We will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by ... men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14
Wind direction and speed are important parts of weather observations. The wind can change abruptly, and some manmade religious doctrines change about as often as the wind. Many churches abandon biblical teachings. We hear about religious cults and novel religions. Some of these messages are tempting because they are more appealing to our sinful nature than the doctrines found in God's Word.
How can we distinguish the true Christian religion from all the false claims? The answer is to study the Scriptures. The Bible is the Word of God, against which we compare every human teaching. Jesus said, "Search the Scriptures" (John 5:39). Paul told Timothy to learn the Scriptures so he might be "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" and be "thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:15,17).
Our Bibles should not be gathering dust on shelves. They should be well-worn and full of notes and underlining. A thorough knowledge of the Bible will help us withstand all of the shifting winds of life.
PRAYER: O God, Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to guide my way. Help me to understand its message better and to apply it in my daily life; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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