Good morning. Happy Freedom Friday to you all. I pray you walk in the freedom that God has given you.
TFTD: Do not compromise the WORD
2 Timothy 3:16New International Version (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
Have you ever wondered why an entire congregation can attend the same worship service and hear the same preached message; however, walk away with different interpretations? There are many different variables to why this happens. Depending on what a person is going through can affect how they receive and interpret a message. Perhaps the person came in the service late and caught the middle of the message that would affect the context in which the message is received and interpreted. The level of spiritual maturity in a person can also affect the reception and interpretation of the message and so forth.
Many people try to tailor the Word of God to their life, which leads them to justifying and making excuses for their sin. If a preacher is preaching on the subject of gossiping, fornication and lying-a person who is trying to tailor the Word to the life would take scriptures out of context in order to be at ease with their sin. They will throw scriptures around like Romans 3:23 (NIV) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and try to justify that it’s okay to sin because we ALL have sinned. Perhaps they will toss around the following scripture trying to justify their sin because they are saved by grace and it’s okay that they keep falling because God has already saved them; Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.
I would suggest that those who try to tailor the Word of God to their life do not accept accountability, will not accept correction, do not feel convicted and finally will not change. When you try to make God’s Word line up with your sinful ways you are not being accountable to God. Therefore whenever you hear the preached word you will not accept the messages that points out your sin. Essentially you are rejecting correction. A couple of purposes of God’s Word is to rebuke and offer correction. But if you won’t be accountable to God’s word then you won’t accept correction to His word. When you decide to live according to your flesh you won’t change and you will suffer.
Now the correct way to live is to tailor your life to the Word of God. This will lead to accountability, acceptance of correction, conviction of the heart which will ultimately lead to change. Someone who is tailoring their life to the Word of God will hear a message and remain accountable to God. They will check in with God through prayer, reading and studying His Word, attending church service and more. They will be sensitive to instruction from their heavenly Father and be open to correction. When a person is trying to live according to the Word of God their heart will be convicted if they hear a message that calls out their sin. They won’t be able to sit in church on Sunday and make excuses for their sin. A person who is accountable to God, open to correction and has a convicted heart will be willing to change to please God.
Are you tailoring the Word of God to your life or are you tailoring your life to the Word of God?
Have a blessed weekend. Think on the things of Christ.
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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