No Excuses

by Missi

Here’s the truth …

There is nothing like the love of God! I am so very thankful that He has given us His precious Word to help us live out each day of our lives. We don't have to go back too far into history to see that this wasn't always the case.

For hundreds of years, the Bible was not available to the common man. God raised up great men who made it their life mission to see that His Word was placed into the hands of regular people. Now, today, you and I have the precious, life-giving Word of God right at our fingertips.

Photo by  Jenny Smith  on  Unsplash

Photo by Jenny Smith on Unsplash

We have it to hold in our hands, to read on our computers, and to read it even on our phones, yet so few of us read it. Oh, we know all the major Bible stories and can even quote the most “popular” verses, but do we know the Word of God?

One day, Jesus was having a conversation with the Pharisees, and He made this statement: “Do you not therefore err, because ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God?” (John 12:24b KJV).

The Pharisees were the Bible scholars of Jesus’s day. They had devoted their entire lives to making sure the rules of the Bible were followed, yet they didn’t really know the Scriptures.

Do you and I really know the Scriptures? Do we go to it for direct guidance from Almighty God—for every decision, action, word, and thought—and do we truly grasp the power of God Who changes our lives?

The Bible that we hold in our hands is meant to be read and obeyed. We have no excuses because God has provided everything we need, right in the Bible. In fact, Peter says, “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as His divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:2-3 KJV).

Isn’t that amazing? Every single thing we could ever need has been given to us through the knowledge of Him in the Bible! But there’s more! It’s not just enough to read it; we must do what it tells us to do! Look at James 1:22: “But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”

If we don’t spend time in God’s Word reading and doing what it says, we are deceiving ourselves … and we are sinning. The more time we spend reading and applying God’s Word, the more we understand, the more we grow spiritually.

Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen magically overnight. It is an everyday, minute by minute, hour by hour journey. Oh, the blessings and joy that are ours when we obey with a willing heart.

I remember when my son was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. I had never heard of this, but when I began to do research, I found that, at that time, there was no cure and a short life expectancy. I immediately turned to my Bible, and God led me to this passage: “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee, for I am the Lord thy God …” (Isaiah 43:2-3a KJV). These verses were such a comfort to me. I knew that my husband and I were not alone in fighting this medical battle with our son, but God was with us and would carry us through, no matter the outcome.

God’s Word is alive! It changes us! It changes every part of us:  our marriages, our parenting, our homemaking, finances, relationships, priorities, service, ministry, attitudes, decisions, choices, work ethic, speech, etc. It changes all of you and me!

But, it requires surrender and obedience on our part. We can fake being a Christian on the outside, where everyone can see, but God looks at our hearts. He sees the real me and the real you. There is no hiding.

 As I was studying the book of Titus, I came across a list in chapter two that told me how I should be raising my daughters: “That they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed” (Titus 2:4-5 KJV). I found these verses to be incredibly helpful as I taught my daughters how to conduct themselves and live their lives in a way that was pleasing to God. I also found that by teaching them, God was teaching me. A double blessing!

God, Who is so rich in mercy, has so lovingly laid out in the Bible what His requirements are for you and for me. He’s given us specific passages like 1 Timothy 5, Proverbs 31, and Ephesians 5, as well as many examples of strong, godly men and women.

We have no excuses.

Isn’t it time we got back into the Book that can change our lives and our homes? It all starts with you and God and His Word. Every day. Reading and growing. Hearing and doing.

I challenge you to start digging into the Scriptures and see what God has written for you there.

Open Thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy Law” (Psalm 119:18 KJV).