow better than he is because I take my Bible to church (not just because I am a preacher).  His article got me to thinking because in it he said, “I want to know the Bible better so I choose to listen to the preacher rather than be distracted by having my Bible in my hand.”  How many people or how many times have you said, “I wish I knew the Bible better”?  For a Christian, the Bible is our playbook.  It was written by our coach (God) and given for us not just to look at, but to study, and to memorize so that as we are playing in the game, God can communicate with us to let us know what He desires us to do.  2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  There is a two-fold implication of “study to shew thyself approved.”  First, we should study our Bible so that we are approved by God, because as His children we should desire to know Him more and the easiest way to get to know God more is by studying His word.  Secondly, we should study our Bible so that we can “approve” others messages that we hear.  That is not to say that we should judge whether a preacher or teacher did a good job.  Rather it means that we should be able to say “yes this is from the Bible, taught in context, and useful in my life.”  So many people get led astray not because they are not intelligent, but rather because they choose to be ignorant of God’s word.  According to 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible teaches us what we should believe (doctrine), what we do wrong in God’s eyes (reproof), how to fix it (correction), and most importantly how to be saved (instruction in righteousness).  In other words, in God’s word is contained everything we would ever need in order to live a life that honors and pleases God.

The enemy of learning the playbook for players can be many things.  If you want to get more playing time, you must know the playbook.  When it comes to a Christian not learning more of the Bible, it comes down to one thing, we don’t spend enough time in God’s word.  We may read it, but we are not studying it.  So let’s all turn off the distractions, get alone with God’s word, and start studying so that we will be approved by God and used by God.

By His grace and through His strength, may we live for Him!

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