Psalm 17:15 — “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.”
Many read the Scriptures simply to reinforce their current beliefs. Although they read the entire Bible, their mind only sees certain doctrines. Instead of believing what they read, they merely read what they already believe. Rarely do they find new truths in the Word.
Baptists see from their perspective, Pentecostals and charismatics each have theirs, while Catholics and other denominations often have a completely different emphasis.
The same way the Jews were “baptized into Moses” (1 Corinthians 10:2), so Christians are often baptized into their denomination. When they are fully indoctrinated, their minds have been immersed into a pool of teaching that leaves them more conformed to the image of their sect than to the likeness of Christ.
John 8:31,32 –“So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, ‘ If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.'”
As I study the scriptures I submit my spirit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
I am open to different truths in the Word of God that may conflict with my present understanding.
John 1:46 – “Nathanael said to him, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
It may not seem that anything good can come out of your Nazareth, but God is not looking at our past; God isn’t looking at our resources, our money, our talents; He is looking for a Bethlehem, a holy place to deliver His will, a humble place to cover His dreams in swaddling clothes and lay them in a protective manger until they grow and eventually enter the temple on their own.
“And said, Verily I say to you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” – Matthew 18:3
It is very important that the foundation upon which we stand is “The Rock,” our Lord Jesus Christ, and that our life is hidden “in Christ.” If our spiritual experience is resting on sand, that is, if we are trusting our own abilities, we will fail when the pressures of life increase.
When difficulties affect us and we begin to lose our spiritual direction, if we will become quiet and look to the Lord, we will recognize that beneath our vacillations is a layer of spiritual strength and hope that had been deposited within us through our identification with Jesus in His death and resurrection — which was CONFIRMED IN THE PEACE that came when He took up His abode within us.
We need only to realize that WE ARE A NEW CREATION — that old things have passed away and our life is hid in Jesus, and that our strength comes from Him. With David, we should be able to say, “The Lord is my light and my salvation…” (Psalm 27:1). If we will meditate on the past victories that we gained by placing our lives in His hands, this will become personally real to us.
Paul said, “I press toward the mark…” (Philippians 3:14). This “mark” is our CALLING in Christ. We look past our vacillations to see there is within us a deep inner determination to press through to the place where our responses no longer emerge from our Adamic nature, but from the new creation that we have become.
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY