Philemon 1:6 ” I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

Actively sharing our faith with others is something most of us shy away from.  But today, let’s look at this Scripture and how sharing our faith with others will benefit not only them, but us.  For anytime we share the word of God we are releasing its power and as Isaiah 55:11 tells us,  “My word will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  So think of it this way, as we share our faith with someone we are reminded again of the goodness of Christ Jesus, His great love for us, and how much He has done in our life.  In other words, our faith is built up every time we share it…and that sounds like a win win situation to me.

Psalm 33:4 ” For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.”

This morning I was reading a very insightful blog from a dear friend about truth.  Her Website is called by author Bekah Bowman, and the title of the blog was “Put on Truth.”  But how difficult has it become now a days to discern truth, especially in these past chaotic months of the COVID 19 pandemic and world-wide protests?  The voices are very loud, coming at us from all sides, each claiming to hold the truth…but who do we  believe?  As Bekah’s blog points out, we need to go back to the foundational truths of God, and that means getting back into His word.   For without knowing His revealed word, we are left open and vulnerable to confusion and deception.  But when we have a solid knowledge of God’s word, the outside noise isn’t nearly as loud, for we have the certainty and trustworthiness of the emphatic word of God to guide us.  Or as Psalm 25:10 says, “All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant.”  So, if you’re searching for the truth today amidst all those voices vying for your attention… first start in the bedrock of God’s word, the Bible, to learn for yourself what is genuine and true.

Luke 8:19-21 ” Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to Him, but they were not able to get near Him because of the crowd. Someone told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside.’ He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.’ “

Jesus wasn’t being disrespectful.  He was simply showing the difference between His blood family, and His spiritual family.  Elsewhere in Luke we can find Him repeating this notion when He says, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28)  When we become a Christian, we are adopted into and become part of the family of God.  And part of being in this family is listening to the word of God and then applying it to our own life…practicing until it becomes a habit.

Revelation 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

Humans and religion have always gotten into trouble when they attempted to overlay the Word of God with ritual and tradition.  So the message in the Scriptures above are quite simple…don’t even think of adding to or subtracting from what it says in the Bible.   We are reminded of the authority and sufficiency of the word of God in II Timothy 3:16 that reads,  “All of Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  The Bible contains everything we need for salvation, trust, hope, and love….its words more than adequate to meet every need and accomplish God’s divine purpose in our life.

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