WHY YOU STILL CAN HAVE FAITH IN THE BIBLE

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WHY YOU STILL CAN HAVE FAITH IN THE BIBLE

Hands up, those of you who have ever left a Christian meeting feeling a little cynical and underwhelmed. I’ll bet there are a few hands. Obviously I can’t see any of them, but I judging from the people I have met, I am not alone. Yes, doubt happens to everyone; even me.

But why shouldn’t it? You know our Father loves you. You know Jesus died for you. You know the Holy Spirit is always by your side, reminding you of all that Jesus has taught you and promised you. You know that you are righteous in Christ because of His death. You know that there is now therefore no condemnation for you and you are under and open heaven. You know that all you should be doing is receiving untold blessings that are supposed to be falling from the sky. Yet…

You can complete that sentence, can’t you. So why is it that we can still have faith in the Bible? Well, beloved, let’s explore together, shall we?

In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he describes the last days like this,

“But you must realise that in the last days the times will be full of danger. Men will become utterly self-centred, greedy for money, full of big words. They will be proud and contemptuous, without any regard for what their parents taught them. They will be utterly lacking in gratitude, purity and normal human affections. They will be men of unscrupulous speech and have no control of themselves. They will be passionate and unprincipled, treacherous, self-willed and conceited, loving all the time what gives them pleasure instead of loving God. They will maintain a facade of “religion”, but their conduct will deny its validity. You must keep clear of people like this.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 [PHILLIPS]

Spot on, isn’t it? The days in which we are living in are indeed,

“…dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] … [difficult days that will be hard to bear]” 2 Timothy 3:1 [AMP]

And if Paul’s description is accurate of the times we are living in right now, might we give ear to his proposed solution; because after all, he can’t be that far off, can he? So what does Paul suggest that we do?

“Yet you must go on steadily in all those things that you have learned and which you know are true.” 2 Timothy 3:14 [PHILLIPS]

He tells us to hold on to the things we have learned. And why does he tell us to do that? Because we know them to be true.

Now, let’s pause here for a moment. What are the things which we have learned?

“Remember from what sort of people your knowledge has come, and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures, which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15 [PHILLIPS]

We have learned the holy scriptures, the Bible, the words from the age old book, the very words we just admitted to having a problem believing when things get rough in our lives. And not only that, Paul says that we should hold onto them BECAUSE we know that they are true. Now, that’s a tough one to swallow.

A man is in over his head in debt. Don’t be mistaken, he didn’t get himself into this situation because he indulged in vice. He just got misled by a company and made a bad career move, making him jobless for a year. His creditors are knocking on his door. He is getting no peace. He feels ashamed when he meets others, and most ashamed when he faces his wife, because he feels responsible for not being able to give her a ‘good life’. Now, when he reads verses like these,

“Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.” Isaiah 61:7

He wants to believe, because he knows that Jesus said,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

But will you blame him if his lack makes him begin to doubt?

Another man is watching his health deteriorate. His body is weakening with each passing day. He used to be a strong and proud man; fit as a fiddle, independent and free. But now, he needs to be watched over, 24/7, else, his next fall could be his last. His children find him a bother. He himself is ashamed of being a burden. His son has even had to wind up his business just to stay home and look after him. Now, when he reads of the times when Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cleansed the lepers, he wants to believe, because he knows that Jesus said,

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

But will you blame him if he finds his lack of an abundant life good reason to doubt? Seriously, how will they find the faith to believe that

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error, for re-setting the direction of a man’s life and training him in good living.” 2 Timothy 3:16 [PHILLIPS]

How can they still trust that

“The scriptures are the comprehensive equipment of the man of God and fit him fully for all branches of his work.” 2 Timothy 3:17 [PHILLIPS]

Well, beloved, if you are facing similar situations, here is the answer.

“Remember from what sort of people your knowledge has come, and how from early childhood your mind has been familiar with the holy scriptures, which can open the mind to the salvation which comes through believing in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15 [PHILLIPS]

Beloved, who introduced you to Jesus? Who walked you through the Bible? Who unveiled Jesus to you and showed you His love? Consider that person. Consider from whence he came. Consider why he did that and ask yourself if he was like Paul.

“But you, Timothy, have known intimately both what I have taught and how I lived. My purpose and my faith are no secrets to you. You saw my endurance and love and patience as I met all those persecutions and difficulties at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. …” 2 Timothy 3:10-11 [PHILLIPS]

But most importantly, did you see this next bit in that person’s life?

“…And you know how the Lord brought me safely through them all.” 2 Timothy 3:11 [PHILLIPS]

I know what some of you are thinking. You don’t really know what your pastor has gone through, right? Great. So consider this; why then were you convinced? It surely could not have been because his life story was so gripping, right? You hardly know the man. You were convinced because something he said resonated with you, touched your heart, made it possible for you to identify YOUR life story with what was written in the Bible. And that was why and that was how you allowed your mind to become familiar with the holy scriptures. The convincing didn’t come from outside, it came from inside you. You are the only one that could have convinced yourself that what you read in the Bible is true, and you were convinced because some time, way back when, you saw Jesus work in your life.

You know beloved, proclaiming the good news and convincing others of His love is more difficult than selling ice to Eskimos. To many, the notion of ‘god’ is so remote, so ethereal, that unless you have experienced Him, it sounds like hot air coming out from a balloon. Those of you who have tried it will know what I mean.

Yet, here you are, believing in Jesus, trusting that Jesus loves you, believing that because He died for you, you are righteous in His sight, and deserving of only blessings for you know that

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Why?

A good friend of mine told me that his wife thinks that her God is better than his God. Now, they both believe in Jesus, they both are saved. So why is it that his wife’s ‘version’ of Jesus seems better to her? Well, beloved, that is the beauty of Christ. He is not a God of the masses. He is a personal God. He loves you personally. He deals with you intimately. He knows your every need and has met them all very specifically. Because, just as the Psalmist says,

“For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;” Psalm 139:13-14

When you look back on your own history, when you look back at each and every time Jesus was there to pull you out of your situation, you know that ever word in the Bible is true. Because that was how you became familiar with the holy scriptures in the first place, because they happened to you.

So now, when you look into your situation, when you stare at your problems in the face, know that because Jesus has saved you before, so too will He save you again. Even though your situation has taken a turn for the worse, Jesus’ love for you has never changed, because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

And just as His word was real for you back then, so too is it real for you now. Indeed, look to His word and realize that

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the faith and correcting error, for re-setting the direction of a man’s life and training him in good living.” 2 Timothy 3:16 [PHILLIPS]

If you have erred, His word will guide you. If you are lost, His word with re-establish your rightful direction in His will. But most importantly, if you are losing faith, His word, reflected in the events of your life, will make you

“…complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:17 [AMP]

Go back to the Bible and remind yourself of just how much our Father loves you and just how much Jesus has done for you; then face your situation with renewed hope, knowing that

“…God, your God, will outdo himself in making things go well for you:…” Deuteronomy 30:9 [MSG]

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