Dig deep into the true Word of God is our ultimate source of growth.
29th Nov, 2016
And all of us, as with unveiled face, (because we) continued to behold (in the Word of God) as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; (for this comes) from the Lord (Whom is) the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (Amplified Version Bible)
Today its all Word-y in here.
From the passage above, we learn that we require both the Holy Spirit and the Word of God in order for us to be changed and to grow into better Christians and deeper communion with our maker. All of us who come to Christ need change in our own different ways and measures. But we cannot achieve that without feeding on the Word of God and having the Holy Spirit work within us. I shared on the Holy Spirit here. Today I would like to emphasise more on the importance of God’s Word in our lives as Christians.
Life as a Christian majorly involves GROWTH. From glory to glory….as 2 Cor 3:18 puts it. In that, while we are still in Him, we mess up from time to time but as long as we keep feeding our spirits and allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us, we get better and better. This life is about getting better and better – making better choices, having a better attitude, dealing with our issues better, loving better..better and better and better. We need to keep pressing on to higher levels in God as we feed on His Word.
One of my favorite Psalms of David right now would be the 119th. He was a young lad, pondering on how a young man like him could keep his way pure and on the 9th verse he says it with God-breathed wisdom, that it is by living according to God’s Word. God’s Word guides us into paths of righteousness and truth. He continues to say in the 11th verse, ‘I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I may not sin against thee’. Deeper understanding of God’s Word keeps us from straying from His will. Verse 105: He says that God’s Word is a lamp unto His feet and a light on His path I encourage you to read the whole of Psalms 119 and share in David’s prayer.
Hebrews 4:12. The Word of God is alive and active. You know what that means? It is continually working within us, uninfected and unaltered. It transforms. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart bringing us to an understanding of the current state of our hearts in comparison with God’s Truths and will.
God’s word gives understanding (Psalms 119:130). Compromising situations and difficult positions are so much a part of this life. When you have God’s Word in your mind and your heart, you will have the wisdom it takes to get through it all by the grace of God because the Word of God will also affect your speech and your actions. As the Word increases your faith, you will begin to see all of lifes situations through the lens of faith, in understanding. God’s Word also helps you get rid of moral filth (James 1:21) As you grow in understanding, your mind is renewed, your heart is reworked, and your flesh dies to itself, submitting more and more – from glory to glory – in line with God’s will.
The Word of God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8) It’s timeless. That is why anything birthed in prayer and the Word of God lasts a lifetime. Nothing can come against the Truth. And any one who hears these words and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock (Matthew 7:24). Nothing can crush you and storms won’t cause you to waver.
I finish with this promise from our King, “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, springs of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:38. When you come to Jesus to drink, you don’t just get a single drink, but you get a spring, a fountain, a well. You get Jesus. Rivers of water will flow because you have a River-maker in you. That’s the point. You will never have to search again for a source of satisfaction for your soul. Every river that needs to flow for the joy of your soul will flow from Jesus. When you come to Him, you get Him and He never leaves!
Dig deep! Happy digging :)
From my heart,