We know the Word of God is eternal truth and completely sufficient for all we need to know about God, ourselves and life. But what happens to the truth of the Word when we redefine words that God has used or try to apply human understanding to spiritual issues? What if the definition we use for love, grace, leader, forgiveness, joy, sin and repentance differs from the definitions God has given us?
Proverbs 3:5 tells us “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” What happens when we fail to do this? Is this the reason we are sometimes miserable when the Bible tells us we should have the joy of the Lord?
Dave Wager of Nicolet Bible Institute and Silver Birch Ranch is with us to continue sharing from his series “Reframing”. The conversation starts with an overview of the book of Job, and continues with an emphasis on trusting God regardless of our circumstances.
A few Scriptures discussed:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 1 John 4:7-9
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Romans 13:14
Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 I am not doing this for your sake,” declares the Lord God, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel!” Ezekiel 36:31-32
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17