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“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15 King James Version

We have many teachers; our pastors, our Sunday School teachers and Bible School teachers but the greatest teacher of all is the Holy Spirit. Everything that we need to live a peaceful and productive life is found in the Bible. The Bible is our roadmap to heaven. It is extremely important that we study the Bible daily so that we will not be ashamed if someone asks us about Jesus and why we believe what we believe.

We should also be cautious of changing what we have said or written just because someone tells us that it is unscriptural. It is possible for even the most intelligent person to make an error, not on purpose, but just because we are human. Before we make any changes however, we need to pray and ask God if we have said something or written something that is not scriptural. Unless and until He confirms that we have made an error, we should not change it.

I have found myself changing things in the past because somebody emailed me and said that I didn’t know what I was talking about. I have always been a people pleaser. The last time I changed something God spoke to my heart and said that I needed to get His permission before I changed anything. Then He said something to me that broke my heart, He said “You care more about pleasing people and what they think of you than you do about what I think and about pleasing Me”.

If you have difficulty in standing up for your convictions because you also are a people pleaser, you need to go to God before you do anything and get His input and permission to change what He has inspired you to say or write. The Bible says “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:15 - 17).

Of course we know that we will never be perfect as long as we are in the flesh and on this earth but we are to strive toward perfection when it comes to loving Jesus and loving others. There was only one perfect person and His name is Jesus. Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to be your teacher or are you changing your mind all the time because you have not studied the Bible for yourself? I challenge you to not just read the Bible and memorize verses, but to really study it and know what God is saying to you. Are you more concerned with what people think of you than you are in what God thinks of you?

Joanne Lowe
June 28, 2007

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