Verse: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
Many Christians these days claim to walk with Jesus. However, most are actually crawling backwards with their eyes on their iPhone, their ears plugged with music, and their minds distracted with social networking, Netflix, or the news. Quite candidly, this is more like stumbling along without Jesus. Most Christ Followers do not have a solid foundation in biblical literacy. Nor do they take the time daily to read Scripture. Furthermore, many pastors are unequipped and untrained to teach their members.
This week we established the basic facts of the Bible. We also learned it is impossible to mature in Christ without immersing into the Word of God. To spiritually grow one must bathe in Scripture. Part of the journey of sanctification and transformation involves a cleansing process. If the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit is the One that washes us clean, then the Word of God is the spring from which the water gushes. Nevertheless, we must be willing participants in this regeneration.
“All Scripture is inspired…” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible does not suggest part of Scripture is inspired…or only some of Scripture is inspired. No. All Scripture…The question is, do you believe this?
Regrettably, this stands as a road block for many Christians- but one which cannot be ignored. Context is critical. Most I know do not actually truly investigate The Bible, and fully understand why they believe this? They simply prefer to remain confused. Never forget. Time, purpose, and culture must be considered when reading God’s Word. As mentioned prior, no individual would ever take a stanza from Shakespeare or Beowulf to push an agenda. Nevertheless, this is done consistently with the Bible.
“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in Heaven,” (Psalm 119:89). The Word of God is settled in God’s Kingdom. Is it settled in your heart? Do you trust Scripture? Are you allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in you? This week we determined there is more documentary evidence for The Bible than any other ancient writing. Yet, many discount this fact as well. Will you let God’s Word be settled in your own heart, and surrender all to Christ? These are questions that must be continuously addressed when attempting to authentically walk with Jesus.
Additional Readings: Psalm 119, 2 Corinthians 7
Quote: “I must cleanse myself from all filthiness in my flesh and my spirit until both are in harmony with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I mentally rebellious and defiant? Am I allowing the mind of Christ to be formed in me? (Philippians 2:5)…” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Prayer: Father God, I pray that the mind of Christ is formed in me. Help me with my unbelief. I surrender my will, stubbornness, and pride. I pray that the Word of God comes alive to me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.