THE ASSURANCE OF THE WORD

Hebrews 13:7-9

Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. Hebrews 13:9

In seeking to anchor our lives in Christ for those days when storms strike, we must start with God’s Word. Bible teacher Warren Wiersbe explains:

The purpose of spiritual ministry is to establish God’s people in grace, so they will not be blown around by dangerous doctrines (Ephesians 4:11-14). Some recipients of the letter to the Hebrews were considering going back to Jewish laws that governed foods. The writer warned them that these dietary regulations would not profit them spiritually because they never profited the Jews spiritually! The dietary laws impressed people as being spiritual, but they were only shadows of the reality that we have in Christ (Colossians 2:16-23).

When local churches change pastors, there is a tendency also to change doctrines or doctrinal emphases. We must be careful not to go beyond the Word of God. We must also be careful not to change the spiritual foundation of the church. It is unfortunate that there is not more doctrinal preaching today because Bible doctrine is the source of strength and growth in the church.

Finding our foundation, our anchor, in God’s Word is crucial to weathering the trials in our lives. Nothing prepares us more for life’s tests than a deep knowledge of God’s Word.

Lord, I do not want to trade in my rootedness in You for a false sense of security offered by popular and erroneous doctrines. Keep me anchored in Your truths.

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