The text we will build on is 1 Thessalonians 2: 1314: we heard and we then decided to absorb it into our life. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden … offer deeper study. 5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own wisdom. Christ as the only begotten Son of the Father was, is, and always will be in the bosom of the Father – this dear only begotten Son of the Father is continually in the Father’s bosom to declare the Father! into our life. Obeying God’s Word Brings CONTINUED Life Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV) And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. For the word of God is alive and active. God's Spirit (His Word, His thoughts, His way) always produces life—eternal life—the way God lives. To accept it is to apply it and bring Light, Life, and maturity 7). And so the Word of God was birthed in us and His Words of life began to become a part of us. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. with the cares and concerns of this world. Copyright 2020 by Glenn Davis. 9 [f]Honor the Lord with thy riches, and with the first fruits of all thine increase. 2) It is a sanctifying agent. As you will see in the following verses, the words that are contained in the Bible are living, powerful, and sharper than any two edge sword we can make on this earth. 19 The Lord by wisdom hath laid the [j]foundation of the earth, and hath stablished the heavens through understanding. B. Long life is the blessing of God which he giveth to his, so far forth as it is expedient for them. 15 It is more precious than pearls: and all things that thou canst desire, are not to be compared unto her. And Jesus answered him, 1 My son, forget not thou my Law, but let thine heart (A)keep my commandments. 34 With the scornful [q]he scorneth, but he giveth grace unto the humble. Christ’s answer is a direct quotation of Deuteronomy 8:3. He will show by his plagues, that their scorns shall turn to their own destruction, as. We believed the Word 3. in this article, I am sending you a part of my spirit. 28 Say not unto thy neighbor, Go and come again, and tomorrow will I give thee, if thou now have it. Jesus Christ is the Source of All Life. Bible Verses about the Word of God - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than… Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path… But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving… But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word… The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God… [I trust you They are starving to death, their spirits 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV). 22 So they shall be life to thy soul, and grace unto thy [k]neck. That is, his covenant and fatherly affection which is hid and secret from the world. 27 ¶ Withhold not the good from [m]the owners thereof, though there be power in [thine] hand to do it. 29 ¶ Intend none hurt against thy neighbor, seeing he doth dwell [n]without fear by thee. God’s word is a seed of life. Jesus said that a] He was the Living Bread, and b] that His words were spirit and life [John 6:48-63]. 5 Trust in God. Don’t give up in the dry or discouraging times, No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations in articles, reviews, and broadcasts. His practical teaching of God’s Word is broadcast daily around the world on radio and TV through the program Walk in the Word. every word of God.” Luke 4:3-4. The Word of God is important to us as Christians for three reasons. 24 If thou sleepest, thou shalt not be afraid: and when thou sleepest, thy sleep shall be sweet. It is my spirit coming Geneva Bible, 1599 Edition. You can accept it, [making it a part of who you 23 Then shalt thou walk safely by the way: and thy foot shall not stumble. 8 So health shall be unto thy [e]navel, and marrow unto thy bones. is important, but if that is the only meal they are getting all week Second, God’s breath of life shows up again in 2 Timothy 3:16 in connection with the word of God because “all Scripture is breathed-out by God.” When We Read the Bible. 25 [l]Thou shalt not fear for any sudden fear, neither for destruction of the wicked, when it cometh. Basically, the word of God is literally what animates us. What happened? Some attend a to you in written form. Now, let us examine what it means to live a life according to God’s word. 9 Honor him. 20 By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew. The Word of God causes people to be regenerated. We breathe in that breath of life when we read the Bible. -This is the Word of God in the hand of the Master Surgeon, The Holy Spirit. These tips will also help you to receive more life from your daily Bible reading. our lives to be the mature sons and daughters of God He desires us to weak. We partake of His life when we make His Words a part of When someone claims God told him something but it is contrary to the Word of God, it just isn’t so. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. is ALWAYS life. These connections help us see that now God breathes his breath of life into a book, not directly into us. When we receive the word of the Scriptures into us by faith, it comes into us like a seed of life, sowing God’s life into us; thus, we have God’s life and are regenerated.] 12 (B)For the Lord correcteth him, whom he loveth, even as the father doth the child, in whom he delighteth. To reject it [or misunderstand/apply it] is to leave a they are aimed at the general congregation [and sometimes at 3 1 The words of God giveth life. [John 1:14]. New American Standard 1977 For they are life to those who find them, And health to … that it is out of alignment with God’s Spirit I will be communicating our desire for life decreases, and eventually we die. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:3-4. are as well] or you can reject/ignore it. We get the same word later on in John 10, where Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). The life element in God’s word is the supply that enables us to grow up in Christ. Christians stop there. Still, to grow strong and healthy a person needs to devote time and effort into studying the Word of God. midweek Bible Study and/or read daily devotionals...better and better. So, as we study the Bible, 1. JPS Tanakh 1917 For they are life unto those that find them, And health to all their flesh. HELPING CHRISTIANS BUILD POSITIVE, GODLY FAMILIES, CHURCHES, AND NATIONS. saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by Published by Tolle Lege Press. 3 Let not [b]mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them on thy [c]neck, and write them upon the table of thine [d]heart. That is what I will try to show today with illustrations of how this actually works. knowing the Bible. part of our life in darkness, death, and immaturity. Receive our Free monthly Newsletter, Water Of The Word, which contains a Bible article for your encouragement plus a list of any new articles or videos and updates. For when God destroyeth the wicked, he will save his as he did Lot in Sodom. The written Word of God, the Bible, is God sending His Spirit to us. a life-long project. You must judge and the only way you can judge precisely is by It’s life; once we neglect the Word, we begin to dry up. loose our appetite or can/will not eat, we are sick and our bodies grow 2:1) but to the believer in times of deep struggle with sin (Rom. First Peter 1:23 says, “Having been regenerated not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, through the living and abiding word of God.”. Adult Sunday School classes may, depending on the church and material, Jesus was made a life-giving Spirit, and He is the High Priest. “We chose four believers to take responsibility to do distribution of the parts of the Bible. DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life. 22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. The Greek word, Zōē, is the word translated with the English word life in the passage in John’s Gospel that we are studying (John 1:4). Christianity is not about escaping hell, it’s about knowing God.]. Meaning, that he that seeketh wisdom, that is, suffereth himself to be governeth by the Word of God, shall have all prosperity both corporal and spiritual. Which bringeth forth such fruit that they that eat thereof have life: and he alludeth to the tree of life in paradise. Sometimes it is just persistence and commitment. it. All rights reserved. Many Christ as the Word of God conveys the eternal life and is the divine person of Christ as an account, a definition, and an expression of all that God is. 21 My son, let not these things depart from thine eyes, but observe wisdom and counsel. GOD'S WORD® Translation because they are life to those who find them and they heal the whole body. of us]. 3) It is a weapon to be used to advance the Kingdom of God, fight off temptation and cast down everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. The Word of God is the bread of the spirit. enlightened by the Holy Spirit, we can choose to accept it or reject As we apply ourselves to search the Scriptures, God will give us revelation and understanding which leads to application and action. Let’s look at it from a different angle for a moment. [Isa. be. 7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes: but fear the Lord, and depart from evil. Sunday morning sermons are great, but because Living by God’s word means to humble yourself. 32 For the froward is abomination unto the Lord: but his [p]secret is with the righteous. Acts 7:38 - This is he that was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. 1) It provides light and comfort. ”And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, Proverbs 3:2 Long life is the blessing of God which he giveth to his, so far forth as it is expedient for them. Part of who I He was present originally with God. 14 For the merchandise thereof is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof is better than gold. Faith arose in our hearts. The Word of God has a “wising up” effect because it causes those who are unwise in themselves to be wise in Christ. 13 God’s Word as Seed 14 God’s Word as the Way of Life-Pro_6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: 15 God’s Word as Water-Eph_5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word am is in these words which you are reading now. Jesus as Lord and Saviour - the physical action was the witness that the Word was birthing life in us for what we really believe we will act upon. Without the word of God, as I have said before, we are just dust. who we are. For the faithful distributor God giveth in greater abundance. Going to church on Sunday When we We tore the pages out of different Bible books and we distributed those to different cells. be “tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine” but will know the Word of God in Truth. Hence, Jesus says the Words He speaks are spirit AND life. Make study of God’s Word Is the Bible reliable, authoritative, or even necessary? 11 Suffer his correction:  21 To them that follow the word of God, all things shall succeed well. Being the Believers’ Spiritual Milk Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. I replied, ‘To me, the Word of God is life!” “They took us to the prison again. By mercy and truth he meaneth the commandments of the first and second table: or else the mercy and faithfulness that we ought to use toward our neighbors. Think about salvation for a minute. The God who is alive works in this world through His living Word in conjunction with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 6:17). 4 So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Hereby he showeth that this wisdom, whereof he speaketh, is everlasting, because it was before all creatures, and that all things even the whole world were made by it. Taking God At His Word Kevin DeYoung. twice a week is not likely to grow strong and healthy. After three months we had a Bible smuggled in without their knowledge. Jesus, of course, is the Living Word of God - the Word of God taking on a human body/nature IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. God’s Word is like a Sword Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 9:6.] When people hear His word, it operates within them to regenerate them with His life. We no longer have the strength to do even the simplest things, We eat our natural food Bio: James MacDonald (DMin, Phoenix Seminary) is the founder and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, leading the church since its inception in 1988 with 18 people, to the present with seven campuses in Chicagoland and 13,000 weekly attenders. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.” 26 For the Lord shall be for thine assurance, and shall preserve thy foot from taking. As High Priest, He is in charge of the administration of life … 30 ¶ Strive not with a man causeless, when he hath done thee no harm. but keep at it and it will bear rich fruit in your life. Hebrews 4:12 strength thoughts. 7 Fear him. THE WORD OF GOD IS FULL OF POWER – Word of Life Hawaii THE WORD OF GOD IS FULL OF POWER “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. Here, the difference between God's Holy Spirit and our spirit is noted. The Word brings success to life (Joshua 1:8, Psalms 1:2-3, James 1:25). 33 The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the righteous. In other words, the words in the Bible have God’s supernatural power and life in them. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but fools dishonor, though they be exalted. All rights reserved. death [the same is true of all words - written or spoken - that come out So we sandwich prayer week with messages on prayer and the word around prayer week because the Bible puts them together so closely, and because we believe this juxtaposition is the key to living the Christian life. The principles in the Bible work. So since the Spirit gives life and the Spirit and the Word are one, if the Spirit gives life then the Word of God gives life as well. The Word of God is Living and Powerful. Thank you for your comment. To the degree that my spirit is in line with God’s Spirit I will be communicating life, to the degree 13 Blessed is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. (Psalm 119:160) Show me your faith apart from your works, and … The moment you begin to add (no matter how little) to the Word of God, you begin to detract from God’s grace in your life. We eat our natural food and it is absorbed into our bodies and gives us strength. We accepted 31 ¶ Be not [o]envious for the wicked man, neither choose any of his ways. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, [h]and in her right hand riches and glory. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year. And we live by God’s grace, so doing that is dangerous to your life. That is not to say that it is always an exciting, unbelievers], they are not usually deep Bible Studies. 2 For they shall increase the length of thy [a]days and the years of life, and thy prosperity. This man received the word of life to give unto us, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV / 1,245 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. Indeed we must acknowledge that it was the word of God, spoken to the writer of Genesis (or to those who verbally passed on the story), that told us we were more than this. and it is absorbed into our bodies and gives us strength. we heard the Word of God - verbally or written. Our relationship with God is through Jesus Christ. Proverbs 3:3 … The Word Of God Is Life ”And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. crying out for more of the Life-giving Word, but their minds are clouded 17 Her ways are ways of pleasure, and all her paths prosperity. The Bible is the Spirit of God in written form and For example, By this part he comprehendeth the whole body, as by health he meaneth all the benefits promised in the Law both corporal and spiritual. They are the Living For the word of God is alive and active. Proverbs 3:3 By mercy and truth he meaneth the commandments of the first and second table: or else the mercy and faithfulness that we ought to use toward our neighbors. emotional experience. Meditate on them day and night (Psalms 1:2-3). into our lives. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy ways. Unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of any email. there is something wrong. Not only from them to whom the possession belongeth, but also thou shalt not keep it from them which have need of the use thereof. To apply God’s word to your life, you must genuinely and actively put your faith in the fact that what God has said is true: The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever. 2. 10 So shall thy barns be filled with abundance, and thy presses shall [g]burst with new wine. Dr. … understand I am not talking about eternal salvation, but about growing 11 ¶ My son, refuse not the chastening of the Lord, neither be grieved with his correction. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Somehow The Bible is the Word of the living God, and it contains the life of the living God. Words of God which, when imparted by the Holy Spirit, burst with Life These Words are not human words. But again, the person who is only eating once or Pastor Johnson teaching on our relationship with the word of God and how we grow when we decide to use his word … The Word of God has a reviving effect because it causes life to come from death, not only once and for all to those dead in their sins (Eph. 18 She is a tree [i]of life to them that lay hold on her, and blessed is he that retaineth her. God told Joshua the Word must not depart from his mouth and he must do all that is written in it (Joshua 1:8). Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Jesus is the word of God. for our body.] [Even in the natural we don’t always like the food which is the best The Word of God is the water a believer needs to live. command this stone that it be made bread. The whole eighth chapter of Deuteronomy is about Moses instructing the nation of Israel to remember the Eternal their God. You will not If you haven’t already done so, I recommend reading another post, 12 Tips on How to Pray-read the Word of God to be Spiritually Nourished. God’s Word, living and active, does not return to Him void. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) (12) It is the Source of Guidance The Bible is the living Word of God because it is the message given to us from the “living God” (Hebrews 3:12). Unto the humble into our life in them do distribution of the Lord is in the of. 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