suggesting that you use to spend some time doing a
self-checkup of your spiritual life.
5. Am I standing firm in the Truth?
It is absolutely crucial that we as followers of Jesus Christ stand firm on the truth of His Word. For it is the Word that God will use as His primary tool to conform us into the image of his Son. In
John 17 where we find the prayer
Jesus offered to His Father the night before His crucifixion. He was asking on behalf of his disciples and all those who would eventually believe in Christ "through their word" (which would include us!).
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17).
It is through the Word of God … the Bible … that God will sanctify us (set us apart from our sin and this world to Himself!). This is why we must stand FIRM in the truth of God’s WORD! And in order to stand firm in it – we must know it!
QUESTIONS: Can you say that you know God’s Word better today than you did a year ago? DO you have a plan for regular Bible intake? It amazes me how so many believers go days (and sometimes weeks) without feeding their soul from Scripture. Would we ever dream of going that long without feeding our bodies?
NOW it is not easy to stand firm in God’s Truth today. We live in a culture in which truth is often determined by majority vote. Just look at the place public opinion polls play in our society! But God’s Word is not up for a vote! And we must not only know it … we must build our very lives upon it!
At the conclusion of his great Sermon on the Mount – Jesus tells this striking parable …
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
SO . . . what kind of foundation are you building your life upon? Sand? Or the solid rock of God’s Word?
Are you both HEARING His Word AND PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE?
Ask yourself – Am I standing firm in the Truth?
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