As Christians, we must be careful what we read. The Bible should be first and foremost. There are many books out there. Nobody should be bored enough to turn to other books. If we abandon the Bible, and turn aside to other books and articles, it might mean we don’t like the Truth of what we are reading. It might mean that we don’t want to hear what we really need to hear and what God would speak to us about.
The Bible is indeed a “lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). When people turn away from the Bible, it might mean that the light of the Bible is illuminating some things for them that they would prefer not to be illuminated. Light reveals darkness. This is what happened to me when I first started reading the Bible. I had so much darkness in my life, and the Bible revealed it! I’m so glad. There were lots of tears! This is a continual thing. Nobody is “done” learning from the Bible! Deep joy came after the Truth penetrated my heart and soul…
Nobody has mastered the Bible to exhaustion, because Jesus said that the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). You and I are never finished with it. How can a Christian be “finished” with hearing from God?
Some books might be very biblical and scriptural, but make sure you test everything with the Bible, study the Truth first and foremost!
As Solomon said in the Book of Ecclesiastes “The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”
Our Pastor was speaking this morning about the “great apostosy” in the Last Days (hot newsflash: we are in the last days). The Bible says that there will be a great falling away and turning from sound doctrine in the last days, even by people who call themselves Christians. This is happening more and more.
2 Timothy Chapter 4 says, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
Are we focusing on what we want to hear, what sooths our fleshliness and worldliness, from a great many teachers and authors? Or, are we focusing on what we need to hear? We need to hear the Truth from God, not lies. I don’t want to be deceived, do you?
If you are relying on books other than the Bible for your main source of Truth, or articles, watch out! Not all books and authors are biblical and scriptural. Not every self proclaimed “Christian Author” is really a Christian.
God loves you! Stand firm in the Truth. Have a glorious, Truth-filled day!
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
The Parable of the Sower
1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear.”
10The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11He replied, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 13This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
” ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.'[a] 16But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
18″Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
From Matthew 7:
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24″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. 25The 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. 26But 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. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.