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POWER OF THE WORD

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!

                                             

                                                             

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SEARCHING FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD


                                        AWESOME GOD


 DIGGING DEEPER

Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.


Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!


Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:


Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.


Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.