Luke 1:1-25

Luke 1:1-25

You have to investigate. You have to dig. You have to seek out the truth, and sometimes, in seeking out the truth, things that you have believed, things that you have trusted in, are called into question, and that's a good thing. It's a good thing when our faith is challenged... The only way I know what's right and wrong is if I match them against God's Word.You have to investigate. You have to dig. You have to seek out the truth, and sometimes, in seeking out the truth, things that you have believed, things that you have trusted in, are called into question, and that’s a good thing. It’s a good thing when our faith is challenged… The only way I know what’s right and wrong is if I match them against God’s Word… You’ve been taught some things. You know some things. But once again, read it. Study it. Dig for yourself. Do some investigation yourself, so that you can be certain of the things that you’ve heard, the things that you’ve been taught…

You know what? We’re never going to impress God. God is so far beyond us that there is nothing we can do to impress God. But you know what? If God is ever impressed by anything we do, you know what I believe that is? Agreeing with Him that we’re sinners, and not just agreeing with Him that we’re sinners but then identifying the sins that are within our life that’s holding us away from that love relationship that we can have with Him. This is the problem that we see in the world today. Men do not want to admit that they have personal sin. They’ll say, “Oh, yeah, all men are sinners.” Well, what about you? What is it that makes you a sinner? “Oh, well, I don’t do anything bad. Not really bad. I was born this way. I can’t help myself. My mother…” We go to all these different directions rather than just saying, “I have sinned against God…”

And in many cases I run into men who say they believe in God, but then you talk to them about the sin in their life and it’s they have no sin. They try to hide from who they are and what they are, and they make excuses. But you’ll find that men and women who truly love God are also honest about who they are and what they are, and they’re honest about their need, and they can be honest because they truly believe that God will save them… If you truly believe that God loves you, and you truly believe that God has salvation for you, and you begin to research and investigate, it draws you closer to that hope and further and further away from the desires of the flesh…

I think sometimes we pray as an accusation against God. We pray saying, “See, God, You have not yet met my need,” and we can disguise that in nice, flowery words… So many of us, we get to a certain place in our life where we want to trust God, we want to believe in God, but you know what? We want to also accuse God because we haven’t got what we want when we want it, the way we want it, and we accuse and we accuse, and every time we pray, even though we’re not saying, “God, I spit on You,” that’s basically what we’re doing. And God will reveal our hearts. God knows who we are, what we want, and what we need. He’s going to give us what we need in the right time…

God knows the right time to send blessing to us, and God also knows the right time to withhold those blessings, not because He doesn’t love us, but because those blessings, I believe, would not be understood or used to honor God…

See, sometimes we pray for something, and when God gives it to us, we don’t understand it, and it scares us, but it’s what we’ve been praying for. Let me put it this way. If you’re going to pray for something, be sure you’re ready for it, and be sure that when God gives it to you that you accept it graciously, knowing that it is from the hand of God, and honor Him with it. So often God will give us the blessing, we turn around ten minutes later and forget that the blessing came from God and use it for ourself…

This also shows us something else. We look at people around us who do not have the blessings that we have and somehow, because they don’t have the blessings we have, we judge them, and we look down on them, and we ridicule them. It’s not what they don’t have that we should be ridiculing them, but it is for what we have that we should be praising God and being thankful that the blessing has been given to us and use it according to God’s will and desires…

Dave Elkins