Hope that you all are having a wonderful summer break and that you continue to squeeze the most fun out of summer that you can. The greatest thing about our summer at Life Choices Medical Clinic is that souls were saved, were brought back in the fold, and patients were seen, and they say summers are slow!
Toaday I want to share with you an interesting passage I came across in the introduction of the Pentateuch in my John Mac Arthur study Bible. This passage helps to answer questions about sharing the Bible with and offering Biblical counseling to those who haven't received Christ yet.
The Isrealites were taught to meditate on God's Law (Josh. 1:8), teach it to their children (Deut. 4-8), and read it publicly (Neh. 8:1ff). The first two I was familiar with, but the third, not so much. Mac Arthur went on to say that. Moses set the public readings into place before the Isrealites went into the Promised Land so that it could make it's way into human hearts and change their relationship with God, and ultimately their conduct. At Life Choices I ask people to tell me about their relationship with God, not their religion. Our focus is on relationship not religion and my Biblical Counseling training was also focused on relationship with God too. I'm sure that you aren't shocked to hear me say that my psychology based training focused on behavior and changing behaviors, we can see how that is getting the cart before the horse when we begin to learn from God's W ord where true and lasting change comes from. But let's take a look at Dueteronomy 31:12 - Gather the people together, men and women and littleones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law.
Now I want you to hear his exact words because they are so powerful! "The relationship between the command is so importan. The people must: 1) gather to hear the law in order to learn what is required of them and what it has to say about God; 2) learn about the Lord in order to fear Him based on a correct understanding of who He is; 3) fear God in order to be correctly motivated to obedience and good works. Good works performed for any other reason will be improperly motivated."
WOW! That is not what I learned in my PSY 101 and 102 class, but according to the Scriptures - it is true! So here's another reason why we neeed to keep proclaiming God's Word to ALL- even the strangers within our gates (we have regulars that are practicing Muslims and Hinduhs), in every season of their lives, before and after they meet the Savior. After all, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. " Romans 10:17
In closing, I would like to say a special thank you to the dear couple that donates boxes of Bibles to our clinic. It is so wonderful when counseling and someone asks for a Bible to take home that we can give them one! I can't think of a greater gift.
Life Choices Medical Clinic- Spiritual Team
Gateway Biblical Counseling Center