First, look at the tip of your nose, your fingers, your feet, then at the stuff in the room then at the things outside the window, then at Google earth. GOD SAYS it will all vanish in a blast of incredible heat Second Peter 3, 10-16
SO WHAT? God loves us to be practical with his word; for his purposes in giving us truth is that it might reprove us, fix us, and equip us for all of life. (Second Timothy 3,16) To the above “doctrine” God expects us to let go of materialism and ask, “what sort of people should we then be, living godly lives focused on eternity?
When reading Bible stories, do you ask what God’s point is in the story?- How should I then live?
There is no other way to find salvation other than the name of Jesus. How should I then live?
Without him I can do nothing. How should I then live?
It is a privilege to be a fellow sufferer and soldier with Christ. How should I then live?
My body is a temple of almighty God. How should I then live?
I have been purchased by an infinite price, making me of infinite worth. How should I then live?
This same Jesus will return again. Having this hope within me, how should I them live?
You get the point. Ideas and doctrine and truth and facts are not ever to be observed with mere wonder and acknowledgement but by asking, since this is true what should I do?
Let the unsaved live in a world of shifting sands, a world of not-so-educated guesswork which has been cobbled together and thrown out as science in order to justify their own sin. We get to live in a world of facts flowing from the mind of God himself. What a privilege, how secure we should then be knowing that when we do things his way we will never be ashamed.
It may seem radical (I hope it does), to take every thought into captivity, to acknowledge God in all our ways, to talk to him without ceasing, to give him thanks constantly and to apply each of his ideas to our lives in a practical way.
However all scripture is given to be practical, and remember that the problem with the wicked is that God is in some of their ways but not in ALL THEIR THOUGHTS. Keeping corners of our lives in which we don’t ask, “Lord show me what you would have me do, how you would have me apply this truth,” is what makes to wicked the wicked. Psalm 10,4
DEAR LORD, AS USUAL, YOUR WAYS ARE IMPOSSIBLE AND YET SO PRACTICAL, THE ONLY REAL WAY TO BE HAPPY IS TO BE POSSESSED BY YOUR HOLY SPIRIT AND TO LIVE THE LIFE IN THE FLESH BY HIS POWER. HELP ME TO GROW IN THE PERCENT OF THE TIME I AM RATIONAL AS EVIDENCED BY TALKING TO YOU AND SEEKING TO APPLY YOUR WISDOM HIDDEN IN EVERY VERSE.