Nowadays Christians are full of sayings. While some of them are wise, many are not biblical at all, and let's be honest, guide us from the Actual word of God. Consider these sayings, and ask yourself if you've said them: -This too shall pass
-God helps those who help themselves
-God will not give you more than you can handle
-Well, I guess the Devil made me do it!
-(When someone passes) Heaven needed another angel.
These tickle our ears, to be sure, but none of them are biblical. God doesn't help those who help themselves, he asks for complete sovereignty in our lives, God DOES allow more than we can handle (the actual verse this misquotes is speaking of temptation), The devil did NOT make you do it (you already wanted to, let's face it), when we die, we don't become angels (that's not in the bible anywhere), and, while everything does pass, God desires us to seek Him in all things. Do you see how these can lead us from Scripture? They SOUND good. They FEEL good. But we're warned about teachings that tickle our ears! Psalm 119:105 says "your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." This means that the Word of God is the compass that directs our every step. We're given a lit path (at our feet), so we don't see too far ahead and run ahead when God is telling us to take each step in Him. It's His word that teaches us how to handle temptation, depression, anxiety, and fear. It's His word that reminds us that there are situations we can't handle on our own, but He holds it all in His victorious, righteous right hand. Let's begin to seek the word for ourselves. Let's look to the Bible through the Holy Spirit's interpretation to be our compass, not phrases, sayings, thought leaders, or anything else to guide us. His word is sufficient! Hebrews 4:11-16 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.