9 JAN

2014

TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY

Why You Can Depend on God’s Word (2)

‘…The Word of God which…effectively works in you…’

1 Thessalonians 2:13

Observe two things: 1) God’s Word is inspired. Chuck Swindoll writes: ‘We’ve no problem with the Giver of truth…but wasn’t the truth corrupted when He relayed it through sinful men? This is the perfect moment to get acquainted with revelation, inspiration and illumination. Revelation occurred when God gave His truth, inspiration when writers received and recorded it, and illumination when we understand and apply it. Your confidence in the Bible is directly related to your confidence in its inspiration. How can we be sure it’s error-free and trustworthy? Paul provides help answering this question: “All Scripture is inspired by God…for teaching…showing people what is wrong in their lives… correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right” (2 Timothy 3:16 NCV). When God revealed His truth to human writers He “breathed out” His Word. When we dictate a letter we “breathe out a message” and someone else types it. So did the writers simply take dictation? If you know much about the Bible you realise…Peter doesn’t sound like John. John doesn’t sound like David. Somehow each writer’s personality was preserved without corrupting the text…That rules out the idea of dictation. Peter says, “…No…Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or…human initiative…[They] were moved by the Holy Spirit, and…spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20-21 NLT). That answers that question! 2) It’ll hold you up. When you go through chaotic experiences, God’s Word gives you stability. No other counsel will get you through the long haul. No other truth will help you stand firm in storms of doubt and uncertainty. No other reality will give you the strength you need each day.’

Job 21-23, Matt 5:38-48, Ps 3                             , Pr 1:29-31

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