Second thing to remember when working on obedience to the Lord;
2) Know the Word
The Bible is our guide book to Christian Living and how we communicate with God. It is crucial to know the Word. How do you obey the rules if you don’t know the rules or guidelines?
Deuteronomy 4:5-8- “No other nation has laws that are as fair as the ones the Lord my God told me to give you. If you faithfully obey them when you enter the land, you will show other nations how wise you are. In fact, everyone that hears about your laws will say, ‘That great nation certainly is wise!’ And what makes us greater than other nations? We have a God who is close to us and answers our prayers.” (CEV)
Psalm 19:7- “The Law of the Lord is perfect; it gives us new life. His teachings last forever, and they give wisdom to ordinary people.” (CEV)
There is no error in God’s Word. It is perfect and Holy; creating a stable foundation for us to stand on.
Psalm 119:89- “Our Lord, you are eternal! Your word will last as long as the heavens.” (CEV)
His Word does not expire. It was, is, and always will be; just as He is.
Ecclesiastes 8:4- “The king’s word is law. No one can ask him, “Why are you doing this?” (CEV)
The Word is law, which is why it is so important for us to know! Ignorance is bliss, but we need to know what the law is to better live a life pleasing to the Lord. If you moved to a new town, would you not want to be aware of the law there so you could be a good citizen?
Proverbs 30:5-6- “Everything God says is true- and it’s a shield for all who come to him for safety. Don’t Change what God has said! He will correct you and show that you are a liar.” (CEV)
God does not lie. The Word is from God, therefore it is the truth.
Isaiah 55:9- “Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” (CEV)
We are humans. We are not meant to understand or comprehend everything God has or says for us at any given moment. That is where trusting God comes in. Know He has your best interest at heart and that there is a reason He is God and we are not!
John 1:1-3- “In the beginning was the one who is called the Word. The Word was with God and was truly God . From the very beginning the word was with God. And with this Word God created all things. Nothing was made without the Word. Everything that was created”(CEV)
John 8:47- “Anyone who belongs to God will listen to his message. But you refuse to listen, because you don’t belong to God.”(CEV)
If you call yourself a Christian, you have to believe the Bible is the truth. You can’t pick and choose what you want to follow out of it. Partial obedience is just as bad as disobedience. Rebellion is purpose driven disobedience.
John 17:17- “Your word is the truth. So let this truth make them completely yours.”(CEV)
Accepting God’s Word as truth is necessary as a child of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17- “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.”(CEV)
Hebrews 4:12- “What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and sounds and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts.” (CEV)
The Bible is practical. Do not doubt that it can be used for all current day living and situations! It is living and breathing, God uses it to speak to us despite its aged content. The Word is our guide for living and holds us to God.
Revelation 22:18-19- “Here is my warning for everyone who hears the prophecies in this book: If you add anything to them, God will make you suffer all the terrible troubles written in this book. If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book.”(CEV)
The Bible shall not be tampered with. Please see link below for an amazing explanation of common questions about the Bible. My friend shared this with me and I found it useful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1XJ7DeR5fc