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What Is Your Measuring Stick?
by Dr. Henry Brandt
Author, Teacher, Christian Counselor, Consulting Psychologist
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2Timothy 3:16, NIV)
What do you measure things against to make your decisions about what is right and wrong? Everyone has something that they use to help them decide if it is right to do something. Politicians use popularity polls to direct their campaigns. Actors and actresses are not considered marketable if their movies don't do well at the box office. When they are in a slump, the decision is made for them by the studio. Corporations make decisions based on the upward or downward turn of the graph line on a Profit and Loss Report. Many people use popular opinion of their friends or the media.
All of these things can vary depending on who you talk to, or the place or time you are living. Opinions vary. Sometimes the same source will change its mind concerning a topic and give the opposite advice at a later time. What do you use to decide?
Many people are living miserable lives because they are confused about what guidelines to use for their life decisions. God gives us a measuring stick that is unchanging, the Bible.
God tells us that the written Word that He has given us is "God-breathed." That means that the Bible was inspired by Him. Timothy explains how valuable God's inspired Word is to us. It is helpful for teaching and instructing, reprove when someone has done something wrong, correction to restore someone to a right state, and training in righteousness, which is instruction whose aim is to increase virtue.
Look up the following verses and answer the questions:
Hebrews 4:12: What exposes the thoughts and motives of a man's heart?
Psalm 1:1-2: What does a person have to do to be blessed?
Psalm 119:165: What two things will someone have if they love God's law?
Matthew 24:35: What does this verse say will never pass away?
So, what is your measuring stick? Make a decision today to find out what God says in the Bible and choose to live by it. Do you have a plan for reading the Bible? Why not make a plan today to start reading God's Word. It has never been influenced by popular opinion! Have a measuring stick that never changes and will never pass away.
Used with Permission: http://www.henrybrandtfoundation.org
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