Important Lessons God Taught Me Through His Word

By lan Warner

God has taught me so much through his word, but let’s be honest, I am still learning. I am hard-headed and stubborn and constantly need to be remolded and sharpened by the Word of God. There are so many things that you can learn that can improve life because you are chasing Jesus instead of things of this world that fade away. Reading the Bible brings a peace that nothing else can, and Jesus can fill holes in our broken nature that nothing else can fill.

God Taught Me That It’s Not About Me

Knowing that the Bible is not about me is a huge relief. I don’t have to bear the weight of anything because Jesus already did that. The book is leading up to him, and it’s about God’s love for us. It’s not about how I can live an extraordinary life or be rich.

Our society wants you to live in a way that you only think about yourself and what you want. But unfortunately, this way of thinking is harmful because you tend to worship the creature instead of the creator.

Romans 1:25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

I don’t have to look at other people and be amazed by them; instead, I get to be amazed by the God who made them. Nothing man can do more impressive than what God is capable of. So all of the credit goes where it’s due.

Matthew 16:24-25 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

The call is to let your life go because that is denying the flesh and your sinful ways. Instead, you are called to take up your cross and live a life like Jesus. This is not easy in a world that constantly wants you to be selfish.

God Taught Me That You Can’t Seve Two Masters

Matthew 6:19-24 1“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust[e] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money!

Many people go through a mode where getting money is the most important thing. I know I went through it as well. The only thing I wanted to do was get rich. So I tried to start the next Facebook and build an empire through entrepreneurship. I did not want to need God or anyone else. I wanted to proclaim to the world that I was successful and self-made.

Here is where things get complicated. If you are to be enough with money, you should be enough without, and I was not feeling that, so I had to let go. The reason you have to let go of money on this Christian walk is not because money is wrong, but it’s because it’s too tempting to put money above God.

The second you put money above God, you are willing to do many things that are not of God to have more wealth. Money will control everything you do in this world, but that does not lead to peace and joy. Instead, let God manage everything you do in this world and watch how he uses you.

The Marks of a True Christian

Romans 12:9-21

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Here is the verse I keep going back to when I think about my Christian walk. It’s not a short verse, but it’s packed with many different things, and I know that I can live this way with the help of the Holy Spirit. The marks of true Christian force you to look at your prayer life, where you put your hope and how you love others. It makes you think about who you invite into your home and how you show hospitality.

But then it gets more complex because you have to look at how you treat people who hate you. How do you live with people who are hurting or doing well? You have to check yourself on how you treat someone that has not treated you well because the Biblical call is to love still and help them.

God Taught Me to Focus On The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is what drives this all. Without the Holy Spirit, we have no chance of living like Jesus and following him. How could we do it? The flesh is too weak. God has taught me how important it is to yield to the Holy Spirit in everything that I do. When I don’t allow the Spirit to enter in, I assume that my flesh is good enough, and I already know that it’s not.

The Narrow Path

Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

When you stop and think about this, it should shake you when you read this. The word of God is warning us that the path to hell is an easy road to go down. While also saying that the way to heaven is a much more challenging route to take, and few will walk it. This is scary because if you ask most people, they are sure that they are going to heaven. They are convinced that they will enter heaven’s gates when that time comes.

The Bible is not saying that the way for everyone to get to heaven is easy and that most people will go. It’s saying the opposite, so as a Christian, you need to think about that and be careful where you step.

Be A Part of The Body

In 1st Corinthians 12, it lays out that we are a part of the Body of Christ. No one Christian is the Body of Christ. You are not the pastor, the awesome person who welcomes you at the door, the finance team, and every other role. But the Body of Christ needs everyone to step up and play their part because God has uniquely gifted and crafted us all to Glorify him. When we decide not to play our part and sit out, the Kingdom of God loses out.

So many Christians don’t serve or give up their time, talents, and resources because they think the church is just something that is supposed to feed them and make them feel good about themselves. The reality is that the word is supposed to shape you and help change you to go out and make disciples of all nations. Now that does not mean everyone will be a missionary, but it means everyone should play some role in helping to fulfill that mission.

God Taught Me That It’s Either For Him or Against Him

For people who hate to see life in black and white, this is a hard one, but God has taught me that things are either for God or against God. There is no in-between. What are you engaged in right now that goes against the Word of God? It’s ok to let those things go so you can pursue and turn to things that are of God.

An accessible area to think of is the music that you listen to. Is the music you listen to of God, or is it of the world? Are the shows you watch of God or the world. Now it does not mean that you can never watch them again, but it does mean that you have to be aware of what you’re consuming and what it is leading you to.

The Christian Walk is Not Easy Because It Goes Against The World

God has taught me that the Christian walk is always going against the grain of the world. The devil is ok with us doing anything but pursuing Jesus. You can do anything else, but the second you follow Jesus, the world has a problem with it because the devil knows what to attack.

The best thing you can do is expect the Christian walk to be challenging. Yield to the whole Spirit and constantly pray for courage and the faith to speak the truth to people. Don’t pray for things to be easier, but instead pray for God to be glorified through it all.

2 Timothy 4: 1 – 8 

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

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