Doing What God Says

When looking at a particular Bible theme, it is important that we read all the scriptures in relation to that theme, not just the scriptures that might suit. The first theme to dive into is “Doing What God Says.” It is not enough to only go to Church and pray. You must obey God and act as He would want you to. Under each scripture are the thoughts behind their meanings and how we should follow and live out each passage.

The first scripture and perhaps the most famous scripture is:

John 3:16:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The word “believeth” in Greek means to obey, not simply to believe in Him. Merely “accepting Jesus our personal saviour” as our a personal saviour is a principle that is, which while meant, has sold many people short of receiving the Holy Spirit according to the Bible pattern. When you receive the Holy Spirit you will speak in tongues. If we are sincere about obeying God, we need to submit to his Word and do what he says, not what some person merely suggests we should do. Many preach what should be done but The Bible is the one and only reliable source.

Timothy 3:16 says:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Peter 1:20 says:

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

Ephesians 4: 5- 6 says:

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

One God and Father of all. Thus, that doesn’t mean that only one brand of Christian church can be right but there is only one way to salvation.

It should be noted, also, there is only one correct interpretation of scripture. The old saying that “all roads lead to Rome” is simply untrue. There can only be one way to salvation, even though The Bible is interpreted in my ways by different Christian churches. The Bible is God’s command and our instruction for the paths we should take in life.


Introduction to Themes of the Bible

Prior to receiving the Holy Spirit, I questioned many of the scriptural references that I will be referring to in later pieces, but I was sincere in that I wanted to be right with the Lord. I wanted to know I was saved. It is not up to another man or woman to tell us whether we are saved. God has always defined the pattern for his people.

In the Old Testament, the Lord always gave a glimpse to people but then required from those people to be humble enough to test him out by following his instruction. He didn’t force them, he invited them. Such is the nature of God. Receiving the Holy Spirit is the same. God’s nature has not changed. It’s just that we happen to be fortunate to live in the gospel (“good news”) age.

The day I received the Holy Spirit about 30 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised that it was all true and that the experience they had in the book of Acts happened to me, in the same way, that it is has happened to countless others. It is by far the best thing that has ever happened in my life.

The miracles of healing and blessing – as well as the joy that I have experienced in my own life – and observed first hand in that of others, are practical and real. The Lord provides us with proof. The only question is whether we are prepared to humble ourselves to His Word. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”: Ps 111:10.

I wanted to create a blog segment discussing my experience in receiving the Holy Spirit. It has had such an impact on my life. I would like to have the chance to share this experience and God’s message with more people. These segments will be focusing on certain Bible themes and the scriptures that are in relation to those themes. The themes I will be focusing on are Doing what God says, Why Speaking in Tongues, Spiritual Gifts, and Getting right with the Lord. Keep an eye out for these themes in my upcoming articles!