Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Psalm 1

If you know me at all, you know that I love, love, love God's word.

I have many favorite verses:
Psalm 30:5,11-12
Romans 8:28
Proverbs 10:19
2 Corinthians 1:3-5
James 1:5

And another one of my very favorites is Psalm 1.
"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does he shall prosper."

The picture of the man who studies diligently the Word of God and does not let culture or contrary opinion sway him.  Resulting in a firm and solid foundation; strength; confidence in knowing what the truth is.

I have no idea where I heard this, but I refer to it often:
People who are trained to recognize counterfeit money never study counterfeit money.  They only study the real thing so that if anything other than the real thing passes through their hands, it is immediately recognized as a fraud.
And so we ought to be with the truth.
Truth is not relative.

Truth is Jesus.
Jesus is God.
God is truth.
And Jesus is the Word of God.
God's Word is truth. 

We need not go anywhere else.

Are you struggling with an emotional problem?  You don't need a secular psychologist.  All you need God's Word and people who know God's Word who can counsel you.

Do you want to have a godly perspective of what is going on in our world?
Many Christians have made it their reasonable service to make known the things that concern and affect us in this world. (Links to various resources with a Christian worldview can be found in the side bar of this blog.  Just go to the section: "Stay informed on the issues...")  The government-run media isn't giving you the truth.  The anti-God media isn't giving you the truth.  Don't waste your time.  Don't waste your mind.

Everything we need is in the pages of scripture.  Everything we need is within the Body of Christ.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness."  (2 Peter 1:3)
 "And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;  and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them all, as anyone might have need." (Acts 2:44-45)
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, sand some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-12)
I often share articles of interest (written by Christians) with people; and unbelievers who are privy often send me secular articles with ungodly perspectives.  Granted, we ought to be willing to see both sides of a situation.  But, if you know something is wrong because God says it's wrong, then, really, do you need to research the opposing perspective?  No, you don't.  Cling to the truth.  Don't jumble your mind with "every wind of doctrine." Knowledge abounds. (Dan. 12:4)  Useless knowledge abounds, too.
"...we should no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting." (Ephesians 4:14)
Trickery of men.  Cunning craftiness.  Deceitful plotting.

Wow, methinks Paul is tellin' us what he really thinks.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly..."   Let's just obey God on this.  It is one of the very first lessons I ever learned as a Christian and so vital.  I hope this encourages you.  It is so easily applicable.  Just don't seek out counsel, advice, or information from an ungodly source.  God has provided everything we need.

Be blessed, 

1 comment:

  1. so true, Kori. One of our friends mentioned that Augustine said something to the effect of, "the only way to know/understand God's word is to read God's word." I've found this year that the more I read, the more it makes sense, fits together, tells the story of redemption, highlights that there is a path to life and a path to death, etc. Thanks for taking time to write. Sometimes in educated circles, it is easy to get swayed and/or sidetracked from truth and the call to love God and my neighbor. Hugs to you!