The Correct Way. The Bible Way. —  August 30, 2012
Devotional for today- The Correct Way. The Bible Way.
Mark 7
Jesus was at it again with the Pharisees. He had issue with their “tradition based” religion. Nothing wrong with traditions, if they are practiced in the right context, for the right reasons, and come from scripture. Here are three pitfalls to avoid.
1. Worship based on tradition. 7:7 “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” Worship is a hot topic. Mention it and people immediately take sides. Many of these discussions have to do with personal preference and tradition. What should define what is or not appropriate is the Bible. Notice that Jesus defined unbiblical worship as “a farce”. Base your worship on the word.

2. Teaching based on tradition. 7:7 “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.” We all come to the Bible with preconceived ideas. It takes the Holy Spirit’s power to help us see beyond our preferences and teach the Bible, all of it, not just the parts we like. Many that read this devotional teach in their churches in some capacity. I encourage you to present God’s word in an interesting, practical way, which will draw people to Jesus instead of amazing them with your skills.

3. Practice based on tradition. 7:8 “For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Here is a substitute you never want to make. It happens too often, however. Have you ever been in a conversation with a person, that even though biblical evidence is clearly presented, still choses to practice long held beliefs? (a common example is the Sabbath for other Christians, but it happens to us to!) Once again, the solution is clear. Return to the bible. Hold on to the Holy Scriptures. The God’s Word define your practice.

Conclusion- When at odds with personal beliefs, tradition, practice, or teaching, always choose to follow God’s Word and you will be safe.

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