😱Are you committing Bible Study Adultery?
The only teacher you need is the Holy Spirit. Do you believe this verse? Or do you just believe and obey what the commanding voices in your life have said?
It’s time to get to know Scripture for yourself… just between you, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. That’s it.
It’s a big deal in the Bible Challenge to say no to commentaries & study Bible notes. This verse I shared is what drives me to unadulterated time with my Bible.
I get a lot of commentary in life. I chat doctrine with people, I read books, I listen to sermons. I get a lot of input on the thoughts, convictions, and doctrines of others. But when I sit down to read my Bible Challenge portion each day, no one else is allowed in with their views for that time I’m spending with the Holy Spirit who’s anointing teaches me what I need to know. We don’t need a third wheel for our Bible time. We just need the mind of Christ free to lead us to what we need to learn.
Many of you are following commanding people with their commanding doctrines & rules with no ability to defend your (their) stance from Scripture. Many of you follow a way of thinking & obey certain folks not veering from it because you fear the backlash from those commanding presences in your life. It’s time for the desert island approach again! It’s time to ask yourself, ‘If I had never met so-n-so would I read my Bible and come to THAT conclusion?’ Ask the Holy Spirit to show you wondrous things from your Bible time. He’s quite capable to teach you all you need to know even if you never pick up a commentary again and ignore all your so-n-so’s for a while. 😅👊🏻😎
Can you imagine a farmer that gets up and runs 5k each day, works out at the gym, then watches videos of previous races in order to tweak how he can run faster for another competition? Can he really expect to look out at his corn field and see it thriving and producing? He’d be crazy to expect to reap a harvest from the land while he’s off focused on a completely different set of goals.
… Or an athlete who gets up to bacon and eggs every morning before heading out to check cattle and mend fences expecting to nail the 100m dash at the olympics the next time they roll around.
… A carpenter who spends his days fixing cars… you get the idea.
Paul reminds us to remember who’s and what we are. 👉🏻We are Christ’s soldiers – ‘Remember Jesus Christ…for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound!’ (2Tim.2:8,9) Though things weren’t playing out comfortably for Paul he could look at his job description and being in jail didn’t change the fact that he was fulfilling his duty. The Word of God was being obeyed and displayed through him. He was obeying his Master, Jesus Christ.
If Christ saved you, remember you are HIS and playing by HIS rules and following HIS orders and you aren’t to be getting sidetracked by orders or plans from outside the camp. Stick with your purpose no matter how bossy or alluring rules are from other professions or commanding officers… they aren’t yours; you are Christ’s.
Girl, are you vulnerable?
Can you stand your ground spiritually? Or are the voices and influences around you able to shake you up and convince you of their way of thinking and distract you from your rightful course?
Is the culture, christian or secular, leading you around like a puppet on a string without you even realizing it?
This is why the Bible Challenge is so important. The independent confidence through learning hard and fast Truth from the Word of God grounds us women who can quickly be swayed by emotion, difficult relationships, material enjoyment, and selfishness. We are so easily bogged down and blinded by our sinful circumstances…the same sinful circumstances hailed as powerful and life giving and ‘your right’ by those around us.
The clarity that Scripture study brings will give you STRENGTH, LIGHTEN your sin burden, and FREEDOM from your self. You’ll start GAINING ground in your knowledge of the TRUTH and stop being tossed about by every wind of philosophy & doctrine that crosses your path.
After being in your Bible with us day after day I hope you’re seeing a stark contrast in your life compared to these verses in 2 Timothy. The Bible Challenge ladies are growing in their strength and the Spirit is using Scripture to save us from being lovers of self. (Shout out to the guys reading along, too! But these verses are💥 for us ladies. Amen?!😅)
🥖 🍷 Christ came in flesh to break bread WITH His people, and to break His body FOR them. He poured the wine at the table WITH them as one last object lesson of His blood He’d be pouring out FOR them in a matter of hours.
🥖 🍷 With & For. Two extremely important words. Jesus modelled life for us. He got down on His knees with a basin and washed filthy feet to show us what life should look like. Life is meant to be up close and personal… dirty and smelly and raw. He broke His body for us from day one and we have Scripture to pour over each day to learn how to pour ourselves out into the lives of others, striving to be like Christ.
🥖 🍷 One thing that is becoming louder and clearer these days is that you can’t break your body for people aren’t with. You can’t commune with a group of people and meet them in their hurt, despair, and confusion at 6 feet apart. You can’t rejoice with them and come alongside in fellowship at 6 feet either. You can’t distance yourself from people and wash their feet and pass them some nourishment. Jesus commanded full contact and immersion into our local fellowships. Anything less is not what Jesus modelled.
And so, in a day when the lesser authorities in our lives demand allegiance, we don’t ask first and foremost what our government says is ‘legal’. We first ask Christ what He requires of His body. We first ask God how to care for, feed, wash, and clothe His possession… all else is secondary.
When we see this ultimate object lesson of a cup and piece of bread we have to understand that God wasn’t making sure we wouldn’t forget to sit together and drink and chew… He was reminding us to go out and break ourselves and pour ourselves out for His body the way He showed throughout His earthly ministry. We aren’t supposed to just remember, we’re supposed to follow in His steps. We are supposed to go out and be WITH and live FOR others. Don’t settle for less. Strive to be like Christ, legal or not.
“Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!” The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge! Selah ~ Psalm 50:5
We know that the Old Testament saints were required to perform sacrifices as part of their obedience & worship… those sacrifices were all pictures of what Christ saved us from and a hands-on constant reminder of our dependence on Christ’s work.
As I read Daniel 3 again today I realized God didn’t want an animal sacrifice this time. It wasn’t a sheep or a bull that was going to cover what was necessary for the true worship of almighty God in these circumstances.
It’s easy to feel godly as you perfectly execute the letter of the law when it only requires your animal to be placed on the altar, the animal’s blood pouring out, not yours. The animal’s flesh licked by the flames, not your own.
What about when God asks you to take it to a whole new level? We know who we truly treasure and worship then. That moment when you have to choose whether you’ll climb on the altar yourself or not, because there’s no animal in sight to cover this sacrifice for you. God wants you. All of you.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t choose a lesser sacrifice. Self-preservation wasn’t what God was asking for. They gave Him their reasonable and acceptable sacrifice (Romans 12:1), the ultimate form of worship.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. ~Psalm 51:16,17
Scripture has a way of cutting to the chase. It’s necessary many times when us humans enter that hazy valley of hard circumstance, to be shaken back to reality.
🤷♀️Did Christ die so I could do ‘that’?
🤷♀️Can I do ‘this’ in the name of the One who bought me with His blood.
🤷♀️Did Christ take God’s wrath on Himself for ‘this’?
🤷♀️Is what I’m choosing to do a glorification of His saving grace?
This is our encouragement for us who claim Christ:
‘Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.’ Col.3:23,24
Some good hard questions for y’all this week as we read through Colossians each day.
It’s getting harder to let what is preeminent in your life remain hidden. There really is a line being drawn these days and we are being forced to ask ourselves which side we are going to be on. Who/what is preeminent in your life? Who/what is preeminent in your home?
Be willing to wrestle this out honestly before God this week and ask Him to ‘let no one take you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.’ Col. 2:8
If He truly bought you with His blood, He deserves your allegiance in the highest and most honoured sense.
‘And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.’ Col.3:15-17