What does it mean to be spiritually malnourished? What is our role in walking by the Spirit? If you haven’t seen the message recommendation: Against Our Own Sin (Steve Lawson) I highly recommend listening because Pastor Steve covers our role as Christians. There are some awesome breakdowns of terms and answers he gives. Which leads me to today’s post inspiration.
I saw this picture shared.
Which made me start to think about our spiritual walk, our spiritual nourishment, and the issue with people proclaiming they are a Christian, but actually have no idea who Jesus is, what the Gospel message is, etc. I jotted down these thoughts, and thought I would also like to share on here.
There are many who are proclaimed Christians but have no idea what the Bible says. We trust what others tell us. We trust our pastor. We trust our parents. But we don’t trust what God’s word tells us – which is:
1. Be able to defend your faith – we need to know the Bible, the Gospel message. A person is not a true convert if he or she does not actually know the Gospel. We can’t put faith in what we do not believe. We cannot explain our faith, if we do not know why we believe. Many false converts fall into this category, sadly. (See also: Should We Use Our Emotions As Truth? | What Is Emotionalism?, the first of my Christian Mysticism series. & Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?))
2. TEST THE BIBLE- Actually see what the Bible says and test what it says. This is how false teaching gets destoryed through the word of God. The word of God is a double edged sword and it pierces heart and soul, joints and marrow (Hebrews 4:12). If you are under false teaching, reading the word of God, in context, the right way, will show you the holes in the false theology. If you believe God speaks to you, then you need to be able to test everything you believe God is saying to you in scripture. Emotions are misleading. Our own thoughts are not God. We need to be careful. I used to think God spoke to me a lot, but, at that time, I never fully read through the Bible, and I didn’t read the Bible the right way. (See: My Testimony | Legalism, Christian Mysticism, & Seeing My Husband Come To Christ, The Still Small Voice | Problems With People Speaking As “Jesus” & Christian Mysticism | Are We Putting God In A Box? )
3. There are many proclaimed fallen “who were once Christians” who ask a lot of common Christian Apologetic questions. These fallen ones show they did not understand the Gospel. They did not understand the double nature of Christ. They did not understand the attributes of God. They did not read scripture in context. – This does not mean these fallen ones couldn’t be well-learned in other areas, but it does not stop someone from misunderstanding the truth of God, when the word of God is treated wrongly.
4. We cannot grow, if we are not nourished – Please do not let Sunday or Wednesday night church meetings, or Bible studies, or fellowship discussions be the only time you read the word of God. If this was actual food, we would be starving, exhausted, thirsty, and near-dead.
How do you think this lack of Bible reading affects your spiritual life, your mindest toward God, toward temporary life problems, and toward eternity? We are told to walk by the Spirit, and if we are not nourshing ourselves with spiritual food which leads us, encourages us, and directs us to the living water and living bread (Jesus Christ) – what else do we expect?
Before we point the finger to God, let’s examine our own life and our walk with Him. Do we have issues? Why are we blaming God for something we need to grow in, pray about, seek repentance in, and study?
Recommended– I, myself, understand the folly. Here is my testimony if you would like to learn how I discovered many false teachings I was under and the bad Bible reading techniques I had. My Testimony | Legalism, Christian Mysticism, & Seeing My Husband Come To Christ
The Gospel Message– The Gospel message is good news, which means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
Scripture To Memorize/Meditate On – (ESV) 1 Corinthians 1:18, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
To learn more about what Jesus did on the cross and why His atonement sacrifice is so needed please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)
*If you do not know the Gospel, do not turn away. If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?
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