God’s Word

 

Word of God by Brenton Brown

 

The Word of God is given to us by God that we might feed on it and draw life from it as one would rely on daily bread.

Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
    Lord, God of hosts. – Jeremiah 15:16  ESV

Look at the effect God’s Word had on Jeremiah – I have to check my own response to receiving God’s Word in my own life.

Paul challenges Timothy and us to be ready for the “end times.” There will be difficulties, there will be a choice made to further ourselves from God and be disobedient and there will be so many false teachers nipping away at the Church’s weakest members.  Though many of these false teachers who think they have bested God in knowledge and power, they will be exposed in the end. I have to stand firm and I must hold fast to God’s Word if I am to be found as a faithful follower of Jesus.

I, in fact, believe that God’s Word – spoken and written – changes lives. It changed mine. A disciple has purpose.

 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness. – 2 Timothy 3:10  ESV

Here is another opportunity to see how important it is to disciple children -parents are the primary disciple-makers. The way I live matters.

And how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. – 2 Timothy 3:15  ESV

Daily engagement with the Word of God is the greatest single change factor for spiritual growth.

 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. – 2 Timothy 3:16  ESV

Think about this growing factor as if it was a project – like planting a garden. What steps were involved? Was there a definite start and finish? How significant was the order of the steps ( what would happen if I tried to change the order)? What resources were needed? What kind of effort was required? Did anything hinder the process, or negatively impact the result?

That the man of God[b] may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:17  ESV

 

 

 

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Language of seeking

 

Check out the language here in 2 Chronicles when referring to a time when Israel was seeking God.

But when in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, he was found by them. And all Judah rejoiced over the oath, for they had sworn with all their heart and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the Lord gave them rest all around. – 2 Chronicles 15:4,15  ESV

I love that God is not just waiting to be found, He seems to be active in the process of my seeking Him. In fact, I might not be able to find Him unless He is ready to be found. I believe that to be true because I know that my seeking allows me to grow and change and not only me, but those around me. Seeking brings me to a place where I can receive Christ into my life and then continued seeking allows me to grow in the character of Christ and I become the person who has learned to live in the interactive presence of God.

 

 

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