Sunday, February 19, 2012

Vitamin "W"

  Every morning, millions of people around the world will reach for a bottle of vitamins. They will swallow a pill, maybe several, to try and keep their physical body healthy. They seem to feel like if they take these vitamins, it will help them get through the day and will make them a little better off. I wonder what percentage of these people will take the most important vitamin of all: Vitamin “W.”

  When you’re thinking about your physical body, you need to also think of your spiritual body as well. As we’re racing faster and faster to the end of the age, the time when Christ will come for His bride, we need to be more aware of our spiritual needs. We need to be doing everything we can to keep our spirit man healthy, our soul refreshed and young at heart. By starting our day off with a healthy dose of vitamin “W,” which stands for Word, we’re helping to ensure that our spirit man is healthy.

  The great king David wrote that he had hidden God’s Word in his heart that he might not sin against God. The great Apostle Paul, the man who wrote nearly a third of the Bible and nearly half the New Testament, said that we should study Gods Word so that we would be able to rightly know what it says and be able to witness Christ to people. The more we read and study the Bible, the more we refresh our souls and the more we allow God to move in our lives. By reading the Word of God, especially when done after a time of prayer, we grow stronger in our faith, stronger in God’s ability to use us and help us.
  We live in a day and an age where deception is being used on us all the time. We find deception in advertising, in revisionist history and, sadly, we even find it in the church world. So many “teachers” are twisting the Bible to fit what they want it to fit. They misquote the Bible, take it out of context and some, knowing that most people don’t read their Bible, will actually say things that sound like Bible, but really aren’t. These people are often trying to sell people ideas that are very much against the precepts of the Bible and even would cause some to develop hate in their hearts.

  In Matthew chapter 24, Jesus said that we should not let anyone deceive us. The only way to ensure that we’re not being lied to, not being deceived by someone is to have a good working knowledge of the Bible. We must read our Bible and use it to check on what we’re being taught. Just because someone claims to be a preacher, teacher or prophet doesn’t mean they really are. Some, I’m sad to say, claim to be preachers in order to make money or to make themselves seem better than they are. Some use religion in order to propagate hatred for Israel or even a rival religious denomination. This is wrong, but how will some know if they don’t read the Bible, they don’t know what it actually has to say.

  I can’t express to you how important it is for you to have your daily dose of vitamin “W” so you will grow stronger, healthier in Christ; so they you will know, or at least suspect, when someone is feeding you a bunch of junk or an outright lie. The devil is using every method he can think of, every ploy he can devise in order to lead as many as he can astray. He wants to keep as many as he can from going to Heaven, from being saved. The devil will use those actors who portray themselves as teachers and preachers to lead a whole lot of people to hell because many of the fakers have sold their souls to the devil for fame, fortune and other things. They care nothing about your soul: they just want what they can get. If someone doesn’t know what’s in the Bible, it isn’t hard to trick them into believing almost anything.

  For almost two years I’ve hosted am Internet radio program. I’ve had opportunity to listen to many radio programs, talk to many who call themselves teachers, preachers, apostles and prophets. Many of these people are wonderful Christians who are called of God to minister and they do a great job. I have, however, met and talked to a few who have no idea what they’re doing. They don’t know the Bible or they’re deliberately manipulating it to fit their personal beliefs and agenda. They’ve been able to trick a lot of people into believing what they’re teaching because these people aren’t reading the Bible and have no clue that they’re being led astray.

  I could write about this for many more pages, but I think you get the idea. We all need to make a point of spending time every single day reading and studying the Bible. We’ve got to be sure that we know why we believe what we believe, and we all need to be able to recognize when someone is teaching a false doctrine. With prayer, Bible study you and I give the Holy Spirit a means to be able to prompt us when someone is teaching things that are wrong, or someone is flat out lying to us. Your immortal soul depends of what you know and what you do with your life. Reading the Bible gives us the knowledge that we need in order to make Heaven our home and rightfully serve Christ who died for us.

  The great prophet Isaiah was given a message from God that I will close this blog with. It reads like this; “ Therefore my people have gone into captivity, Because they have no knowledge…” Isaiah 5:13. The devil wants to put you in a spiritual captivity by keeping the truth of God’s Word out of your life. The only way to beat him is to have the knowledge that will set you free. Start your day, every day with a healthy dose of Vitamin “Word.” It’s good for your soul, and your heart.

Blessings, peace and love,