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The Work of the Word

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men but as it is in truth, the word of God which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” —1 Thessalonians 2:13

The Bible works! It is effectual! No other book ever written has had the profound effect on this world as the Bible has.

Some one has noted the thing that determines great literature is it “changes you. When you are done reading, you’re a different person.” Since that is true, the Bible must be the greatest piece of literature in the world since it has literally changed countless lives.

The Bible challenges us to live better… It calms us when we are afraid… It cheers us when we are sad… It comforts us when we are down (1 Thess. 4:18). It convicts us when we are wrong (Ezra 9:4)… It cautions us about what is harmful… It cleans us when we are dirty (Ps. 119:9; John 15:3)… It converts our soul to the Lord Jesus Christ (Ps. 19:7).

Hebrews 4:12 says “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Notice God’s Word is ALIVE (“quick”)… POWERFUL… SHARP… PIERCING… DIVIDING… and DISCERNING! There is no other book in the world that can do these things!

The only way to allow God’s Word to work in your life is to (1) READ it and (2) BELIEVE it!

A True Confession

A True Confession

It was a true report… Howbeit I believed not the words… —1 Kings 10:6-7

The Queen of Sheba heard about the fame and wisdom of King Solomon.  What she heard seemed fantastic, so she traveled about 1500 miles to Jerusalem to check it out for herself.

When she arrived and heard Solomon answer all her hard questions and saw the majesty of His kingdom, “there was no more spirit in her,” (1 Kings 10:5). In other words, it took her breath away. She was overwhelmed.

She confessed to Solomon, “It was a true report that I heard that I heard in my own land of they acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words…”  This will be the same confession every child of God will make when they finally stand before the Lord in heaven—It was all true, but I believed not!

We say that we believe the Bible is all true, but we don’t really believe it. All the truth of the Bible has not really gripped our souls. If we really believed everything about eternity and heaven, and it was as real to us as it is to the angels who dwell there, we would be living much more differently than we actual do.  If the reality of what the Bible says about hell really got ahold of us, we would be doing more to get people saved than we are.  If we fully grasped that the whole Bible is truly the Word of God, we’d read it much more than we do.

The truth is, we can make bold statements about how much we believe, but deep down, we don’t wholly believe it.  Our lives prove we still battle with unbelief. At best, we only partially believe.  If we are honest, we must confess with that Father who brought his son to Jesus for healing, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mk. 9:24).

Our belief in the Scriptures will not be fully realized until we finally get to heaven.  Then we will confess as the Queen of Sheba, “mine eyes had seen it: and behold, the half was to told me!” (1 Kings 10:7).

My Closest Friend

My Closest Friend

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. —Proverbs 18:24

Recently I read how Martin Lindstrom, an author and speaker, believes that cellphones have become akin to a best friend for many.  Lindstrom’s experiment using an MRI helped him discover why. When the subjects saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains fired off neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion. Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

I wonder how many link being in the presence of God when they are reading their Bible or attending church?  With all the things vying for our affection and attention, we must constantly refocus our lives on what is most important—Our relationship with God and His people.

The best friend you have is the Lord Jesus Christ. You have no one who loves you more and desires what is best for you.  If you pay more attention to your cellphone than you do to the Lord, your cellphone has become an idol.

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21).

It’s All Good!

It’s All Good!

“…have tasted the good word of God…” —Hebrews 6:5

I love eating at a buffet. Barb and I enjoy eating at one particular Chinese buffet in our town.  It has a great variety of foods.  I grab plate and load it up with the foods I like and pass by the foods I don’t like (i.e. sushi).

Some people treat the Bible like a smorgasbord. They choose the passages of Scripture they like, and skip over the passages they find “distasteful.” However, Paul said, “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE…” (2 Tim. 3:16). Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”(Mt. 4:4).

When it comes to the Bible, IT’S ALL GOOD.  While some sections of the Bible are sweet (like honey – Ps. 119:103), other passages are disturbing (sin, judgment, hell – Ezek. 2:9-10).  Whatever God has said in His Word, we need to hear it and digest it, whether it be sweet or bitter to our taste (Rev. 10:9).

Open your Bible and pray for God to open your heart to receive ALL that He says (see Psalm 119:18).

Every Word of God

Every Word of God

“Every word of God is pure” — Proverbs 30:5

God commanded, Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it… (Dt. 4:2).  God has preserved every word of Scripture for us today (Ps. 12:6-7). Not a single word is to be deleted, diminished, or skipped over.  “Man doth not live by bread only, but by EVERY WORD that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord” (Dt. 8:3; Mt. 4:4).

Kim Peek memorized all of Shakespeare’s plays.  During a performance of Twelfth Night, Peek noticed an actor skipped a word from one of the lines. Peek suddenly stood up and shouted, “Stop!” The actor apologized and said he didn’t think anyone would mind. Peek replied, “Shakespeare would.” Likewise, God objects when anyone omits anything from His Word. God inserted a strong warning at the end of the Bible not to add or subtract anything from the Word God has given (Rev. 22:18-19).

How a person esteems God’s Holy Word reflects their esteem towards the God who spoke the words (Job 23:12). The value a person places on the words of God reveals their view of Him. When God spoke to young Samuel at the tabernacle, he “did let none of his words fall to the ground” (1 Sam. 3:19).

God has magnified His Word even above His name!  How well do you reverence the words of God?