Life Saving Spiritual Help

By: Woody Godbey

Psalms 119: 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. 101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way that I might keep thy word.102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. 103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yet, sweeter than honey to my mouth 104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Now take a couple of minutes and read about how Ancient Israel treated the Word of God Ezekiel 33:23-33.

Several years ago The New York Times wrote an article about a soldier in Vietnam who found himself in a fierce battle. The young soldiers’ heart was gripped with fear and terror as mortar rounds whistled overhead, rifles cracked, and the Vietcong closed in. Suddenly he felt ripping pains as a bullet tore into his chest and arm. Yet it wasn’t the end for this soldier. According to the article, the bullet was slowed by a New Testament he was carrying in his shirt pocket. Years later, the young man still treasured the blood-stained book with the ragged hole through the middle. He believes it saved his life.

We all love stories like this, but it says nothing about the life-saving spiritual help the Bible was designed to give. If you read Ezekiel 33, you saw how the Ancient Israelites used the words of the Prophets to make them feel good about themselves but they never changed their lives. They were guilty of taking passages out of context to support their confidence (v.24). They found pleasure in listening to the words of the prophet (v.30), yet the Lord said, “They hear your words, but they do not do them” (v.31). The result? They came under divine judgment.

People from the Ancient Israelites to this time have been guilty of using God's Word for all the wrong reasons. Some people use God's Word for a good luck charm or to soothe their mind by bringing temporary relief from anxiety. I have never seen so much Scripture taken out of context used to try to prove a spiritual point. I can make the Bible say whatever I want it to but I know I have to stand before God and give an account so I want to rightly divide the Word of God. The Scriptures were given to be obeyed so that its help would not be just for this life—but forever.

God's Word is a plumb line and measuring rod. I know I fall short everyday but it doesn't stop me from praying and asking the Lord to help me obey His Word and to walk in paths of righteousness,

So remember, Read the Word, Believe the Word and Obey the Word and pray for God's help! God Bless!!