Tag Archive | THE WORD

Psalm 119:154 “Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to Your promise.”

If the Lord Almighty is defending my cause…why do I always feel compelled to justify or explain myself?  If God is contending for me in a dispute…why do I need to somehow prove myself right also?   St. Augustine was correct when he prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.”  We have this fleshly desire to be right…to explain ourselves away until everyone finally agrees with us…but if you look at Jesus teaching among the crowds, He never explained anything or made excuses for Himself.  He left the misunderstandings and misconceptions of others to correct themselves.

Nehemiah 8:9 “Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, ‘This day is sacred to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Lord.”

The words of the Lord should move us when we hear or read them.  “For the word of God is living and active.  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.” (Hebrews 4:12)   The word of God should touch us and evoke emotion from within. For from nowhere else can you be divinely encouraged, comforted, inspired or convicted.

Philippians 3:12 ” Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus to hold of me.”

The Apostle Paul readily admits here that he’s not yet arrived at perfection in his spiritual life.   So how come we think as soon as we become a Christian we’re  a mature Believer that can’t fail?  I Timothy 6:12 tells us to, “Fight the good fight of faith.”   The journey of our Christian walk is going to be a struggle…it’s going to be a battle between good and evil,  with us sometimes coming out of the skirmish bruised and battered.  But we need to get back up and not allow failures to define who we are in God.  Failures simply mean we’re still trying…and still fighting the good fight of faith.

Job 23:10-12 ” But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”

Bread has been a staple of the human diet for centuries…it’s simple, filling, and easy to obtain.  The Word is a lot like bread.  In John 6:32-33 it says, “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”  Jesus is the bread of life, and grasping ahold of His Word…being self-disciple in your study of it…will enable you to cherish and hide it deep in your heart.  The Word is a lot like bread, it’s simple…just open the book.  It’s filling…satisfying your very soul.  And it’s easy to obtain…you can do it yourself.

John 4:11 ” ‘Sir,’ the woman said, ‘You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.’ “

Jesus had just offered the Samaritan woman  Living Water, but by her observation…He had no means of drawing water from Jacob’s well.  We seem to quickly revert back to our humanness anytime we doubt that Jesus can really do what He says.  We question if He’s in touch with reality or even realizes the gravity of our circumstances.  Subjectively, our biased opinion says, “I can’t see how You can possibly do this Lord.”  But if we put aside our humanness and instead take Jesus at His word…miracles will happen.

Isaiah 45:22 ” Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

The Lord says to you today…come back.  Turn around and face Me, for it’s only by Me that you can be delivered from all the evil that still clings to you.  You may have accepted Me in the past, but you are still a slave to things you have not been able to give up.  You have been set free of those things, but you either don’t fully realize it or just don’t want to leave them behind.  Change directions today… for those chains that have bound you in the past  have been broken off  –  you are no longer a victim…you are a victor.

II Timothy 4:2 ” I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

The term season in this Scripture doesn’t refer to a period of time …it refers rather to us.  We need to be ready to share the Gospel with others whether we feel like it or not.  If we only reached out to others with the Good News of Jesus when we felt ready and confident…we’ll probably not do it very often.  And if we wait for some giant spark of inspiration or emotion to come upon us first…we’ll probably wait a long time, and meanwhile, miss many opportunities .   One of my fondest memories of leading an elderly neighbor to the Lord was also during one of the lowest points of my life.  Grief, sadness, and depression hung over me like a dark cloud when the Lord told me to go speak to this man.  “Lord,” I asked. “I can hardly function as a human being, how can I possibly go and talk to this man about Jesus?”  But I obeyed,  and this man accepted Jesus into his life…only to meet his Savior later that day in heaven.