The Resolution For Women by Priscilla Shirer

A Review of The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer (Daughter of Pastor Tony Evans)

Page 3: “These (resolutions) are more than just determinations you make within yourself; they are girded about with the power of the Holy Spirit – encouraging you, comforting you, equipping you, empowering you with the strength you need to carry them out. Essentially, these are His resolutions for you.” – How does she know what God’s resolutions are for me? She’s speaking as if this book she wrote is on the same par as the very Word of God. How audacious and arrogant!

Page 4: “And all you need to know and care about is that in God’s impeccable timing and design, He has brought this book into your life for this particular season.” — Again, another very bold claim – like she knows God’s will and plan for my life.
She spends a lot of time talking about self-esteem and self-worth. However, scripture doesn’t hold these in high regard. Rather, we are told to take up our cross, deny ourselves, and follow Christ. (Luke 9:23)

Page 61: She encourages you to ask other people what makes you unique. She goes on to say, “So open yourself to hearing someone remind you what they see in you. Write these things down. Internalize them. Accept them. Your gifts and skills. Your personality and temperament. The things that make you noticeably, singularly you. Your strengths and, yes, your weaknesses.” — Again, a lot of focus on us. Is it any wonder that the title of this chapter is “Happy to Be You”? The title of this section of the book is called “Authentically Me.” Our focus should be on the Lord. If you are diligent to read the Word, God is more than able to speak to you about your issues – good and bad!

Page 134: She is speaking on forgiving ourselves. “..the capacity to forgive yourself is personally impossible….But there’s no need to be dismayed or defeated over this because absolutely no place in Scripture are we told that this something we’re supposed to do.” And she reiterates that point again. – When Jesus was teaching us how to pray, He said we are to ask the Lord to forgive us of our sins, just as we forgive those who sin against us. Sometimes the one who sins against us is…..us! 1 Corinthians 6:18 makes it very clear that sexual sin is against our own body. So Priscilla Shirer is scripturally wrong in saying we are not commanded to forgive ourselves.

Page 189: “I’ve enjoyed the distinct honor of sharing a speaker’s stage with two beloved authors and Bible teachers – Kay Arthur and Beth Moore.” In a previous post, I covered in great detail many scriptural errors that Beth Moore made in her book Believing God. I haven’t studied Kay Arthur, so I cannot make an accurate statement about her. 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that bad company corrupts good character. Hanging out with false teachers is hanging out with bad company!
There are many websites that address Priscilla Shirer’s false teachings in much greater detail. She is heavily into contemplative prayer, which embraces New Age, Middle-Eastern techniques for meditation and they are not even close to being scriptural.

After pulling away and reading only Scripture for four years, then trying to come back and read books written by other people, I have to say that I would much rather read my Bible. My Bible is filled with nothing but truth. With as prevalent as false teachers are in today’s society, make a better choice: Read your Bible!

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Believing God, part 3

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Believing God workbook

Today I am sharing errors I found in Beth Moore’s workbook for the Believing God class. While the workbook has many of the same errors in it that the hard cover book does, it also has some addition information that I found disturbing.

1. Page 9:  On the very first page of the lessons, she is pushing her 5-pledge statement of faith.  (I mentioned that in previous posts.)  I only mention it again here because I want to point out that these 5 statements were made up by her.  She pushes them like they are an anointed incantation.  However, Psalm 138:2 tells us that God has magnified HIS WORD above all else.  If I’m going to quote something over and over, it will be God’s Word, not something created by Beth Moore or anyone else.  What she is asking us to do is not scriptural.

2. Page 94:  “The New Testament tells us that before the end of times the church will be purified, united, fortified, and anointed to prophesy.”  In my studies of the NT, I have found that many will fall away, brethren will betray one other, the love of many will wax cold, there will be many who follow after false teachers, and many will say, “Lord, Lord,” on that day, but Jesus will say, “Depart from me.  I never knew you.”  The fact that they are calling Him “Lord” tells me that these are people who were in the church, yet they never really knew Him.  Instead, they had a form of godliness, but denied the power thereof. (Matthew 24:10-12; Matthew 7:22; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 Timothy 4:3)

Now some may think she is correct in her statement because of what Joel 2:28-29 says about God pouring His Spirit out in the latter days and how sons and daughters will prophecy. However, this scripture was fulfilled in Acts 2:14-21. It will continue to be fulfilled until Jesus returns. In Joel 2:30-32, that prophecy goes on to include more that is yet to be fulfilled in the future – when the sun is turned into darkness and the moon into blood. This part of the prophecy is referring to when the tribulation ends and the wrath of God begins. (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 6:12)

There are several prophecies in the Old Testament that have been partially fulfilled, with more to be fulfilled later. Another example of this is from Isaiah 61:1-2. Jesus quoted part of this in Luke 4:16-19 because He was fulfilling that scripture right then. However, He did not quote the latter part of Isaiah 61:2 because that is speaking of the wrath of God, which is yet to be fulfilled.

3. Page 111:  In speaking of the story of Rahab, Beth starts speaking of the romantic side of God and referring to His “Prince Charming side.”  God is not my boyfriend!  And Rahab was a whore!  There is nothing romantic about it!  Now some may disagree with me in my thoughts on this, but even Song of Solomon doesn’t romanticize our relationship with the Father.  It is an image in written form of how passionately God loves us.  It shows us as the precious bride of Christ, in a language we can understand, but it is in no way relating to Him as our boyfriend.

4. Page 115:  She begins to teach on the spoken word and the power it carries.  However, she pushes it so much, that it is like she negates the multitude of scriptures that speak of meditating on God’s Word.

5. Page 116:  She gives a list of 4 things.
    — God’s words are omnipotent.
    — Our words are potent no matter how we use them.
    — God desires not only that His children believe truth but also that we speak it.
    — God ordains that words of faith have more power than thoughts of faith.
I have problems with some of these points.  First, GOD is omnipotent.  To say that His Words are omnipotent gives the impression that an unread bible holds unlimited power, and that just isn’t the case. 

Secondly, on the last point, what about people who are just quiet by nature?  Is their faith less because they don’t speak a lot?  If I were quiet by nature (I am far from that), I would find her implication here highly offensive.

Next, she says, “So what if our reality doesn’t reflect a powerful-voice theology?” Seriously?  What is that???  It sounds like she is pushing more name-it-claim it theology, and discounting the power that those who are quiet by nature may possess. It comes across like you need to be a loud-mouth to get God’s attention, and that just isn’t so.

6.  Page 159:  Speaking of God, she says, “… you were already on the great adventure of faith even when Jesus was wooing you, and if I may be so bold, flirting with you.”  Once again, she pushes the idea that Jesus our boyfriend, and that is not scriptural.  He is my Savior.  Period.  I like a quote by Linda Kay Klein:  “I have little patience for taking biblical metaphors too far, and giving one’s relationship with God an air of chumminess.”  Well said!

7. Page 165:  She suggests that God doesn’t really forget our sins once we repent of them.  Rather, He chooses not to remember them anymore.  The Word tells us He remembers our sins no more.  Period.  (Jeremiah 31:34) She does go on to say she may be way off base in her thoughts.  Well if she thinks she could be way off base, then why even bring it up?

8. Page 203:  She speaks of using a “newly directed approach” in her research.  I think this is a very apt description of what she has done, being that she is also into contemplative prayer, and highly praises some who follow Middle Eastern, New Age techniques and meditation.  This is mentioned multiple times in her book When Godly People Do Ungodly Things.

9. Page 49:  She makes a very interesting (and true) statement.  “I have taught some foolish things in my day and don’t doubt that I will accidentally teach some more.”  From my research on just this book, I can concur that she indeed has taught some very foolish things.  I have done much research on her, not just from this book, from other books, and I can say without hesitation that Beth Moore is a false teacher.  

While studying the Believing God books, I thought it was interesting that this showed up on Twitter on March 4:

Beth Moore: “Somewhere along the way, we have to reckon with the fact that we — myself included — went too far.  We put limitations on women that exceeded what Christ demonstrated.  We did it instead of wrestling with the tension between the gospels and the epistles.  We’re watching a backlash.”  

So Beth Moore declares that she believes there is a disunity between the gospels and the epistles??  God does not have a split personality.  The Word of God is inspired.  The Word of God is true.

This is just one more reason to stay away from anything written by Beth Moore.

Believing God, part 2

Believing God, part 2
Unless otherwise noted, references are to the hardback copy of Believing God.

I want to continue in addressing the errors and concerns I have with Beth Moore’s book Believing God.

1. Prosperity gospel
The prosperity gospel is a false gospel. If what you are preaching cannot be preached in third world countries, then you are likely preaching a false gospel.

– Page 5/6 She says that God has promised us a place of blessing and that He has promised us a place we could live, and a place where He brings great harvest. This sounds a lot like the Name-it-claim it, prosperity message. In 3 John 2, he prays that they would prosper, even as their soul prospers. That puts our spiritual condition first, not our comfort and blessing.
– Page 11 – She uses a term called “Promised Land theology.” Again, this reeks of the prosperity gospel.

2. Her arrogance and pride
– Page 27: She talks about Eve dropping her shield of faith. She says, “When she (Eve) fell, she fell hard. I know the feeling.” To equate our falling to Eve, who lived in a perfect world, is very audacious. We don’t have a clue what Eve felt, after having walked in absolute perfection, to be duped by Satan, and now to enter the land where sin has entered.
– Page 28/29: “I’m asking you to consider making a commitment to three specific faith practices I’ll share with you through the remainder of this chapter. Together they enhance an environment in and around you that invites the pleasure and power of God.” What she is stating is that her teaching is going to invite the pleasure and power of God. How arrogant!
– Page 32: “…if you want to experience a supernatural surge of God’s Spirit, you ought to try proclaiming the five-statement pledge of faith with a few thousand others!” She is saying that reciting her own statement brings a supernatural surge of God’s Spirit. That is so arrogant! She is getting too big for her britches!
– Page 85: She is referring to God is who He says He is, and God can do what He says He can do. “I pray these two statements are being ingrained deeper and deeper within our belief systems…May He invade even our subconscious with His Word.” By mentioning her own 2 statements, then saying, “May He invade our subconscious with His Word,” it sounds like she is equating her own words with being the Word of God.

3. Scriptural errors
– Page 31: She is speaking again of her 5 statement pledge of faith. “If I’m in need of a miracle, he (Satan) might tempt me to believe God no longer performs wonders. I quickly go through my mental list of faith statements and call out number 2: “God can do what He says He can do!” When tempted, Jesus didn’t quote a mantra written by someone else. He spoke the Word of God — “IT IS WRITTEN!”
– Page 33: “Commit to say, write, or think your five-statement pledge of faith repeatedly over the time frame you choose with God.” This is not scriptural! Psalm 1 tells us to meditate upon the Word of God. In Psalm 119:11, we are told to hide God’s Word in our hearts.
– Page 135: “God’s words are omnipotent.” I’ve often heard that God is omnipotent. However, if we say His words are omnipotent, we give the impression that an unread bible is powerful. However, there is no power in a bible if it is not read and applied in our lives.
– Page 234: “God’s Word tells us to whom much is given, much is required, Luke 12:48, but I am also convinced that to whom much is required, much is surely given.” She gives no scripture to back up her claim.

Next time, I will address errors I found in the Believing God workbook.

Beth Moore – Believing God

Believing God

I used to be one of those people who read everything Beth Moore put out.  I loved her studies.  However, at that time, I was one of those who was rather biblically illiterate.  Though I did read my bible, I really didn’t know how to rightly divide the Word.  I also just took her words as “gospel,” without doing like the Bereans and searching to make sure that what she said was really truth.

I began to hear things about certain, very popular teachers and preachers and how they were preaching false doctrine.  I was very disturbed to find Beth Moore’s name among the many who were being mentioned.  However, I decided to search it out.  I was shocked to find that there were truly many scriptural errors in her teachings.  There are many things in the book with which I disagree, but I am going to address the three that I found to be the most serious contradictions to what the Word says. I am doing this because of my passion for a biblically illiterate church to not be deceived by false teachers who are so sneaky and deceptive, making merchandise of the church for their own selfish gain.  I feel I have a biblical responsibility to speak out when I see error being taught.

Her 5-statement pledge of faith:

1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God’s Word is alive and active in me.

I have problems with this for several reasons. We can’t know who God says He is unless we are in the Word. We can’t know what God says He can do unless we are in the Word. We can’t know who God says we are unless we are in the Word. His Word isn’t alive and active in us unless we are in the Word. Her 5 statements sound like a mantra, a name-it-claim it theology, or a magic incantation – like if I say it enough, it will happen on its own. This is not biblical!

While she does have one statement that is a bible verse, it gives the idea that we can do all things through Christ. However, if we aren’t in the Word, we don’t know what “all things” are. We may think that we can commit adultery because it just feels “right” in our heart, and after all, the Word says we can do all things through Christ.

The 5-statement pledge of faith isn’t the only the thing I found that reeked with a New Age feel to it.

Page 141 of the hardback book: “We read or hear God’s Word. We choose to receive it, thereby inhaling it like a fresh breath of faith. We speak it aloud at opportune times, even just to ourselves, thereby exhaling that spirit of faith over our very circumstances. Making a reasonable and livable lifestyle of believing and speaking God’s Word is like living on the CPR of the Holy Spirit.” She then adds, “Don’t try to make something mystical out of it.” Yet, she has done that very thing with her New Age phrases.

Her many “I feel,” “I think,” I believe” statements:

1. I think – 8 times
2. I feel – 3 times
3. I believe – 10 times
4. I’m convinced – 7 times
5. I’d like to suggest – 8 times
6. In my opinion – 1
7. Is it possible – 1
8. I’m not sure exactly – 1
This is very dangerous for a “Bible teacher” to interject what they think, feel, believe, when it is not firmly back up correctly with scripture. In a church of lazy, biblically illiterate people, they will take the author’s word as “gospel,” never matching his/her words against scripture.

Scriptural errors:

(All of the references I give here are from the hardback copy of the book, unless otherwise noted.)
1. Page 4: “Blessing is bowing down to receive the expressions of divine favor that in the inner recesses of the human heart and mind make life worth the bother.” – This sounds like a bunch of New Age stuff. Blessing doesn’t bow down. WE bow down….to God. Blessing and divine favor aren’t what make life worth the bother – JESUS is what makes life worth the “bother.” And I find her choice of wording (bother) very odd when we are told that Jesus came to give us life and life abundantly.
2. Page 9: “Promised Land theology becomes an earthbound reality only to those who cash in their fear and complacency for the one ticket out of their long-inhabited wilderness.” — This sounds like Name it-claim it, Prosperity Gospel message.
3. Page 16: “I believe scripture will reveal to us through our journey that nothing is more important to God than our faith. Yes, love is His greatest commandment, but any of us who have accepted the mammoth challenge of biblical love in difficult circumstances can testify how much faith was required for obedience.” — Here she uses “I believe” phrase again, then says nothing is more important to God than our faith. However, scripture says we are to love the Lord God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
4. Page 43: She lists her 5 statements again, then says, “These five statements become a shield of faith to those who will allow them to penetrate the marrow of their belief system.” Not only is this very arrogant of her, it is not scriptural. Ephesians 6 speaks of the armor of GOD. Nowhere in scripture does it tell us that someone else will make a shield of faith for us. Personally, I find this statement heretical.
5. Page 51 of the workbook: When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth? “If the answer to that question is going to be yes, the people of God must start believing their God.” — James 2:19 tells us the demons believe and tremble. It is more than just saying you believe. James 2:24 tells us that a man is justified by works, not just by faith (believing) alone. You must be in the Word so you know what to believe.
6. Page 147: She speaks of Matthew 17:20 where it says nothing shall be impossible for you. She goes on to push the idea of speaking to our mountains, to have faith and “say to this mountain.” “In other words, I think we could say that Christ taught His disciples to “believe and therefore speak.” — However, she doesn’t rightly divide the Word here because the very next verse after Matthew 17:20 says that this kind doesn’t happen except through prayer and fasting. Yet, she leaves that important verse out. In my research, I have discovered that she does this quite often in her books, not using the scripture in its entire context, and that is dangerous.
7. Page 234: “This is something you can take to the spiritual bank.  Life is not fair.  And there is someone to blame:  Jesus Christ.  “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  John 1:16  And wouldn’t I be stupid to miss that?”

First, it is not the fault of our Savior that life is not fair.
Secondly, what does the verse she quoted have to do with life not being fair?
Third, her question makes absolutely no sense to what she was saying.
Fourth, she states at the beginning of her book that unless otherwise noted, scripture used is NIV.  So I looked up NIV for the verse she quoted above. Here is what the NIV says: John 1:16 New International Version (NIV) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. So she is misquoting the verse.

After pondering a bit more on that paragraph, it occurred to me that perhaps she was trying to state that we can “blame Jesus” because he brings one blessing after another, even when we don’t deserve it. However, again, she misquoted the verse, and used in the context of how she is saying it, it comes across as a prosperity gospel message. The Word tells us that it rains on the just and the unjust. Life isn’t always filled with one blessing after another. In the context of what the verse really says, we have received grace upon grace already given. Grace given = Jesus died for us. The extra grace we are given can vary from person to person, and we can receive that grace even when going through trials. When she speaks of it as blessing upon blessing, it gives the implication that life will be good all the time.

She makes an interesting statement on page 2 of the book: “Our status-quo system of contemporary Christianity isn’t working, and I’m bucking it.” I believe this is a very accurate statement, in that, she is indeed “bucking it” and she is doing so by teaching a different gospel. Of which, Paul said to let them be accursed. While a lot of what she says is biblical, there is much that does not line up with biblical truth. For a church that is mostly illiterate where scripture is concerned, it makes me think of someone pouring one drop of poison in a glass of water – that tiny drop of poison ruins the entire glass of water, regardless of how pure the water was before the poison was added. People who do not know how to rightly divide the Word of truth become easy targets of false teachers.

We are in critical times, and just because someone is very popular in “Christian” circles doesn’t mean they are truly teaching biblical truth.  

2 John 10 gives a very stern warning about false teachers. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

Because scripture makes it clear that a little leaven leavens the whole lump, I will therefore be refraining from attending anymore classes with Beth Moore’s teachings.

In future posts, I will add some other concerns I have with this particular book by Beth Moore.

After doing extensive research on Beth Moore, my answer to the above question is an emphatic YES!

How To Catch False Teaching

How to Catch False Teaching

1. Be a Berean of the Word. Don’t just take “as gospel” something a popular author or teacher says. Check it out. Does it match with what scripture says?
2. Does the person push repeating phrases? This is New Age teaching, like a mantra to be said over and over will make it happen – similar to an incantation (witchcraft).
3. Do they use phrases like this throughout the book: I feel, I think, I believe, I’m convinced, I’d like to suggest, Is it possible….? This is very dangerous because they often don’t back up what they are suggesting with solid, biblical proof that they are correct in their thinking. Or they take one verse, and put together a “theology” of their own without rightly dividing the Word.
4. When you read scripture in their books, don’t just assume it is correct. Get your Bible and read surrounding scriptures from the verse that has been quoted. Based on what the original context of the scripture is, does what the book says still line up with the Word? Or are they stretching that one verse to mean something entirely different?

The Word makes it very clear that in the last days, there will be many false teachers. In fact, Matthew 24:24 warns us that there will be so many false Christs (false teachers) in the end times that they may even be able to deceive the elect. We are in critical times, and just because someone is very popular in “Christian” circles doesn’t mean they are truly teaching biblical truth.  
 
2 John 10 gives a very stern warning about false teachers. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” 
 
Because scripture makes it clear that a little leaven leavens the whole lump, it is imperative that we learn to be literate with our Bibles, knowing how to rightly divide the Word of Truth so that we aren’t “infected” with deceptive, false teachings.

In future posts, I am going to address a book I just read by a very popular author and teacher. This book has all of the above points in it, yet multitudes of people in the church are “feeding” themselves with the false teachings in the books written by this person.

The Church’s Great Pretenders

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The Church’s Great Pretenders

I have noticed there are multiple places in scripture where we are warned about false teachers who will exploit us with their false words and their selfish ambition, as well as deceitful workers who pretend to be apostles.

I decided to compile a list of the scriptures that address these issues because I think it helps us to see how dangerous it is to us if we fall prey to their wicked devices. It also shows the importance of this issue when you see how many times it is mentioned. Obviously, the Lord is making a point on this!

Philippians 1:15-17 (NIV)  It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains.  (emphasis added)


2 Corinthians 11:12-16 (NIV)
And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.   (emphasis added)

The above scripture makes it abundantly clear that Satan himself has workers in churches. That is all the more reason why we need to be studying the Word for ourselves. Otherwise, we may be blindly following workers of Satan in our ignorance of scripture.
 
Titus 1:9-16 (NIV)
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
 
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
 
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. (emphasis added)

Again, we see how important it is for us to be in Word, studying it for ourselves. These deceivers are sneaky! If we are in the Word, we will understand that it is imperative that we judge their fruits. Like Jesus said, a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. He speaks in detail about judging the fruit in the lives of those who claim to be prophets. It is by judging their fruit that we can often tell if they are false prophets. (Matthew 7:15-23)

2 Peter 2:1 (ESV)
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (emphasis added)
 
2 Peter 2:3
And in their greed they will exploit you with false words.  Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. (emphasis added)
 
2 Peter 2:13
…suffering wrong as the wage for their wrongdoing. They count it pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, while they feast with you. (emphasis added)

Personally, when I read this verse, I think of the popular prosperity preachers who live in mansions and have expensive jets. They preach this false doctrine of prosperity, but they are the ones who are capitalizing on it.
 
2 Peter 2:14-15
They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray. They have followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved gain from wrongdoing. (emphasis added)
 
2 Peter 2:19
They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption.  For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. (emphasis added)
 
2 Peter 3:2-3
You should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. (emphasis added)
 
There is a remedy to help us in this so that we will live godly lives, not becoming ensnared by the deceitfulness of riches or deceived by false teaching.

2 Peter 1:3-8 (ESV)
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.  For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In these verses, we see that He has given us all we need pertaining to life and godliness – it is through knowledge of God. Implication: Study the Word so you have that knowledge. Then he goes on to list qualities we should be adding to our lives: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love. If we are honest, we are not going to add these qualities on our own. We need the Lord’s help. Implication: Get into the Word and learn about these qualities so the Lord can develop them in our lives.
 
2 Peter 1:10 (ESV)
Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. (emphasis added)
 
2 Peter 3:14 (ESV)
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
 
2 Peter 3:16-18 (ESV)
There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (emphasis added)

There are two implications in the above verses. First, we are to take care that we are carried away by these lawless people. The responsibility for this does not rest on our pastors, but on us, individually. Secondly, we are to grow in the knowledge of our Lord. This implies (again) that we are to be in His Word. We are to be students of the Word – always learning more about Him.

If that hasn’t whetted your appetite to get into the Word more, I will share one more thought with you. As I have been diligently reading the Word, I have noticed one benefit after another for those who seek the Lord with all of their hearts. Those wonderful promises are throughout scripture. So go on a treasure hunt! Find out what benefits await you, as you seek Him first in your life!

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

A Hope and a Future

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A Hope and a Future

I was reading in Jeremiah 29 when I came to those familiar words in verses 11-13. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” NKJV

I paused, going back to see what was said in earlier verses. It was intriguing. We all love the words from verses 11-13, but how do we get obtain it? It is by going back and reading verses 8-9, and finding out what not to do! “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the Lord.” NKJV

In today’s society, false prophets and false teachers are everywhere! If we are not careful, we will be fooled by their slick words and tactics. In fact, there are some who would have you to believe that by only quoting the above scriptures, you can partake in the blessings mentioned. However, as we have already seen, there is more to it than that.

Hebrews 5:14 tells us we need to exercise our powers of discernment by constant practice so that we are able to distinguish good from evil. The implication is that we must spend quality and quantity time in God’s Word, allowing it to teach, reprove, correct, and train us in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16

The result is what Jeremiah 29:11-13 speaks of: The Lord will give us peace, hope, and a future. We can call upon Him and pray, and He will listen. We will find Him because we will be searching for Him with all of our heart. – With benefits like this, why would we not want to make the time to seek the Lord in His precious Word?

© 2018, Stacy R. Miller

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