Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Devotion: God's Word Makes You Free

Every product that we purchase normally comes with an instruction manual, designed to tell us everything about the product.  In this manual, we find the manufacturer’s best practices, a list of do’s and don’ts to efficiently operate their product safely and to maximum the life their product so that we can fully enjoy it.  In following these instructions, the manufacturer offers a warranty, a certain guarantee that their product will function accordingly and that we will be pleased with its performance.

God tells us to “study to show thyself approved” so that we can “rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15), but most of us do not adhere to this command.  This word of truth is given to tell you what to believe (for doctrine), what is wrong (for reproof), how to correct wrong (for correction), how to live (for instruction in righteousness).  You are to rely on the word of truth because it includes everything needed to grow in maturity, to be perfect (meaning proficient or capable), and to do what God wants (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The idea that we are to “attend to his words” holds little meaning for some because just carrying a Bible with them fits the commandment.  When we attend to his words, we learn that “they are life unto those that find them” (Proverbs 4:20-22), meaning, “God’s words are full, abundant life unto those that hunt for, look for, or seek those words.”  This is why there is more to knowing God then just opening the book, reading a verse or two, and coming out with an opinion about the entire plan of God.  We must immerse ourselves in his word; we must hunt for, look for, and seek the answers that he has provided us through his instruction manual.

The manufacturer of the heavens and earth has given us an instruction manual, designed to tell his best practices, that list of do’s and don’ts that allows us to efficiently operate safely and to maximum life in this world’s system.  It is in following these instructions that we get certain guarantees, those promises that only he can honor.  As you read this inspirational message, we pray that you will understand why reading, studying, and following this instruction manual is so important, it will, as the scripture says, “make you free” (John 8:32).

We pray that this message will be a blessing to you and that you will share it so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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