Word over Emotion

Earlier this morning I posted a blog which ended in a call to the Word as the authority. Let’s go deeper with that.

There is this trend in modern Christianity that calls us away from proper study of the Word. Many have come to faith, but then been drawn away from loving God with all of their heart, mind, soul, and strength… I think Jesus commanded something to that affect.

So what has happened? Why do we neglect the Word? And do we even? What am I basing this off of?

I say that it has infected modern Christianity, but it really goes as far back as Jesus’ day.
Let’s look at the history of this:

Jesus dealt with it:
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.” John 4:23

And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because  you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen yet believe.” John 20:29

The Apostles dealt with it:
Now these Jews were more noble then those in Thessalonica; they received the Word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. Acts 17:11,12

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 1 Peter 3:17,18

We deal with it:
Far too many people consider sound theology the mark of a person who is argumentative and proud… Scripture makes it plain: if you are not a person who exhibits and exercises discernment you are not a mature Christian….Some Christians delight in their ignorance, claiming that they don’t want theology; they just want to love Jesus. These people tend to build their faith upon feelings and experiences rather than upon the truths of the Bible. Tim Challies, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

The reason I plead for both (Heart Devotions and Head Study) is that without a book or a class about what some part of the Bible means and a teacher who is ahead of you, your devotions will probably flatten out at a low level of insight. Year after year you will go over the same biblical ground and find it as perplexing as before. There will be little advance in understanding. This will tend to take the heart out of devotional reading, because the lack of growth cannot sustain the joy. John Piper (Desiring God blog 3.22.09)

So there is a common thread throughout history that is encouraging people to not take lightly the teachings of the Bible. There is a “Beatles” mentality in the world today- All you need is love… love is all you really need. This is true, but if you consider what Jesus said about love, then you will come to realize that true love is far beyond the initial emotion. You need to grow in knowledge. To say that you just want to worship God is shallow. True we need to worship God, or rather, we get to worship God. But God is more pleased with followers who are worshiping in spirit and truth.

Finally, look at what the Bible says about itself:

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account. Hebrews 4:12,13

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable  for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

What if we allowed the Word of God to penetrate our lives, worship, and music of God through His Son, Jesus, and by the power of His Spirit? Our lives would be impacted, our hearts would be changed, and our lyrics deeper than the vast oceans. 


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