And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Colossians 2:6 NLT
I can recall the most profound statement by my Nursing 1 Professor, “As nurses, you will be forever on a learning curve.” And she was 100% accurate, our world is dynamic, with technology and medicine rapidly advancing toward more exceptional achievements daily. One cannot remain qualified to care for others without continuous education.
Once we accept the plan of Salvation, we cannot relax, we are forever on a learning curve. The Bible is our guide for everyday life. Without the diligent study of the Word of God, our attention quickly shifts by the diversions and false teachings that are rampant in our time.
Although books have lost their popularity among the subsequent generations, do yourself a favor and make an investment by purchasing a hard copy of the Bible. All 66 books are readily available for serious study. There is no need for an electrical outlet, no apps to send notifications, and no interruptions from phone calls.
My Mother, who is 86, never worries, is always happy, and has complete faith and trust in God. I recently asked her what the secret is to possessing peace, especially in troublesome times. She shared with me that she is blessed because of her diligent study of the Bible. She has a personal relationship with God based on the knowledge of knowing who God really is. From believing His promises, her faith is unwavering. Yes, Mom’s confidence in God reflects her true love for Him.
The only way to prepare spiritually for living in the last days is to have knowledge of the Trinity Godhead–God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. How much do you really know about Jesus?
The Bible talks about Jesus Himself, who He is, what He has done for us, what He does in us, and what He will do when He does return. After all, the more we focus on Jesus, the more we become like Him, and the more we obey Him, the more prepared we will be for all that awaits us. This holds true both in the immediate future and in the end, the day when we do enter the “place” that Jesus has prepared for those who love Him. Norman R. Gulley, PhD
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15. Our Salvation is personal, each of us is responsible to pray and study to establish and maintain a relationship with God.
If you do not know where to begin with your study of the Word of God, start with the Book of Matthew. Matthew provides us with the complete life of Jesus Christ, from His ancestry to His birth, death, and resurrection. The Books of Psalms and Proverbs provides us with real-life challenges and the appropriate actions we must take to build our faith and trust in God and how to live as a Believer.
The Bible points out the differences between Believers and Unbelievers. We are empowered by the scriptures to learn and to do our part in the plan of Salvation. Remember God’s promises are conditional, serving God requires action on our part. With diligent studying and praying, we become steadfast by keeping our focus on Jesus, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords.
Surely, we now are living in “the end of the days” (Daniel 12:13). But while we do not know when the end–climaxing with the second coming of Jesus–will come, we do not need to know. We need to know only that it will come, and that when it does, we must be prepared. Norman R. Gulley, PhD
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020