Last night at Red Hill we started talking about the second core value for The Red Hill Project. (I will try to get the sermon audio up for that but we are having a little technical difficulty currently). The second core value as briefly discussed last night is “Faithful to Scripture.” This core value is paramount not only to The Red Hill Project, but to everyone who wears the badge of Christian.
The all too common approach to Scripture is “I believe most of it but maybe not all of it.” This presents a problem! 2 Timothy 3:16 says that “…all Scripture is breathed out by God…”, not just most of it. We need to understand that the totality of Scripture has been given to us by God for our benefit.
As we talked about last night, the Bible talks about the promise of rest for our souls. This part of Scripture is one of those parts that we love to believe, it’s like piling on the mashed potatoes from the Golden Corral buffet. We can’t get enough of that good stuff! But the fact that Scripture is not a buffet, where we can pick and choose what we want and don’t want, becomes reality when we understand just how that rest God promises in His Word happens.
The rest that God promises comes from allowing the very Word that He breathed out to reveal disobedience in the life of the believer. Not only is it to reveal the disobedience, it gives instruction how we are to overcome it and not fall back into it. The rest comes when we align our life to the Word of God, not align the Word of God to our life.
Here comes the question that everyone asks after a time like this, “How do I do it?” I could give you the stern look and the strong statement, “Just read your dang Bible”, which works for some. Or, I can invite you to desire the rest that God wants for you when you commune with Him. You see, if you view the Bible as something you must read your likelihood of enjoying and actually doing it will be minimal, if at all. But if you approach God’s Word as it truly is intended to be approached, as a love letter from God to his children in whom He deeply loves, you will be able to enjoy the promises and even accept the revealing of things that you need to change.
God doesn’t want you to read His word out of duty, He desires to meet with you as you enjoy His commune through the pages He inspired to reveal Himself through.
As Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active..”. The reason it is “living and active” is because it contains the message of a living and active God! God is still act work in our lives today! Since He is, take some time to hear from Him. He speaks through His Word…