The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him.
Ga 6:6 NASB
Paul was a great writer and someone who communicated the Gospel in such a way that everyone could understand. But this passage right here is pure fire. Because this passage talks about the self-sustaining nature of the Gospel. And we experience this everyday with children. You teach them and then they share it back with you. And as a parent it makes you so happy to see them applying something in their lives that you taught AND gives you the strength to continue to teach them. How much more so with God? You don’t think that God loves to hear from us about the things He has taught us that we hold on to as irrefutable truth? Perhaps this a reason why there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents.
Let’s continue to share with Him that which He had taught us.
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12 NASB
I think as humans we have an intrinsic need to be saved. We want someone or something to save us. And we turn to all sorts of things to be saved. Money, cars, alcohol, drugs, work, etc. but as the text points out to us there is salvation in no one else. Interesting enough Luke didn’t say nothing else, he said no one else. As if they already realized that things can’t save you. Yet here we are in 2016 thinking that material things will save us.
If we would only pay more attention to the last part of this text, the name given is one in which we must be saved.
’You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.
Job 10:12 NASB
I’ve been studying Job and in the course of the study I came across this text. It’s not so much what Job says here but it’s the context in which he says it. We get mad at God for small things. Didn’t get into the school we wanted, didn’t get the job we wanted, etc. Job at this point had lost everything. Kids were dead, possessions lost, wife speaking foolishness, disease ravaging his body and he says
‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.’
Yeah, we have a long long way to go in our walk with God before we can even begin to say something like this. Good thing we don’t have to be at that point for Him to be with us.
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Jn 16:33 NASB
What a stark contrast Christ offers up here in this passage. The world offers you tribulation, He offers peace. But many of us like drama and craziness in our lives. So we keep choosing the world and then complaining about our choice when things go crazy.
However if we make the right choice, if we choose Him, we will find that peace that He offers. We will find that relief that He freely gives. But it is our choice to make.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Pr 12:15 NASB
If there is one thing that I have learned over the years it is the wisdom of listening to people. You don’t always have to follow what they suggest but the wisdom is in listening to the suggestion. Because in listening to what someone is saying you are giving credence to them. You are saying that you value what they are bringing to the table.
This is why we are told to come to the Lord for counsel. This is why you are to surround yourself with good people. Scripture takes it further when it says there is a way that seems right to a man but the end results in destruction. If that man hearkened to the words of proverbs 12:15 he would probably not be destroyed.
For who is God, but the Lord ? And who is a rock, except our God,
Ps 18:31 NASB
Rhetorical questions are some of my favorite things. It’s not a question in that you are seeking knowledge rather a question to affirm the knowledge and truth of a subject. So when the psalmist asks who is God, but the Lord? We all know the answer is nobody and in the answer lies confession of the truth. The truth that God is our rock and salvation and in Him, and Him only, is redemption.
But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
Jas 2:18 NASB
Action, action, we want action! The sounds of the famous song still ring true today. Indeed it is difficult to make a determination based solely on the words someone utters. We must also take into account the actions that they do. Take God for example. He has said that He loves us. But what if that was all that was done. What if there were no actions to substantiate His claim? No making of animal skins for adam and eve. No protection of Moses in the wilderness or sending of Christ to be our substitute. What if it was just words? Would you still believe?
Thankfully God has given many examples in scripture and in our own personal lives as well. He has shown His faith by His works and we as His children ought to do the same.