Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Bible Works

Among other reasons, the Bible is God's inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and
our final authority in all matters because it works! Bill Keller @ http://liveprayer.com/wrote an excellent piece on this. See below.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY DECEMBER 26, 2008
(Psalm 119:89, 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 1:16)

The Bible is God's inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and
our final authority in all matters because it works! What I share with you
each day as I deal with what is happening in our world as well as our
personal lives are not my thoughts, or my ideas, or my opinions, but God's.
I deal with everything from what is referred to as a "Biblical worldview."
What I share with you each day is literally coming right out of the Bible. I
don't wake up in the morning and simply write down what I think because the
fact is, at the end of the day it doesn't matter what I think and it doesn't
matter what you think, it only matters what God thinks! Of course you and I
both have the free will to think and believe whatever we want, but Truth
isn't what we decide it to be, it is what God says it is!

You see my friend, we aren't perfect. We are simply frail flesh and blood.
We sin. We make mistakes. We are wrong. God on the other hand IS perfect. He
is NEVER wrong! God is right 100% of the time! Because we are sinners, that
is why we need a Savior. The whole reason Jesus went to the cross was to be
that one-time perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind. So when we
confess our sins to the Lord, by faith ask Him to forgive us and come to
live in our hearts, we become His follower. As His follower, that means we
also follow His Word. Jesus said, 'If you love me you will obey me." That
means the Bible. A follower of Jesus is automatically a follower of His
Word!

Over the past 2000 years, people have debated the Bible ad nauseam. I could
sit here today and make an historical and archaeological argument for why the
Bible is really God's Word. I could sit here today and make a theological
argument for why the Bible is really God's Word. But today, I want to use
this time together to make the strongest case there is for why the Bible is
really God's Word. When I tell you, many of you will shake your head and
think what I have shared is not a very good reason. However, I want you to
listen to me since what I am going to tell you is by far the strongest and
greatest argument of all to prove the Bible truly is God's Word. The Bible
is God's inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute Truth and our final
authority in all matters...because it works!!!

What does that mean? The Bible is God's instruction manual for man, both
during this life and for all eternity. Think of the Bible like any other
instruction manual. When you buy a new toy for your child or cell phone,
there is always an instruction manual. If you take the time and effort to
read the instruction manual and then follow it, guess what? The toy will be
assembled properly and work! The cell phone with all of the incredible
features the new phones of today have will work! The Bible is God's
instruction manual for life, and if you read it and follow what it says,
life works!

You can start from almost the very beginning of life. There are lots of
instructions in the Bible for children and young adults. The Word talks
about children obeying their parents, honoring their mother and father. The
Bible gives basic lessons of life that every child should learn like "do
unto others as you would have them do unto you," and "treat others like you
want to be treated," and "be kind to others," These are all foundational
life lessons every child needs to learn that makes life work.

As you become an adult, most look to get married. The Bible has MUCH to say
about this stage of life. It warns us to not be "unequally yoked with a
non-believer." This is critical since your faith in Christ is the most
important thing in your life and if you can't share that with the person you
have committed to spend the rest of your life with, there is no real
foundation to your relationship. So when you marry someone who shares your
faith in Christ, the two of you can build on that foundation together during
all of the years God blesses you with. The Bible says much about husband and
wives. It instructs husbands to love their wives like Christ loves the
church. It instructs women to be submissive to their husbands. It clearly
lays out the roles a man and woman are to play in life. Again, following
God's Word can make marriage the incredible blessing and gift from God He
intended it to be. It works!

The Bible also has lots of clear instruction when it comes to sex. Sex is
actually a very simple subject. It is a gift from God to be enjoyed by a man
and woman in the bonds of marriage. Period! ALL sex outside of marriage is a
perversion. Pretty clear and pretty simple isn't it? Just think if you
actually followed the Bible on this issue. First of all, you are never going
to have sex of any kind until you are married, and then the only person you
will ever have sex with is the one God gave you to spend the rest of your
life with. Guess what? That automatically eliminates all of the emotional,
physical, and mental drama from your life that accompanies the sexual
relationships people have outside of marriage. With each person you have sex
of any kind with, you are giving a part of yourself to that person. Engaging
in such intimacy is a physical, emotional, and mental investment with
someone you have no commitment to.

Of course, when you follow the Bible and never have sex until you get
married and are only having sex with your spouse and your spouse is only
having sex with you, there is no such thing as a sexually transmitted
disease. There is also no such thing as abortion. First, since you are both
followers of Christ, killing your baby is NEVER an option. Since you never
have sex until you are married, there is no such thing as a child out of
wedlock. Having children is not looked at as a curse but as a blessing!
Children are the natural byproduct, the fruit of marriage. They are
something a husband and wife look forward to and rejoice over. In addition,
when it is only you and your spouse having sex, you don't fall into the many
sexual perversions. Do you see how much pain and heartache, drama and even
death is avoided when we follow the Bible?

By following God's Word out in the business world, employees will be
"working as unto the Lord," and employers will treat their employees fair
and just. Businesses won't cheat their customers and customers won't try to
take advantage of businesses. The Bible works!

The Bible not only works in all of the real day-to-day issues of life, but
it also works in our spiritual lives as well. The promises in God's Word are
true! When we sin, 1 John 1:9 is true when it tells us to confess our sins
and God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all
unrighteousness. When life gets difficult, Jesus told us to cast our cares
on Him because He cares for us. He told us to give Him our burdens and take
His yoke because it is light. God promised that He would never put on us
more than we can bear, and that He would never leave us nor forsake us. What
tremendous comfort we can take from the promises in God's Word because they
are true and they work!

I love you and care about you so much. I could have easily made a case for
the Bible being the Word of God by going through the historical record of
how the Bible came to be. It is fascinating. I could have also easily made a
case for the Bible being the Word of God by breaking it down theologically.
But today, I wanted to make the strongest case there is for the Bible being
God's Word, and that is because it works.

It isn't just a book of good ideas on how to live. It is THE instructional
manual for man that God wrote so we wouldn't have to try to figure this life
out for ourselves. How many times have you tried to put together a toy for
your child or operated a new electronic gadget without looking at the
instruction manual? When did you finally pick up the instruction manual? We
both know that answer, after you broke what you were trying to put together,
or you put it together and it didn't work! Sounds like lots of lives who
have never taken the time or effort to read the Bible doesn't it?

The great thing about the Bible is that it doesn't just deal with your life
now, it also is your instructional manual for eternity. It tell us, "For God
so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes
in him shall not perish but have eternal life." It says, "That if you
confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God
raised him from the dead, you will be saved." It also says, "For it is by
grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is
the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast." You see, it not
only works during our brief journey through life, but it works for all
eternity as well!

The bottom line is God gave you free will. You are free to believe whatever
you want. You can believe the Bible or reject it. That is up to you.
However, I want you to know that there is only one Truth. It isn't what you
want it to be, or what I want it to be, it is what God says it is! God said
it in the pages of the Book He wrote, the Bible. The greatest case I can
make for the Bible being God's inspired, inerrant Word representing Absolute
Truth and our final authority in all matters is..... IT WORKS!!!


In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller


If I can help you in any way you can contact me through my personal email at:
bkeller@liveprayer.com
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