Thursday, January 09, 2014

Why You Can Depend on God's Word (1)

'...Your Word is truth.' John 17:17 NIV
When your 'back is against the wall', where can you turn to find strength?
Awash in a sea of moral and ethical questions, where can you go to find a reliable compass?
Chuck Swindoll says:

'There can be no more reliable authority than God's Word. 

This timeless, trustworthy source holds the key that unlocks life's mysteries. It alone provides us with the shelter we need in times of storm.'

Why does it qualify as our final authority? 

(1) God's Word is Truth. 
Jesus said as He prayed to the Father, 'Your word is truth.' Real truth you can rely on...that'll never shrivel up...turn sour...backfire or mislead...That's what the Bible's about... it provides us with the constant and the needed support. 
(2) God's Book is God's voice. 
Paul writes, 'You received the Word of God...not as the word of men, but as...the Word of God, which...effectively works in you who believe' (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV).  
Consider it this way: if the Lord were to return to earth and speak, His message would tie in exactly with what you see in Scripture - His opinion, counsel, commands, desires, and warnings. When you rely on God's voice you have a sure foundation...truth that can be trusted...power that imparts new life and releases grace by which you can grow in faith and commitment. 
(3) God's Word endures. 
There are only two eternal things on earth today: people and God's Word. Everything else will ultimately be burned up...stuff we place on the shelf, things we put frames around, trophies and whatnots we shine and love to show off...all headed for the final bonfire (2 Peter 3:7-12 NKJV)
God's Book 'stands forever' (1 Peter 1:25 NIV).

Soul Food: Lev 11:1 - 13:37, Matt 5:27-37, Ps 42:6-11, Pr 1:24-28

Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
APPS available here