|Posted on January 4, 2020 at 4:25 AM|
Because of the importance of this message, I choose to repeat it, so it becomes a foundation for our New Year of 2020. It is so important that these concepts rest in the depths of our Heart:
Sometimes I forget the importance and the power of the ‘Word of God’. How could I forget it? I think life sometimes just gets too filled up with worldly concerns, that Jesus slides into the background. Yet John reminds us what the “Word of God” is:
John 1:1-14 (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive Him. 12 Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in his name, He gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Yes, the WORD is Jesus! So as we receive the Word, we receive Jesus. What the Word says is what God says. The promises in the Word are God’s promises. As we believe in the Word, the Bible, we are believing God. That is why the Bible is relevant throughout all time; it is the living Word of God and we are able to immerse ourselves in His Word and the love of God which God reveals through His Word. Yes, God reveals Himself through His Word.
What does His Word tell us about ourselves? This morning I saw these verses in the Message version, and they captured my mind and my spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:9-12 (The Message) If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us. As it is, there's not much chance of that.
You know for yourselves that we're not much to look at.
We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken.
What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—He lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus' sake, which makes Jesus' life all the more evident in us. While we're going through the worst, we're getting in on the best!
Galatians 2:20 (Amplified Bible)
I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
You Holy Spirit inhabit this body. I do submit it and all its thoughts, its actions its focus to You, Jesus. You run this body like a machine that You own; You activate it to Your purposes to give glory to the Father. You did that on earth when You lived here Jesus; You finished the work God gave You to do, and that brought glory to the Father. Bring my life to give glory to the Father by fulfilling the purpose He put in me.
Why did God chance to put His message, His purposes in these vulnerable clay pots? Our clay pot bodies housing our spirit and our souls connect with the Holy Spirit who indwells us. When we submit our lives to Christ, we become a power with God living in Us!
My friends, we are meant to be carriers of God within us. As this reality becomes more and more alive in us, God’s purpose for our life expands in our knowledge and understanding. God created us all with purpose, and living out this purpose brings joy, satisfaction, and the ability to have a deep relationship with our Lord. Oh dear ones, I urge you to begin to know the “Word”, and to immerse yourself in His love!