Tag Archive | word of god

Job 1:21 ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

If you’ve ever had to pry the fingers of a two-year-old open around a toy they won’t share…you know just how selfish humans are about their possessions.  But I Timothy 6:7 tells us, “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”  Everything you have or have ever possessed was a gift from God.  But we consider possessions like potato chips…one isn’t enough…we want the entire bag!  So where is the balance?  The answer is contentment…happiness with what we have or don’t.  We can then look at our possessions from God’s perspective and hold on to them not with tight fists but with loose fingers.

Romans 9:20 ” But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “

I’m not accusing anyone of flagrant disrespect towards the Lord…for we’d all be quick to deny it.  But what I’m asking  is more about the covert and secretive disrespect we show the Lord…the brashness that no one seldom  knows of.   The sin of omission is simply not doing what God wants us to do.  It’s apathy and neglect on our part, but also thinking we know more than He does.  Now we’re not brazenly telling God we refuse…we’re just quietly ignoring it…hoping it’ll just go away.  But one of the most glaring signs of covert disrespect we can show God is to declare to Him, ” I can’t do that!”    So as the verse asks…just who are you to talk back to God?

Isaiah 40:8 ” The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.”

Our Lord is everlasting, eternal, and forever…and so is His Word.  Every word, command, and promise within the Bible was true at its conception…is true today…and will remain true into eternity.  The tremendous power  within the Word is found in Isaiah 55:11 where it says, “So is My Word that goes out from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   So we can then stand firm,  putting our faith and trust in His Word…knowing that His plan and purpose is being fulfilled in our life.

II Samuel 7:22 ” How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our own ears.”

Verbal histories from our elderly family members give us insight into just where we come from.  Those precious stories are filled with important events, human struggles, and surprising accounts of things we had no prior knowledge of.  Within those verbal histories,  we hear bits of wisdom, sage advice, personal warnings, and lots of humor.  With our own ears we listen as important information is given to us about the past.  But have you ever thought about how important it is to give a “verbal history” to your children or grandchildren about God’s influence in your life?  A once I was… but now I am… testimony showing the Lord’s redemptive power over sin in your life is more important than any other story you could share with them.

Genesis 4:9 ” Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ “

Cain had worked the soil, giving the Lord grain offerings…while Abel kept flocks, giving the Lord fat portions from the animals.  On Abel’s offerings God looked favorably, while on Cain’s He did not.  But it may have had nothing to do with the physical offerings themselves, but rather in the men’s attitude bringing it before God.  Attitude we see here in this verse when God asks Cain where his brother is…(as if God didn’t already know what had happened.)  God was testing Cain to see if he would be honest and take responsibility for his actions…but instead, Cain retorted back to God with lies and anger.

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.

Matthew 6:6 ” But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, Who is unseen. Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Praying shouldn’t be a publicity stunt for the cameras while seeking  15 minutes of fame. For it’s our personal, intimate conversation with God…and He takes prayer very seriously…and so should we.  As a Believer, I’ve seen the power of prayer and witnessed how intercessory prayer can literally  change the atmosphere.  But we tend to think of prayer as some sweet little poem we recite at the dinner table before meals and not the authoritative commands we can speak under the power of  Jesus’ blood.   To paraphrase I John 4:4, Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.  And if we could but grasp a glimpse of just how powerful our prayers are…this world would be shaken, and all the evil in it.   May I then be so bold as to encourage  you to prayer walk around your town…around your schools…around the area you live in.  For we are all asking ourselves the same question, “What can I  do  in the face of all this evil in the world?”  The answer is prayer…bold, impassioned prayer.