A CASE OF MISPLACED PRIORITIES IN THE LIVE OF MANY CHRISTIANS
By Arthur Owiti.
After attending spending time with some Christians in the first quarter of the year, my eyes have been opened to one sad reality: MANY CHRISTIANS ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
This is a very dangeorus trend because we are living in a time when the love of truth is diminishing as the days go by.The more the truth is deserted the weaker one’s faith in God becomes because faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
Some Christians around me did not like my exhortation to Christians to whole hearted devotion to the scriptures or insistence on the scriptures.However when it came to other things they gave whole hearted devotion.This is a case of misplaced priorities.
DESPISING SCRIPTURES A NORMAL TREND TODAY
When one visits many church services and fellowships one realizes that there is a more emphasis on Praise and Worship than the word of God.One hour is given to heartfelt singing and heart rending prayer ,but the word of God is given very little time or if it is given time it comes when the mind is exhausted and the people cannot pay full attention to what is being preached.
In the end people leave such gatherings entertained but not edified.This creates a plastic Christian life that is not filled with the life of Jesus.
Jesus said his word s are life and spirit .Hence when we sit down and give our time to the scriptures with the intent of doing them , life and spirit will definitely flow out of our lives to a world filled with death and carnality.
WHY THE WORD OF GOD IS SO VITAL
When one looks at the fellowship of believers and the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to them one realizes something powerful- they all are based on the word of God.
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 1 Cor 12:8-11
We read :
the word of wisdom
the word of knowledge
faith…..which comes by hearing of the word
discernment… 1 John 4: 2, gives the word used to discern spirits.
tongues… words unto God through the Spirit
So we find that words make up the base for most of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.It is from these words that we have songs and doctrines being made.
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. 1 Cor 14:26
TODAY’S SONGS OFF AND OUT OF SCRIPTURE
A listen to many song sin the Christian arena reveals a thorough drought of God’s word.Many are about the feeling s and ideas of the singers.Thanks to commercialization of so called Christian music, songs are written with the intent of being mega hits and not songs that edify and build one another in their knowledge of Jesus Christ.In short the Holy Spirit is not in the music today and what we have is carnality.
Christians are in need of edification which comes by the Spirit who does not speak of himself but speaks that which is from God , so does not contradicts God’ s word.
But when we throw out the word of God out of church then we have Christians clubbing and going out and in in the name of church when all that is happening is just plain dead man religion.
The true faith of a disciple of Christ is living and active because our Lord and God rose from the dead and is alive. Religions of men are dead men ways because they follow instructions of men who are long dead and have not risen from the dead.
TRUE CHRISTAN –BURY YOURSELF IN THE SCRIPTURES WHOLE HEARTEDLY AND NOT IN DEAD MAN RELIGIOUS WAY
Let us arise and follow the word of God by burying ourselves in it; taking it as the source of life and joy and peace because it is.Jesus is the personified word of God and the written words do not contradict him. He is one with his word. When you bury yourself in god’s word diligently and whole heartedly you will learn his voice and know his will.
Faith is not built nor grows from the knowledge of men from theological colleges or the wisdom of this world.Faith is built from KNOWING WHAT GOD SAYS , HIS WORD–KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S WORD
The knowledge of God’s word is the only life changing word that has great effect on one ‘s spirit and hence one’s life .
One has to have a personal relationship with Jesus and that ibcludes his word.Man made wyas to God or Babylon loathes the true way to God that is through Jesus Christ and it is a shame that most are not on this narrow way even thougfh they preach ion TV , HAVE BIG CRUSades or pray and fast for 80 days.
Eternal life is not foudn in your ability to do well but in Jesus Christ alone. Let go of the burdens that deny you time to study his word and like Mary , choose the better thing and not follow the way of Martha.
JESUS IS THE WORD AND WHEN YOU SIT DOWN WITH THE WORD YOU ARE ABIDING IN HIM WITH HIM.And though his sayings are not easy to do and as Chridstians we must go through tribulation to enetr the kingdom of God , be of good cheer, the Word of God haas overcome the world.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4: 12