Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #44

2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (NKJV)

KNOWING THE SCOOP

Psalm 1 describes a person who has strength of character, who delights in the Lord, who walks with God. The Psalmist pictures such an individual, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither….” Ps 1:3 NKJV

            The question becomes then, “what gives a tree its stability? How can that tree continue to withstand incredible windstorms? Where is its major source of nourishment?

            That of course is in its roots…those deep tough tentacles that grip the earth and seek out water. The Christian who stands firm, who resists the childish tendency to get swept off their feet by the winds of false teaching, are those who have strong doctrinal roots. They have studied the scriptures and know what they believe. They are secure in their faith. They refuse to be uprooted.

            Theology of course, is the study of God and divine truth. Nothing we can ever study will have effects in our lives as far-reaching as our study of theology. In fact, Jesus Christ compared an understanding of its truths to being set free from slavery. John 8:31-32 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” NKJV

            My hope with these devotionals over the next while is to walk us through some of the key elements of Christian theology to help us gain the “Scoop” on solid Christian living and character.

The first thing we must realize is that when it comes to what we believe,

  1. IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS

The writer of Hebrews had some strong words for his readers. Listen

Hebrews 5:12-6:1You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.  Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. So, let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding.”

            Ignorance is NOT Bliss. Ignorance is the breeding ground for fear, superstition, failure and spiritual defeat. The bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (NKJV) And again in 1 Peter we are encouraged  to “learn the truth so well that we will always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks us to give an account for the hope that is within us.”

            This week will study some of the benefits as I see it in being informed. We will address the first one today.

  1. KNOWLEDGE GIVES SUBSTANCE TO FAITH:

Faith is trust. As we all know, before we place our trust in something, we need to have good reason to believe that it is trustworthy. For example, our knowledge informs us that it is unwise to sit in a chair that will collapse under our weight. Likewise, when we come to spiritual matters, we need to know what or in whom we are being asked to trust before we decide to exercise our faith.

Do you find God trustworthy? How do you know either way until to study the things He says about Himself? Are you willing to put your faith in Him? God is not asking you to trust Him with a blind faith.  Knowledge gives substance to faith.