♣ From Truth to Myths
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
FOR THE LAST two thousand years we have been living in the last days as Scripture so emphatically states, but nearing the moment – however you want to deem the word moment – of our Lord’s return, apostasy and deception will no doubt escalate. We notice it now with a further decline in adhering to sound Biblical doctrine. Sound doctrine is a sound hermeneutical approach to rightly dividing the Word of God – the Scriptures themselves.
There is no greater time to study the Scriptures than when you think you have mastered its contents. The Bible is no mere text book as many are accustomed to treating it. Prolifically reading through the Scriptures in the past does not make one competent to hear what the Spirit of God is saying now if we neglect to continue acclimating ourselves to them. It is the living Word of God and regular time spent in laying our hearts open before it will reveal new aspects of truth despite having read a particular passage a hundred or a thousand times before.
The temptation through over-familiarity is to lay off reading the Scriptures – and by that is not meant reading a few verses here and there but rather a systematic reading through the book’s entirety. There’s only one way to hide the Word of God in our hearts and that’s to start by reading, re-reading and re-reading it, yearning for the Spirit of God to guide us into all truth. Yes, it requires discipline – a word nowadays most people hate – but we will only read what truly captivates our hearts; what we read most of reveals who we really are – what we desire, hope for or what we fear.
“A second reformation is going on in the church today, but unlike the first, which was based on a call return to the Bible, this new reformation is calling people to jettison the Bible on behalf of their own feelings and beliefs” – David Reagan
There may come a time when Bibles may well be confiscated and if there is one mode of preparation we need to be mindful for whatever hard times ahead, let us prepare well in grounding ourselves in the Word of God with prayer that moves Him to answer. To pray aright is to have our heats aligned by our spiritual compass – not our hearts (our gut-feelings that so many easily equate with God speaking) – but the very Word of God itself: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16); “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
We can have as many visions, dreams, words of knowledge – whatever, with all kinds of feelings, but if we are not consistently grounded in the Scriptures – again, a continuation of laying our hearts open before them through reading and studying them – we are being misguided. We’ve heard it said that, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak” but I would also add that seven days without reading the Bible will have us Babel.
We may be proficient in the Hebrew and Greek text but Scripture not read in context will wrest the interpretation of Scripture according to our own understanding and how many have made shipwreck of their faith by doing so – spiritually active but not alive to God. Scripture interprets Scripture and knowing it well will aid us in seeing that.
It is taking the whole counsel of God, the whole of Scripture – not just the parts that sit well with us, otherwise we are erecting in our hearts a god of our own imagination. Let us not be guilty of forever learning but never coming (experiencing) to the knowledge (understanding led by the Spirit of God) of truth.
More so, as we breathe to continue living, we continue in the word of God, the seed of God planted in our hearts. A regenerate heart will yearn for nourishment in His written Word – even though grow dull at times from our distance with God but will always return.
The Word of God realigns our hearts, defrags all that needs to be ordered and removes all that hinders. Either King David was a liar, we are greater than him or we are one hundred percent with him when he penned the words, “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet” and oh! he was familiar with God’s Word but that didn’t deter him from coming repeatedly to meditate and so continue to behold wondrous things in God’s written word – what makes us superior to David if we shelve our Bibles for weeks, months or even years because we have more ‘pressing’ and ‘better’ things to preoccupy our minds with? God grant deliverance from an independent mindset to where we are dependent on Him for our next breath.
Posted on August 25, 2020, in ♣ Devotional and tagged 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 4:3-4, apostasy, beliefs over God's Word, Biblical doctrine, continuing in the Word of God, deception, devotional, feelings over God's Word, From Truth to Myths, god of our own imagination, Hebrews 4:12, itching ears, M.A. Williams, Mark Anthony Williams, neglecting Scripture, Scripture read in context, Scriptures, Shade of the Moriah Tree, whole counsel of God, Word of God. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.