…Put it to¬†Work!

Why do so many millions who read and study the Bible remain in ignorance of what it really says? Why do most students of religion never reap the blessings found in God’s promises?

How about you? Even though God has revealed His truth to you, do you lack the prosperity, peace and happiness God’s Word promises Christians?

If so, why? The answer is simple. The Bible is a working phenomenon. Put it to work! Challenge the God who proclaims it His divine revelation to mankind.

Locate the promises God has given – the Bible is replete with guarantees you can personally claim. And unlike man, God has never broken a promise – not one: “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (Num. 23:19).

God challenges you to prove Hi~ . But He is not obligated to show you the veracity of His Word unless and until you act to prove it – until you put it to work in your life.

Claim God’s promises

God’s Word reveals the way to everything good – the way to every blessing you could possibly desire in life. God wants you to have the very best, and He will work miracles to accomplish His promises for you.

But He will not hand these things to anyone on a silver platter. He attaches to His gifts certain stipulations. If you accept and perform those conditions, the gifts He promises are yours. You must do something.

Note how steadfast God is in what He has committed Himself to do for you. “The Strength of Israel [God Almighty 1 will not lie nor repent” (I Sam. 15:29). “I the Lord have spoken it: it shall come to pass, and I Will do it” (Ezek. 24:14). “He abideth faithful : he cannot deny himself’ (II Tim. 2: 13). “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Tit. 1:2).

How did Herbert W. Armstrong, God’s apostle for this age, attain so great a responsibility in God’s Work? He was angered into putting God to the test of His Word.

Mr. Armstrong could not accept what Lorna, his first wife, had come to believe and practice in her life – the seventh-day Sabbath. So strong was his aversion to her newfound belief that he would have considered divorce had it not violated his personal principles about the sanctity of marriage. So he set out to deliver her from what he believed was religious fanaticism. Since she rested her conviction on the Bible, he was determined to use the Bible to prove her wrong.

Many of you faced a similar crisis in your lives. You could not believe Mr. Armstrong was right in what he was expounding before the whole world. And -in attempting to prove him wrong with the very Bible he quoted so profusely, you found yourself convicted instead. You, like Mr. Armstrong, failed and the Bible was the victor. Why?

When I returned from military service to civilian life in October, 1945, I found my father deeply engrossed in a radio program called The World Tomorrow. Night after night he sat glued to his radio for that half-hour program. He was, in fact, purely antisocial toward anyone who came around him and would not listen as he did. Until Mr. Armstrong’s intense, thundering presentation ended, nothing could interrupt my father.

To rescue him from this fanaticism, I challenged him. My father accepted the challenge. He rested his case on the Bible, so, for the first time in my 30 years of life, I delved into God’s Word. Inexperienced as I was in religion, I just knew I could convince him by the very Bible to whose truths he now adhered – truths I knew the rest of the world in no way espoused.

Like Mr. Armstrong many years before – like you – I, too, lost that encounter. The Bible proved itself to be the Word of God. Losing that battle totally changed my life, just as it changed yours . Understanding God’s Word can open to you more happiness, real meaning and productivity than you have ever experienced in your life…

…read the rest of this article on Page 36 of the Dec 1980 Good News Magazine. This particular issue of the Good News also contain other articles on the Authority and Infallibility of the Bible – a great issue to download and keep on file!!

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