I desire for people to get to know God in His Word so that they can truly experience eternal life (a relationship with Him). I believe that Christianity is meant to be personal. If one wants to grow spiritually then, they have to be able to connect with God in an intimate way. Christians can’t allow the thoughts and beliefs of others to convict them of the truth. Christians must allow the Holy Spirit to lead them into all truth and understanding as they journey through the Bible and apply it to their lives.
With that being said, I’d like to use a couple of Bible verses for example. The other night I was reading Luke 6 out of the NKJV. In this version, verses 27-36 are in a section titled “Love Your Enemies.” Verse 35 says: “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” As stated above, this verse is about loving our enemies. So why is there a popular believe among Christians that we are to give to GOD expecting to receive NOT?
In the same chapter in verse 38-42 the section is marked off as “Do Not Judge.” In verse 37 it says: “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Clearly, God gives back to those that are generous. It’s a promise and a spiritual principle.
Because this belief that Christians aren’t supposed to expect God to bless them financially is so widespread, many look at wealthy Christians as if they’re “false prophets.” And that’s a shame because false prophets CAN’T be Christians because they simply don’t believe that Jesus is Lord. It has nothing to do with having money… Loving money is another issue.
So did God really say that Christians are to give and not receive when we give to Him? No. Jesus was speaking about loving your enemies.
Take Job for example. His story saddens us and teaches us to be faithful to God to the end. But, if not studied carefully, it can teach us that God is sometimes unfaithful to us.
Have you ever heard these verses thrown around as the answer to all of our problems?
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust him…” Job 13:15 or
“…The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
Some believers use these verses to explain why they’re facing problems in their lives. But, this is not the truth. God will never contradict His Word. He is loving, faithful, kind, and good! He will never ever harm us.
We have to see the errors in our ways and to realize that Satan is the real enemy. God is not the author of confusion.
So, did God really say those things in those verses from Job? No. Yes, those verses are in the Bible. But no, they aren’t words from God. Job said those words out of agony and ignorance of the truth. We can read in the first chapter the conversation that Satan had with God. Job lived a little while after Adam and Eve. We live in a different time and covenant than he. Praise the Lord!
I guess the point I’m trying to get across is that believers need to rightfully divide the word of God before applying it to our lives and teaching it to others. It’s so sad when we blame God for things that He simply didn’t do. We have to own up to our wrongs and rebuke Satan when he deceives us. God is too good to ever even think about harming His loved ones. We do not serve a god like that…
We must be humble, repent when wrong, and follow God and not people. We can’t be gullible and be tossed around by preachers, authors, and others who carry a Bible and quote random scriptures. We must know the Bible so that we can know if we’re hearing God’s truth. It doesn’t matter if people are talking about the Bible. GET TO KNOW GOD YOURSELF! People lie, but God doesn’t. People have preunderstanding, sin, wrong thinking, and error. Thankfully, God gave us the Holy Spirit so that He can remind us the truth.
Friends, it’s an incredible thing to know the truth. Wisdom and knowledge are my two prized possessions. I thank the Lord daily for all the information that He’s given me. I believe right so I live right! I’m far from perfect and there’s areas where I don’t believe right. But as for the Bible, I am free and not bound by sin and tossed around by what others say.
My life has gotten 100x better now that I have my own relationship with God.
Q: Don’t you want to know God for yourself and not just play religion and follow man?
I’m currently taking a Biblical Studies course with classmates that seem to believe the typical lies that the devil throws at Christians. I am so very grateful that God gave me wisdom, spiritual discernment, knowledge and the understanding to apply His Word. I am deeply compelled to show others the truth so that they can freely receive the love that God desires to give them. Because if people see Him as a bipolar evil tyranny or dictator, then they won’t ever get to know Him and live a transformed life.
I hope that this helps someone and encourages people to seek the truth for themselves. That’s all I want. It’s God desire for my life. Know that God REALLY does love you and has no plan to harm you! 🙂
Post originally published 9.21.18 on my first blog: http://www.jenniferquetant.blogspot.com