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Monday, August 29, 2016

GOD’S BLUEPRINT FOR LIVING

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New Living Translation 
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
       There are those who don’t believe in the existence of God. Not believing in God, they dismiss the Bible as His inerrant word. I choose to believe that all scripture is from the mouth of God and was given to those faithful believers who would wrote it down through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I choose to believe scripture when it says that it is useful to us. 
       Can I prove God exists? No. Can I prove the Bible is His inerrant word? No; but Christianity isn’t a belief system based on evidence, it’s a belief system based on faith. Faith requires no evidence. When you truly believe in something by faith it permeates your soul and changes you. The word of God is meant to change you from the inside out. You have to believe it and place your full trust in an unseen deity. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it is impossible to please God without faith; a five letter word that spells the difference between heaven and hell. The whole redemptive process starts with faith. God, Jesus Christ, forgiveness from sin, new life, eternal home with the Lord; nothing comes into play unless you start with faith.
          So having said all that, those that choose to believe in God and in His word should know that it is a very useful tool for all the things Paul mentions in his second letter to Timothy. How can we possibly know how to act or react as believers without an example or a blueprint for living? Christ is our example and the Bible is our blueprint. We must understand that when Jesus says in John 15:5 that we can do nothing without Him, he is speaking in eternal terms, not physical. I have always taken that verse to mean that while we can go about the normal events in our daily lives like eating, dressing and bathing by ourselves, we can do nothing of any eternal value without the Spirit of God working in and through us. We can do great things in this life for God if we will accept God for who He is and allow Him to do a great work in us. So let’s get out of His way and let God be God in us.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible, published by Tyndale House.
Hebrews 11:6  “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

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