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Are you living for the word

Are you living for the word – by being equipped with the word?

Once there was this man traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among thorns, and the thorns spring up and choked him. And as he went on, he didn’t have money, and he met the Queen of Sheba, and she gave him 1,000 talents of gold and 100 changes of raiment. And he got into a chariot and drove furiously, and when he was driving under a big juniper tree, his hair caught on a limb of that tree, and he 
hung there many days, and the ravens brought him food to eat and water to drink, and he ate 5,000 loaves of bread and two fishes.

One night when he was hanging there asleep, his wife Delilah came along and cut off his hair, and he dropped, and fell on stony ground. But he got up and went on, and it began to rain, and it rained forty days and forty nights, and he hid himself in a cave, and he lived on locust and wild honey.

Then he went on ‘til he met a servant who said, “Come, take supper at my house.” And he made an excuse and said, “No, I won’t. I have married a wife, and I can’t go.” And the servant went out in the highways and in the hedges and compelled him to come in.

After supper, he went on and came on down to Jericho. And when he got there, he looked up and saw old Queen Jezebel sitting down way up high in a window. And she laughed at him. And he said, “Throw her down again.” And they threw her down seventy times seven, and of the fragments that remained they picked up twelve baskets full, besides women and children. And they said, “Blessed are the piecemakers.” (P I E C E) Now, whose wife do you think she will be in the Judgment Day?”

Over the years we have heard a lot of scripture, a lot of adages, quotes and we have to process all of it - we can either do something with it, research and study it, diving into the scripture to do as the Bereans did from Acts 17.  Sometimes we just take it as true and pass it on or other times just discard what we’ve heard.

Scripture rarely comes alive to us, unless we spend time in the word for ourselves to see how it relates to ourselves.  I know this from personal experience

What do we do with the scripture we hear?  What do we do with the scripture we read?

When we hear scripture – the text, is it in context?

I was told about something on Facebook last night.. It says.. God says, "The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life because they cannot go where I am taking you. They will only hinder you in your next level because they have already served their purpose in your life. Let them go and keep moving. Greater is coming." Says the Lord.

Thoughts???

There were 20 amens, a that is deep, another saying everyone needs a help mate not dead weight, so God removes the dead weight – and another that says – this is true to an extent, but that’s not in the bible.

If what we hear is not correct, how will that prepare us for what we called to do in this world?

What has Jesus called us to do?

  • Jesus wants us to apologize and seek forgiveness both from God and from those we have sinned against through His power. (Mt. 5:23,24) 
  • Jesus wants us to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God’s plans, power and perspectives with His Spirit. (Jn 16:13)
  • Jesus wants us to love other people as He loves us with His agape. (John 13:34,35 & I Cor. 13:4-7)
  • Jesus wants us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness even during times of anxiety, shortage of provision and hardship with His faith. (Matt. 6:33,34)
  • Jesus wants us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness even when we feel discouraged, frustrated or emotionally spent with His Spirit’s promises. (2 Tim. 1:7)
  • Jesus wants us to confess our sins of commission, omission, disposition and wrong assumptions to be cleansed of all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)
  • Jesus wants us to follow God’s priorities rather than our own because He said, “Not as I will, but let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”“(Mt. 6:10)
  • Jesus wants us to mature in all aspects of life as He did. (Lk 2:52)
  • Jesus wants us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him because He commanded us to. (Lk 9:23,24)
  • Jesus wants us to trust & obey God even if we are confused because He did amidst betrayals. (Jn 15:18)
  • Jesus wants us to love the Lord God with ALL our heart, soul, strength and mind and our neighbor as ourselves because He commanded us to. (Luke 10:27)
  • Jesus wants us to worship the Lord and have no other idols because He completely followed the ten commandments. (Ex 20)
  • Jesus wants us to confront sin among the religious leaders because He did so with the Pharisees. (Luke 15:16)
  • Jesus wants us to let every thought be given to God’s control so that we can be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. To walk in a way that pleases Him in all respects and bears fruit in every good work. (Col. 1:9-11)
  • Jesus wants us to meditate on the word of God to achieve His success and prosperity. (Josh 1:8,9)

 

Jesus was asked many important questions – here’s one of them – certainly good for time that you may spend in meditation:

  • Matthew 22:34-40 – NKJV - But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Over the last two months I have done more reading, researching, listening to apologists and evangelists than I think I ever have.  I’ve gotten immersed into the Greek translations, the history of the bible, an enormous amount of study on who God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are – etc..

But what does any of this mean?  Does it make me happy?  Does it fulfill me? Does it bring me peace or joy?

What I can tell you – (if I did know) – is that I am becoming more equipped in the word. 

I have so much to learn… but man – the peace and confidence that comes from remaining close to God is amazing.

I wouldn’t tell someone to just drop everything they do and immerse themselves in the word like I do, but I would ask someone, do you spend time in the word and is it fulfilling?  If it is – great – that is such a good place to be.  But I know many people even now, that are still struggling with opening up the word to read even 5 minutes worth of what His word has for us.

I’ll leave you with this scripture.

Psalms 119:11-16 – NKJV - Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
And contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.

I will not forget Your word.  Why is that important to you?

What an amazing opportunity it was to evangelize in Germany.  The trip may be over, and we may be back at it, with "life" but God moved in amazing ways and is continuing to do so.

God is so good!!!

Read about the trip: 

"Germany Mission"

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