Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tumblin' Along

Blown here and there by every wind of teaching. Ephesians 4:14

A couple days ago, I saw this poor tumbleweed roll down the street and come to rest against the curb.

Now, out here in west Texas, it's windy. When we first moved here, the meteorologist on the local news said, "Tomorrow will be breezy."

I'm not sure what breezy means to you, but here it means 10-15 miles per hour. When they say it's windy, you better hold onto something so you're not blown away.

In our churches, too, we sometimes need to hold onto something so we're not blown away.
  • Blown away by prosperity doctrines.
  • Blown away by "don't offend anyone" doctrines.
  • Blown away by "you just have to be a good person to go to heaven" doctrines.
There are lots of "tickle your ears" teachings out there.

Those churches are probably the largest ones in your area. Everyone wants to leave the service on
Sunday morning feeling good about themselves.
  • No challenges
  • No convicting sermons
  • Just fluff
All of us wish Christianity was that easy - but God's version isn't.

God offers forgiveness - we must admit our sinfulness.
God offers salvation - we must believe in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
God offers relationship - we must draw near.
God offers wisdom and guidance - we must follow Him.

So...what can we hold onto when the winds blow?

His Word

In the pages of Scripture, we find God revealed.
  • We find peace and joy
  • We find strength and protection.
  • We find wisdom and guidance
Without His Word in our hearts and minds, we are adrift, blown by the winds of the world's changing truth.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

What does God's Word mean to you?
How has it provided stability in a wind-blown world?

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