Thursday, January 26, 2017

What is Your Worldview?

Our culture shows obvious signs that we live with a confusing hodge-podge of world views.  Let’s consider some of them:
  • Materialism -     The idea that all there is to this world is what we can see and touch.
  • Hedonism -         The pursuit of pleasure is higher than every other pursuit.
  • Pragmatism -     The idea of whatever works for you is all that matters.
 The culture context itself - Dr. James Emery White describes this as the second fall.  The first fall (Genesis) led to God’s expulsion of the human beings from the Garden of Eden.  The second fall was when we returned the favor.  We kicked God, or the idea of a transcendent God, out of science, commerce, education, politics and our personal lives.  This is a secular mindset gone wild.

There are many more world views we could list but the thought I have for us today is how do we strengthen our Biblical view of the world with such a confusing mix of viewpoints?  I want you to consider three ways to strengthen a biblical world view…

First, learn the truth.  God’s Word is truth.  (John 17:17) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life… (John 14:6).  God does not lie (Numbers 23:15).  Perhaps you remember the story of two different men who built houses, one on a shaky foundation the other on a solid foundation.  When the storms of life came the one built on the solid foundation stood the test of time (Matthew 7:24-27).

You’re going to have plenty of storms in this life: financial storms, spiritual storms, health storms, relational storms, moral storms, career storms, marital storms, single parent storms, etc.  If your foundation is not solidly built on truth, that doesn’t change, you’re going to crumble.

The more we can do to get into God’s Word and to get God’s Word into us, the better.  Our lives will be built on the solid foundation.

Second, discern what is false.  The Message paraphrase of 1 John 4:1 says, “Carefully weigh and examine what people tell you.”  Not everyone who talks about God comes from God.  There are a lot of lying preachers loose in the world.

Those who catch counterfeits who are making counterfeit money don’t examine the counterfeit money; they make a careful study of real money so they can spot counterfeit money easily.  We need to hear God’s Word, read God’s Word, study God’s Word, memorize God’s Word, meditate on God’s Word, and apply God’s Word so we can easily spot falsehood and error (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Third, turn from the world to the Word (Romans 12:1-2).  The renewing of your mind has to do with changing your world view, your belief system.  Proverbs 15:14 says, “A wise person is hungry for the truth while the fool feeds on trash.”

Are you feeding your mind on truth or trash?  That is a question we all should ask ourselves.  The pathway to joy is choosing to see everything from God’s truth and keep growing in spiritual maturity.


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