So How Does Doctrine Impact Our Lives?

So how does doctrine impact our lives in ways we may not even imagine?

Listen to these examples of bad doctrine:  {We didn’t cover this section very well at the Titus 2 meeting because it generated lots of discussion.  Plan to go over these in the future in more depth.}

  • I just have poor self-esteem.  (Our esteem or self-worth comes from Christ and not from ourselves, if we have poor self-esteem we are actually thinking too highly of ourselves and too lowly of Christ.)
  • That is just being a two-year old, a teenager, a pregnant moma or a senior adult.  (Excusing sin due to one’s station in life.)
  • We aren’t responsible for our child’s Salvation or even we are responsible for our child’s Salvation.  (God is Sovereign and while we are responsible for our training of our children and our obedience to God’s Word, God is not going to withhold Salvation or grant Salvation depending on us as a parent jumping through the right hoops at the right time.)
  • I can’t help it if that hurt my feelings.  (Feelings are a choice; we can choose to overlook an offense.)
  • If moma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy.  (Selfishness is a sin, even in momas.)
  • I just can’t forgive myself.  (Who are we to pretend to have higher standards than God? If He says He will forgive all your sins, then why can’t you?)
  • If only ….  (Discontentment.)
  • Depression runs in my family, I just can’t help it.  (We are not slaves to our up-bringing.  We can, through the Lord’s help, overcome our sinful tendency to focus on ourselves.)
  •  I would never do that ….  (Self-righteous judgement.)
  •  I’ll work on being the Proverbs 31 woman when the Lord gives me a husband and children.  (We should strive daily to implement all the Lords commands and instructions despite our circumstances.)
  •  I need a new  ….  (We should be content with our food, clothing and shelter, all else is wants, not needs.)
  •  I didn’t deserve to be treated like that.  (We don’t deserve anything but judgement.)
  • There’s no hope.  (There is always hope as long as you are a believer.  If you are not a believer than the Lord will give you a hope and a future when you seek Him with all your heart.)

 

All of these statements are affected by doctrine.  They are all evidences of Satan’s doctrine, worldly doctrine, false doctrine, bad doctrine; whatever label you want to give it.  But the Bible has the answers to all of these.  God’s Word is sufficient for all godliness and for all living.  It was written for our instruction.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

 

2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, …

 

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

 

God has provided all we need to be trained in righteousness, to be thoroughly equipped for all good works, which we were foreordained for according to Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.  Everything for life and godliness.  So if God has provided abundantly all we need to know, why then do we struggle with false doctrine?  Well, of course, the simple answer is sin, any new believer, or even one of our children, can answer that.  But really, why is false doctrine so embedded in the life of everyone, even those of us in the church?


For the full series of posts in order click below:

Renewing the Attitudes of our Heart Series

 


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