UNLOCKING THE POWER OF SCRIPTURE

UNLOCKING THE POWER OF SCRIPTURE

Reverencing and Respecting the Word of God

By Charles F. Stanley

The reason the world has become so immoral and dangerous is because society has rejected God and His laws, commandments, and principles. Many people today think their ideas are better than His, and they don’t want Him telling them how to live. However, God’s instructions were given to us for our good, and any society will benefit from following them. But when a civilization chooses to ignore or reject the Lord’s precepts, an increasingly corrupt culture results.

Our responsibility as Christians is to make a positive contribution to our society by proclaiming, honoring, and living in accordance with God’s Word. We begin to understand the power of Scripture when we have:

  • A Longing to Hear It. When we value the Scriptures, we come to church with a desire to hear truths from the Lord. As we’re taught, we follow along in our Bibles, listen carefully, and write down whatever the Lord lays on our hearts so we won’t forget. But this is not just a Sunday commitment. If we truly tremble at God’s Word, we’ll read it every day, asking Him for direction and guidance.

  • A Desire to Believe It. Because the Lord is trustworthy and true, we can always believe what He says. By reminding Him of the promises we’ve read in His Word, we are able to pray with confidence, expecting Him to hear us and answer our requests when we ask anything according to His will (1 John 5:14-15).

  • An Intention to Obey It. Trembling at God’s Word involves more than just reading and desiring it—the Lord expects us to obey it. This is our daily spiritual nourishment, and without it, we’ll grow weak morally, spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes even physically. But when we read and obey His commands and principles, we’ll be strengthened in our walk with Christ. The Lord has blessed us by putting His thoughts and words in print so we can know what He expects of us.

Do you honor, respect, and hold the Scriptures in awe, knowing that these are the very words of Almighty God? If we are humble and contrite, we’ll recognize our need for His Word and be willing to yield to its authority in such a way that it affects and changes us.

Scripture is powerful and our most precious possession. Be sure you are demonstrating how much you value and honor it by reading and obeying it daily.

This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message, “Trembling at God’s Word,” which airs this weekend on TV.



Trust in The Lord

It’s simple. It’s short. Yet it’s incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with trust. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It’s the only way a friendship will endure. It’s the only way a marriage will work out. It’s the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It’s all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That’s the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust.   Read part 2, Don't Lean On Your Understanding


Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Read part 1 first, Trust In The Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

Don’t Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don’t lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God.

Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.


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