Saturday, 5 March 2016
Many Christians are attracted to reports on God’s manifestation in the form of signs and wonders. Some people prefer to see for themselves, seek God personally to discern whether an unusual or unnatural or spectacular manifestation is really of God. We need to remember that spiritual beings do spiritual things … Satan is the father of lies (distraction & deception) and he takes great pleasure pretending he’s God … He does not want to be like God. He wants to be God.
The Bible teaches us to be like God because we are God’s children but it does not teach us to become God. We have to be clear-headed with the mind of Christ – to think like Jesus, the Son of God. Paul tells us to imitate him as he imitates Christ.
From my BSF notes: Even God’s good gifts will disappoint and destroy if they BECOME IDOLS that distract us from God and the Bible.
LYL: We can make an idol of God in our mind if we do not read the Bible. We can form the image of a spiritual being of our own design … if we listen more often to what people say than to listen to what the Holy Spirit says through the Word of God.
The Bible says that God is pure and holy. The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.” Psalm 19:7-9
David is a man after God’s heart.
John is the disciple whom Jesus loves.
The writer of Hebrews is someone who knows the Jesus of yesterday and today and forever. He tells us that Jesus has not changed (not contaminated by the world, not weakened by temptations, not deceived by the devil …)
Dear Father God, please increase my desire and priority to read and reflect on Your Word – the Holy Bible. Your Word provides the ONLY sure way to hear and understand what You say to me. Help me to make a change of schedule and daily habits. I believe that the APPLICATION of Your Word will make a significant impact in my life. Holy Spirit, help me!
Hear my prayer, Holy, Holy, Holy God!
Lam Yee Ling