What is Doctrine?

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Anything that God communicates to my spirit through His Spirit is never to be shrugged off, but needs to be obeyed without any pondering on my part. If I think long I think wrong.

Any doctrine that God communicates to me through His living Word cannot be kept in my intellect, but needs to be taken to heart. His doctrine is defined in scripture.

Doctrine

  • Protect sound doctrine (2 Timothy 1:13–14)
  • Doctrine comes from the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • Leaders in the church must have sound doctrine (Titus 1:6–9)
  • Christians should teach correct beliefs (Titus 2:1)

Oswald Chambers tells us in “My Utmost for His Highest” about the way to know what God is telling us.

July 27th

The way to know

If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine … John 7:17.

The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may be sure there is something I will not do. Intellectual darkness comes through ignorance; spiritual darkness comes because of something I do not intend to obey.

No man ever receives a word from God without instantly being put to the test over it. We disobey and then wonder why we don’t go on spiritually. ‘If when you come to the altar,’ said Jesus, ‘there you remember your brother hath ought against you … don’t say another word to Me, but first go and put that thing right.’ The teaching of Jesus hits us where we live. We cannot stand as humbugs before Him for one second. He educates us down to the scruple. The Spirit of God unearths the spirit of self-vindication; He makes us sensitive to things we never thought of before.

When Jesus brings a thing home by His word, don’t shirk it. If you do, you will become a religious humbug. Watch the things you shrug your shoulders over, and you will know why you do not go on spiritually. First go— at the risk of being thought fanatical you must obey what God tells you.

Keys To a Loving Life

I begin with the first two keys:

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1.   Authenticity

Called to behold You with an unveiled face, with authenticity and quality.

To see with no pretensions.

To be completely honest with You.

To be able to express doubt and anger.

To be known as I am known

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

The New International Version. (2011). (1 Co 13:12). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

2. Conviction

An overwhelming belief that this is right because God says it is so.

Develop fixed and strong beliefs about the principles of Your Word.

Psalm 19:8–10 (NIV)

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

You have the courage to stand up for your convictions in spite of current trend or criticism based on:

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Col 3:14). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Love for others, including family, friends, and clients. Even your enemies.

Jesus says, “You can love, because I first loved you.” To experience that life is a quest. Jesus tells us in a myriad of ways. “You are worth everything to Me.”

  • Love is part of covering a hard truth with a blanket of mercy
  • Love is part of empathy and understanding
  • Love is part of a gentle touch
  • Sometimes love hurts
  • Sometimes love must wait
  • Giving without expecting response

I have experienced this through your ministry to me in the deaths of my mother, father and mother-in-law…

Thank you for helping through such difficult times

Love, Barbara

Written to my wife by her friend.