We are in error

man reading Bible

As Christians, we must make study of God's word a priority.

As believers, we need to have a genuine seriousness when it comes to the word of God. It seems that in the life of the everyday Christian, the Bible has fallen down the list of priorities.

According to religions.pewforum.org, only 48 percent of Protestants and 21 percent of Catholics read scripture weekly, the equivalent of 35 percent of America’s Christian population. Christians (statistically) make up approximately 80 percent of the country, yet we have ungodly laws and live in a culture driven by sex and materialism.

This, I conjecture, is because of our disposition toward the scriptures. Besides not reading it, we tend not to believe it either.

The church in America, amidst all the good that it does, is hindered because of its scriptural illiteracy. In a lot of ways, we mirror the Sadducees that Jesus told, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God” (Matthew 22:29).

Without knowledge of the Scriptures, one is hard pressed to experience God’s power. Apart from the word, we will continually be a people “having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:5).

Though our intentions might be good, having zeal without knowledge of the Scriptures is not sufficient.

Romans 10:2-3 reads, “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

It is only through the word that we are able to distinguish God’s righteousness from our own. Psalm 119:9-11 reads:

How can a young man keep his way pure?

By living according to your word.

10 I seek you with all my heart;

do not let me stray from your commands.

11 I have hidden your word in my heart

that I might not sin against you.

Though Jesus came to redeem us from sin, he did happen to place some weight on the word of God. He says in John 6:63, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”

Interestingly enough, Jesus also says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

It can be said, then, that one who does not allow the word to dwell in them richly (Colossians 3:16) is not experiencing the fullness of God.

Consequently, Psalm 1 gives this commentary on the one that walks in the blessings of the Lord:

Blessed is the man

who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked

or stand in the way of sinners

or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season

and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

Living the abundant Christian life is not possible aside from God’s word. You can be a very nice person, have a heart of gold and even attend church every week, but meditating on his law is a requirement for being blessed.

Well, why is that? The word of God prepares the believer for success. Proverbs 16:3 reads, “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Of course, part of committing our plans to the Lord is through prayer. However, it is when we line up our plans with God’s word and follow his instructions that we are truly giving him our plans.

God says this to Joshua before he leads Israel into the Promised Land: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).

If we truly want to experience God’s power in our lives, we have to make study of God’s word a priority. Not making it a priority is why we are always in error.

We worry when he tells us not to worry (Matthew 6:25). We are anxious when we are not supposed to be (Philippians 4:6). We wallow in self pity when God says that he has made us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

Our faith is increased the more we meditate on God’s word (Romans 10:17) and when dedicating ourselves to study the Scriptures we will truly be able to say to this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea” (Mark 11:23/KJV).


~ by christianballenger on June 29, 2011.

One Response to “We are in error”

  1. Christian, you are speaking wisdom and truth here! When I read this, I also think of where it’s mentioned in the Word that we must worship God in spirit and in truth. Without knowledge of his Word, how can we know what’s true and what’s not about God, thus imparting true worship of the living God. I am excited about getting into my word daily and am thankful for the encouragement found in this post!

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