My name is Sheryl Stinchcum. I am a writer who writes fiction and non-fiction. My other blogs are The Prince in the Tower and John Gilbert, St. Elmo, and Me. I decided to create this blog because spiritually is at the core of my being. Since I was born-again in 1980, I have a desire to live a life pleasing to God, so that one day I may to hear Him say “Well done my good and faithful servant.” I know that means total surrender, but as Jesus said, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” The key is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6: 5 GNT).
I do not have a degree in Bible, although I often make comments on scriptures that I post. Take the Bible as God’s Word, but do not take my comments as gospel. All of us are human, which makes us prone to mistakes.
Let the Bible interpret the Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Bible in context.
“Test everything” (I Thessalonians 5: 21 NIV). Compare what you hear and read with the Word of God. Whatever doctrine or interpretation does not agree with the Bible is not of God.
Theology can be enlightening, but it can also be incorrect. When theology conflicts with the Bible, hold fast to the Word of God, and disregard the other. In the same way, learn to discern between “the doctrines of men” and the Word of God. Jesus upheld the Torah (Matthew 5: 17-19) but condemned “the doctrines of men” (Matthew 15: 9).
Originally, I named this blog “Delight Thyself in the Lord” from Psalm 37: 4. The new title is “To the Jew First and Then the Gentile” from Romans 1: 16. The entire verse reads, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentiles” (NIV).
In Romans 11: 11, the Apostle Paul reminds his Gentile audience that “salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.” In verse 15, he explains, “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (NIV).
- The Power of Delight (waltbrite.wordpress.com)