“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pt 1:19-21 ESV)
Q: Do we need the Bible?
According to the verses quoted above, the prophetic word of the whole Bible is suitable for giving some light on our path so that we can make the next step toward Him who eventually gives us full-spectrum light. Or in other words,
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Ps 119:105 ESV)
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” (Jn 8:12 ESV)
So, it appears to be a way…
As humans we begin to take our steps of life in full darkness, that means, we do not know where we go and what we do although we might think our inner darkness to be “light” unless the Lord prods us by giving us His Light that chases our darkness away.
If there was only the one source of light we could “see”, we had no problems at all. But, alas, there is some false light as well. And normally all humans are on the (spiritual) way that has been illuminated by the wrong “light diffuser”, also called the angel of light or Satan.
Q: Where do we know from which spiritual light has come from God?
I decided to show the difference between the two sources by copying and pasting a post from Joel Osteen which sprang from both sources of light. We are to discern the spirits and if we have not yet been given that discernment by supernatural intervention, we could take the Bible and compare whatever we read or hear with what has been written in Scripture. In order to make you see that which I think to be from God and what not from Him, I highlighted the text with different colors [green for God’s words, red for the falsification, and black for neutral statements].
One time, I saw a story about this German Shepherd. She was pregnant with puppies. One day she was walking across the street and was hit by a car and both of her back legs were broken. She was able to drag herself off the street and back to her house. As the weeks went by, she began to slowly recover. But because her legs weren’t properly reset, she dragged her back legs when she walked. Her joints had been messed up. Eventually, she had her puppies. They seemed to be healthy and whole, but a few weeks later when the puppies started walking, they dragged their back legs just like their mother. The owner was dumbfounded. He thought maybe they had been injured in the accident as well. He took them to the veterinarian to have them checked out. The doctor discovered there was nothing wrong with the puppies at all. They were perfectly healthy. Those puppies were simply copying their mother. They walked that way because it was all they had seen modeled. In their minds, that’s the way they were supposed to walk.
That’s what happens with people, too. We model what we saw growing up. The people who raised us were doing their best, but in some ways, they were dragging their back legs, so to speak. Maybe they were negative and discouraged. Now we live negative and discouraged. Maybe they had addictions and low self-esteem. Now we struggle in those same areas. Or, maybe they made poor choices in relationships and got involved with the wrong people. Now we’re dealing with the same issues. We saw them accept mediocrity. Now mediocrity has become normal to us.
The good news is that just like those puppies, there is nothing wrong with your spiritual legs! Those are simply wrong mindsets that you’ve developed. As you get your thinking straightened out, your legs will straighten out. God didn’t make you faulty. He didn’t create you subpar. He created you in His image. You are His masterpiece crowned with favor and equipped with talents and gifts. You are destined to live a great life: healthy, abundant, happy, faith-filled. Now don’t go around dragging your back legs. You are not supposed to go through life feeling inferior, with low self-esteem, addicted and with little goals and dreams. That’s not who you are. Start reprogramming your mind. Program it with excellence not mediocrity. Program it with abundance not lack and poverty. Program it with freedom not addictions. Program yourself to walk the way God walks. See His victory, model His victory, and live in His victory all the days of your life!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. . . .” (Romans 12:2, NIV)
Alas, Joel forgot to mention that we overcome all these things that went wrong in our lives not by our own power. What a burden for people who try to redeem themselves!!! Nobody of us is able to change his thoughts, feelings, and behavior by simply deciding, “I WANT to do it!” There is more to it, I believe, than putting a Band-Aid on festering wounds.
God wants to heal us – no doubt. But first of all, He heals our souls while our bodies often lag far behind. Regarding goals and dreams that could not be reached in this earthly life, God finally enables us to accept what went wrong by opening the eyes of our hearts for a former unseen life where all these things Joel had mentioned above are fulfilled. And where perfect love between God and His children is the fuel to change the world we see, too…
“And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”” (Rev 21:5 ESV)