Embracing True Doctrine: Day 1, Praying Galations
from "Pray Your Way Through The Scriptures!" by Adam Houge -
Embracing the True Doctrine
“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6–9
Jesus, You are everything to me! Far be it from me to speak anything but Your truthful doctrine. I understand the importance of studying Your word diligently. Therefore, please help me as I build a firm and steady foundation in You while choosing to grow in the Scriptures today. I ask that You would give me wisdom to know Your true doctrine since not all false doctrine is obvious. My only desire is to please You, so please save me from those who would desire to corrupt Your truth in me for their own hidden, selfish gain. I ask also that You would give me wisdom to know who they are, that I could avoid them and keep myself pure. ***
Jesus said, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4:13–20 ESV
The cares of this life choke the word. Those who are not content with the supply of God try to justify their actions, and little by little—one small, convincing lie after another—false doctrine is made. All false doctrine is created to benefit the person who crafts it. It is not always that a person tries to craft it to deceive others. However, sometimes a well-meaning believer can misinterpret the Scriptures and then live by his or her opinion rather than by a truth confirmed by the Holy Spirit. Whether God would have grace on this or not is irrelevant. Those who love the Lord will desire to know Him for who He is and not who they want Him to be. They will allow the Spirit to confirm all things to them rather than try to figure out God’s word on their own. By His word the Lord crafted the heavens and the earth. By His word the stars were born and the waters of the deep subsided to give land a dwelling place. Then, by His word, He created all manner of life: sea creatures, land animals, and every flying bird. Last of all He gave life to mankind. Because His word is living and powerful, life comes from it. When the Lord speaks, mighty and powerful things happen. For God does not use His hands; instead, He uses His mouth, and all things obey Him. Consider that whenever Jesus healed someone, He spoke. Then, whatever He said happened. Do you know how this works? Do you know how the universe came into existence and how each star and planet exploded to life by a simple sentence? What are the hidden mechanics behind God’s words that create life? Do you know how His words work to make the bones of a child grow in a mother’s womb? Do you know how the mountains were raised and the valleys were lowered by mere speech? If you do not know the least of these, then how can you even begin to think you have the wisdom to interpret the word of God? Let the Author of the word tell you plainly what He meant when He wrote it.
For Jesus said, “It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me…’” John 6:45 ESV
God desires to teach you from His word, that you may know His perfect doctrine. Are you willing to believe He is able to do this? Do you not know that this is what He desires to do to deepen the intimacy of your relationship with Him?
Take it to heart to focus on your root, which is the Holy Spirit and the word of God. Grow down deep into the Lord and dig into the word as your tap root, which acts as an underground support beam. For that root holds up the whole structure. If you are not founded in the truth of the word, how can you walk righteously in the Lord? Righteousness comes through faith—but from where does faith come?
What do we read? “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
Every time God speaks, your natural response must be with faith. So focus on becoming more intimate with the Holy Spirit, that you may understand His voice more clearly. He will teach you the word and show you how it applies to your life on a moment-by-moment basis.
Righteousness comes from obedience. It is faith in motion. If you misinterpret what God is telling you to do, you will do the wrong thing, and how is that obedience? How is that righteousness? All your actions must line up with the exact, intended meaning God had for you. So take your doctrine seriously, being aware that misinterpretations of the word exist. It’s a big deal to God, for if it weren’t, why would the Scriptures condemn those who teach it?
Why would Jesus have said, “‘How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.’ Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Matthew 16:11–12
Misinterpretations matter, and the only remedy is to listen to the Holy Spirit.
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