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Do Not Add to His Words

November 16, 2019

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Do Not Add to His Words

We know how stories go.      As the story is passed around,  people tend to make little changes  to suit their fancy.      In a very short time,  it is not the same story.      It can even mutate  into something slanderous.      It is wrong  to believe such distortions — wrong to spread them around — and wrong to add one’s own little changes.

We might know the feeling of horror  when such a story  is about us  —  and it finally gets back to us.      We know there is no truth to it,  but the people spreading the story  seem oblivious  to the lies  they are spreading.      They even seem  to relish their embellishments  —  not caring about  how much harm has been done.

This same scenario  happens with God’s word.      People seem to insist  on adding their own ideas  to God’s word  and changing it  to suit their fancy.      This is a great evil  in God’s eyes,  because the changes  demean our salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.      The evil additions of people  will tack on a  “necessity”  of salvation by good works,  make up all sorts of rules and regulations,  set different standards for worship,  add the  “special”  traditions of various heathen religions,  deny Jesus’ Godhood,  deny the resurrection,  etc.,  etc.

There are a number of verses in the Bible  that warn us  to not change God’s word.      One of those references  is in Proverbs 30:5-6,

Every word of God  is tested;
He is a shield  to those  who take refuge  in Him.
Do not add  to His words
Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.

God’s word has been tested  for its validity  and proven to be true  in the fulfillment  of many prophecies.      Since it is so trustworthy,  we can confidently  take refuge  in what God says  in the Bible.      That is exactly why  we should not dare  to “add to His words”.      It is what God has said  that is true  and dependable  —  not man’s additions  to God’s word,  or opinions of it.

The people who dare to make their own personal  little changes  to God’s word  don’t seem to have any concern  that God will some day  reprove”  them  and they will be “proved a liar”.      Right now  they might not care  if God proves them to be liars.      But,  they will care  on Judgment Day.      Jesus says to us  in Revelation 21:7-8,

He who overcomes  shall inherit these things,  and I will be his God  and he will be My son.

But  for the cowardly  and unbelieving  and abominable  and murderers  and immoral persons  and sorcerers  and idolaters  and all liars,  their part will be  in the lake that burns  with fire and brimstone,  which is the second death.

This is referring to all those  who refuse to repent  of their sins.      Making changes to God’s word  is abominable  because it keeps others  from being saved  by the grace of God  in Jesus Christ alone.

We have a very precious gift  in the word of God.      Let us accept  and use that gift every day,  so that  we may draw near  to our Savior  and learn directly from Him  about the greatness of His love,  grace,  and mercy  towards us all.

In the comfort  of abiding in His word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  Your word to us  is so awesome.      Keep us near You,  in Your word,  all of our lives,  so we may learn  of the greatness  of your ways.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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