Sunday, March 21, 2010

Who believes our reporting?

My previous post asked. “Who believes the news?” For a Christian, the real question is “Who believes our report?” Isaiah asked it centuries ago.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? (Isaiah 53:1 KJV)

Both John and Paul displayed their knowledge of the scriptures when repeating this verse:

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? (John 12:37-38 KJV)

But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? (Romans 10:16 KJV)

Just what are we reporting? Is it biblical?

Do we believe it is good to meet with other Christians on a regular basis? For several years I made the excuse that it is not necessary to attend church in order to worship God. I agreed with people that it was possible to love God without the politics, division, and infighting within a church that we had experienced.

I did not give a valid report with those actions.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 KJV)

Do we believe it is good to study God’s word? That I never gave up, but I’ve known people to allow dust to build on their Bibles. If no dust, it’s because it’s in a drawer or behind glass doors. It should be well thumbed and often read. Psalms tells us why this is good.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:11 KJV)

Do we have the faith necessary to give a believable report? We’re told we can’t please God without it.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)

Does our report include listening to, not just hearing, a God called preacher? Can’t do that very well without attending a church. Sure, there are preachers on radio, television and internet. But I’m thinking of a shepherd, a pastor, a man of God that not only speaks God’s word to us but also listens to our individual problems. These pastors earn their crowns.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:13-14 KJV)

Take a good look at your specific report. Is it believable?

(Just a flip, a tilt and a lack of color -- yesterday's graphic is changed!)

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