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(Laura Keating is my cousin in Newfoundland.
She's an awesome photographer. Check out her work here.)
OUCH! That Hurts!Ever have a speck of something in your eye? It hurts; doesn’t it? Sometimes it’s no bigger than a piece of dust, yet it feels half as big as your eyeball. Poking, washing, rubbing is futile. Even asking someone else to look for you doesn’t produce any results to get it out. The worst part is, it’s irritating you to no end and you don’t even know what it is.
A few months ago something like this happened to me. Except, this time it came in the form of a conversation with a group of people. Since then something has been irritating me about it, yet I couldn’t figure out what it was. I mean, there was the obvious thing; that neon signs didn’t start flashing saying “Carley’s right!”, and no one bowed to my awesome wisdom. The more I thought about it, the more I realized this wasn’t what was bugging me. What was it? I wasn’t sure.
You see, there were four or five of us sitting around a table chatting after a dinner party. The subject of God’s Word came up. Eventually the conversation worked its way into the fact one of the others said that the bible was written by man. Three of us told her that the scriptures are all God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV84). Her response was one I’ve heard before, ‘I’ve reconciled within myself , and this is what I believe’. She followed up with another that wasn’t new to me, ’Other organizations, denominations and religions have their own versions of the bible or what they call their holy scripture. Who’s to say who is right?’ Reconciled to what? And, God tells us straight out who is right... He is, and His Word proves itself on every point. People don’t believe that the Bible was inspired by God; that every word comes from the breath of God; even though the bible says it is.
Ah Ha! There it Is!
After a lot of thinking, I have discovered what is bothering me about this issue. My thinking on it is this: if they don’t believe that God is the author of the bible; that the writers of the Bible could not have been filled and guided by the Holy Spirit, then they don’t believe it can happen to themselves.
As a Christian who has come to have a relationship with Jesus; thereby being filled with the Holy Spirit, I can assure you that my life, and who I am inside has changed. Prayer, faith, stumbles, problems, and sheer determination that I won’t ever quit has helped me to let God do His work in my heart and life.
The experiences that I have on a regular basis cannot be missed. Take, this blog post; or for that matter, the whole Worship Melodies website. It started because of God was directing me to do it. Personally I think it’s a wonderful story and testimony in and of itself. Every time I write, I ask God to use me to write a great message. So often; more often than not, I end up with an article to post that was not in my mind to write. Then as I reread the end product I can see a message, flow to the logic, and symbolism built in sometimes, that I never would have thought up on my own. I know many writers, even non-believers, have that experience. It’s as if the piece that’s being written takes on a life of its own. But I know, from the work that I create, that it is definitely the Holy Spirit working in me. So therefore, I know He can work in others lives as well. If I never knew / believed it before my relationship with Christ, I know it now. Therefore, I know that God could have, and I believe did indeed inspire, direct, and breath the words He wanted written by Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Jeremiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, James, Jude; and a number of others.
Now, to Flush it Out...
Because I am filled with the Holy Spirit, and I pray that I will always have strong faith, be obedient, and always let my focus stay on Jesus; I know that I am saved. I know I am going to Heaven. However, if I didn’t believe that God could inspire all those writers of the bible, than why would I ever assume that He would / could fill me and direct my life. One cannot believe He can fill them and not others. So therefore... and here’s that speck that was bothering me... if one does not believe that the writers of the bible were inspired by God then they cannot, themselves, be filled with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they are not saved. Once we invite Jesus into our hearts, as our Lord and Saviour, He fills us with the Holy Spirit immediately, and His work will start to happen. My friend isn’t saved. That’s what was bothering me. I love her. I want to see her have a relationship with Christ, to know she is going to spend eternity in Heaven with God. I want that for all those I love the most. God is real. His Word is His; not a fairy tale. He loves you. He longs to have a relationship with you. Why are so many afraid of this? Are you? Why don’t you trust Him and see what happens if you were to accept all of His Word as the truth?
Let’s Pray~~ Dear God ~~ You are so loving and merciful. Your grace is something we cannot truly understand. So often I can’t see the forest for the trees; I have a plank in my own eye while trying to see the speck in another’s eye. Thank you for washing out the specks from my eyes. Please help me to always get rid of my own planks before judging others. Please help my friends who do not know you as well as they think they do. Open their eyes as you have mine, and let them truly see the Light and the Truth. In Jesus name, AMEN
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