Knowing And Trusting God's Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

How do you determine what is cool or not cool? Who do you look to see what is in trend and how to feel about social issues? Do you depend on these same people to help you decide what is morally right? It’s easy to defer to their influence, isn’t it? And yet, who does God say we must look to for wisdom and morality? Is it the wisdom of the world or is it a secret hidden wisdom of God? Let’s take a look as we meditate on God’s word today.

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Opening

Good evening, and I would like to thank you for tuning in to our first ACBC Youth Alive Broadcast.  It is our hope to provide this remote bible study to you weekly during this time so that we may still, yet though we may not be able to be together in body, we can certainly have fellowship with Christ together in Spirit.


Related Bible Verse

2 Timothy 3:16-17 -- 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 


Introduction Questions 

  1. How do you determine what is cool or not cool?  Who do you look to see what is in trend and how to feel about social issues?

  2. Do you depend on these same people to help you decide what is morally right?  It’s easy to defer to their influence, isn’t it?  And yet, who does God say we must look to for wisdom and morality?  Is it the wisdom of the world or is it a secret hidden wisdom of God?  Let’s take a look as we meditate on God’s word today. 

 
Let’s read what Scripture has to say about this:


Text for This Week

1 Corinthians 2:6–16 -- 6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. 14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.  
 
Devotional

How many of you have ever argued something with someone and argued your point bitterly, only to later find out you were totally wrong?  What did you feel like when that was over?  Did you accept that you were wrong and change your mind?   This sort of thing happens quite often.  In fact, I can remember many times when I argued with someone only to have them be confronted with the correct information, and yet they still refused to believe it.  I think that the reason for this is because people value not being wrong much more than they value being right.  They would much rather think that they right rather than to adjust their perspective with the truth, and we do this all the time.   For example, one of the biggest problems that I have as a person is, as soon as I lose something, I immediately start blaming other people: first my wife, and if I can’t prove she did it, I blame my son.  Well, most recently, I lost my wallet, and I looked everywhere for it.  And as soon as I decided it was lost forever, I said, “Tristan must have taken it and hidden it”.    And I believed this for a few days, until finally, my wife was doing the laundry, and behold, right in the front pocket of my pants she found my wallet.  But do you think I apologized and admitted I was wrong?  Of course not.  Instead, I doubled down and said, “Well, Tristan must have put it in my pants and hid them in the hamper!”  It seems we all struggle with this in some form or another.   Well, in addition to thinking this in our every day situations, we also have a tendency to do this in regards to things of God.  We develop how it is that we want to respond a certain sin or specific scenario, and we want nothing more than to know that what we have chosen isn’t wrong.  And what this produces is when God confronts us with His truth and His wisdom, instead of accepting it and changing our opinion to agree with His teachings, we double down and say, “No I’m still right.”  In fact, so offensive is God’s word for us that at times we even seek to gather more people to our side to make ourselves sure of our decision.  The more we may be able to say, “Look at the wonderful and popular people who all agree with me” the stronger our denial of God becomes.  And this is common for all people.  The reason for this is because, as Scripture says, “The natural person does not accept the things of God, for they are foolish to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).     Now here’s the sad thing.  Did you know Christians often fall victim to this sort of thought, also?  Well they do.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met Christians who declare a faith in God and, yet, struggle deeply to accept the truth that He longs to teach them about life and sin.  I think the reason they do this is they equate the suffering they experience from standing out against the rest of their friends with somehow being wrong.  If their friends declare them to be backwards, there must be something seriously wrong with them, they think.  And thus, they would much rather agree with the world than with God.  And what this exposes is two things.  First, how easy it is to fall into temptation to lose confidence in God’s ways, isn’t it?  It takes only an opinion of a friend or family member and our confidence in God can be surely shaken.  But secondly, if we want to be able to know God, it involves much more than knowing the stuff that He says, doesn’t it?  It requires receiving a new perspective, and the only that this can happen is if we are able to have our minds changed by the Spirit of God, transforming our understanding of what sin truly is and reshaping our great hope to love Christ and become more like Him, Our Lord. 
 
Meditation Questions:

Here’s my meditation questions for you. 

  1. Do I, as a Christian, cast my lasting hope in the wisdom and morality of the world?

  2. Have I decided that, by trusting in God, I may somehow be wrong? 

These are thoughts for all of us, aren’t they?  Today, as you do your study that we have provided, I pray that you may learn to trust in the word of God and understand that the grace He gives through His wisdom is sure, and that by trusting in His way, yet though the world may claim you to be wrong and backward, God declares you to be upright and righteous, eager to be forgiven of sins that the world is so eager to cling to. 
 
Final Prayer
Dear Lord I pray today that, as we study your word, that we may grow confident in the correctness of it.  We doubt so easily, we know this.  But, Lord, you have declared us to be your sheep, and this means we are often weak and are in need of your help and reassurance.  Lovingly enough, you have also promised that you respond to your sheep, for as Peter cried out, “Lord I believe, but help my unbelief”, you helped and caused him to believe.  And, as James says, for those of us who are in need of your wisdom, you are faithful and just to give to us, freely without reproach or blame, that we may be able to be conformed more to your character.  Give us this confidence in your great wisdom, and we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen. 

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