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Believe It Because You Know It

Acts 17: 10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.

Paul and Silas had an easier time in Berea than in Thessalonica because the people there were open-minded to his teaching. Along with their open minds came a desire to study the Word for themselves to see if what was being preached was true. I like that they had to see for themselves. We can either be casual observers or witnesses of what we know it true. Second-hand faith is not faith at all. As you can see these people were serious because they searched the scripture daily to find the truth. The result of their search of the scriptures was many Jews believed along with some prominent Greeks and the gospel continued to spread.

In reality, when we begin to study the scriptures it captures our hearts and draws us into a stronger and more real faith walk. That faith walk takes us deeper and deeper in our walk with God and we begin to see the mysteries of God and that true is revealed in a very real way. God's Word is not a maze as much as it is a straight line to knowing God more and more. If the Bible were just a dead and historic book the mysteries of God might not be revealed as God intended. Since God desires a relationship with us He uses everything He has available to deepen that relationship. God's Word is a strong instrument of truth for all who follow Jesus and that Word draws us closer in relationship with God because it is alive! Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Don't believe it because you are told to, just believe it because you know it.

The Pilgrimage Continues

David Warren

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