Do all of you know what it is I am calling â€œthe deep endâ€? Perhaps I have presumed this and I need to clear this up.
The deep end is Godâ€™s Word, the Holy Bible. Warren Wiersbe says this about the Bible:
â€œThe Word of God is the gift of God to us. The Father gave the words to His Son (John 17:8), and the Son gave them to His disciples who, in turn, have passed them along to us as they were inspired by the Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). The Word is divine in origin, a precious gift from heaven. We must never take Godâ€™s Word for granted, for those who are overcomers know the Word and how to use it in daily life.â€
Wiersbe was commenting on Jesus words in John 17:
â€œWhile I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.â€ (John 17:12-19)
If as Christians we are going to have a vibrant and victorious Christian walk then we must have the Truth to overcome this world. The Truth is the Holy Bible, Godâ€™s inspired word. And I am not talking only of having biblical knowledge; I have read quite a few biblical scholars who cannot apply the Word, â€œhow to use it in daily life.â€
I am talking about biblical wisdom, the type that allows you to have the discernment most so desperately seek. The Bible is a morality ruler that allows us to measure all we do in the light of Scripture. But just as a lawyer would never try to pass a bar exam without first learning the law, we cannot try to apply the Truth in our lives if we do not know it.
If we do not grow in Christ in His Word by applying it to our daily lives we will never live sanctified lives. Jesus is the source of our sanctification:
â€œBut of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from Godâ€”and righteousness and sanctification and redemptionâ€¦â€ (1 Corinthians 1:30)
My life over the years became so defiled by this world, and not just the bad things but also good things, that it was like wearing a pair of dirty glasses. I remember when Eddie was younger his glasses would get so dirty and smudged that it looked as though he had rubbed a glazed donut on them. I would take them off and clean them real good and put them on him and he would look around and go, â€œOhâ€¦â€ That still cracks me up.
Thatâ€™s what Godâ€™s Word did for my spiritual eyes; it cleansed all the grime and smudges away.
â€œâ€¦that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the wordâ€¦â€ (Ephesians 5:26)
If you draw a bath to wash yourself would you merely stand in the bathtub and hope to wash your whole body? No, that would be just as silly as starting the shower and not getting under the shower head, allowing the water to only hit your feet.
That is what too many of us do with our Bibles. We stand in the shallow end of His Word and then wonder why our lives never improve, why we have such a hard time discerning Godâ€™s Will for our lives, and living spiritually defeated lives.
It is time to make our way into the deep end; to allow the cleansing words found in the Bible to eventually surround us. Like drawing a bath you will have to dust off your Bibles and open them daily. And like planning your bath time you will have to set aside time to actually sit down and read the Bible.
Do you know of any other way to actually get wet?
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