Why should we know God's Word?

In our day and age where anti-intellectualism runs rampant in the visible church, it is not surprising to see poll after poll verify what students of scripture have known for many years. The visible church does not know much about the scriptures they profess to believe in. This is sad considering many saints during the Reformation period lost their lives for the sake of being able to read and study God's word. Not to mention the many passages in scripture that speak as such:

Isaiah 66:2 This is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Psalm 19:7-8 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalm 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.

The posts on this blog will address essential Biblical doctrines of the Christian faith. You can find much of the background for the posts here. My prayer for these posts is that the people who read them will be encouraged to open their Bibles and not just read a verse or two, but learn them and indeed, be transformed by them. As Jesus prayed, "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:17). This is my prayer as well.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Humility Needed - pt 1

30 biblical indicators as to whether pride is resident in our hearts. Read these slowly, prayerfully and with a repentant heart.

1.Complaining against or passing judgment on God (Numbers 14:1-4, 9, 11; Romans 9:20)
2.A lack of gratitude (2 Chronicles 32:25)
3.Anger (Proverbs 28:25; Matthew 20:1-16)
4.Seeing yourself as better than others (Luke 7:36-50)
5.Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts and abilities (Acts 12:21-23)
6.Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities (1 Cor. 12:14-25)
7.Perfectionism (Matthew 23:24-28)
8.Talking too much (Proverbs 10:19)
9.Talking too much about yourself (Proverbs 27:2; Galatians 6:3)
10.Seeking independence or control (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:21)
11.Being consumed with what others think (Galatians 1:10)
12.Being devastated or angered by criticism (Proverbs 13:1)
13.Being unteachable (Proverbs 19:20; John 9:13-34)
14.Being sarcastic, hurtful, degrading, talking down to them(Proverbs 12:18, 24)
15.A lack of service (Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 2:10)
16.A lack of compassion (Matthew 5:7, 18:23-35)
17.Being defensive or blame-shifting (Genesis 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:1)
18.A lack of admitting when you are wrong (Proverbs 10:17)
19.A lack of asking forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24)
20.A lack of biblical prayer (Luke 18:10-14)
21.Resisting authority or being disrespectful (1 Peter 2:13-17)
22.Voicing preferences or opinions when not asked (Philippians 2:1-4)
23.Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5)
24.Maximizing others’ sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 18:9-14)
25.Being impatient or irritable with others (Ephesians 4:31-32)
26.Being jealous or envious (1 Corinthians 13:4)
27.Using others (Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:3-4)
28.Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults, and mistakes (Proverbs 11:3; 28:13)
29.Using attention-getting tactics (1 Peter 3:3,4)
30.Not having close relationships (Proverbs 18:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25)

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