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Week 3: The Word

 

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1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalms 1:1-3 

Do you LOVE the Word of God? Do you read it, ingest it, think about it, meditate upon it? No? Well the reality is that I have never met, heard about, or read about a person that has a deep and abiding walk with Jesus that didn’t also have a deep and abiding love for the Word of God.

It is a MUST if one wishes to deepen their relationship with Jesus. Psalm 1 starts this way. By the way, I pray this Psalm over my children basically every night of their lives! Why? Because I want them to love Jesus and have a deeply rooted faith in Him. This Psalm basically says that our depth in the Word of God will equal our depth in this life. 

If we root our lives in the shallow things of this world like entertainment, a materialistic world view, humanistic philosophies, etc…then our lives will be unstable. However, when we are deeply rooted in the Word of God our lives are strong and well nourished.  

How is that? In John 15, Jesus bids us to “abide in Him and He will abide in us.” Abide is just an invitation to stay close or to deepen our relationship with Him.

How do we do that? Jesus says that one of the primary ways is to have His words (the bible) abide in us. You see, our bible is not just an ancient historical document. It is the supernatural inspired Word of the Sovereign King of the universe. One of the reasons we should read our bibles daily isn’t simply to learn more but to be transformed by it. 

 Most of the time we do too much listening to ourselves and not enough talking. We listen to our defeating self-talk or the lies of the enemy and instead we should be claiming the truths of scripture to ourselves and watch the power of the Holy Spirit through the Word of God begin to align our lives to His truth. 

In fact, when Jesus Himself was tempted by the devil in the desert remember what He turned to? He replied to the enemy three times with “it is written...” and quoted the scriptures. 

The bible says in Isaiah 55 10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” 

This means that the Word always works. Always. It works for us but also works on us. 

Hebrews 4:12 says:

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

So if you want God to mold you and shape you and transform you and draw you deeper into a relationship with Him, then prioritize your time in the Word.  

If you need to know where to start then you can just follow the daily reading plan that we provide every week.

And now church, may you learn to crave the Word of God like a man under water craves the air. And may you dive deep into His Word and through that watch him draw you deeper into a relationship with Him.

 Amen.