Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scripture Knowledge Important to Receive the Promises!

 I am absolutely amazed at how many believers do not know much scripture. Do you see this too? I often talk to Christian people and share something with them and see their shock that the passage or concept is in the Bible. It seems that many are in love with the idea of having the scripture more than in love with scripture. I do not understand how a person believes they can have any victory in their Christian walk apart from knowing God's Word. Then, people say they love Jesus, but Jesus and the Bible, God's Word, are quite indivisible. To love Jesus is to love the Word. When Jesus was tempted by satan, He fell back on the Word, saying, "It is written..." If the Son of God needed a detailed and full knowledge of scripture to overcome satan, how can we settle for light scripture knowledge and hope to win over evil? When the Sadducees came to Jesus to try to stump Him about marriage in Heaven, He replied, "Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?" Mark 12:24 To me, this says to be bankrupt of scripture is to be bankrupt of the power of God. 

Even Divine healing is done by the Word of God, instead of God Himself. "He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions." Psalm 107:20 That is God's way. The Holy Spirit has been instructed to perform the Word for us. That is, the Word that we know, and use, and speak out in faith. "Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it." Jeremiah 1:12 Our knowledge of scripture is everything to our walks, and exactly what we need to activate God's grace in our lives. Ministers in the modern Church hold back from sharing the pure Word of God, because it tastes bitter at first to a carnal mind, for it is as unleavened bread, and an acquired taste. Ministers hold seeker friendly goals above their desire to preach the pure Word, which will set people free. What do you think about the Word, and today's practices from pulpits all over America? Comment for me below if you want. I will close here with a scriptural flow where God unequivocally tells us and shows us how to access His promises and grace and miracles and breakthrough. (Words in parentheses are mine for emphasis - each place you see one, God is speaking of scripture and your knowledge of it)

"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge (Word) of God, and of Jesus our Lord, (Word) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things (Word) that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge (Word) of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: (Word) that by these (Word) ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:2-4 

Bless Jesus and His Word forever!

Greg Nichols

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