Citizens are saying yes to killing the innocent unborn, but no to guns. Yes, be the unique individual you are, but we’ll put you in prison and take you to court if we disagree with your moral compass. Yes to religions of the world, but no Christians, you cannot pray privately over your lunch at school.
It’s a dicey world and Christians need to be confident in what God says as to not find themselves lost in what modern thought has imposed on God. Below are six verses individual believers should meditate on for the purpose of knowing the loving God clearly so we can live out Christ’s love boldly.
1. Does it match with what the bible teaches?
“…they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
I love the verb searched in this verse! Our culture embraces quests for shortcuts even when quality is compromised (superficially perfect example: k-cups over French press). There is no way to be prepared and to know what the bible teaches unless we’re diving in daily with willing hearts. Simplistically, let’s go treasure hunting!
2. Allow God to change the way you think.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
When we’re determined to be resilient to the pressures of this world, when we go on that Scripture hunt daily, our minds are renewed. This laborious process reveals to the world around us and to our hearts a perfect God.
3. True believers will not be found condemning God.
“Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.” I Corinthians 12:3
Believing in God isn’t a conversation piece to be tucked away when we the company around us shifts and it’s uncomfortable and unpopular.
4. Tally up! Reflect on what is coming from our lives.
“But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.” Galatians 6:4-6
Jesus reminds us to take the log out of our eye and here again, we’re reminded to take stock of our work. It’s easy to be looking at others, especially those closest to us, and have a list of recommendations. Back off, we’re responsible for our own actions, attitudes and behaviors. What’s reflecting off you to the world?
5. How are you using God’s words?
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
People come to this verse and play it like an ace when it’s in their favor. Tables turned, are you willing to allow those around you to speak biblical truth into your life? Of course, you will be mislead if you’re not already digging in daily!
6. The daily diet of scripture prepares us to know the difference between good and evil.
“But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:14
The shades of gray are growing in America and it is imperative that Christians are taking in a daily dose (extra servings welcome!) of God’s truth. How do we know what position to hold on legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage, the release of thousands of felons? How do we live out God’s love with our neighbors each with a unique and distinct value and belief system? God tells us and it’s simple: Meet with Him daily over Scripture!