The single MOST IMPORTANT thing to the Follower of Christ. Why?
Hebrews 4:12 The Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE and SHARPER than ANY two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of SOUL and SPIRIT, of both JOINTS and MARROW, and able to JUDGE THE THOUGHTS and INTENTIONS of the HEART.
Jesus IS THE WORD!!! John 1:1
- The Word is ALIVE when you SPEAK IT, angels harken to perform it. Psalm 103:20
- God Watches OVER His Word to perform it. Isaiah 55:11
- It KEEPS you from sinning! Psalm 119:11
- It cleans your mind by washing it so that you’re sanctified. Eph. 5:26
The day is coming when the written Word will be removed. Amos 8:11
When THE WORD is removed the anti-christ will be revealed. 2 Thess. 2:7
Get into the Word! Trust the Word and NOT yourself. “But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew ALL men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.” John 2:24-25
Jesus made this statement; Luke 18:7-8 NOW, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? V.8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?”
How does FAITH COME? By hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of Christ everyday. NOT HAVING HEARD!!!
Read it, Speak it, LIVE IT!!!! The time is coming quickly when people will NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE and will want to have their ears tickled with preachers who will ONLY PREACH what is convenient and easy on their ears. Beware of this kind of teaching! IF THE TEACHING of Christ does NOT convict you and CHALLENGE you then IT’S NOT THE GOSPEL of Christ! It’s time for the Body of Christ to grow to FULL MATURITY!
God Chose you before the foundation OF THE WORLD to be His child; He said it in His word:
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation; a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light;
For most of us when we received Jesus as our Savior we have an overwhelming feeling of His forgiveness and cleansing. We felt brand new. Now we have been SANCTIFIED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS; and as we begin to grow in Him we need to learn the “NEW WAY” to live. The “NEW WAY” is to read the bible and spend time with Him.
In Ephesians 5:26 He tells us how to be sanctified (holy, consecrated) because we are CHOSEN.
So that He might sanctify her having CLEANSED her by the washing of water with the Word.
Some people might think this will make you “mightier than thou” which is a lie from the enemy. It won’t make you better than anyone else. What happens is you begin to see yourself the way God sees you and your confidence in Him grows and when your confidence grows in Him then you KNOW THAT HE will hear everything you say and ask. Being CHOSEN is such an honor in my estimation, because MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN; because they won’t answer the call of God.
The question is: ARE YOU up for the challenge? Are YOU willing to let God change YOU and let Him be YOUR Lord?
Most people LOVE a challenge. We compete in sports, at work for that promotion or for __________________ (you fill in the blank).
This kind of competition is the world’s way. In the kingdom we compete for a NON-PERISHABLE prize and as we seek God He helps our HUMAN ABILITY to win at sports or at work for the promotion because promotion comes from God and He desires for us to succeed. It takes the ‘WORK’ out of it, because HE’S at work IN you, to will and work for HIS good pleasure.
1 Peter 2:11 tells us: to abstain from fleshly lust which wage war against the soul.
How do you do that? By reading the Word. The more you read, the more your fleshly thinking will be washed and cleansed.
Conclusion: As you read the word; the reality of His choosing YOU becomes more prevalent. Fleshly desires will begin to fall away from you and your FOCUS changes.
You begin to desire the things God has on HIS heart, then an amazing thing happens, JOY unspeakable fills your heart because it’s not weighted down with worldly things and a FREEDOM RISES your heart that you’ve not experienced before.
Practice reminding yourself that God has CHOSEN YOU; and see if your confidence doesn’t rise up to the occasion.