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Monday, May 8, 2017

Do I Believe the Bible? - Building a Framework of Hope Part: 8

I was hit by a 2x4 the other day.

(not literally…but it still felt that way)

I was listening to a sermon by Francis Chan and I felt God ask me, “Do you believe my Word is true?”

My automatic reply was, “Of course!”

But I paused.

If I truly believed His Word is the final authority on EVERYTHING, why did I doubt Him?

What Chan said really drove this point home.

 Paraphrasing Chan, he said that if anything he believes doesn’t line up with the Bible, that he automatically assumes he is wrong—not the Bible. 


I’m guilty of looking for Scripture to align with what I already believe to be truth. And if I find something I don’t like, I sort of ignore it. (Did I just admit to ignoring parts of the Bible?) 

Yes, yes I did.

The Bible tells me to forgive 70x7. I want to hold onto my hurt and justify it by saying I’ve already forgiven that many times. I want to write that person off. I don’t want to be hurt again.

The Bible says to love our enemies. But what does that really mean? Can’t I avoid them? Maybe pray for them? Do I have to LOVE them (1 Cor 13 type love: patient, kind, long suffering, etc.)?

You see, if I truly believed God’s Word is truth—that His Word is Final—then my life style, thought patterns, and decisions would change.
As long as I view His Word as negotiable, I won’t grow in my walk. 

Yes, we will all mess up. That’s what 1 John 1:9 is all about, but overall I need to decide if I really believe the Bible to be absolute truth…even when I don’t understand some of the things it says… even when I don’t like some of the things it instructs me to do…even if it contradicts things I thought to be factual.

You’re turn:

Is the Bible True? 

If it is, how does this dictate your life?

We’ve been talking about Building a Framework of Hope: Are you building using God’s TRUE blueprint (BIBLE)…or your own version of religion?

Are you open to hearing God’s Word even if it’s something you don’t want to hear?

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