Guest Post: Speaking the Word of God

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Editor’s Note: Now that we are all in the process of recovering from Hurricane Sandy (have been praying for all who have been affected) and most of us have power returned, we are back with our guest post series. This post comes from Jason Miner who shares with us the importance of studying Scripture. (In this article, Jason talks about being “born again” which is something not familiar to most Catholics. Feel free to contact me if you want the Catholic understanding of this term. 🙂 )

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:1-3 (NAS)

When you read this verse what does it say to you? Jesus is the Word, He has always been with God, and He is God. Nothing that has been created would be here if He had not created it. Wow.

The Lord has been teaching me so much about His word lately. How very important it is, not just the reading of His word but living His word and speaking His word. He spoke the world into being. “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 (NAS) His word is power. When we read His word and put it into our hearts He reminds us of His word when situations in our lives come up where we need to draw on His strength. We can speak the word and His promises at these times and His word will produce the outcome that God desires for us.

When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan what did He say back to Satan? He quoted the word of God. Even Jesus, who was God incarnate, quoted His word to Satan. His word is the truth and He has instructed us to speak the truth in love.

I was born again when I was seven and I always knew that Jesus was with me and that I belonged to Him. In the past few years He has brought me through some very challenging times and has made me realize that even though I was a child of the King I actually knew so little about Him and His word. I never understood why he said to rejoice when we go through tribulation until lately. When you go through heartache and you actually turn to Him for help and guidance He is able to lift you up in a way that our human minds can’t even imagine. Only those that have been in trials and tribulation and that turn to Him for help can understand what I’m talking about. Even then we cannot fully understand all that the Lord has in store for us here on earth as we learn to trust and obey Him fully. Neither can we begin to imagine what He has in store for us when we finally get home to heaven with Him. The word of God tells us, but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NAS) and “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NAS)

When we study the word of God and meditate in His word he can and will set us free from our earthly anxieties and concerns. The key to peace is to trust Him completely. If we do not trust Him completely then we are living in unbelief. We must make up our minds whether or not we really believe that,”For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (NAS) When we speak the word of God and sing praises to our Lord as we go along in our daily lives He will lift us up out of the cares of this world into His heavenly kingdom where we already reside if we belong to Him. “For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6 (NLT) and “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” Ephesians 5:19 (NAS).

As the first scripture that was quoted at the beginning of this article states, Jesus is the Word, therefore we must read and know the word if we are to have a personal relationship with Him and the Father. He encourages us throughout His word to abide in Him because without Him we can do nothing. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 (NAS) I’ve looked up the definition for abide in several dictionaries and it means: to remain; continue; stay or to remain stable or fixed. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)

It is imperative that we keep our eyes on Jesus at all times. Over and over again in the word of God he tells us to keep focused on Him and not what is going on around us. If we get caught up in the cares of the world then we lose sight of Jesus and His peace and rest. “but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Mark 4:19 (NAS) Remember when Peter asked the Lord that he command him to come to Him on the water? “Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water. And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat the wind stopped.” Matthew 14:28-32 This is something that the Lord reminds me of frequently in my walk with Him. Am I keeping my eyes on Him or my circumstances? If we take our eyes off of Him we lose our peace, our joy, our hope, our everything.

We need to meditate in His word daily and burn it into our hearts and minds. He is the word, if we truly want more of Jesus we will focus on His word. When situations arise in our lives and we don’t know what to do He can remind us of His promises and His truth when we know His word. When we know His word, we know Him. We know His character and even if we don’t remember a specific verse we know what His heart is towards those that love Him. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NAS) He doesn’t want us floundering around in this world seeking after things that do not bring us peace or joy. “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27 (NAS) Again He tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Remember to keep your eyes on Jesus, talk to Him about everything that is going on in your life. He cares very much about what you are going through, what you are thinking, and is always ready to respond when you come to Him. First and foremost you must be born again into His kingdom; you must confess to Him that you are lost and that you know that you are a sinner and need forgiveness for your sins. Ask Him into your heart and He will come in. His word says, “Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6 (NAS) We are born once from the womb of our mothers and we are born again by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord which is being born in the Spirit.

When you belong to Him you never need to be anxious or afraid for your future because He will keep you in the palm of His hand. He loves you so much. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NAS), and “and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 (NAS)

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Author Bio:

Jason Miner plays a vital role for www.blogcarnival.com.  He is an expert in writing topics of different categories.  He is helping the carnival team to grow & working on making this an even better place for bloggers.

 

 

 

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