Search The Scriptures

Ephesians 4:14  “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves, and carried about with every wind of doctrine….”

   Fall comes late in the South and over the past two months, the leaves have turned red, yellow and orange and have fallen off the trees in abundance.  As I watch out the window over my kitchen sink, the wind is blowing erratically.  First the leaves are rushing in one direction, and then a few seconds later they are racing back in the opposite direction.  Next a whirlwind swirls them in a circle around and around.  And so they go—back and forth, back and forth, round and round.  The only leaves not moving are the ones plastered to the driveway due to the recent rain.
     Watching these leaves brought to mind the above Scripture verse.  It describes an immature, unstable Christian, who is not grounded in the Word of God and sound doctrine.  We are exhorted NOT to be this way.   II Peter 2:1-3 warns us that there will always be “false teachers among you…” Acts 20: 31 urges us to be “on guard”, “be on the alert”, and “watch.”  These men ” cause divisions, and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine you have been taught.”  Romans 16:17.  They will distort the Good News of the Gospel which is Salvation by Grace alone, through Faith alone, in Christ alone, not of any works on our part.
    To keep from being “tossed about with every wind of doctrine” we must be grounded in the TRUTH, the Word of God.  We must have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ and know what we believe so we will recognize false doctrine when we hear it.  We must be like the Bereans as recorded in Acts 17:11 who “received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these thing were so.”  Absorb the Word of God, so it can permeate our hearts and minds, through faithful Bible study.  To be grounded in the Truth, Paul tells us in II Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”
     Of course, studying the Bible is a ongoing process that we can take pleasure in our whole life through, which brings much joy.  As parents it is also our responsibility to teach our children God’s Word.  How can we be effective teachers if we do not know the Scriptures ourselves? Let us be faithful examples of diligent Bible study.  The rewards are great, for if our children are brought to a saving faith in Christ Jesus and are grounded in the TRUTH, when temptations come and when false ideas are presented to them, they will have their feet planted firmly on the Solid  Rock, Christ Jesus.  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Theme: The Better Way: Reading The Bible Is Good: Searching The Scriptures is Better
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About Gail Slawson

I am a 74 year old wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. After 54 years of marriage, my husband and I have been richly blessed with 4 wonderful children and their wonderful mates and 19 precious grandchildren, five of whom are already with the Lord and 5 great-grandchildren. My husband and I are busy retirees and reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where we serve the Lord Jesus Christ through Bible Studies, as mentors in our church and telling others about Him "as we go." Mark 16:15
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3 Responses to Search The Scriptures

  1. Michelle M says:

    Excellent devotion, Gail! Thanks!”


  2. Summer says:

    I enjoyed your message this week. I see myself in your entry. I struggle time to time as I grow in my faith. I often wonder if I am on track + know what the lord wants in my path. I know for sure I want autumn to know the truth of the gospel.Thank you for this encouragementSummer


  3. Anita says:

    Living in Michigan, I could just picture those leaves falling! Autumn is my favorite season of the year. This illustration is so good with studying the Word of God. Thanks for a beautiful post.


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