2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT “We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.  We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
If you’re in the habit of speaking God’s word (especially to those who profess to be believers) you’ve noticed a trend; some wholeheartedly agree with God’s word, and others put up resistance to what it says. Often the latter prove they are not Christians at all. How can a person be a born again believer when they so viciously oppose the word of God? Others are just weak in their faith and need help.
Jude 1:22-23 NET “And have mercy on those who waver; save others by snatching them out of the fire; have mercy on others, coupled with a fear of God, hating even the clothes stained by the flesh.”
Galatians 6:1-2 NET “Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too. Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
As we let the word of God dwell in us richly it has no choice but to come out of our mouths. Jesus said out of the mouth the overflow of the heart speaks. (Luke 6:45) So it’s normal for us to freely talk about and read God’s word among each other. Sometimes though during these moments people go berserk. They become so offended at what God’s word says there’s no way they can be born again Christians. They even start quoting scriptures back to you, angrily twisting them to mean what they want them to say. Usually this is done to justify their right to do something evil, like commit sexual immorality, get revenge (including murder), hold a grudge against someone, etcetera. I recently had a guy who professed to be a believer tell me, “You know how the Bible says some have entertained strangers and were entertaining angels without knowing it? The way I see it, if demons are shape-shifting and giving people in the music industry millions of dollars to sell their souls, an angel of God can come to me and give me millions of dollars not to sell my soul. God told me through a prophet I would be a billionaire. I’m waiting on my angel. I’m believing it!” Wow! Listen to what the guy said he would do once he obtains the money: “This is how I will use the money: I will make sure that when the mark of the beast goes out Christians will have enough food and water and guns so they can fight back. My God is not a punk! I will go and get my daughter back by force. It’s not kidnapping. That judge took her from me. They kidnapped her from me! They had no right to take away my legal rights to see my daughter while I was in prison. Also I’ll make sure my daughter has enough money so she’s set for life, then I’m gonna go and kill that judge who who took my daughter from me. And if anybody gets in my way they’ll die too. This is what God told me to do.” At this point I’m thinking, “Hmmm, this is a real nut case. Is he serious or just talking? Either way I don’t need to be around him.” Then he said he would use the rest of his wealth to make sure there are no more homeless people. So let’s get this straight: after he alters Bible prophecy by making sure no Christians suffers for not taking the mark of the beast, and starts his own holy war with guns, he will then kidnap his daughter, then murder the judge that gave the child’s mother sole parental rights while he was in prison. Hmmmm, I wonder why the judge did that? Then after he gets his revenge on the judge He’s going to feed and care for the homeless. Wow, is all I can say. And while this man was telling me all this he was quoting and twisting Bible verses to support everything he said.
I tried to reason with the fella from the scriptures regarding his plans. But every time I tried to show him what God says about murder, vengeance, forgiveness, and following our emotions verses following what the Bible says, he angrily resisted. So I did what Jesus said and kept my pearls to myself.
Matthew 7:6 NET “Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces.”
This man’s evil plans displayed in his rant just came out of nowhere while we were discussing the scriptures. And yes, he did profess to be a Christian. A sword fight was taking place.
Ephesians 6:17 NET “And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Hebrews 4:12 NLT “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. IT EXPOSES OUR INNERMOST THOUGHTS AND DESIRES.”
No other words in all creation have the same effect that God’s word the Bible has on people. If the Bible is just the words of men why does it elicit such a phenomenal response from those who hear it? Because it is not the words of mere men. It is the inspired words of Almighty God! It exposes or judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Nothing encourages people more, or upsets folks more than the Bible. That’s power!
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NET “Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work.”
Of course we wish that everyone would accept God’s word, but that won’t happen. God Himself says it won’t. Let’s thank God that we accept it. Thank Him for opening our eyes to His truth. And pray for those who do not yet see.
2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
It takes an act of God; a miracle, for someone to accept and believe the good news about Christ. And as we’ve already shown there are many who claim to believe it but do not. So don’t be surprised when you’re discussing the scriptures even with those who profess to be Christians and suddenly they go berserk. The word of God has that effect on people. It judges; reveals, exposes, the true thoughts and intentions of the heart. No other book in all creation does this. Which proves the Bible is not the creation of mere men. It is the word of Almighty God.
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