I just am at a lost for words when it comes to how clear the Bible is to me now and how applicable everything I read is to my life. Its something that is just hard to explain. (especially when you are typing) I can read the Bible and actually remember what I read! I know that sounds silly, but for the 21 years that I just had religion and not true salvation, I would read the passage just so I could fill in the blanks in the Beth Moore workbook ( I have done my share of Beth Moore Bible studies ) and never really would think seriously about the passages again. Now I read my Bible every chance I get. Seriously. I look forward to it and want to do what God's word says do. The Bible tells us time and time and time again how Christians should live their lives. Its very clear. I feel like a big fool for thinking that I was actually going to go Heaven when I was not living my life the way the Bible tells Christians to live. For example:
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
It is very important to know who Paul is speaking to here. He is talking to the saints or the church. vs 3 He is talking to the very people who claim to be children of God. He is instructing them on things that just shouldn't be in the lives of God's children. I can say for the 21 years of my 'religious' life I was an immoral, impure and greedy person which made me an idolater which is breaking the Second Commandment. ( And when the Bible says "For of this you can be sure" I think that means FOR OF THIS YOU CAN BE SURE) See what I mean about me being a fool! I challenge you all to read the book of Ephesians and remember that Paul is writing to the Church of Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.