The Living Word

Today’s Date:  January 24, 2010

The Living Word

 

Reading: Gen 48-49:33, Matt 15:29-16:12, Psalm 20:1-9, Proverbs 4:20-27; Our Daily Bread (ODB) devotional

S – Scripture:

 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. —Hebrews 4:12

O – Observation:

Sounds a bit strange, how could a “word” be alive? Words are just letters compiled together to make some sense for us to understand. But the scripture says that the “word” of God is alive. The Word has ‘power’ like a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. – Chuck Smith commentary on Heb 4:12 talks about the Bible referred to as the living, power of the Word.

The Word is referred to in the parable of a seed that is sown. Psalms 119:50, 93 – David wrote that ‘not only are the Words of eternal life, but they bring life to those who will obey them.

A – Application:

I need to spend more time on this issue. I’ve heard it many times as the Word, the Spirit, the Father, and Son are One. Since they are all-powerful, all alive; how is the Word itself alive? I understand the Word in the singular form is also referred to as God. So the actually letters in a book are not “alive” but the Word in reference to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit are all-powerful and alive. 

There’s a movie that just came out, ‘The Book of Eli’, with Densel Washington, – I haven’t seen it yet – reviews say there’s lots of blood and gore, not my interest – but what should be of interest is that it’s based on a character named Eli, who found a copy of the Bible after all the Bibles were destroyed and the “power” he found in the Bible and what it means to him and those around him – read more here on the review of The Book of Eli

Reviewers say, The Book of Eli is, perhaps, the most explicitly Christian film I’ve seen come out of the secular film industry since The Passion of the Christ. Indeed, it’s something of a Sunday sermon wrapped in a Mad Max adventure.

Proverbs 4:25-27

Look straight ahead,
      and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
      stay on the safe path.
 27 Don’t get sidetracked;
      keep your feet from following evil.

P – Prayer:

Father I thank you for deeper meaning and knowledge in your Word. I understand that you are and give us guidance toward eternal life. You have given us your Son to die for our sins, which gave us eternal life. You gave us your Word in the Bible to direct us and teach us history and future, how to live and our purpose. This is why your Word is alive, powerful, and everlasting. Help me to continue to understand your Word so that I can know and do your will with a joyful heart. In Jesus name, amen.

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The Angel of the Lord Brings Good News

Jan 02, 2010

Gen 3, 4, 5, Luke 2

S – Scripture: Luke 2:10 “but the angel reassured them (shepherds). “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

O – Observation: Jesus was born and shepherds saw an angel of the Lord which brought fear to their hearts, the angel assured them that he was there to bring good news – Jesus the Son of God was born:  v 11-12 “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

A – Application: Often times when God shows us a sign, or presents a messenger (by person, Word, teaching, etc) – we immediately think of all the things we have done wrong, or the “wrath of God” – this scripture reminds us that God’s angels can also bring messages of goodness, hope, and promises fulfilled.

P – Prayer:

Father help thou my unbelief. Forgive me for my sins. Help to me to know and do your will. Let your will be done, use me to carry out your work. Let my mind be clear to hear and know you. Create in me a clean heart, oh Lord. For you are the potter and I am the clay.

Reflection: In the past year I felt led to move from the only home that I have ever known. I moved to be closer to my fiancé at the time, now my husband, to another state with no other family or friends. I still believe that this is God’s will, although I am and have been challenged by cultural differences and unfamiliar surroundings. Although sometimes I want God to move faster, He has had to break this clay pot (me) into tiny pieces, only to rebuild and continues to rebuild my character to become the person He needs me to be. At times I’ve felt like dust from being broken and crushed, left as a parched soul, waiting for the rain to come to restore me to dirt so that I could become clay again – and praying the wind would not come and blow me away as particles in the wind.  I pray that I always am available to be molded.