Knowing the Truth of God's Word
Sometimes it can be difficult to understand what it means to know the truth of God's Word. The thing is, that God's Word is true and unchanging. It's the same now as it was 2,000 years ago. The Bible is more than just a book, it is the living Word. The Word of God is truth and life.
But the world is filled with voices, all trying to talk about what this book says.
Many great teachers and writers have some beautiful ways of describing what it says and helping us apply it to our lives.
And this is a great thing.
But what about the teachers that SOUND good, and seem trustworthy, but aren't quite accurate?
Knowing The Truth Of God's Word
How do we know if what we are hearing and believing is Biblical truth?
A few years ago, my oldest, Chloe got her learners permit and started DRIVING!
Talk about fear!
That first ride in the passenger seat while my baby took mine and her younger sisters life in her hands was a moment that taught me a lot about patience and giving up control!
But I was so happy for her. I remembered what it was like getting behind the wheel for the first time myself.
For one of our first drives, we stopped over to see my nephew who is 5 years older than her. Chloe couldn’t wait to have Alex see her behind the wheel. While we were there talking to him, he being a typical older cousin, was telling Chloe some of the lesser known rules of driving, such as
“When you turn a corner, see how fast you can go”
“25 is the speed limit, but you can easily go 35 without getting caught”
What does it mean to know God's truth?
This little story reminded me of something I read this week.
In 1 Corinthians, Paul is telling the people of Corinth a few things before He signed off on his letter. These words really struck me this week:
“Be on your guard;
stand firm in the faith;
be courageous; be strong.
Do everything in love”
(1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
As Christians (as well as new drivers!) we have to remember what we are taught. False teachers (or older cousins!) might skew theology. We may read articles online that are not *quite* biblically accurate. People share things all of the time without knowing if it’s the truth.
How do you know the truth?
We need to be on guard, checking what we hear in the Word. We need to stand firm in our faith, defending the truth. It’s not always easy to tell someone that what they are saying strays from biblical truth, but it’s what God calls us to do.
I did tell Alex (with love, of course!!) that his rules were not quite the law, and while we appreciate his advice and experience, we were going to follow the state driving rules right now.
And in situations where someone is sharing something disguised as Biblical truth, it's important that we check what we hear directly in God's Word.
The Importance of God's Word
I want challenge you to test what you hear about Biblical truth.
When you are having a conversation about what you believe, or listening to a teaching stop and pray.
Ask the Spirit to open your ears to the truth. If you hear or see something that doesn’t seem right, check your bible. It's your source of truth. God's Spirit is there to help you discern what you are reading and help nudge you if you are hearing untruths.
Listen to those nudges and explore deeper for yourself.
Stay strong. Be on your Guard and do it with love
Sometimes we need reminders in our day-to-day lives of the goodness and promises of God. I recently made some scripture art for my own home because I needed reminders in my living space. Leather is my favorite medium, and God's Word is my favorite inspiration!
If you need a reminder that God is trustworthy and true, grab one of these beautiful little leather signs to hang in your home ♥️