Every Word of God Is True

every word of God

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5

I know it’s not Friday, but I started preaching to myself from the April Topical Trusting God Bible Reading Challenge and God whispered to my heart. Yes. Share that.

Believing God

Some think religion is for sissies, wimps or the faint of  heart. I know a few people who believe that it’s crazy to believe in God when you can’t see him. How do you believe in what you cannot see? Faith. Faith has the power to move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) Then what does it mean to trust God? Trusting God means that we believe he is who he says he is and he will do what he says he will do.

For Christians, we believe he is who he says he is. The God of the universe saved our souls when we believed in him, received his free gift of salvation, and trusted him for an eternal home in heaven.

But the struggle often lies in trusting God with our daily affairs.

I believe that struggle begins with the first portion of the verse above.

Every Word of God Proves True

As Christians, we believe God’s Word. But two things happen at this critical point of knowing every word of God is true.

First, we often don’t know what God’s Word says. So we form our own opinions and then try to fit our opinions in the Bible somewhere. And when what we believe doesn’t fit with what God says, we’re upset. We think:  Why didn’t God do such and such?  or Why did God do such and such? 

We must know God’s Word to believe God’s Word. That’s why Bible reading and study are so vital to daily Christian life.

How can we base our beliefs on the truth of the Bible if we don’t even know what it says?

The second problem is that we like to pick and choose the parts we want to believe. We forget about “every word” and snag the ones that fit our own agendas. We cherry pick the Bible and then wonder why the jam we make from the pickings is bitter.

Every word. Not some. Not a few. Every word of God is true. So how can we pick and choose which verses we want to believe? How is it that we trust God for eternal salvation but fail to trust him for everyday solutions?

he is a shield to those who take refuge in him…

Oh Friend, this morning I woke up with a heavy burden after receiving some news late last night. The news is not devastating, just disappointing and the struggle was real this morning before I even got out of bed.

  • Am I trusting God for his hand in daily affairs or not?
  • Do I believe that every word of God is true?
  • Do I believe that he knows every detail of the situation and has the best plan for our family’s good and his glory? (Thank you for the reminder yesterday, Pastor Dale and Pastor Ken!)

So I ran to Jesus- the shield to those who take refuge in him.

The choice is yours today as well.

Run and take refuge or resist and gain nothing.

What struggle keeps you from believing that God’s plan is best for your good and his glory?

Rachel

A Prayer for Boldness

Whether starting a small business, adopting a baby, or moving across state lines, acting on life’s big decisions requires significant character. Wisdom and understanding? Yes. Deep desire and passion? Yes. But one thing larger-than-life decisions require is completely undeniable.

That one trait? Boldness.

A little over a week ago, a friend and I sat down and talked about what God is doing in our lives and the current mission we believe God has us to do. She asked me about a few of the projects I believe God has placed on my heart and as we talked, I realized something. I had given my friend some of the ideas floating around in my head and some of them that have made their way to paper, but the truth is: I’m afraid to fully share my visions for ministry.

If you can’t even dare to tell someone your ideas, then how in the world will you ever see them come to life?

So my prayer for the last ten days or so has been for boldness. My guess is that you have a few life decisions of your own that require courage beyond your own, so I wanted to share this prayer for boldness with you.

A Prayer for Boldness

Dear Father,

When I think about the largeness of life,
I often feel small and unknown.
The task ahead hangs over me
And instead of enjoying the adventure,
I’m embracing the anxiety.
Jesus, help me be strong.
Oh that my heart would dare for you
With total abandonment of my inhibitions.
May your love abolish any fears
And exchange my wavering for unfaltering.
May your strength annihilate my feeble thoughts
And infuse my spirit with your power.
Give me the boldness to step forward
In full courage for your glory.
Because Your Word promises
that you began a good work in me
And you will complete it.
May I fully believe and treasure the promise.
Amen.

a prayer for boldness

 

 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

I hope you find mounds of courage and depths of bravery upon praying this prayer for boldness today!

Rachel

 

If You Think Faith Is About the Rules

faith about the rules

Are you a rule keeper or a rebel? All of us have a natural tendency towards one or the other, perhaps according to the circumstances of a situation. I have a confession to make- I’m a rule keeper. A rule follower. Someone who actually likes the rules and gets upset when others break them. My husband will tell you: I’m the one who always puts the grocery cart back in the parking lot corral, and then wishes the carts could be organized alphabetically. Rules often bring order to an otherwise chaotic world, in my humble opinion. When you are a rule follower, it’s easy to think poorly of the rebels in the crowd.

If you think faith is all about the rules, you’re right, to some degree.

But it can be a bad thing to be all about the rules- if you are following the wrong rules.

Jesus Broke the Rules

Can you imagine what it would have been like to follow Jesus around while he was on the earth? To be one of his disciples and watch the miracles happen before your very eyes? One of my favorite miracle stories in the Bible is the man born blind who Jesus healed.

The religious leaders of the day had difficulty understanding Jesus. Since they didn’t believe he was the long-awaited Messiah, everything he did was scrutinized by them. How could he perform these miracles? And yet the thing that baffled them the most? He had healed a man, gasp, on the Sabbath.

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”  John 9:16

How could he have the audacity to heal a man on the Sabbath? Didn’t he know the rules? The rules were that no work should be done on the Sabbath; it was a day of rest, dictated by a list of do’s and don’t’s. Don’t carry things beyond a certain number of paces. Do nothing that would gain attention. The list included not only the laws passed down from the Old Testament, but also the interpretations of those laws as understood by the law keepers of the day.  But the Pharisees were missing the biggest point.

Now I’ve heard sermons about how they missed the point that Jesus broke the rules for a reason. The man was more important than the law. And that’s true.

And I’ve read messages and articles about how the Pharisees couldn’t see past the man to the message of Jesus. And that’s true too. They were trying to put God in a box; nothing can hold him.

But the biggest lesson I’ve learned from this beautiful miracle?

Jesus Changed the Rules

In another situation where the religious rule keepers of the day tried to test Jesus, a question of epic proportions was asked:

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Mark 12:28

Oh mercy. It’s all about the rules, bout the rules, bout the rules. 

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

Essentially Jesus said, “The rules have changed. I’m here now.”

The rules under Jesus were much shorter. Rather than volumes of words that covered everything from which animals to sacrifice for which sins and not to wear two pieces of clothing made from different types of fabric, the law was boiled down to two simple rules.

Love God.

Love others.

If You Ever Think Faith Is About the Rules

I’m really thankful for my Christian heritage, as I grew up with wonderful Christian parents in a small community. But honestly, I missed something along the way, because when I reached my late teens and early twenties, my faith was really all about the rules. How often I needed to go to church, how many times a week I was supposed to be reading my Bible, how often should I be praying, whether or not it was ok for a woman to wear pants, how long my skirts had to be, the list could go on and on. The Christian college I attended boasted of an extremely long list of rules and I typically kept them to the letter as much as I could.

I was so caught up in keeping the rules and checking off lists that I completed missed out on the fact that Jesus changed the rules. To live out my faith in Christ, all I needed to do was love God and love others. Everything else would fall into place. No one could dictate a set of rules that would guide me. Why?

The Holy Spirit Rules Our Hearts

When Jesus left this world, he did not leave us alone. If you’ve accepted Christ as your way to Heaven, then the Holy Spirit is living inside of you; showing you the way to love God and love others. He is the one who guides us daily and he is the one who empowers us to live out those two simple rules of loving God and loving others.  I don’t know what the Holy Spirit impresses on someone else; therefore I can’t know their life rules. I only know what he whispers to me as he holds my heart reins, guiding me each day.

If you’ve ever thought that faith in God is about the rules, you’re right, but the rules are no longer listed out on a piece of parchment. They are scripted into our hearts as we read God’s Word and listen to his voice.

Living out faith in Christ doesn’t mean abiding by the rules of our minds.

Living out faith in Christ means abiding in the Ruler of our hearts.

Please tell me I’m not alone here. Have you ever gotten caught up in trying to keep all the rules?

Rachel