Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser
Christ revealed the book He read during His time on this earth, and He recommended it to us.
To move to a higher level in your Christian life, you must commit yourself to the word of God which is the Bible. The Bible is the revelation of God. That was the book Christ read during His time on this earth, and He recommended it to us.
See what He said when the devil tempted Him.
But He answered and said, It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Mat. 4:4). Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God’ (Mat 4:7).
When the Jews Approached Him about divorce, He said:
And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female” (Mat. 19:4).
When He saw the people using the temple as a marketplace He Said:
“It is written,” he said to them, “My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it ‘a den of robbers. (Luke 19:46).
Of course, when Jesus said, ‘it is written’, when He said ‘have you not read’ to His listeners, they didn’t have what we have. They didn’t have it all wrapped up in fine leather, an index, and maps and all the other things we see with a copy of the Bible today. They didn’t have that. But this book is a divine revelation of God, given by God.
Can you name me any aspect of your life that’s not included in the Bible? Everything you want to know about your life is in the Bible, and Christ recommends it to us. If every aspect of my life is included in the Bible, then every decision I make should be filtered through the principles of God, which can be found in the Bible.
That keeps us on God’s path. That moves us to higher dimension in life. There isn’t anything about your life that God hasn’t spoken about, that He hasn’t given direction about, that He doesn’t have some laws to protect you from destroying and ruining your life. For example, if you want to live longer, the Bible says; “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Ex. 20:12 NIV).
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”- which is the first commandment with a promise – 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:1-4 NIV).
Sadly, some children think you are abusing them when you are training and instructing them in the Lord. When you are going the wrong way, the Bible warns you, ‘don’t go there, don’t try that, don’t build that relationship’. The word of God is truth. “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17). The word of God is spirit, and it is life. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
If you want to prosper, the Bible says: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
If you want to be blessed, the Bible says: “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).
To move to a higher level in your Christian walk, you must be committed to God’s word. Do you read your Bible consistently? Do you hear what God has to say to you personally through scripture? There’s a link between our love for God and our love for His word. There’s a link between our growth in Christianity and our love for the word of God. There’s a link between moving into a greater dimension and our love for the word of God. It’s important to let the word dwell in you richly.
We need to read and study the various books of the Bible and return to them again and again until the end of our time on this earth. That means until we go to be with the Lord. You become a regular reader, which means you are frequently re-reading the same texts. There are some of them that each time you get a growing sense of excitement and revelation of God Himself [when you read them].
This book is the divine revelation of God Himself. Revelation is what God gives to mankind that you cannot get in any other way. For me, every single time I read the Bible, every single time I teach it, every single time I preach it, I find something new in it, I find some new joy and exhortation in the word of God. The biggest question is, are you committed to the book? It’s about your attitude towards the scriptures. Your faith in the word of God. Are you committed to, believe in, and have unwavering faith in the Bible?
God’s word is so powerful, it illuminates our minds. That means it enables us to see and comprehend rightly. As you allow God’s Word into your heart through diligent study, constant meditation, and applying it to your life, you will move to a higher level in your walk with God.
The Bible says the entrance of your word illuminates my mind. Illumination is what the Holy Spirit does to us when we open the word. Every one of you has the Holy spirit in him or her in order to illumine your mind so that you will be able to understand. “The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple” (Ps. 119:130).