God’s Word is the Final Authority|Pastor William Bedsole
In a world that is constantly changing, it’s imperative that believers are established in God’s Word. God’s Word is our sure foundation. It’s the rock our lives are built upon. We think of Jesus as the Rock, but it’s also when we are doers of His Word that our lives are built on the rock, not the sand.
We should always examine everything we believe to see if it lines up with God’s Word. Don’t just accept anything you hear without checking it out with the Bible. Jesus, in speaking to His Father, said, “Sanctify them through the truth. Thy Word is truth.” God’s Word is our plumb line. It’s the only thing that will keep us steady in the times in which we live.
Thank God for His Word. What’s so amazing about the Word of God is not only the fact that it teaches us, shows us wisdom and understanding but God’s Word feeds us. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” His Word feeds our spirit just like bread does to the physical body. And, oh, how we need to be fed! Our spirits can be fed and gain strength just like our bodies. It’s up to us, however, to make sure we are fed spiritually.
As we grow in God’s Word, it helps us more and more to discern what is God and what is not. People say, “How do I know if it’s God, or the devil?” If it’s God, it will always be in harmony and agreement with God’s Word. We also have the Great Teacher, the Holy Spirit, who has come to indwell the believer, and in a greater measure to the spirit-baptized believer. “And He will show you things to come,” is what Jesus said the Holy Spirit would do. Every believer can have His help, if we listen, if we take heed and whatever He shows you will agree with the Word of God.
This area is so important. The Bible says even prophecies are to be judged. So always judge what you hear and what you see. “Is this right?” “Is this scripture?”
It’s sad to see people whose lives have been destroyed by the enemy and they turn around and preach it like it was the will of God. People have bad experiences, didn’t receive answers to their prayers, or think God let them down. Then they say something like, “Faith doesn’t work.” “Dr. God let me down.” The truth is God never let anyone down. They just didn’t receive and have now become disillusioned.
Romans 3:3-4 says, “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
Just because some don’t believe doesn’t make the faith of God of no effect. They may have called it faith but it wasn’t and it didn’t work in their life. But don’t call it faith.
So no matter what does or doesn’t happen in your life or in anothers, realize that God’s Word is the only basis for our lives. If we follow it and are doers of the Word, we will get results.