What God Says...Bible

"We have to continually be reminded of the things we already know" - Roy Ingbre

The Bible is used by all kinds of people to seemingly support their special version of "Christianity". We have seen that varied and deviant beliefs can be backed by using specifically selected scriptures, if taken out of context. It's done by cults and special interest groups as well as Christian preachers who take their own doctrine and beliefs and search for verses or portions of scripture that will appear to support their view. The greater number of Christians who are not typically students of the Bible nor church history, mostly follow along with what is preached and taught by those whom they trust to deliver the true Word and the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). The important thing however, is to let the Word of God speak for itself and correctly expound upon it (2 Tim 2:15) under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, rather than trying to bring credibility to ones own personal views, traditions or doctrines. We must always seek truth no matter where it leads, because truth brings freedom. Jesus said; "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31,32). The only way to know truth is by abiding in His Word, no matter where it leads, and obey it in faith;  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (1Jn 2:3). This is a responsibility of every Christian, not just the "ministry".

 "...To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth..." 
- Jesus Christ  (Jn 18:37)

The subjects contained in the following LIBRARY are not meant to be
exhaustive studies, but embrace enough content for a clear understanding and hopefully encouraging you to further study in God's Word.

Are You Listening to God?
"They said to Moses, 'You speak with us, and we will hear;
but let not God speak with us, lest we die' " -Exodus 20:19

We don't consciously and deliberately disobey God - we simply don't listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them - not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. "If you love Me, keep My commandments" (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled shame and humiliation for ignoring Him.
    "You speak with us,....but let not God speak with us...." We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don't want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God's servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative. We respond by saying, "Well, that's only your own idea, even though I don't deny that what you said is probably God's truth."
     Am I constantly humiliating God by ignoring Him, while He lovingly continue to treat me as His child? Once I finally do hear Him, the humiliation I have heaped on Him returns to me. My response then becomes, "Lord, why was I so insensitive and obstinate?" This is always the result once we hear God. But our real delight in finally hearing Him is tempered with the shame we feel for having taken so long to do so.

From My Utmost for His Highest - by Oswald Chambers
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NOTE: Typically, many read material like this with a predisposed mindset and often do not read all of any given article, but mainly browse through it. However, even though a few of these articles are lengthy, I encourage you to peruse them carefully with an open mind. An attitude of, "I may learn something" or "I may be reminded of something",  is always  best  for staying alert, gaining understanding and continue to grow.

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