Aug 17, 2011

Posted by in Bible Verse Studies, Ed, Spiritual Reflection | 3 Comments

Where are you getting your info?

Where are you getting your info?

I was reading Galatians chapter 1 this morning as part of my devotional.  I was asked to focus on verse 15 which is definitely thought provoking – “15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased…”  I was torn between commenting on this verse and Oswald Chambers’ thoughts on it or the other verse’s that jumped out at me in chapter 1.  I feel the Holy Spirit drew me to verse’s 11 and 12.

 “11 I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”

The apostle Paul is pointing out to the Galatians not to listen to him, but to the one who sent him.  In other words, what he preached to them was not merely something that he heard from a fellow follower, preacher or teacher.  The message Paul brought was completely derived from the hand of God. He was only the speaker out of which came the blessed word of God.  Paul continually points out to his audiences in his letters that he is only the messenger, that all he speaks is provided by God himself.

The reasons these scriptures jumped out at me is two fold.  First of all, I thank God for the Holy Spirit that speaks to us daily if we will only listen…  Why I fail to listen so often is embarrassing and puzzling all at the same time.  Secondly, I must point out that I am currently reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan.  In chapter 5, I was challenged to reread the gospels through the eyes of a 12 year old.  What an exercise.  Anyway, the author later challenged us to question why we do all that we do.  Have we developed our beliefs based on scripture or do we continue to think and practice our faith in a particular way simply because that is the way things have always been done?  Are we sharing our beliefs with others based on the examples in the bible and the direction of Jesus Christ himself or are we doing it the “way we were taught?”

Paul states in verse 12 that the gospel he preached was received by revelation from Jesus Christ.  What a thought!  Have I allowed God to speak to me in such a way?  To this point in time, I can’t say that I have.  I have done an OK job of sharing stories, thoughts, and beliefs with others that were based solely on what other people have said at one time.  Unfortunately, it is possible that I have done others a disservice by simply being a conduit for opinions rather than a tool God could use to deliver the truth.  My prayer is that the Holy Spirit will open my heart to a greater relationship that will give me an opportunity to share the truth that is received by revelation from Jesus himself.

I have been blessed to be in the room with teachers of the faith and avid followers of Jesus Christ.  Maybe you have as well.  These people have always had the best intentions and this post isn’t to be taken as an attack on anyone.  I’m not saying that every one is wrong, but simply asking myself “where am I getting my info?”

  1. Makes you want to take a step back and reevaluate. I also have read Crazy Love . . . . Challenges everything I was ever taught. (By the world that is)

    I think we all need to re-evaluate priorities, since I personally re-evaluated my priorities I found that many things in my life that I pursued really didn't matter in the grand scheme and it made me realize just how much time I was wasting on empty worldly promises.

  2. There is only one Truth and that is The Word of God. What folly it is to rely on someone's interpretation of The Word because it seems more palatable or more convenient to us, rather than taking the time to go to the Bible for guidance. How blessed we are that He has given us His Word to provide us with inspiration, comfort and direction. While we all travel the road of public opinion from time to time,I pray continuously that I will not fall into the temptation of putting more faith in someone's interpretation rather than in the actual Truth that is held within God's Word.

    • I am guilty of relying on others, it wasn't until I read the Bible for myself that I felt the Holy Spirit fill me like with a fire that I have never felt before in my life.

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