OUR RESPONSE TO THE WORD OF GOD

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 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.” Isaiah 55:10-11

The Bible describes in clear and unmistakable language how we should respond to the Word of God in all its different forms. We must hear and receive God’s Word eagerly and depend on God to help us understand it. We must praise and honor God’s Word, love it and let it be our joy and delight. We must accept what the Word of God says, letting it get deep into our hearts. We are to trust it and put our hope in its promises. Above all, we must apply it directly to our daily lives. 

That means we must obey what it commands and live by its principles, instructions and guidelines. God requires those who minister and teach the Word to handle it correctly and to preach it faithfully. In fact, all followers of Jesus are called to proclaim God’s Word – to spread His message of hope, forgiveness and new life – wherever they go.

STAY BLESSED

IGNORING GOD’S VOICE

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”—Hebrews 4: 12

Believe it or not, many people who attend church choose to ignore God’s truth because they don’t like hearing sermons that convict or demand a change. But we tend to be guilty of doing the same thing when we pick and choose what to read in the Bible.
When you open God’s Word, do you read only verses that encourage, comfort, or promise blessings? Are you reluctant to tackle the more difficult passages, which prick your conscience and call for obedience?
Do you avoid sections that make you feel guilty about the way you are living?
If you find yourself reacting strongly to a passage of Scripture or a sermon, then you ought to take an honest look at yourself. God’s Word is meant to cut into the deepest recesses of our soul and spirit.
But the hope is that we then run to Jesus, our High Priest, in confession and repentance in order to receive forgiveness and cleansing. Christ sympathizes with our weaknesses and invites us to draw near to God to receive grace and help. The convicting passage of Scripture may cause momentary discomfort, but those who listen and take their burden to Jesus find sweet relief.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: INTOUCH.ORG