The Exceedingly Valuable Word Of God
April 22, 2014
God’s Word is more valuable than words can describe. Yet shockingly, even those who claim they believe it, say they follow it, and endorse the proclamation of it, neglect time spent in it. And then they wonder why they lack power over sin, lack joy in life, lack courage to exhort, proclaim, and defend the Truth, lack guidance from the Spirit, lack discernment between right and wrong, and have very little knowledge of Christ and His Kingdom.
Many scholars, though they may have a head knowledge of the Bible, are also often severely deficient in what is necessary for living the Kingdom life. But we should not be surprised there, for Jesus said that the Father has hidden such things from the wise and learned and revealed them to the humble. (Luke 10:21) Because such scholars often refuse to actually be transformed by Christ, they, in spite of all their head knowledge, are not even in the Kingdom. (Mt. 18:3) No wonder they cannot “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16) for in their self-righteous pride, they are not even justified before God. (Luke 18:9-14)
God’s Word must be at work in those who claim to believe it. (1 Thes. 2:13) But this can only happen if we are eating it –meaning meditating on it, asking the Spirit to not only interpret it for us, but to convict us, train us, and control us, checking what we hear against other verses and the whole counsel of Scripture, and then putting it into practice daily, even every moment.
God’s Word is God’s divine power and this power saturates the one who ingests it. This power gives wisdom and fortitude by which to live godly, victorious, and delivered. (Rom. 1:16 // Eph. 3:20 // 2 Peter 1:3,4) It is by applying the Word of Truth (–turning our backs on the pattern of this world and instead walking consistently in Christ) that we are birthed into new creations. (Rom. 12:1,2 // Ja. 1:18,21 // 1 Peter 1:22,23)
But we cannot do any of this if we are not daily soaking our minds and hearts in God’s Word.