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The Authority of His word
God’s word has the power to transform! 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT) states, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
God’s word has the authority to work in us and equip us for His purpose in our lives. There are 3 specific things the word of God does in our lives.
Key Passages: Joshua 24:14-15 (NLT)
14 “So fear the LORD and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD alone. 15 But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
#1 – It Empowers us – A Weapon
Read Hebrews 4:12 in the Amplified version.
In the Bible, logos is used to refer to the constant, recorded, and written word of God. The Written (logos) word of God is the fullness of His promises to us. This refers to the complete picture, the Holy Scriptures, which one continuous story. Rhema is used in the Bible for word, and refers to the instant, personal speaking of God to us. The given word of God through the Holy Spirit in a time of need.
The Logos (complete) word of God is the Bible. It is weaponized (Sword of the Spirit) to fight off attacks of the enemy, endure trials, and overcome difficulties when the Holy Spirit reminds us. of God’s promises (rhema). God uses his Logos word to speak a Rhema word to us!
Q: How much time do you spend in God’s word? What steps can you take to increase your time in the word?
#2 – It Anchors us – Gravity
Hebrews 6:18-20 tells us that God has given both his promise and his oath. These give us confidence and hope, an anchor that will not slip or break no matter what pressure comes against it.
The Word of God is an unchanging, unbreakable, authoritative, and honorable oath to His people. The Bible is God’s pledge of assurance, that whatever He has spoken through the Scriptures – both old and new, is trustworthy, and will certainly take place.
So why does this matter? Whatever you are going through right now- whether it is a difficult or fruitful season- you can stand on a firm foundation that your future is set. When we know where our hope lies, there is no longer any room for fear because we know Jesus has already won the battle and He is preparing a place for us in Heaven.
Q: What are you putting your hope in?
#3 – It Rescues us – Umbrella
The goodness of God leads to repentance, Psalms 19:7-8 and Romans 2:4. The repentance (metanoia) called for throughout the Bible is a personal, absolute, and unconditional surrender to God as Sovereign. Though it includes sorrow and regret, it is more than that. In repenting, we change our direction towards God.
In true repentance, He rescues us. He does it in a way that equips us to stay rescued. He would bail us out repeatedly if that were necessary, but it wouldn’t serve us very well. When He rescues us, He puts our feet on a rock and makes us firm, and places a sword and plowshare in our hands. He delivers us in a way that affirms our worth, our strength, our power, our freedom.
It’s time to completely surrender to God, not just come to church on a Sunday morning. Remember, it is not fear that drives us to Him, but rather His unexpected and extraordinary kindness that provides a pathway along which we are drawn to Him.
Q: Has God done something to break your trust? Has your view of God been broken?