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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hope...



As a Christian my desire is to know my Savior, He is my Father after all. There is only one way to really know our Lord and that is by reading and learning the Scriptures as written in the one and only Holy Bible inspired by God Himself.  

Our experience in the Christian life must be measured by what is written in the canon, which comes from the Greek word "kanon" meaning a rule or standard. Christians can only learn the plan and will of God through diligent study of the Word of God along with prayer. 

Our hope does not come in the form of emotionalism and feeling, our hope comes from thinking and knowing the mind of Christ which is the canon of Scripture, as Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:16 "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ." We cannot know our Savior personally or His will for us without His instruction as David sang in Psalm 138:2 "I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For you have magnified Your word according to all Your name." God elevates His word above His name. 

Every word of the Bible is for our edification, learning it is how we grow spiritually in Christ by changing our thinking to His thinking. Without the Word of God instructing us we will never understand the "blessed hope" Paul spoke of in Titus 2:13 "looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus." 

I hope that Christians will wake up and desire to search the Word for themselves and to hear the Word of God taught from a pastor teacher who is equipped and isn't ashamed to teach the Truth to a flock that is willing to listen. We are commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15 to "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." 

I'll just end with this verse from Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." The Word of God is our standard for life, it is more important than food for the believer and is essential for our spiritual growth. It's always comforting to read the Psalms or Song of Solomon, delve into the mind of our Lord, the more you seek Christ the more He becomes the desire of your heart. 

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