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Study to Show Thyself Approved Unto God

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“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

I was listening to a morning radio program yesterday as the hosts interviewed a young, Christian rapper. He was asked his opinion of several currents events, including his thoughts of drinking alcohol, the controversial new reality series “Preachers of LA” and other topics. The hosts, who readily admitted to not regularly studying the Bible, brought up the seven deadly sins and wanted to know what they were. The young rapper quickly dismissed the question and stated he didn’t think that was listed anywhere in the Bible and that it was a “cultural thing”. Not exactly.

Proverbs 6:16-19 lists six things the Lord hates; seven that are detestable to Him.” The detestable acts aren’t titled “The 7 Deadly Sins” and they are not named as the world has been taught to remember, but they are provided in the Word. The young rapper had a brilliant opportunity to educate an audience that desperately needed it and missed it. I don’t know if his missed opportunity stemmed from ignorance of the Word or his excitement of promoting his new record, but it was a golden moment to introduce the Lord to listeners who didn’t know Him for themselves. Paul further delves into these things as well as the fruit of Spirit in Galatians 5:19-23.

This is a wordy post, but I felt it worthy because it provides a real-life example of why it is important to not just read your Bible and memorize Scripture, but to study it for understanding.

Have a blessed day!

In Search Of…? – Daily Inspiration, July 31, 2012

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

I remember watching a weekly television program titled In Search Of… as a child. The series investigated mysteries and phenomena. I would sit engrossed as the existence of UFOs as well as historical events like the Lincoln assassination were examined. It was breezy way to pass time and I always felt like I was learning something new, even though each show began with a disclaimer that the theories expressed were based on conjecture.

One form of media, a perennial bestseller, does not need such a disclaimer. We don’t have to be “in search of” its Author as He is always with us. We only have to accept Him. Every time I study the Bible I don’t just feel I am learning something vital for my existence, I know. The Bible is God’s Word. God’s Word has been tried, tested and proven throughout time. It is unwavering in the face of changing social mores. It is everlasting in a world of passing fads. Don’t take my word for it – study the Word for yourself.

May the Lord be with you.