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.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Humility Needed - pt 2

Here are 24 manifestations of the fruit of Christ exalting humility.

1.Recognizing and trusting God’s character (Psalm 119:66)
2.Seeing yourself as having no right to question or judge an Almighty and Perfect God (Psalm 145:17; Romans 9:19-23)
3.Focusing on Christ (Philippians 1:21; Hebrews 12:1-2)
4.Biblical praying and a great deal of it (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1-2)
5.Being overwhelmed with God’s undeserved grace and goodness (Psalm 116:12-19)
6.Thankfulness and gratitude in general towards others (1 Thess. 5:18)
7.Being gentle and patient (Colossians 3:12-14)
8.Seeing yourself as no better than others (Romans 12:16; Ephesians 3:8)
9.Having an accurate view of your gifts and abilities (Romans 12:3)
10.Being a good listener (James 1:19; Philippians 2:3-4)
11.Talking about others only if it is good or for their good (Proverbs 11:13)
12.Being gladly submissive and obedient to those in authority (Rom. 12:1-2, 13:1-2)
13.Preferring others over yourself (Romans 12:10)
14.Being thankful for criticism or reproof (Proverbs 9:8, 27:5-6)
15.Having a teachable spirit (Proverbs 9:9)
16.Seeking always to build up others (Ephesians 4:29)
17.Serving (Galatians 5:13)
18.A quickness in admitting when you are wrong (Proverbs 29:23)
19.A quickness in granting and asking for forgiveness (Colossians 3:12-14)
20.Repenting of sin as a way of life (Colossians 3:1-14; 1 Timothy 4:7-9)
21.Minimizing others’ sins or shortcomings in comparison to one’s own (Matthew 7:3-4)
22.Being genuinely glad for others (Romans 12:15)
23.Being honest and open about who you are and the areas in which you need growth (Philippians 3:12-14; Galatians 6:2)
24.Possessing close relationships (Acts 20:31-38)

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