Luke 6:46 NIV “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
If I had a dollar for every person I meet who says they’re a Christian but do not study the Bible, I’d have a whole year’s wages.
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
There’s a simple command from God: “Study.” This is one reason why people who claim to know Jesus don’t know Him at all, they do not study His words. All of Jesus words are found in the Bible from the first book of Genesis to the last book called Revelation. Jesus is indeed THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. (John 1:1-2,14)
John 1:14 KJV “And THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
When we say that Jesus is our Lord; our king, and we don’t care to follow His commands, we are liars! It’s one thing to get off course, humbly recognize it, confess our sin, and repent. It’s entirely another thing to be off course (or you never were on course in the first place), and go around saying, “I love the Lord,” “I’m a Christian,” “I’m serious about my relationship with God,” “God’s on my side,” “God knows my heart,” “God is my Father,” etcetera, and you don’t even study God’s word the Bible. ANYONE who does this is DECEIVED!!! How do you know what your, “Father,” is saying to you if you’re not even listening to His words? Oh, I forgot, ‘God knows your heart.’ You’re right, he does know it. Listen to what he says about the human heart:
Jeremiah 17:9 KJV “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Yes, God knows your and my heart alright! He knows how deceitful and desperately wicked it is, ABOVE ALL THINGS! Do you and I know this? Do we know how much our hearts are deceiving us when we don’t study God’s word? People who have been fooled into thinking they have a good relationship with God but won’t study His words are trusting in themselves; their hearts, their feelings and emotions. No wonder the Bible says the person who trusts in himself (in his own heart) is a fool.
Proverbs 28:26 KJV “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.”
HERE’S A SECRET
Let me share a secret with you, a secret that God shared with me: people who have chosen to live for sin can’t stand the Bible (Jesus the living word of God) because it condemns them and their wicked behavior. Who wants to keep reading a book that explains God’s fiery judgment upon them for rejecting Him? On the other hand, the person who has truly dedicated himself/herself to the Father, the person who has truly made Jesus their LORD, loves studying God’s word. Instead of the word condemning them it encourages them. The word gives them comfort. God’s word speaks peace and blessings to those who are dedicated to Him. Jesus Himself said it better this way:
John 3:19-21 KJV “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
Jesus is the living word of God! He is the light of the world. Children of darkness hate the light. This is why people who are sold out to darkness and sin cannot study the Bible, properly understand it, or correctly explain it. The Bible and Jesus are one and the same; the true light of this world! God’s living word (Jesus) reproves and exposes all sin and evil in the hopes of getting people to repent and be saved. Those who love sin can’t stand being reproved.
ANOTHER SPECIAL GROUP
Then there’s another special group; people who read the Bible til they’re blue in the face but can’t understand it. (2 Timothy 3:7-8) Because they too love darkness they are misled by Satan into believing they do have proper understanding. They think they have cracked all the secret codes in the Bible. They attempt to explain all the deep secrets and prophesies, but don’t have a clue of what they are talking about. Their knowledge is for show. They love getting into debates about scripture and things of God. They also use God’s word to control people. They are false prophets, witches, and wizards, just like Jannes and Jambres who opposed Moses. They are always learning but never coming to an accurate knowledge of the truth. And some of us listen to them regularly on TV, on radio podcasts, through other forms of social media, we read their books, etcetera. But of course we do. We have to! We’re too lazy to obey Jesus command to pick up the word of God and study it for ourselves. So we have to let someone else tell us what it means, and are cursed because of our disobedience. Yes, God let’s us come under a curse by getting hoodwinked through these false prophets and magicians. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12) We and they are headed straight to hell (If we do not repent).
Matthew 15:14 NIV “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
There’s another command from our, “LORD,” Jesus. He says to leave the false prophets; the blind guides, the fake religious leaders. And he guarantees us that when we follow a blind guide BOTH OF US WILL FALL INTO THE PIT!!! Not just the blind guide. Will we obey LORD Jesus? Is he really our Lord? Or will we stay in that false church and keep listening to those blind guides because that’s where our family and friends are? Or that’s where our business relationships are? Hmmmmm. Is Jesus really your Lord?
BE A BEREAN
Acts 17:11 KJV “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
These folks who lived in Berea were noble God said. Why? Because they readily received the message about Jesus preached by the apostle Paul? NO! Because THEY PICKED UP THEIR SCRIPTURES D A I L Y to see if what Paul said was true or not! They used the scriptures as their reference point (not pastor Paul’s words). The Bereans didn’t do what many do today; “MY PASTOR SAID such and such and such ….”
Just so happens what Paul preached matched the scriptures verbatim. But how would the Bereans know this if they never studied the scriptures for themselves? Do you and I use the Bible as our reference point for EVERYTHING people say about God? If we do we are wise and noble too. But if we eat up like spaghetti what people tell us about God and don’t check the Bible to see if it’s true we are being foolish. Some of us are being plain stupid because we know better. We’re just too lazy to study the scriptures for ourselves. And some of us are just plain phony if we say we are believers but don’t study God’s word. We hate God and we know it. But we want others around us to think we are Christians. If we are guilty of any of these we need to repent before it is too late!
I’ll share another secret with you God shared with me: many who claim to be Christians have never been born again in the first place. They will tell you the reason they don’t read the Bible is because they’ve backslidden. But that’s a lie. Many of them have never front-sliden. They’ve never received Jesus Christ in their life. It’s been all a show for them. They’ve never had a hunger for God’s word. They’ve never studied His words on a regular basis or tried to obey His commandments. And these wicked people call themselves Christians.
You cannot obey God’s greatest commandment to love–let alone love your enemies–and not be a student of God’s word. This is hard even for those who study the Bible everyday. You cannot forgive others. You will not be able to follow Jesus commands about lust, idolatry, greed, etcetera, and not be a student of Christ. You don’t have what it takes to do so; God’s word is not stored in your heart:
Psalm 119:11 KJV “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Until we make an honest commitment to God; to live for Him, we will not study His words. Hence we will never have the power it takes to obey Him. Guys if this is you please repent. Please commit your life to God and let Him renew your mind and give you a new spirit. Pray to Him like David did:
Psalm 51:9-10 KJV “Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
God will respond:
Ezekiel 11:19 NIV “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.”
Don’t be one of the folks in the next verse below. When Jesus returns they will be utterly shocked. Why? Because they thought they had a relationship with God only to find out they were living in lah lah land the whole time. They played with God so much throughout life that He cursed them, causing them to believe their lie:
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'”
Luke 6:46 NIV “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
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