Thursday, January 7, 2010
The Living Word of God
If God wanted to communicate with a man, or a woman, how would HE do it? How can you "know" that you have heard from God? Why would God want to talk to me? Why would God want to talk to anyone? If there is a God, and I know there is ONE, He would want to talk to His friends, family, sons, and daughters.
The Bible is called the "Word of God." Imagine that, we have a "clear WORD" from God and we can "know" that it is from Him. His Word creates light and life. If you want to get rid of the darkness in your life, I can personally testify that His Word pushes out the darkness. His Word brings hope, love, encouragement, peace, wealth, and a plethora of other "good things." God's Word was in the beginning of time, before there was a planet called "Earth" - God's Word existed. "In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God."(John 1:1)
Why read the Bible? Aren't you interested? What does God say about that? Why take someone else's word, when you can hear straight from the source. What does God expect from you? How can you hear from God? The Bible says that when we worship God, He seeks us. "The Father seeks such who Worship HIM with the whole heart, in spirit (love) and in truth (according to His WORD)." The Bible says, "And you shall seek me, and you shall find me when you search for me with ALL of your heart."
The Bible has 66 books, Isaiah is a "mini-Bible" within the Bible. It has 66 chapters, just like the Bible has 66 books. The center of the Bible is found in Psalms 118:8. The shortest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 117, and the longest chapter in the Bible is Psalms 119. The center chapter and verse is found in chapter 118. There are many interesting things in the Bible, but it opens the mind, it opens the heart, it pushes out the darkness.
The Bible creates hope. The Bible creates life. The Bible creates peace. It has been done by Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Netzeret V'mlech Ha'Yehudim -aka YHVH), the at-one-ment or atoning sacrifice. The first statement made of Jesus by John the Baptist was "Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the Earth. Via the Holy Spirit, Christ is exalted to His rightful place in the heart and lives of men. God is like a multi-faceted diamond, One Diamond with many sides. There are numerous names for God, but HE is known as "The Living Word," or the "Word made Flesh."
Having a "feeling" or an "idea" that you have heard from God can be wrong? Mankind cannot "bank" on concrete evidence unless he "knows" Christ. If it is not backed up by the Word, then there is no foundation. Jesus (the Living Word) spoke of two men: One built his house on sand, the other on a rock. I suppose you know the story, if not read Matthew, chapters 5-7. God has many things to say to us. We need to know that God is on our side - His Word tells us He does. We need to know that He loves us - His Word tells He does (see Jer 30). We need to know that God cares for His children, His Word gives a clear history (His story) of His love.
In Genesis, He is the creator. In Exodus, He is the deliverer of His people. In Leviticus, He is the sacrificial lamb. In Numbers, God counts the family units, He knows His children and He counts them. In Deuteronomy, He is the giver of the law. In Joshua, He is the promise keeper, and leads us into the "Promised land." In Judges, He is the Father of Justice - the Righteous judge. In Ruth, He is the kinsman-redeemer. All the way through Revelation, HE is the living Word, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. "As far as the East is from the West, that is how far He has removed our sins" if we are His children. God is faithful, from the beginning to the end of the Book, The Bible is THE BOOK!!! Let God speak to you through His Word today, and every day. Never look to man for the things that only God can give you!