We’ve all heard about and many have fallen victim to the dumbing down of America through our educational system failures. It’s astonishing that there are children graduating from high school that can barely read, and we wonder how this could have happened. Have you ever thought about the dumbing down of the church, especially in the western world? When I say dumbing down in this sense, I refer to a spiritual dumbing down more so than an intellectual one. Two of the ways that the church has been found wanting is in reading the word of God and prayer. The enemy has slyly used these tactics to weaken the body of Christ.
We live in a society of convenience and ease, and unfortunately it has crept into the church over the years. With conveniences such as T.V., radio, internet, e-books, downloads, e-readers, and the list goes on we’ve become spiritually fat and lazy so to speak. These are all great things when used in conjunction with a disciplined spiritual walk. It’s so much easier to flip on the T.V. preacher than to open the word of God and read for yourself. If you are relying on others to feed you, rather than feeding yourself daily in the word, you will never grow up spiritually. In the natural sense as a child gets older he will take the spoon from mama and begin to feed himself. There’s nothing wrong with following a television ministry but are you reading the word for yourself making sure that you’re not being fed poison? It is not healthy for you to be a spiritual infant forever. The bible warns against this in Hebrews 5:12-14 (KJV). “ For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
We are instructed to, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” II Timothy 2:15 (KJV). Have you ever wanted to witness to someone or join in a biblical debate, but shrink back because you cannot rightly divide truth? Many believers would not be able to give an answer because their bible is sitting on the table collecting dust. Perhaps the only time they open the bible is on a Sunday morning during a church service. Sad to say, but in many churches you don’t even have to bring a bible anymore because they print the scriptures on the back of the bulletin or on a power point. If bibles suddenly became illegal (we are definitely headed in this direction) and were confiscated, how many of us would be found wanting because we didn’t take the time to truly study the word of God? In places around the world there are many in the persecuted church that would give everything that they have to get a bible, but here in America, most of us have bibles laying in every room of our house but can’t put two verses together correctly. There’s something seriously wrong with this.
I know a lot of Christians that say that God does not speak to them. That could not be further from the truth. He speaks through his word. We just have to take the time to open it up and see that He has plenty to say to each and every one of us. Some may use the argument that the bible is too hard to understand. I’ll admit, there have been things that I struggled with understanding, but through persistence and prayer I kept reading over and over again until it became clear to me. Pray before you read and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and give you understanding and He will. If you take this approach you will find that there will be scriptures that you may have read a thousand times, but suddenly your spiritual eyes and understanding are opened up to its revelation. God is so faithful.
As believers we have to be sharp and ready to defend our faith. Those that are against truth are more than ready to tear down our faith. “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” I Peter 3:15 (KJV). You need to know why you believe, what you believe.
It’s pretty sad when many Christians can recall all the details of the latest T. V. shows but have to rely on google to figure out where a bible verse is found. Or why is it when someone gets in trouble or has a crisis is his/her life they have to call someone to pray for them? Whatever happened to knowing how to get a hold of the Lord for yourself? I’m not against getting someone to agree with you in prayer; it’s actually scriptural to do so (James 15:14-16 and Matthew 18:19). What I am saying is do you have a prayer life apart from the corporate body of Christ or are you always relying on someone else to pray? Prayer is an important aspect of having a relationship with Jesus. He longs to hear from you personally. Prayer shouldn’t just be about asking for things. When you’re in a loving relationship with someone, you want to spend time with them. Do you ever just sit and spend time with Jesus?
Imagine if you only ate a meal once a week. Your physical body would be in a severely malnourished and weakened state. Your immune system would have a harder time fighting off illness and infections. It would also affect your ability to think clearly. Now let’s put this all into a spiritual context. The word of God is for your spiritual nourishment and it is important to feed your spirit on a daily basis. A malnourished spirit will be weak and more open to the attacks of the enemy. When traps are set for you, you may not be able to think clearly (the word of God is not hidden in your heart) and easily fall into sin. The word of God is such a vital part of our walk with Him. It provides strength, courage, comfort, and instruction. Feasting on the word as well as having a prayer life are both aspects of having a healthy relationship with Jesus. Without them, you will become weak and desensitized to the working of the Holy Spirit.
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