The Word of God

Across the world, there are many malnourished people. They may not even be aware of how depleted they are. But each day, they are depriving themselves of the necessary nutrients to face each day & what it holds.

I’m not referring to their bodies. Their spirits are starving.

“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4

Just as a body cannot survive without food, water & vitamins, neither can our spirits survive without the Word of God. Jesus is called The Word & The Bread of Life. The reason that so many people hung on every word Jesus spoke was because it was nourishment. A true delicacy. Necessary for our survival.

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” – John 6:63

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” – Psalm 119:03

God longs for us to devour His word like we devour food. But instead of eating too fast, He wants us to savor it, to digest it slowly…and consistently.

So, why do we deprive ourselves of the very words spoken by God? Depending on the person, there are a variety of different reasons. They range from:

We don’t understand the Scriptures. We’ve all became frustrated or discouraged when reading a verse or book in the Bible & it not making sense to us. But God promises to teach us in all things, and to illuminate His word to bring it to life. Prior to reading the Bible, ask God for revelation knowledge of His word. If you don’t understand something, ask Him to reveal it to you, and wait patiently.

We think it has been changed or written by man and not God. Throughout history, people have grown to believer heresy & rumors. We lay aside our trust in God’s word, and start to believe humans over Him. We believe the History channel over the Bible. We doubt the authenticity of the Word and say that it has been changed and manipulated over the years. But God is the same yesterday, today & forever. We must cling to His word. “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” – Revelation 22:18

We think we have read it enough. Many people who have been in church since they were young don’t feel the need to read the Word because they have been reading it for so long & feel they know all there is to know. The Bible is the Living Word, meaning it is alive, it has a heartbeat, a pulse. We can read one verse, and 5 years later read the same exact verse and it can apply in a totally different way. Just as the knowledge of God Himself is endless and vast, His Word is the same. It contains layers of truths & wisdom that keeps us coming back for more.

There are many benefits from being rooted in the Word of God. These are just a few.

God will remind you of what you have read. At just the right time, God will bring to you a verse that may apply to a personal situation or a person you are ministering to. (John 14:26)

God equips you for battle with His word. It is called the Sword of the Spirit for a reason. It is the most powerful weapon we have in times of spiritual warfare…and it’s easy to use if it’s written on your heart. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

God desires to teach us. He wants us to know Him more. He will not withhold from us when we diligently seek Him. This not only develops our relationship with Him, but the Maker of the Universe wants to share His secrets with us! Chew on that one for a while. It’s an amazing thing.

Don’t neglect pursuing such a precious gift from the Father. He wants to reveal great things to us…unsearchable riches, the mysteries of His will (Ephesians 1:7). Invite Him to fill your mind and seek out the things of God. Your time will be well spent.

 

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” – Hosea 4:6

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16

 

 

 

 

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Inseparable

“Am I a hopeless case?
You keep saying the same things
But is it on my face
That it isn’t sinking in…” 

– Bethany Dillon, “Something There”

The past few months, the Holy Spirit has been trying to get something across to me. Something I thought that I knew very well, but apparently needs to be driven in with a hammer. A sweet, loving hammer.

The past few months have been somewhat difficult for me. I started experiencing some health issues. Multiple symptoms hit at once causing me to worry, the one thing my Jesus asks me not to do. But He understands how our minds work…and He wants to change them.

Right before it all started, the Holy Spirit whispered to me one evening Romans 8:26:

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

When I heard this, I had a feeling He was preparing me for the road ahead, encouraging me that He was fighting and praying for me constantly. Not only for me but through me. (for when I pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit is praying the perfect prayer directly to the Father)

2 days later, while thrifting, I came across a book from 1980 called “Lord, Hear My Prayer”…with that scripture written inside the cover.

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Little did they know their gift would impact someone so much…30 years down the road.

Then came Romans 8:38. One evening, I ran across it 3 times within 5 minutes.

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

He followed those up with Romans 8:28:

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

So, I started to catch His drift. I see where You’re going with this, Lord.

But why is it so easy to fall back into worry and search for answers instead of trust?

He drove it home with Ephesians 2:

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins  in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.  But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  even when we were dead in our trespasses,made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

To know that I am seated right smack dab next to Him already brings so much comfort and confidence…regardless of my circumstance.

God has used many different ways to get these messages to me…books, friends, songs, the Word. But my favorite way was speaking through me to myself.

One morning, I was exhausted from the trial. I woke up & showered. The only thing I could say was “Thank you for this trial Lord, for I know it’s bringing me closer to You.”

As I walked to the bedroom, without even thinking I said out loud:

“No power of hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from His hand.” 

It caught my off guard, because it was not me that said it. The Holy Spirit spoke through me to encourage myself. When I realized what had just happened, I broke. Never before have I worshiped Him like that. It was the most pure worship and thankfulness that I had ever poured on Him. The phrase is a lyric from a song called “In Christ Alone”. (that was NOT on my mind at 5am)

I wanted to share all these things tonight to encourage anyone who is walking through their valley. Seasons of darkness come during life….but they also go. Sometimes they linger and overstay their welcome. But nothing that comes our way is unauthorized. God signs off & allows trials to strengthen us, to build trust & dependence on Him, and to pull us closer to Him. What the enemy intends for bad God will ALWAYS turn around for our good. God is ever present. He is never late, and His timing is impeccable. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you…to display His glory in your circumstance. No battle is too hard for Him, no hill too high.

“Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare…” – Psalm 144:1