We are in our series Back to the Basics.
We started out last Sunday with basics #1 Church Family. God gave us the church. The church is family. It is functional and organized. God created things to have order. A body that does does not function in order is an out of order, dysfunctional body. A church with no structure an order is like a country with no order. Chaos and nothing will really progress. We are the body and we are all apart of Gods Body and the church is His family. Here we love together, work together, help and support one another, even correct each other just as being in a family we would do.
Today is #2 in our series. God’s Word, His power and purpose. I was taught when I first got saved in order to really understand and know God i would have to read His words. The best way to get to know someone is to talk to them. Gods Word is full of His words.
His Word is full of His wisdoms. His Word is full of His knowledge. His Word is full of guidance. His Word is full of Hope. His Word is full of faith and power. His Word is full of corrections. His Word is full of love for us. It is His Love letters to us.
Here are some quotes of people you might know of and what they thought about God’s Word.
“The BIBLE is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks and bars”
George Washington Carver. “The secret of my success? It is simple. It is found in the Bible “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths”
“After more than sixty years of almost daily reading of the BIBLE, I never fail to find it always new and marvelously in tune with the changing needs of every day” Cecil B. Demiles
“Hold fast to the BIBLE as the sheet anchor of your liberties, write its precepts on your hearts and practice them in your lives.” Ulysses S. Grant
Mark Victor Hansen “With vision, every person, organization and country can flourish. The BIBLE says, ‘ Without vision we perish’.”
“The BIBLE is … as necessary to spiritual life as breath is to natural life. There is nothing more essential to our lives than the Word of God.” Jack Hayford
Abraham Lincoln “Without Divine assistance I cannot succeed; With it I cannot fail!” *** “I am busily engaged in the study of the BIBLE. I believe it is God’s Word because it finds me where I am *** “I believe the BIBLE is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good of the Savior of the world is communicated to us through the Book. But for it, we could not know right from wrong?
I have read many books, but the Bible reads me. *** “The BIBLE is the only Book by which you may know certainly the future; It is the only Book that satisfactorily answers the questions, ‘Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?”
Theodore Roosevelt. “It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men’s lives be based on the principles of the BIBLE. No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the BIBLE”
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.” HEBREWS 4:12 AMP
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 KJV
Two words to describe the Word. Quick means in the Greek, to live, life. Powerful means active, operative, effectual, to work, as effort, occupation, doing, labor, work.
This is saying the Word of God is not just a book with good thoughts it is Alive. It is living. It is Alive. This Word because it is Alive can heal you, this Word is like the best medicine for the broken heart, the wounded spirit, the damaged soul. This Word is life, it brings us back to life when we are lost. This Word is our map, this Word is our hope and strength.
It’s living, it’s active, and full of power. Jesus used the Word to confront and chase away the enemy. This Word is like Mosquito repellent. When the mosquitoes of fear, doubt and unbelief are buzzing and trying to sting you you just need to read and speak the Word.
Sharper than a two- edged sword. This Word is a sword for battle, defeating negativity, defeating guilt, shame, and condemnation. This sword the Word is a weapon, offense and defense. But the Word is also a scalpel, the Word if you understand how to use it can bring such healing, comfort, and miracles to yourself and others.
The Word is not to be just read as other books but to eat it, feast as if it were a meal.
“Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became a joy to me and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” JEREMIAH 15:16 AMP
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” PSALM 119:103 AMP
Even Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
His Word this is the Mouth of God. Remember how God created the world and everything in it? He spoke his Word. We have such amazing power when we know His Word and what to speak and release into the Universe. To be able to speak to our mountains using the Word of God.
Hebrews says the Word sharper and divides between the soul and spirit and joints and marrow. We are spirits. We all have the spirit of the living God in us. We are Spirits living in a human body that is a temporary house or shelter for our Spirit. We live in the human world. The Word says we are in the world but we are not of the world.. we are travelers just passing through. The Word can cut and will cut between what is Spirit and what is flesh.
The Word tells us how to live, how to love, how to forgive and treat people. It show us what is right and good for us it also shows what is not pleasing to God. Word is full of wisdom, instructions, knowledge, it will give you understandings, it comforts us when we are afraid and struggling.
Gods Word is our instructions for understanding Him and His Amazing love for us and what we are doing hear and our purpose and reasons of existence.
It says the Word is a Discerner of our thoughts and intents of our heart. Discerner means judge, decide mentally or judicially. The Word acts as our judge, it will rule in favor or in judgement of our lives and actions. Most our laws all came from the Word.
Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not covet thy neighbors wife, thou shall not kill, or bear false witness etc.
“I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding closely to Him; for He is your life [your good life, your abundant life, your fulfillment] and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD promised (swore) to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”” DEUTERONOMY 30:19-20 AMP