Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Romans 15:5-7 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
One of the things that I've experienced through the years as I've moved through various denominations on both the conservative side of Christianity to the more subjective, charismatic groups is that there are doctrines and theologies that separate Christians. I don't believe God intended for His family to be separated over differences in doctrines.
Leading up to this portion of Scripture we see that the Christians in that day and time were separated over what they ate. Some of them felt they could eat everything and others though they could only eat vegetables. Some of them felt they could eat food that had been offered to idols and some didn't. The ones who felt the freedom to eat anything they wanted were causing the others to stumble in their walk with the Lord because they ate before them without having respect for their feelings. We are all at different places in our walk with the Lord. No one is above the other and each one deserves the respect that we would want to receive ourselves. The important thing to remember is to walk in love towards each other by doing and saying what would edify, or build up, the other believer.
Romans 14:15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died.
Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.
So many times we are determined to do what we think is right or okay simply because we want to prove a point to another person that it's okay to live the way we want. Friends, that's not walking in love. Love covers a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
My mother used to tell me that honey draws more flies than vinegar. In other words, if you want to draw people to yourself in order to share the love of God with them, don't attack them with your legalistic view of God's word by adamantly speaking your mind about theological points or doctrinal issues. As long as we have each received Jesus as Savior and Lord we belong to the same family; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Show some grace for where the other person is spiritually. Some are weaker than others, but one of the quickest way to drive a wedge between two people is to act like you are more spiritual or more knowledgeable than them.
Romans 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
God says that the only thing we owe to another individual is to love him. Whew! That takes a lot of responsibility off of me! You mean, I am not responsible for another person's spirituality? No, that's the job of the Holy Spirit. My job is to love them and in doing that present an avenue by which the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to point out changes that need to be made in their lives as well as in the way they view God's word. There's too much separation in the Body of Christ.
Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
The law was given as a tutor to lead us to Christ Jesus who came to fulfill the law. God is love; He does not just love us; it is His nature to love. There is no way that He could be anything but love. So, Love Himself, fulfilled the law through the love that He showed us in giving His only begotten Son to die for us. He didn't condemn us or demand that we perform a list of requirements to a certain standard before we would be received by Him, but He simply loved us into His family through the blood of Jesus. If He had looked at our sin and rated us like we judge those around us, according to the severity of their faults, we would not have been able to make the grade and all of us would have been lost for eternity. But He looked past our sin, past our failures and weaknesses and said, “they're worth My love, My sacrifice for them so that they can come into My family.”
1 John 4:7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Propitiation – Greek word hilasmos – according to Strong's concordance means Christ, through His sacrificial death, appeased the wrath of God on account of sin. It means that the payment for our sin was paid by the blood of Jesus and through the atoning death of Christ, God can be merciful to the sinner who believes in Him, and reconciliation is effected.
Jesus, through His love for us even in our most sinful state, paid the price for us to be a part of the family of God. He received us when we were at our worst, and paid the price required for us to be set free from sin and the consequences of it. It is because of His love for us that we can love others and He asks us to do that; to receive others as He has received us.
Romans 5:6-8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
At our very worst, Christ died for us! He loved us so much that He received us in our sinful state and purchased our redemption. He saw the potential in us to be His children, walking and talking like Him, conformed to His image and likeness. It is in looking at Him and viewing others through that same attitude of love that He would ask us to love others.
Philippians 2:1-5 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
There will always be disagreements because each of us has an opinion, but the important thing to ask ourselves is: “Will I lay aside my opinion to show the love of Christ to another individual?” This is not to say that we shouldn't take opportunities to speak the truth in love to another individual. That is to be done at the prompting of the Spirit and always in love, seasoned with grace and in a way that the other person is edified, or built up.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
It is through being like-minded, treating each other with love that the world will see that we are Christ's disciples. They will know us by the love we share with each other.
Matthew 13:34, 35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
My friends, are you quick to point out that you are right and another is wrong? Do you become easily offended when others don't agree with your point of view? The quickest way to deal with a lack of love for another is to understand more fully God's love for you. When you have experienced love then you can pass it on to another. When you have received God's forgiveness and grace you have more compassion for those who stand in need of that same forgiveness and grace from you.
Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
God's love is resident within us through His Spirit who lives in us. That word for “love” is the Greek word “agape” and it means an undefeatable benevolence and unconquerable goodwill that always seeks the highest good of the other person, no matter what he does. It is the self-giving love that gives freely without asking anything in return, and does not consider the worth of its object. Agape is a love by choice. It chooses to love above and beyond the feelings that you might have at the moment. That's God's kind of love; the love that He asks us to show to those around us.
The bottom line is this: we have that love within us through the Holy Spirit, but it is our choice to release it or hold it in. We can dam it up or let it flow freely from us. Jesus told His disciples as they were going out to minister to the lost sheep of Israel that they would encounter people as wolves in their midst, but as they had freely received from God the delivering and healing power of Jesus Christ that they were to freely give it away.
Matthew 10:7, 8 “And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”
Father, I thank You for the love that You have shown me through the blood of Jesus; that sacrifice that He made on my behalf because of the great love that You had for me. I pray that I will pass that love on to others, seeing them as better than me and not holding anything against them because they might not see things as I see them. Likewise, Father, I would ask that others would receive me as You have received me, that we might walk together as brothers and sisters in Christ, for the common good of Your kingdom's work. Father, I pray that we would all hold each other in high esteem and place the interests of the others before our own. Thank You, Father, for placing Your love within us through Your Spirit that lives in our hearts. Help us, now, to release that love and let it flow from us to those around us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Monday, September 03, 2012
Hebrews 10:35-39 NKJV Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Have you ever received a promise from God as your own, stood in faith believing that it would come to pass, and then gave up after not seeing it happen? That is a very common occurrence in people's lives. We often waiver and quit believing when we feel God's had sufficient time to bring it into our lives. But it's important that we don't quit; that we don't give up and that we don't cave in under the purifying of our faith. Why does it have to take so long?
I remember when I was single and waiting for the promised mate that God had said He would bring into my life. Ladies were getting married all around me and with short courtships; it just seemed like God had forgotten me. And He consistently gave me scriptures of assurance that if I would stand firm believing Him that I would receive. But it seemed like it would never happen! However, God is not slack concerning His promises; He always fulfills what He has spoken to you.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
The promises of God are Yes and Amen, or so be it, in Christ Jesus so that God can be glorified in our lives. People need to see God moving in our lives because it shows them that God is real and He is good! He will not fail to keep His promises when we are faithful to stay in faith. It sometimes looks like it will never happen but if we don't waiver it will come into manifestation. God cannot lie!
Titus 1:2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
So when we experience a delay in receiving what we have been believing God for we need to consider that all things happen for a reason and sometimes we are delayed in receiving our promises because He wants to give us further instruction in how to cooperate with the work that He is doing. The word tells us that He is always working in our lives. But are we always cooperating with Him?
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
We sometimes think it should happen a certain way and then when it doesn't we think we didn't hear God correctly in the promise that He has given us or that He must have changed His mind and decided to withhold it from us. But God doesn't go back on His promises. Sometimes we think He needs a little help so we try to bring it into manifestation on our own. Abram and Sarai did that when they were discouraged in not seeing the manifestation of the promised son that God had given them. Sarai got impatient and decided that if Abram would take her maidservant, Hagar, as a surrogate mother they could have the son that God had promised. They tried that and experienced the birth of Ishmael, a work of the flesh that caused a multitude of problems for them and for Hagar as well. But God wanted to do a greater miracle in their lives by bringing a son to them naturally through the union of their bodies as husband and wife. It took a long stand of faith for that promise to come into manifestation. God constantly gave them words of encouragement along the way, just as He will do for you when you are believing Him for your miracle!
Romans 4:16-21 NLT So that's why faith is the key! God's promise is given to us as a free gift. And we are certain to receive it, whether or not we follow Jewish customs, if we have faith like Abraham's. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who brings into existence what didn't exist before. When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed Him. God had also said, “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised.
Abraham didn't waver in his faith; in fact, his faith grew stronger through the experience. He didn't look at his age as being a factor in God's work or the fact that Sarah had passed the child-bearing age. He looked at his God and His ability to perform that which He had promised. His focus was on God's ability; not his own. God will do what He has promised if we will not give up in our stand of faith while waiting.
Hebrews 6:11, 12 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Some nuggets of truth to ponder: Imitate those who through faith and patience have received their promises! Watch those around you who are living godly lives walking by faith and receiving what God has promised them. Continue to do what you know to do according to God's word and don't faint, or quit, because in due season, or at the right time, you will receive the promise.
I received the promise of a godly mate from God when I stood in faith until it happened. It didn't happen as soon as I would have liked for it to happen, but it came into manifestation in God's timing. You will receive what God has promised you if you will not lose heart and quit believing. It takes faith and patience to inherit the promises of God.
Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
Don't throw away the confident expectation that you have in God. It pays a great reward! That's how you receive from Him. He gives every gift by grace through your faith. It's His grace that provides the promise and your faith brings it into manifestation. Don't quit before you receive!
Father, I thank You for Your promises to us that are Yes and Amen in Christ Jesus! Thank You for Your faithfulness to provide what You have promised. I pray that we will stand firm in our faith, not wavering, as we wait for the promise to arrive. Help us, Lord, to not give up before we receive it! Thank You for giving us additional assurances along the way to help us keep our faith to the end. May You receive all the glory for what You are doing in each of our lives. Let the world see through us that You are good and You keep Your promises. I pray for my friends this morning who may be discouraged by not seeing what You have promised come to pass in their lives. I pray that You will encourage them by Your Spirit to continue standing strong until the promise comes into being. Help them, Father, to look unto You and Your ability to perform what You have promised. I pray that they will not take it upon themselves to help You in any way, but they will rely totally on You. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
John 16:32 “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”
Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross to pay for the sin of mankind when He spoke these words to His disciples. In His humanity He was about to face the darkest time of His life; a time when even those closest to Him would turn their backs on Him. Can you imagine the pressure that was upon Him at that time? And yet, He knew that He wasn't alone because His Father was right there with Him.
Maybe you have felt all alone at times in your life. Times when it seemed that everyone who should have or could have been close to you had turned their backs on you and left you to face the unknown alone. But just as Jesus had the assurance that He wasn't walking through life alone, so can we have that assurance. As children of God, born again believers in the risen Christ, we can know without a shadow of a doubt that we do not face life and it's pressures alone. The Father, through His indwelling Spirit, is always with us.
Hebrews 13:5b, 6 ….For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
God has promised to be with us, to walk with us through life's pressures and to give us the help that we need at just the right time. We do not have to fear what lies ahead because Jesus said even though we would experience pressure from this world system and the attacks of the enemy that we could be of good cheer because He had overcome those things for us. We have peace and strength in Him even in the midst of the storms of life.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
That word for “tribulation” in the Greek is the word thlipsis and according to Strong's concordance #2347 it means “pressure, oppression, stress, anguish, tribulation, adversity, affliction, crushing, squashing, squeezing, distress. The word is used of crushing grapes or olives in a press.
How many times have you felt like you were being crushed in a press due to the adversity and tribulation going on in your life? It's a very real affliction; not just something that comes against you mentally. You can experience very real physical symptoms from the pressures of life. But Jesus said to be of good cheer. In other words, don't let the devil squeeze you into his mold! Rest in the peace that Jesus has purchased for you on the cross of Calvary. He took our tribulations on Himself when He was crucified on our behalf. The great exchange was made; His peace for our tribulation.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Jesus said He was leaving His peace with us. It's a different kind of peace than what we find out in the world. The world gives us peace as we perform according to what is expected of us. If we do what is right in it's sight then things go well with us and we have the world's type of peace; peace that is based on conditions. If you meet the conditions things will go well with you. But the peace that Jesus has given us is a peace that has no requirements for you to meet; it is unconditional and can't be taken back from you. You never have to perform to receive it; it is given by grace and received through the exercise of your faith.
Peace by the definition of the world's standards is freedom from disturbance or agitation. It is conditional based upon whether or not there is friction or strife in your life. If no strife is there then you have peace. But God's peace, the peace that Jesus gives us, is the Greek word “eirene” and it means “a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It general denotes a perfect well-being. It is a calmness even in the midst of the storm. It is not dependent upon the absence of strife for it to work. It is a state of rest, quietness and calmness, even when the pressure is on. The world's form of peace is totally dependent upon the absence of strife and the peace that Jesus gives is a peace that works even when strife is present. You can experience peace in the midst of life's trials; if you will trust the Lord, receive it by faith, and keep your focus on Him.
Isaiah 26:3, 4 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
Keep your focus on the Lord and trust Him and you will experience the peace that passes all understanding. He is there for you! There is none above Him and none beside Him.
Isaiah 45:18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”
Remember it is not who you are that matters the most, it is WHOSE you are. If you have invited Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior then you belong to the family of God. You are a child of Almighty God. He is the One who watches over you; who provides for you and cares for you. He is the One who gives you His peace; perfect peace when you trust Him.
Thank You, Father, for Your peace. I know that I do not travel through life alone, but You are right here with me. You are the One that I long for, cling to, rely on and trust in. You are my God and there is no other above you or beside You. I recognize You as the authority in my life and I trust You to take care of the things that I am concerned about. Father, I pray for those today who might be experiencing turmoil, pain, fear and pressure in their lives due to the adversity that is facing them. Father, I ask You to touch them where they are, to provide for them as they have need and to give them peace in their hearts knowing that You love them and are watching over them. Give them peace in the midst of their storms, Father. Show them Your great power in overcoming all that is coming against them. Show them how to rest in You, Lord, and experience the assurance that all will be okay in their lives. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the peace that You have given us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Saturday, September 01, 2012
There are so many things in this world that I do not understand. But this one thing I know: that God is good all the time and the devil is bad all the time. Many times, unknowingly, people credit God with the devil's activity in their lives. But the word says in John 10:10 that the devil has a plan for your life, just like God has a plan for your life. The devil's plan is to steal, kill and destroy and God's plan is to give you abundant life.
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Again, James tells us in James 1:17 that God is the giver of good gifts.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
God gives good gifts! There is no “variation or shadow of turning” with God. That means that He doesn't “change like shifting shadows” (NIV). He is not a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, type of personality.
So, why would we think that something bad that has happened to us is from the Lord? Well, quite simply because we don't understand that we live in a fallen world where the devil is the prince of the power of the air who goes about looking for people whom he may devour with his evil plans.
1 Peter 5:8 NLT Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.
As long as we live in this fallen world there will be a war against the enemy of our souls. God created us as free moral agents with a will to choose to love and serve Him. But he does not force us to do that. Likewise, we are not puppets on a string controlled by Him as we go about our lives. We are given the freedom to choose how we want to live. When we live by our own standards and desires we often open the door for the enemy to move into our lives. The decisions that we make are not always in our best interests and because of the desires of the flesh we sometimes make choices that lead us to sickness and disease, unhealthy lifestyles and dysfunctional relationships. And then God gets the blame for what we as individuals have brought upon ourselves. Our choices affect the quality of our lives.
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NLT “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between prosperity and disaster, between life and death. I have commanded you today to love the LORD your God and to keep His commands, laws, and regulations by walking in His ways. If you do this, you will live and become a great nation, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live! Choose to love the LORD your God and to obey Him and commit yourself to Him, for He is your life. Then you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
God gives us the choice to choose “life and blessings or death and cursing” (NKJV). It's our choice. But oh, how He desires for us to choose the life of prosperity or blessings! He doesn't want us to experience the heartache that not walking according to His ways brings. That doesn't mean that everything that happens to us is a result of disobedience or selfish choices. It simply means that God has planned a good life for us, filled with His blessings, and our choices often determine the outcome of our lives. We still live in a fallen world where the devil has freedom, for a time, to move about trying to steal, kill, and destroy. But God's will for us is for good, not evil. When we experience the bad things, God will turn them around for our good if we will trust Him. He uses those things that we experience that are bad to help us learn how to overcome the attacks of the enemy.
Will you choose life today? Will you decide to close the door on the devil's activities in your life by walking according to God's ways? He is waiting for you to choose! He wants to bless you with the good life that He has planned for you.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Father, I thank You for the good life that You have planned for each one of us. I pray that we may see Your goodness in our lives and choose to live according to Your ways so we can close the door on the enemy's plan for destruction. Father, give us wisdom to choose the right paths to walk, the best decisions to make and the most healthy choices for our lives each day. Thank You for the Holy Spirit that lives within me who helps me choose a healthy lifestyle. May each of us continue to seek Your will before making decisions that affect the quality of our lives. Thank You for Your blessings! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Psalm 119:165 NIV Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Peace—does it often seem to elude you? The Psalmist speaks of a way to have peace in your life. It is through loving the word of God. In speaking of loving God's word it is with the understanding that when you love the word of God you live it out in your life. You learn it, love it and live it!
So, what is the Psalmist speaking of when he talks about peace? Well, the Hebrew word for “peace” in this scripture is the word “salom”. And by Strong's concordance it is defined as completeness; wholeness; welfare; health. The root meaning of the word is “to be whole” or you might say, “nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing lacking” in your life.
Why would loving God's law produce peace in your life? God's word is alive; it is life and produces the same in our lives when, by the Holy Spirit, we ingest it into our spirit man. When we begin to live by God's word we are changed. We are strengthened by the life that comes from the word and our minds are solidly placed on a firm foundation where the enemy cannot shake us.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4: But He answered and said, “It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
What did He mean that we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? He meant that physical food is not the only thing necessary to sustain life in a human being. We have a physical man that needs to eat regularly for optimum health, but we also have an inner man, a spiritual man, that needs regular spiritual nourishment for optimum health that comes from ingesting the word of God; reading, studying and applying it to our lives. It is only as we make the word of God a priority in our lives and learn to live it that we will be able to fight off the fiery darts of the evil one. It is then that we are made strong so we do not stumble at his attacks.
Great peace; nothing missing, nothing broken and nothing missing in your life! Do you need more peace? Then get into the word; let it saturate deep down into your spirit. Make it a priority in your life. Study it, memorize it, speak it and live it!
Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified You word above all Your name.
The Psalmist here says that God has magnified His word above His name. When you magnify something you make it larger. When God's word becomes larger in your life the problems that you experience become smaller. You begin to see your problems in light of God's word and realize that the enemy has no power to stand against the truth of God's word.
Jesus told His disciples in John 8:31, 32 that the way to being His disciples and being set free was by abiding in His word.
John 8:31, 32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Why would the truth of God's word set a person free? Because there's power in it!
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
The word is given life by the Spirit of God. He has breathed His very own life into His word. When we read it and take it into our lives as our daily nourishment that life is placed within us. As believers, born of the Spirit of God through salvation, we live and thrive because of the breath of life that God has placed in His word.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The New Living Translation says in Hebrews 4:12 that “the word of God is full of living power.”
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NLT All Scripture is inspired of God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
The word of God fully equips us for whatever we need to do! It teaches us the right way to live and changes us! If you have lack in your life, get into the word of God and find out the promise that counteracts what you lack. Then begin to feed on it! Read every scripture you can find on what you are needing in your life. Soon you will notice a difference in the way you think about your situation. Then you'll begin to speak differently about what's happening in your life. And the end result will be a change in your situation. God's word will work for you if you will work it!
Father, I thank You for Your word; for it's life-giving power in my life. I know that Your word is true; it is living and active and that when I ingest it into my spirit being it changes me. Thank You for the power that I have received from loving it and learning it and living it in my life. I thank You that when I get into a situation where I need answers Your Spirit will speak a word from your word into my heart that I know will help with my problem. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for bringing the word back to my remembrance so I can defeat the enemy in my life. Thank You, Lord, for breathing Your life into Your word! I pray for my friends this morning who may lack peace in their lives. I pray that they will realize their need for Your word in order to flourish in every area of their lives. I pray that they may have “great peace”, Father, that comes from spending time in Your word. Bring it life for them, Holy Spirit, when they read it. Show them the nuggets of truth that they need to change their situations! Thank You, Father, for giving us the manna from Heaven for our spiritual nourishment! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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