The saga continues with Nate, our Bible man!
Since his playground preaching days, he has continued to carry his Bible with him EVERYWHERE! However, he has added a few words here and there, thus concluding that I think the book of Nathaniel has been added to his Bible.
The book of Nathaniel has a lot to say these days! Especially concerning any matters that involve Nate not wanting to do something necessary for his well-being. If Nate is asked to do something he doesn't particulary care for he will plainly tell you, "The Bible says, I not have to do that."
Take this clip for instance.
Cute for now, but how many of us are like this in our Christian walk from time to time? I must admit this spoke to me because of that very reason. How many times has my authority, God, asked me to do something in His name, yet I find a verse or two from the Bible and justify my actions for not following His command. Or better yet, I read a command from His Word, yet justify with my my own logic, how that can't be literal. Or, how many times have I heard a good word from a fellow Christian, and assumed that it was biblical, without cross-examining it just to be sure it was the word of God?
How foolish of me to think that my logic, or someone else's, would ever overrule God's Word, yet sadly, I do it more often than I care to think.
As I was reading my devotions this morning, I was struck by the nobility of the Bereans in Acts 17. They wanted to be so sure they were following God's command, that they would examine the scriptures daily, to be sure that the Word being preached was pure, just as it was written. Although they welcomed Paul with eagerness to their city to preach the message, they didn't just take him at his word; they lined it up with the infallible word. They took their Christianity seriously. Afterall, their lives (and the lives of others) depended on it!
There is much to learn from this Berean crew, even though a mere 4 verses of the Bible mentions them!
I pray I love my Word so much that I use it as my standard of living; not just my back-up while in a dilemma. Lord help me not to live my life based on the opinions of good people, my own logic, or mis-interpreted verses. May I always compare any scripture with what the "Scripture as a whole" might have to say.
I want to "take Him at his His Word"!
|Preaching in the bathtub! I had to take a picture, even though I was a bit disappointed!|
|"Watered down faith"|
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