What happened?

We live on a murderous planet.

. . and yet we know Eden in our hearts.

What happened?

God’s Word is God telling us our story.

Have you ever really read what He has to say?  From Genesis to Revelation?

Don’t you think it’s time to hear His story . . for yourself?

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8, NIV)

 

Coming Across Difficult Bible Verses

There is no way around it and there is no reason to avoid it: some passages in the Bible are difficult for me to understand.

It’s not always the same passages for everyone.  Some passages are easier for one person to understand, harder for another.  But all of us, who read God’s Word’s will struggle at times, because we are fallen.

My sin: my misconceptions, temptations, resistance, rebellion, and confusion work together to confuse me as much as possible.  This is Satan’s plan.  When I try to read God’s Word, Satan will do his best to throw every possible obstacle in my path.

Outside obstacles alone make it difficult to concentrate on God’s Word.  Thoughts about work, plans, family, worries, etc., household chores, entertainment possibilities . . . Satan will throw every blockade up he possibly can to get me “too busy” to read God’s Word or “too distracted” to pay attention when I’m reading.

Satan is just fine with people busying or distracting themselves all the way to Hell.  And for Christ followers, his goal is to keep us from growing closer to God and deeper in His Word.

But when the Spirit opens our eyes, we see!  Our heart quickens!  We love our holy Savior more than ever!  And we learn!

I am convicted, challenged, redirected, activated, and encouraged when I read God’s God’s WOrd.  I learn to fight sin, the same sin that, without the grace of God, would totally block out the Truth of God’s Word in my life, like the moon eclipsing the sun.

When I come to difficult passages in the Bible, I have these choices:

  • Ignore the passage.
  • Reject the passage.
  • Skew the passage to say what we would like it to say.
  • Dismiss the passage as contextual and not applicable to us today.
  • Say, “Here I am, God.  Your way is best.”

As a Christian, my choices get much easier:

  • ·        Ignore the passage.
  • ·        Reject the passage.
  • ·        Skew the passage to say what we would like it to say.
  • ·        Dismiss the passage as contextual and not applicable to us today.
  • Say, “Here I am, God.  Your way is best.”

Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11, AKJV)

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Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission.

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