Tag Archive | God’s Word

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 ” You may say to yourself, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”

Even now it’s sometimes very difficult to discern whether a Word from the Lord we hear is accurate.  At face value it may sound good…especially the warm, fuzzy ones that predict peace, prosperity, and a new Cadillac in every garage.  But to separate truth from falsehood we have to weigh these words in context with all prior revelations from the Lord.  Is it consistent with God’s word?  And when put up against the truth already received from the Lord, does it measure up to its standard?  When we filter all we hear through these notions first, we’ll be less likely to accept the words of someone who’s overstepping their boundaries and taking smug and arrogant liberties with God’s word.

Revelation 22:18-19 “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

Humans and religion have always gotten into trouble when they attempted to overlay the Word of God with ritual and tradition.  So the message in the Scriptures above are quite simple…don’t even think of adding to or subtracting from what it says in the Bible.   We are reminded of the authority and sufficiency of the word of God in II Timothy 3:16 that reads,  “All of Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  The Bible contains everything we need for salvation, trust, hope, and love….its words more than adequate to meet every need and accomplish God’s divine purpose in our life.

Psalm 19:8 ” The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”

God’s principles are  solely there to instruct us in our actions and conduct.  For when we obey them, we are filled with wisdom and understanding…for the Word of the Lord is right and true. (Psalm 33:4)   And as we follow His commands, His Word burns brightly, illuminating our path ahead and giving us peace…and as we follow Him,  we rejoice, as one rejoices in having great riches. (Psalm 119:14)

Psalm 112:4 ” Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

In those times of obscurity and uncertainty there is only one light to seek out…for it will illuminate and give you the spiritual perspective you are searching for.  It’s God Word.  Not man’s word written about it, or feel good flowery prose that tend to water it down.  No, the enlightenment you are seeking can only come from God’s Word and spending time in the Bible.  Psalm 18:28 promises that God will turn my darkness into light, but I have to be willing to go to the source of that light…His Word.

Micah 2:7 ” Do not My Words do good to him whose ways are upright?”

There are many benefits to doing what’s right in the sight of the Lord.  That’s because God’s commands and promises within the Bible are for our good…both morally and practically.  For if we heed them, we will be known for our integrity and good character…not otherwise.  And when we follow closely after the Lord and not our fleshly desires…we find His favor.  For Psalm 84:11 tells us, The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” NIV   So ponder this…it will only profit us to obey God.

Isaiah 48:18 ” If only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”

In this verse it tells us what the secret to having inner peace and security is.  This assurance we can have can only be found within God’s Word.  But it also means not just listening, but actually applying it to your life.  And when we do this, there is no end to His peace for us. (Isaiah 9:7)  For the Lord rewards the godly with all good things. (Psalm 103:5)

Ephesians 1: 13-14 ” And you also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of His glory.”

The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, providing Believers with the assurance of eternal life.  In legal terms, the Holy Spirit is like a down payment or earnest money that secures a claim to something…like when we’re buying a car or a house.  For when we put our faith and trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within…thus sealing us for eternity through the redemptive work of the Lord.