Always According to Christ
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
One of the largest growing sections in book stores today is in the area of self help. People want to find answers for the problems they are currently facing, regardless of whether it has to do with relational issues, overcoming fears, breaking through barriers, becoming all that you can be, the list goes on and on. Typically this search for answers leads folks to an author that has developed a new tool or strategy that has given them success, but often has the reader frustrated because they are unable to achieve the results acclaimed by the author.
There is one Book however that has been tested and tried through the ages which, when applied, has produced a 100% success rate in those who have purposed to apply it to their lives. The Bible, the only Book, and I repeat, the only Book, solely written by God.
“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2nd Peter 1:21
Imagine, the thought of seeking the One who created us for answers about what ails us.
His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. 2nd Peter 1:3
When the apostle Paul penned his epistle to the church of Colosse, he admonished both them and us not to be cheated through vain philosophy and empty deceit of the traditions of men and of the world. When we listen to the wisdom of men of high degree, we tend to rationalize away the sin nature that is at work within us, therefore never really addressing the real problem.
There is a way that seems right unto a man, but it’s end is the way to death. Proverbs 16:25
You see it’s not until we look to Jesus Christ and Him alone for understanding on how to get beyond our short comings that we can truly find help from His who created us.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2nd Timothy 3:16
We are simply ripped off both mentally and spiritually if we continue in a state of unrepentance toward God, and thereby never experience the joy in which He has for us.
The traditions of men have in fact been developed by nothing less than someone’s philosophy, the; “I think’s” of this world who have found those who agree and embrace their ideology. But man’s logic and Gods truth are often diabolically opposed to one another. If we as a people are ever to gain true victory over our short comings and our continuing failures, it will only happen by the application of Gods Word in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit working both in us and through us.
So may I recommend the only instruction manual for the soul, the only book authored by the Creator of the universe, the same God who created us. A Book that does not need be reinterpreted, a Book that has stood the test of time, one that is most effective when opened and read rather than merely a coffee table coaster or a filling space on the shelf. And as you let God give you wisdom from His Word, I pray that you may live a joy-filled life, for in this I assure you, you won’t be sorry.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2nd Timothy 2:15