It is true that erring is considered a part of life. In a world of discovery and innovation, mistakes are considered stepping stones to greatness. Do you know that not all of the great things we celebrate today were created out of an intention? Penicillin, fireworks, corn flakes, etc, were products from the inventors’ errors. However, not every mistake has birthed great stuff. As a matter of fact, mistakes could cost so much as a person’s life.
But why do people err? Common reasons include not knowing how to do a thing, or being arrogant and stubborn to doing the right things rightly. On this subject, I’d help you see this from Jesus’ perspective so we can take sides with the Word and allow it form our scope of reasoning.
And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?
Mark 12:24 KJV
The word, know, is the Greek word “eidō” which means to be aware; having an experience in practicality of something. So, you err because you don’t have practicality of the Word of God or you don’t know the power of Christianity. Either one of them could save us from erring.
Peter knew whom Jesus was by ginōskō (revelation knowledge) and that’s the power of God (See, Matthew 16:13-17).
In 1 Corinthians 2:2, Paul declared, “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom but in demonstration of the spirit and of power.” In Matthew 28:18-19, Jesus commissioned the disciples in the power of God. The power of God primarily reveals the wisdom of God to us.
But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
John 16:13-14 NASB
The Holy Spirit teaches us the Word of God and if we know the scriptures, we cannot be wrong.
Paul affirmed that Timothy had known the holy scriptures from his childhood (brephos) (2 Timothy 3:15). So, Timothy was learned of the letter of the Word even before he became born again. The scriptures formed a structure of wisdom for him, even though yet unsaved.
Every Scripture has been written by the Holy Spirit, the breathe of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16):
• Doctrine (didaskalia) means learning.
• Reproof (elegchos) expresses conviction.
• Correction (epanorthōsis) means a straightening up.
• Instruction (paideia) means chastisement.
When we receive the Word of God, we must learn of it so much so that it develops a conviction in our heart and is able to fashion all we do. The essence of this is to present a thoroughly furnished man. The correction may not seem sweet or appealing to your current state, but it will surely produce greatness out of you. So, for every time you don’t heed to the Word, you walk in error.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
1 Peter 2:2 KJV
The root meaning of the word, “sincere” in the Greek means unadulterated. So, you don’t mix the word with traditions, doctrines or sentiments and expect to grow thereby. Unfortunately, this has become the norm in Christianity (especially in Africa). You will always be misled from truth by this kind.
When Apostle Peter talked about the Word in the above scripture, he referred to it as logikos which talks about logical or rational reasoning. In other words, he was saying that the Word of God should form your reasoning and mentality as a babe.
If we will give the Word of God more attention and not allow interference from our natural course of life adulterate its content, it will begin to form our reasoning structure which will aid us in correctly hearing God.
For every time you go through certain situations, it’s either God, the devil or your conscience (the way you’ve been framed) speaks to you. How then can you correctly tell whose voice you hear? A lot of Christians (especially the brephos and nepios) have asked this question in a variety of ways.
Babes should be placed under the guidance of the mature (Galatians 4:2) and should endeavour to always verify what they hear and not assume to a conclusion. However, if the Word of God forms your mindset, you won’t make mistakes.
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
Romans 9:1 KJV
Paul’s conscience has obviously been trained by the Word of God and that’s why it synchronises with the Holy Ghost.
You may not have charge of what God or the devil says to you, but you have the ability to train your conscience by the Word to always align with the Spirit of God. Hence, Romans 12:2 says that we should renew our mind.
Our reflex statements and actions are a reflection of our mental programming. We can superimpose every wrong programming with and by the Word of God. God does not speak outside His Word.
When Paul said, “Follow me as I follow Christ,” he meant, “Follow me so that I can teach you how I have learnt of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Jesus declared that all He does is what He sees the Father do (John 5:19).
You can live the Christian life and never be wrong. You can live the Christian life and always respond to things how God would if you can allow the Word of God form your reasoning.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 5:13-14 KJV
If you have not been using the sincere milk of the Word, you may not have your senses exercised to develop an experience of the Word by the Spirit in your system. You must form the Holy Spirit initiative in you by giving attention to the Word. This helps you eidō the scripture.
This does not mean to have a head knowledge of scriptures in your database, but fellowshipping with it until it becomes a part of you. By this, even when the devil quotes it, you can know it’s not God.
These last days, the devil is becoming more sophisticated in his ruses. You cannot outsmart him with your sense; so you have to deal with him by the Spirit of God which is the Spirit of the Word. You will have better results in life when you yield to God.
Even though you have been made right by the righteousness of God, you ought to minister righteousness and continue in the way of righteousness. This comes by listening to God and walking in His wisdom.
Pastor Preston Idoro.