Thursday, December 20, 2012

Got Word?

“For no word from God will ever fail.” Luke 1:37

God’s word never returns void and because of the Spirit’s inspiration, it is always successful and accomplishes what it was intended for. Mary and Elizabeth received a word from the Lord that He had blessed them with very special children. Sons who would represent their heavenly Father with a servant spirit and who would boldly proclaim the word of God. Yes, the Bible communicates Christ’s words in a transformational way, but Scripture requires respect, and honor.

Do you read the Bible for information or inspiration? Is your goal to study the Word, learn facts about God, or to know God intimately? If you are a serious student of Scripture you will encounter Christ in your search for truth. The word of God is a hammer that chisels pride from your heart, a fire that brands truth into your brain, and a sword that slices ego from your soul. Watch for a word from God, for it will lead you to success, and righteousness.

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29
As you take time to meditate on God’s word, it begins to marinate your mind with wise, and pure thinking. Beyond your personal interaction in prayer and study, make sure you are engaged with other believers who are followers of Christ who will challenge and sharpen your thinking, as iron sharpens iron. Life change and spiritual maturation result from a clear understanding of why you believe what you believe. Yes, ask your heavenly Father to fill your mind with what really matters to Him, as opposed to feeling like this is a quid pro quo relationship as it is not.

Do you have a word from God for a major decision you are facing? If not, wait until you do, and then validate your thinking with other godly advisors. If you do, then proceed in the power of the Holy Spirit and trust the Lord with the results. It may not make sense in the short run, but you can trust Him in the long run. God’s word always comes to pass.

“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

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