Friday, March 7, 2014

March 8, 2014

"How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart  that I might not sin against you."  Psalm 119:9-11

There is ample evidence that offers convincing argument for the truth of God's Word!

I have shared the Foundational evidence that the Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and not dreamed up by men. That same Holy Spirit was inspired and instructed those who have translated it from old documents onto newer ones. You can be confident of the integrity with which the Bible was written and preserved!

There is also the the Factual evidence that supports the claims of the Bible. Substantial evidence is unearthed through archaeology, demonstrated in science and proven through 100% accurate prophecies!

Don't forget the Formation evidence! The Bible is 66 books written over two millennium by 40 authors on three continents and in three different languages BUT with one clear and common theme - Salvation through Christ!

Finally, I present perhaps the most convincing evidence of all, the Force of the Bible, changed lives! The Bible is "the power of God unto salvation", Romans 1:6 and everyone who reads and believes it and obeys it is changed forever! 

Consider these verses:

"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" II Corinthians 5:17

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Ephesians 4:22-24 

"he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit," Titus 3:5

These verses are a few of dozens that declare the transforming power of God through His Word.

Men may try to reform themselves from the outside in, but only the power of God through His Word can fundamentally change the soul, mind and spirit of a man!

The Word is so powerful that it will change you whenever you encounter it. If you obey it you can become holy, if you ignore it you will become hardened but you will never be the same.