Sola Scriptura: Deceived in Knowledge

(This is an ongoing series about taking God’s Word for what it says.)

Humility is an important¬† attitude we must have as we approach Scripture. Unless we are willing to change our lives when we read God’s Word, we will deceive ourselves, believing that we are someone we are not.

In James 1:22 we read:

But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].

When I read this passage, it strikes holy fear in my heart. I know that I am well taught in the Scriptures, but am I equally obedient? I know that every time I walk away from truth unchanged, I am entrenching myself in a mindset that is contrary to God’s will.

The question that burns on my heart, first of all, is, “Are we allowing ourselves to be completely honest as we approach Scripture?” The second is, “Are we willing to pay the price of aligning ourselves with Scripture?” If Scripture teaches something that is contrary to the contemporary trend, how will we respond? If Scripture teaches something that is contrary to our habit or tradition, how will we respond?

Right now, there’s a good chance the Holy Spirit is laying some things on your heart and reminding you of some Scriptures that you have disregarded. Are you willing to turn your face back to the mirror of Scripture, gaze into that mirror, and make the changes to align yourself with God’s Word? The cost of changing is high, but the cost of ignoring it is much, much higher.

“Dear Jesus, Give us the eyes to see who You are, give us the ears to hear Your Word, give us the humility to say we are wrong, and give us the courage to live as You are calling us.”

According to the power of Christ working in us, may we do everything we can to walk in full obedience to God.

Soli Deo gloria.


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