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Acceptance of God’s Word

Since I joined the ministry and truly began taking my walk with Christ seriously, I have learned that I am different than many Christians. No, I do not think that I am superior to others nor do I think that there is something special about me. Rather, I have come to realize that I accept God’s word as authority over my life and as absolute truth not because I am told to do so or because it’s something that we do as Christians but rather, the Bible has stood the test of time.

There have been many through the history of this world that has tried to disprove it but none have been able to. None have ever been able to show where the Bible contradicts itself despite the claims. Scripture tells us to test the spirit (1 John 4:1) and that we will know them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15). When I was younger, I did not take my relationship with Christ as seriously as I should have and while I did believe in God’s word as authoritative, I did not understand what it meant to truly accept God’s word which is crucial for a Christian.

God wants us to have faith of a child for different reasons. One, we accept God’s word because we love God and believe in it but two, even when others speak ill of it, we still accept God’s word and trust what He says. While both statements are true, God also wants us innocence and to think of Him in simple terms even if we are unable to understand or comprehend something. When we are unable to comprehend God or what He is saying, we are to simply have faith: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

As I have grown and matured in Christ, I realize that God wants us to be believers in Him not because we are told to but because we truly believe in Him and trust in Him and His word: “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11). When we put away the things of our childhood and move on to the next stage, we accept God’s word because it has become so value to us. We do our best to understand it’s value and prove it’s worth but more importantly, we accept God’s word because it is the only book that has stood the true test of time: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35).

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”


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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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