DEAR BELIEVER

Dear Believer,

The Bible is already inspired (by the Spirit) – don’t inspire it. It is birthed in such a way that its understanding and application is singular, from one saint to another. Hence, your bias will never make it mean what it never meant.

God’s Word is the same yesterday, today and always. It’s not subject to variation with respect to time/space or individual outlook. If Jesus or His apostles (in their epistles) didn’t teach it, it can’t inform your conduct.

Therefore, resist the temptation to use God’s Word to validate your whims and caprices. That urge to intentionally misconstrue/twist the scriptures or interpret it out of context to justify dishonorable/ungodly actions/conducts is not of God – fight it.

Never get to that point in your Christian walk where you get comfortable using the bible to explain away or create excuses for wrong doings. Quit trying to cherry-pick from God’s Word: identifying with parts that sooths you and discarding/ignoring those aspects that addresses certain flaws in your life.

As a believer, you have no right to a personal opinion outside the purview of the Written Word. Thus, allow God’s Word to entirely influence your heart and consequently your life(style). In the place of prayer and diligent studying of God’s Word (in the local church), you submit to the training of the Spirit such that your selfish interests give way to God’s desire and design.

God has blessed you!


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©ayansola ibukun

24 thoughts on “DEAR BELIEVER

  1. Amen 🙏🏿. In Deuteronomy 4:2, we are reminded of this “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” The word of God will remain the same. We cannot transform the word rather it should transform us. It was a blessing reading this post 😊

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    1. I totally agree with your submission Temilade. God’s Word transforms a man when he totally submits himself to it. Obedience to His word means going the long haul.

      I’m glad the post was a blessing to you. Thanks always 😉

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  2. I love this writing Bro. We all must submit ourselves to the word of God. When we have the Holy Spirit working in our lives we cannot justify the word of God we submit to the instructions.

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      1. You are welcome. I really love this writing because I have to be dealing with both Christians and non-Christians about the same thing. There are some people who believe that everyone can read the Bible and have their own belief and I am not talking about deeper revelation of the Word. I would explain to them that it is only one truth because what is really coming out is them using the Word to justify their sin.

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  3. Excellent post! We must be careful about picking and choosing what we obey from God’s Word. Or trying to change it for our benefit. I was thinking of Deuteronomy 4:2 as I was reading your post. I see Karen wrote it out already.

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  4. …………..Quit trying to cherry-pick from God’s Word: identifying with parts that sooths you and discarding/ignoring those aspects that addresses certain flaws in your life.

    I totally agree with every line, but I want to lay emphasis on this one . We should not try to twist the word for our benefit. For example, there is this word that is common among some people and they tend to use it for their benefit.
    There was a time I knew someone who drinks a lot not just drink but gets drunk and misbehave. I kept telling the person to change , either stop drinking or drink moderately and the response I get is “Enjoy your youth” the person goes further to say It is even in the bible and tells me to check Ecclesiastes chapter eleven verse nine
    and I am like……Why did you just pick that verse because it is in your favor, did you read further? Well, these are what some people do; twist the word of God to justify their wrong doings.

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    1. ☺️Well said, Pamela. Folks know how to quote scriptures out of context in order to justify their untoward actions. Such folks event get their hearts hardened. One can only pray they come to yield to the whole counsel of God.

      Thanks always for your profound contributions. 🙏

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  5. I sincerely love this post. Amen & amen! A “cherry-picked Christianity” is some of what’s wrong in the world we see today. I personally know in my own life people who use the Scripture “spare the rod, spoil the child” to justify beating their children. For me, I’m appalled, offended on a level I can’t express. It’s a perfect example of using the Holy Word of God to live a life of their choosing without knowing the truth!

    This is a word that we really need to hear. God is the same. His way is always the right way. We simply need to know His heart and follow Him…

    Thank you for sharing this brother. God bless you!

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    1. Your submission is absolutely apt. And true, folks use that scripture out of context to mete out undue punishment on children. Meanwhile, when the scriptures speaks of ‘rod’ in reference to ‘correction’, it’s by words and not corporal. One can only hope that they come to submit to the lordship of the Word.

      Thanks a lot for reading and sharing this profound thought.

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  6. This really speaks to me, because at times, I fall prey to cherry picking or not reading things in context or ignoring some certain parts that expose some hidden aspects of my sin, but with the Spirit, I try not to and although my persistence fluctuates, it is getting better on a larger scale, by God’s Grace! Thank you sooo much for sharing this! I need to continue to let the Word transform me!

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  7. Yes!! A timely piece! Well done, Ibukun.

    Proverbs 30:5-6
    “Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.”

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