How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 10: Remember Who We Were, and Who God Is.

Here we are, dear readers. The last day of this journey. One of the most important things we can do as we strive to grow closer to God is to remember the things God has done for us. We give Him praise and glory for those things, and He blesses us and wows us all the more with different glorious things, that we can praise Him for, then He pours out more…do you see? It’s a wonderful cycle.
The thing that I believe happens to a lot of Christians is this. They start forming that relationship with God, and things begin to look up. Then they (I’m guilty too, I know) begin to get complacent. They think that “I’m okay, life is good. I can just relax here”. But Revelation 3:15-17 states that

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”.

This is a hard word-but the Lord has no place for a lukewarm, complacent Christian. This isn’t to say you won’t have periods in life where there seems to be no growth. This also isn’t to say that you shouldn’t enjoy the blessings of life. No! The Lord says he wants us to have life, and life to the fullest! We were created to enjoy life.
What I am saying, however, is don’t let that enjoyment get in the way of your walk with the Lord. Don’t let your good standing in this life hinder you in advancing in your relationship with Christ. Because do you know what happens when a relationship stalls?
It begins to fade.
I speak from personal experience here. Little by little you slip back into old habits. You think your standing with the Lord is good, so you allow things to creep back in. Little things. Things that don’t really matter. Before you know it they turn into bigger things, and bigger, and then you’re right back in the sin that you started in-and most of the time, in a worse position. This is a terrible place to be.
So how does one keep from reaching this place of complacency and the WRONG contentment?
By reminding themselves of all of the good that God has done for them.

While we were yet dead in our sins, Christ died to enable us to be alive in Him. WHILE WE STILL DIDN’T LOVE HIM, He loved us. While we spit on Him and rejected His name and lived our own way, He shed His own blood. Think of all the times, in your Christian and non-Christian walk, in which God intervened. That alone should inspire praise in all of us.

“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”

-Isaiah 12:5.

The Lord is perfect, and the things He does deserve praise. In my life He has kept me in many situations. I lived in a broken home, I was a player, I was alone and sad and desperate for attention and becoming suicidal. I was wanting intimacy from all the wrong people and places. Now, I have a home again. I have people around me who love me and care about me. I have a girlfriend I plan to marry. I have all the loneliness filled with the Holy Spirit. He turned my life completely around!! Why wouldn’t I want to praise Him?

To remember what God has done for you, I suggest keeping a journal of all of the good things God does in your life. Then, when you feel yourself sliding away, or growing too complacent, go back and read how God has been active in your life. Give Him the glory, and strive to grow even closer to Him. Trust me. Reflecting on where YOU used to be, and where God has brought you will inspire you to pursue Him.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We all owe Him our entire….everything. Entirely. When we stop and pause, and reflect and remember the wretches we were and the sin we were in and the terrible situations and how God pulls us through all of that….it will make us want to love Him and know Him even more!

In conclusion,
It is so important for us to have a relationship with our Lord.

“16 …But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

-2 Corinthians 3, 16-18.

God is continually working to love us and bless us and transform us!! We also need to work to continually let ourselves be transformed…learning about our Creator.

All praise and glory and majesty and honor be to my God, our God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died for our sins.

God bless you all!

~Michael Wright, Jr.~

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 9: It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint.

6As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing”

-2 Timothy 4:6-8

 

This isn’t a short road that we are on. It’s narrow, but it isn’t short. It’s something we run our entire lives, from the moment we are born again. 

People have the misconception that you can say a prayer and that’s it. You can continue to live life as is, no change. Cause you said the name of Jesus, right? You’re saved.

Partially right.

Jesus did say that anyone who calls on His name shall be saved. But it isn’t just what comes out of your lips that matters. Romans 10:9 says that “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
It’s always a matter of the heart. If all we had to do was say His name, everyone would be a Christian. But clearly not everyone is. 
One of the key things to forming a better relationship with God is knowing that it isn’t all at once. Things don’t just automatically get better, life doesn’t become easier. In  many respects, it becomes harder. But your heart gets better. Rest in the fact that the God who created the universe is now directly in you, in a relationship with you. And things will begin to change. Little by little, you’ll notice your attitude towards things changing. God can and does change our circumstances too, but when things around us don’t immediately get better we start to ask why? We are a society accustomed to getting things NOW. God doesn’t work on NOW time, He works on His time. God timing is much different. It may happen now. It may happen way later, and it may not be in the way we want it to. As The Lord declares in Isaiah 55:9, 

““As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

There’s another verse that mentions that the wisdom of men is foolishness to God. I think the key concept here is realizing something.
First, GOD KNOWS BEST. Always. He is perfect, therefore His reasoning is perfect. We need to be willing to stick with God for the long haul, because if we run the race to completion we will have done His work. If we continually bail on God in the things we see right before us we miss the blessings that are to come. 

Second, WE NEED TO TRUST HIM. Again, God knows what’s best. When the storms in our life don’t blow over right away, keep your joy! Know that God works all things to good for those who love Him and keep His commandments. Life gets really crappy sometimes, and that’s when it’s hardest to stay diligent in communicating with God. I urge that when things get tough, read your Bible MORE. Pray MORE. Meet with people who love God MORE. When we cling to Him when things are bad, we will see the fruit of it on the other side. 

 

When the ship starts to sink, don’t jump-walk on the water. 

 

In other words, trust in Jesus even when things go bad. Lean into Him more and realize that life is a long journey. You will always have struggles and battles. So take full advantage of the loving God who wants to be with you, and learn from Him and about Him. Talk with Him. Walk with Him. It’s not a sprint to get to Heaven. It’s a loooooonnnnng run, that’s only just beginning. So slow down, let life happen. Let God be your Lord and Savior. Obey Him. And keep walking on. 

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 8: Keep Fighting.

“Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into our tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on how your live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.”

-1 Timothy 4:15-16

 

One of the values that is almost lost in todays’ society, I believe, is perseverance. We have a tendency to want things NOW, and when circumstances get bad it becomes very hard to see things through. We feel lost, aimless, without direction. We wander and try to find ways around or out of the situation. We look to other things to fill the void now in us. We try and “forget” the bad situation by looking to other bad outlets. We forget about God.
What is means to persevere is that, when hard times come. one presses onward. Even when things get bad, when the skies turn cloudy and stormy, we have the strength and faith in God that we can walk on the water.

Perseverance isn’t always finding a way OUT of the darkness, but making it THROUGH the darkness. 

God doesn’t promise an easy road when we come to Christianity. I can attest to this fact. Since being saved two years ago, my life has gone through more ups and downs than ever! But with God, it’s been easier and easier for me to make it through the difficult times. This is why it’s important to have a relationship with God. When we are close to Him, we are better able to lean on Him when the storms come. 
For example: there was a man who built his house on sand. When the weather was nice, everything was all good. But when the storms came-when the winds and the rain hit-it fell apart instantly. There was another man who built his house on the rocks. Again, in nice weather it was all fine. But when the storms and winds came, his house stood firm. 

This story is a parable told by Jesus in Matthew chapter 7. When I am close to God, I’m like the man who built his house on the rocks. A solid, firm foundation is necessary to be able to get through the storms in life. If we don’t want to be close to God when things are good, He can’t really help us when things are bad, either. This is the man on the sand. He loved God when things were good but He didn’t stand when the storms came. He didn’t want to fully commit to God. The relationship we hold with our Lord is dependent upon our effort to maintain it. God is always there, and always will be. WE are the ones that accept or reject Him. He can guide us and show us why He knows best, but we still have a choice. 

I’ve made the choice to draw close to Him. 

Now, some people might ask why a loving God allows bad things to happen at all. My answer to that is twofold. First of all-in the same way that darkness is an absence of light, i believe the bad in this world is due to an absence of God. Bad things happen because God allows us to have a choice, and many people don’t choose God. 
Second, read what James has to say about perseverance. 
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow; for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”

-James 1:1-4

James says here that we are to actually REJOICE when we face tough times. This is a hard thing to do. Why should I be happy when I just lost my job, I have a household to provide for?? Why should I be happy when my wife just died, when my parents don’t understand me, when I get bullied at school, when my child gets ill?
God allows bad things to happen because they draw us closer to Him. They allow our faith to grow-and in return, our God provides for all our needs when we have faith in Him. Look at Job. He lost everything, and still trusted God, who returned to him multiplied all His possessions. How much more will God bless those spiritually who cling to Him through tough times? The bad times exist so that we can fully see the goodness of God through it all-how He works and moves all things to good for those who love Him. 

I can witness to the truth of all these things. Lately, I’ve been going through a lot of hard times. I was in limbo about colleges, my family isn’t doing well, I was having my own doubts and struggles. I knew I had to keep trusting in God and I did. I kept praying, and falling, and struggling, and believing on God to bring me through this. Little by little, things began to work out. As things started to sort out, I started reading more and praying and focusing on God. And as I did THAT, He began to work out even more issues in my life. Now, there are still some issues that exist. Not everything was just BLAM overnight fixed. But God has returned to me the joy of my salvation, and I am confident that things are going to work out to His glory. 

In conclusion, 

” 1I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,4and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
-2 Timothy 4:1-4

This is the call I personally feel in my life-to go preach. But it applies to all of us. We aren’t to lose ourselves to every sort of “feel good” doctrine and ministry that comes up. We are to stay vigilant, to help one another and support one another. We are called to endure hardship, leaning on the rock and the fortress of our salvation, Jesus Christ. Without a relationship with Him, life would be impossible. With Him, nothing is impossible. 

God bless you all!

~Michael Wright, Jr.~

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 7: Walking Through the Valley With High Hands

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

-Psalm 23

The biggest challenge in developing a daily routine, in having a continuous daily relationship with our Lord is life itself. We get busy! It’s as simple as that. I can attest to this myself-I didn’t continue this blog this weekend because I was busy. But it took a toll. When we get out of the Word, when we get out of communication with God, things get a little harder. The best thing to do in these situations is to just pray. To seek God, to commune with Him, to get back into His glorious light.

This is easier said then done.

The hardest thing in the Christian walk is to accept the fact that life isn’t going to get any easier. In many respects, it gets harder. You may have to walk away from the only kind of life you’ve ever known. You may be called to leave friends, family, spouses, jobs, your life. Becoming a Christian isn’t just something you can put on a bumper sticker or wear on your wrist. It’s an entirely new way of life, and it’s a way of life that requires sacrifice daily. This is where the easy and hard collide.

I think many of us would agree that it’s easy to love God and talk with Him and praise Him when life is good. When we feel blessed, and when things are going fine, I can give Him all the glory for my wonderful life. But when times are hard we often forget about giving Him praise, about talking with HIM about our problems. Instead, we try and work things out on our own. This is a bad idea. I’ve done it time and time again. Time and time again I’ve failed. In Scripture it says that the wisdom of man is foolishness to God. Even on our best and brightest day, when we think we have it all figured out, it’s foolishness to our perfect God. So how can we survive in this crazy and crappy world? How do we survive in the dark?

First, we have to admit that life isn’t a cakewalk after accepting Christ. Matthew 7:13-15 says this familiar passage:
“13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

The Greek translation (instead of “highway to hell”)  is “road that leads to destruction”. Both wordings are accurate. The ways of the world are easy. They satisfy that inner craving to have WHAT we want WHEN we want it, NOW. The ways of the world are fun! They stimulate all of the pleasures God gave us, but in a fashion that leads us to death. And it’s easy.
The narrow way-God’s way-is hard. Few people find it. It’s narrow, first of all, which means that there isn’t room to stray to either side. It’s difficult, which means it’s a hard road to travel on. It’s not all smooth sailing. And few people find it. That means all those people you went drinking with, or smoking, or the girlfriend who you have sex with, or the “cool” crowd you roll with…those people have to go. They won’t help you on this road.
Christianity is not easy.
And once we can come to grips with this fact, the easier it becomes to accept the next part.

Because living a life for Christ isn’t easy, having Christ in your life makes it easy.

WHAT?

As much of a flip flop as this statement is, it’s true. While life doesn’t get any easier, having God makes things easier to handle. Your circumstances may not physically change for the better automatically. The sun doesn’t come out and millions of dollars pour from the sky. But YOU change. Your outlook changes, your attitude changes, your response to situations change. And in that, things around you start to look better. You can look at a bad situation and find out what God is doing in it. The bad situation may not get better right away. It’s OK though, because you know you have a God who works all things out to good for those who love Him and obey His commandments.

A different view in your heart results in a different view of the world. 

Here’s an example. There was a man named Job. He had absolutely everything he needed and more; he was blessed beyond comparison. Satan asked God if he could mess with Job, thinking Job wouldn’t serve and praise God through the bad times. Satan was wrong. Job continued to worship God, after losing his wealth, house, servants, and kids. Even when Job messed up and questioned God, God answered and Job repented. Then he was even more blessed than before.
Another example. There was a man named Abraham. He, too, was incredibly blessed and wealthy. God asked him to move himself and his family into a land that they had never known. Abraham obeyed instantly. God also asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Abraham was willing to go so far as kill his own son for God. (Don’t worry, God stopped it before anything happened). Abraham became the father of many, many nations in the world; being blessed by the Lord even more so.

Last example. There was a man named Jesus. He preached on all sorts of things, including the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. He preached repentance, and mercy, and hell, and heaven, and a whole host of things that some people didn’t want to hear. He was threatened and beaten and eventually killed. But in the end, He rose from the dead to go be with His Father in Heaven.

These three men all have something in common. All of them were in constant communion with God. All of them were called to make some pretty enormous sacrifices. And all of them continually praised the Lord through the dark times. When we walk through the valleys of the shadows of death in our life, we don’t need to be afraid.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it”
John 1:5

The dark will never overcome the light. So even though the world around me is dark, I have the light in me. I myself would naturally succumb to the darkness. It’s human nature; sin nature. We are dark creatures. With Christ, who is the Light of the world, His light shines through me to dispel  the darkness. This is why it’s so important to have a relationship with Christ. Without that daily communion, our flame slowly diminishes until we are so weak that we give in to the dark. We need to walk and talk with God to stay strong.

In conclusion, know that there will be hard times. There will be difficult seasons in life, and tragedies, and just plain bad things that happen. That’ life. That’s the world we live in. But also know that, despite all the bad, God is good. He is perfect. He is the one you and I need to put our hope and trust and everything into. He is the one we need to communicate with and lean on. He is the one that we need to draw strength from. He should be our everything, and we should do everything we can to be continually learning from and about Him. This is why every day we need to be praying, reading our Bible, talking with other believers. I realize this is not possible for every day, but we need to make EFFORT to be close to our God.

God bless,

~Michael Wright, Jr. ~

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 6: You Gotta Have Friends..

“As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.”

-Proverbs 27:17

 

An iconic verse, one we all recognize. But do we really take into account what this means? One of the biggest things that we as Christians need to do is be in fellowship, with other believers. We need to surround ourselves with those who will build us up, who will walk with us in faith and who will help us towards Christ. This isn’t to say that we can’t have friends who aren’t Christian. I do. But those I trust-those who are closest to me-are followers of Christ.

The first reason we need to have great fellowship is because we can’t do this alone! Proverbs 26:12 says “Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.”. When we try and do things in our own strength we fail. We also fail to see our own faults as easily as someone else could. Matthew 7:1-5 says this. ” “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”. We so clearly see the faults in others but not the ones in ourselves. Fellowship is important because together, IN LOVE, we can help eachother move on towards excellence. We notice areas where others are struggling that they might not even notice. We also can praise someone else when we see the growth in their life in Christ. Like in Hebrews 3:13, 

” You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.”. We are to warn each other, pray with each other, celebrate with each other. 

Another reason why we are to fellowship is because we are all the body of Christ! We need to be able to stick together, no matter where we are or who we are with. The church in America is so concerned with time, with focusing on how “I” can have a better relationship with God. We have forgotten about the “we” aspect of the church. First of all we need to remember that we have all messed up. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” –Romans 3:23. We are all in the same boat, from the beginning. We all have fallen short. 

But there is good news! We all also, now being saved, belong to the Kingdom of God. 1st Peter 2:9 says that “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”. The King James translation calls us a peculiar people. I can say from experience us Christians are peculiar. but we ARE the church. It’s not a building, it’s the people of God who are in the building.
I will repeat that.

CHURCH is not just a building, it’s the PEOPLE filled with the SPIRIT of GOD INSIDE the building.
 
Or outside.
Or wherever you decide to hold it. Church is there when you just hold worship sessions in a park on a Saturday morning. It’s wherever God’s people gather to worship Him and glorify Him and spread His gospel. We need to fellowship with one another because that’s the only way the true Church of the Living God will be known. What we need to form is relationships. Our God is a relational God. He wants to have intimate personal relationships with us. I’m not saying everyone has to know all your business all the time. But there is something I love about being able to walk up to anyone in my church, kid or adult, and say “I have a problem” and they’ll listen. To just talk with about the things of God. To be a family. We are a family. We need to act like one instead of just keeping things to ourselves. 

In conclusion, they will know us by our fruits, how we love one another, right? Let’s love one another. Get together with a few friends and pray after school. Talk with that kid you don’t really know from church, make a friend. Reach out into your church community. Go out to eat. Food is such an integral part of society. Jesus ate with His disciples-and even when we take communion, we should do it as a body of believers. Our individual faith with God does come first. But we have the help and love and support of those around us! We are not alone. Our God leads us and our family is right there, walking that narrow path with us. Let’s take advantage of that. Let’s act like the churches of old, and not just meet once a week. Let’s get to know who we really are. I pray that there is a revival of the real Church of God in this city, state, whole country. Meetings at people’s houses again. Group evangelism. Not confining ourselves to four walls but letting the Love of Christ spill out from our very being!

God bless,

~Michael Wright, Jr.~ 

 

p.s. sometime later I’ll give a nice bigger, in depth look into what it means to be the Body of Christ. I feel this is a good intro, though, and can be understood. I still am in school. Need sleep. The Lord inspires these messages and I know there will be more on this to come! For now, just know you need to make connections and friendships with fellow Christians, not just  you attend the 11 o’clock together. Goodnight! 🙂

 

How To Walk the Narrow Road! Day 5: BYOB-Bring Your Own Bible

Before I begin, I apologize for not blogging this weekend. I was incredibly busy! I have returned, though, and we shall pick up where we left off. We are halfway through this series, and today’s topic is one of utmost importance. So PAY ATTENTION! It’s about how to stay in God’s Word. 

15Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

-2 Timothy 2:15

 

Remember when you were first saved, and you had this unquenchable zeal to read the Bible? You wanted to find out as much as you could as fast as possible. You were excited, enthused, about the Word of God. Then, as time went on, life started to get hectic. You’d skip a day of reading here and there. It’s okay. God understands, you’re busy. Then before you know it, you barely pick the thing up.
“Oh, but yes I’m  a Christian! I love God so, soooo much.

What? No, I don’t know what the Bible says about that.
Ask the pastor. 
You don’t go to church?

Well, I wish I could help, but I can’t. I’ll pray for you.”

 

There is a lackadaisical attitude today towards the Bible. It’s been slandered, cut down, pushed around, outsold, and ignored. It’s the most controversial book ever written. Why? Because it contains truth. The Bible is the living, breathing, Word of God. 

 ”  1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being .4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

-John 1:1-4.

The Word of God is Christ Himself. Jesus IS the Word of God. Wrap your mind around that for a second. Do you know what this means? It means that this isn’t just some book, written thousands of years ago by some men and then the meaning has been lost through translation, or any of those theories. It is alive! It was applicable then and it is still now. While the times and customs have changed, Jesus hasn’t. 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”


-Hebrews 4:12

 

Again, the Word is alive. It isn’t a set of rules and regulations all listed out. The Word of God applies to each of our lives specifically. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read the SAME VERSE and had it speak something different to me every time. That’s because this is a way God communicates with us-through His Word. Remember the last lesson? We need to have a good relationship, good communication with the Lord to stay strong and in His ways. The Bible is the biggest way that God communicates with us! It tells us everything we need to know about..anything! 
No, there aren’t specific verses dealing with tattoos, directly. But there are verses that speak of honoring God with our bodies. There isn’t a command that church has to be on a Sunday, or a Saturday. But God does speak to the fact that we need a day of rest in Him. The Word deals with each of our lives in a very personal way. That’s the amazing thing about our God. He wrote a book that can speak to you as you need it and me as I need it. That’s because it’s alive. 

 

That’s the first reason it’s important to read God’s Word. He speaks to us through it! What does He speak? Words of comfort, rebuke, joy, admonition, reproach, praise, peace. The history within it gives us stories of people who are just like us! It shows us how to and how not to live. It shows us what wretched people WE are, and how perfect our God is. 
” 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

-2 Timothy 3:16

 

ALL Scripture. Not just some of it. Not just, the rules and commandments. Not just, it’s a cool book with good stories that teach you how to live. It is DIVINELY INSPIRED AND WRITTEN. How else do you think that the same gospel message could have been carried across? over 2,000 years of history and the same story is being told. I find that incredible. We need to get in our hearts that this isn’t just another book. Again, it’s alive, and it’s supernaturally written. Men wrote it, but the book is God’s. And if God is perfect, so is His Word. If the Word is perfect, then the things said in it must be exactly as they are. And if THAT is true, the commandments and guides given on how we should live must also be perfect. 
Follow?

The message for today, is, 

God’s perfect Word should be the rock of our imperfect lives. 

We mess up. We make mistakes we fall back we fall away run away hide deny…all these things. But if we base our lives upon the Word of God and strive to live according to it, then we will be okay. I mess up every single day. Before I wrote this, I was distracted and stressed till God just told me to go pray and write. My girlfriend said the same thing. Getting into His Word, meditating on the Lord and reading what He has given us will straighten our lives out in no time!

But, how come so many “Christians” believe so many different things? What’s right?

The answer to that, dear reader, is discernment by way of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Godhead-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. How that works, I don’t know. Don’t ask me. All I know is that it is all God but yet a separate entity. When Jesus ascends into Heaven He sends the Holy Spirit to be a guide and a help until He returns. (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit is here to give us guidance, insight, and discernment into the Word of God. There is one right interpretation of the Bible. We just don’t know it, by our own nature. With the Holy Spirit that is imparted into us upon being born again, we can begin to figure that out. Now, I am of the belief that just because there is a disagreement about something biblical, it doesn’t mean one person isn’t truly living for the Lord. There will always be mistakes and misinterpretations. Our job as believers is to not fight about it, but to sit down and let the Holy Spirit minister to us in figuring things out. If we allow God to guide us as we read, He will never show us wrong. Getting into the Word of God helps you to get to know God-both intellectually and, more so, spiritually. The best thing to do (and I’ve seen it myself happen) when a disagreement arises, or you personally don’t understand something, is ask the Author who wrote it! And sometimes we aren’t meant to know everything right now. That’s okay. We aren’t called to figure out the Bible completely; it’s not possible. We are called to be in it daily, learning from and about our Lord and savior. 

In conclusion, the Word of God is so, so so important. It gives us direction and clarity on life. It is a direct line with God because it IS God. It helps us to navigate through tough situations, and it teaches us how to become more like Christ. It is the final authority on all subjects and all matters, because it was written by the highest authority. I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am not ashamed of the Word of the Lord it is contained in. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, read God’s Word. It has the power to transform you, to renew broken spirits, to set fire to a soul, to turn weeping into dancing. It convicts, it reproaches, it encourages. It endures time. It is eternal, because it is God, and God is eternal. Read your Word and get to know God. You will be better equipped to handle life’s situations, people’s questions, your own wonders and desires. It will help you to know God. 

 

God bless, 

~Michael Wright, Jr.~