Matthew 16:6 “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
We are often trusting of those preachers and teachers that open their Bible and stand before us. But how are we to know what they are telling us is the truth? How are we to determine that our church is following what is pleasing to our Heavenly Father?
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
To prove is to test, discern, or determine. To do so, we must have a standard by which we gauge what we are trying. This brings us to the Word of God. There are so many versions out there that it seems like the “Bible of the Month” club.
This author set out to determine which Bible is trustworthy, and for me, I have found it. Debates swirl around the ‘originals’ and whether or not the interpretation is valid. Others cite the age of the manuscripts from which the interpretation was taken. God told us that His words are our lifeblood.
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
If we are to live by every word of God, we must have an every word Bible. This author has chosen to use the King James Bible to quote and use our meditations here at Daily Manna.
I do not wish to debate, but I would like to challenge you, the reader, to research which version is “your” every word Bible.
When you have established your “every word Bible,” you can have the standard by which you judge the truth you read and hear. Take this challenge:
“Determine the process you will follow when two differing views are presented.”
There are two differing views. One says it is faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone. Others say it depends on our work, behavior, AND our faith in Christ. Still, others want to see proof of salvation by demonstrating faith through tongues or miraculous works.
How does one choose rightly?
The search for God’s right Word should settle the matter that what we choose becomes what will tell us what is right and wrong. But the critical element is that we submit to the truth even when we disagree or it reveals that we are in the wrong.
If we choose based on what makes us feel good or makes us look good, we set ourselves up to be the authority choosing the standard instead of allowing God to show us what is right. Simply, we become the god of our life, determining what is right and wrong.
Jesus was trying to teach His disciples that they need be wary of anyone teaching doctrine different from His. Jesus and His words became the standard for them. Not all of those who followed believed as those twelve disciples did.
Setting up the foundational process by which we determine truth will fashion our future. Start wrong, and we will not like the end result – so says God.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Taking God’s counsel for all matters allows Him to guide our path every day. Leave God out of the decision-making process, and we will take His place to determine right and wrong on our own.
Adam and Eve became gods unto themselves when they chose to cross God’s boundaries. The Word of God records the decisions and results of every Bible character. It has been recorded for our learning.
Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Ultimately, God has given you and me a choice. We can choose to submit to His way or ours. It is as simple as that. Choosing to follow God’s way takes submission to a higher authority. Selecting any other path is setting ourselves as god.