the Bible – God’s guide for life #4 Not to get the best from our diet– or from ourselves

We need many grains to nurture us and build up our life forces
We need many grains to nurture us and build up our life forces

The impression here is that if we are to live, to know truth and bewise for salvation” then we should make the Bible a staple diet. Or, to use another metaphor, we should turn to our handbook regularly for direction and guidance and not just look it up when we have lost our way. Not that it is likely to be unhelpful then, anymore than fast food is not occasionally good to fall back on, but we are not going to get the best from it – or from ourselves.

 

So why is that?

To live the sort of lives God wants us to live needs fundamental changes in attitudes and direction. And this means developing a character like his. Jesus said,

You shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48).

As perfect as God! That is impossible!

English: Print 3330 in volume 27 of the Bowyer...
The sent one from God: the son of God – A picture of Jesus – Print 3330 in volume 27 of the Bowyer Bible in Bolton Museum, England. From page 12 of Volume 1 of “A-Z of Artists in the Bowyer Bible” by Phillip Medhurst. Photo 4 of 117. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not as impossible as it sounds. It is the aim of a lifetime although it will not be accomplished until the next (See what John says about this in his first letter, at the beginning of chapter 3). But God has not left us to it on our own. First he has sent his son, Jesus Christ to show us what he is like, and secondly we have the Bible’s record not just of his life but those of other men and women whose lives and thoughts are both examples and warnings to us. Reading scripture is the principal way we can find out what God is like and what he requires of us.

How can a young man [as this writer probably was] cleanse his way?

            By taking heed according to your word…

            Your word I have hidden in my heart,

            That I might not sin against you.                                             Psalm 119:9&11

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Preceding articles

A voice and a Word given for wisdom

the Bible – God’s guide for life #1 Introduction

the Bible – God’s guide for life #2 Needs in life

the Bible – God’s guide for life #3 Fast food or staple diet

Determine the drive

Fools despise wisdom and instruction

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Additional reading

  1. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  2. Necessity of a revelation of creation 13 Getting wisdom
  3. Challenging claim 3 Inspired by God 2 Inerrant Word of God
  4. Bible in the first place #2/3
  5. Coming to understanding from sayings written long ago
  6. God doesn’t call the qualified
  7. Be happy that the thorn bush has roses
  8. Live …
  9. A heart in the right place and brightly burning faith
  10. A Living Faith #8 Change
  11. Feed Your Faith Daily
  12. Knowing where to go
  13. A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses
  14. How we think shows through in how we act
  15. Testify of the things heard
  16. Try driving forward instead of backwards
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