I have a challenge for you today. The challenge is to examine yourselves. Do you believe God? Do you believe what He says? I'm not asking if you believe in God. I am asking if you believe Him. Do you believe what He says in His Word? Do you even know His Word? Do you read it, examine it, pray over it, memorize it? Do you live by it? (Matthew 4:4)
I am asking this because I know some who claim the name of Christ that do not believe God. You, my readers, I call my friends. And as my friends, I care for you. So that is why I am asking you this today. Do you believe God? When He says something in His Word, do you take it as truth? Do you follow His instructions for your life, or do you think it doesn't apply to you? (Luke 8:21, Luke 11:28)
Do you pick and choose which things to follow in God's Word? Do you see something you don't like in the Bible and say "That was just for the time that it was written in." I am saying this to you because I think that it is a very dangerous thing to pick and choose what applies to you in the Bible. Who are we to pick apart God's Word and say something doesn't belong there? If something was just written for a certain period and place in history, then why was it preserved forever for us to read in God's Word? The Word of God is alive and powerful (Hebrews 4:12). It grows. (Acts 19:20, Acts 12:24) Are you among so many who believe that we do not have the Word of God among us today, that it was lost many years ago and what we now have is just fragments that we cannot really rely on? Well, if you have a King James Bible, you can be sure you have the Word of God and can rely on it.
I believe many Christians are lukewarm today because it is inconvenient to believe the Bible. We don't want to be uncomfortable or inconvenienced by doing something we don't see everyone else doing. And if everyone else is doing it, it must be okay! That is why it is so important to be in God's Word. No one will stand with us when we come before the judgment seat. We can't point the finger at anybody else, but we will be responsible for what we did with our lives, even the very words speak. (Matthew 12:36)
I am not here to teach you, or point the finger at you. I am no perfect person either. But I care for you and want to stir you up to examine yourself. Do not be too proud to believe the Word of God. Remember that Jesus could not do all that He wanted to do when He was here on this earth due to the peoples' unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)
It is really, really bad to be lukewarm (Revelation 3:16), as it is to remove things from the Word of God.
Have a blessed Lord's Day.