Religion article written by Dr. Bob Allen:
I want to give you a word of encouragement today. Perhaps some of you are going through fiery trials even now. Stand firm, keep trusting the Lord.
I have noticed most people I know who truly live the Christian life, and not just go to church, but have the word of God working in their lives, seem to have a noticeable peace and rest about them. I believe, and I share this from experience, that rest may well be the highest order of the blessings of God. The blessed people seem always to know in depth the word of God. I concluded that the word of God must have strength, power, and wisdom in it. If it were not of great value, we would not pursue it. Let’s talk about it.
Exodus 33:13-14 Moses said to God, “Now, therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know you, that I may find grace in thy sight, and consider that this nation is your people.” I am thinking here, did anyone ever know God like you did Moses? The guy is standing in miracles up to his knees. He had just led millions of people out of Egypt after practically destroying the country by the hand of God. Now he is saying, “I don’t really know you.”
Moses was God’s man of the month. God’s man of the hour, but he did not feel like he truly knew God.
And God said, “My presence shall go with thee, and I will give you rest.”What a promise Father God made to Moses: I will be present with you, and you will have rest. My friend rest comes from believing the promises of God. The greatest promise God could make to Moses was to give him rest.
Listen to this wonderful promise from the Lord Jesus to us.
John 14:16-18 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for He dwells with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” His spirit will always go with you, and He, The Holy Spirit, will give rest to you.
Ps 119:105 The Psalmist said, “The word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” God’s word takes the load off and shows you the next step I will take that every time.
The word of God is Spirit, and it is life. I will take that kind of life. Come and let it light up your life.
John 10:27, ”My sheep hear My voice.” His word, as well as his Spirit, is His voice.
The Word will protect you. It will be your rear guard.
The Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you.” The word will keep you clean, and pure.
The word is what Father God desires to say to all mankind. He knows everything and owns everything. It is His world. He inspired all the words of the Bible. It is His story.
Jer. 15:16 ( Don’t forget what Jeremiah said) ”Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” Father God responds and gives rest to His children who know his word and is secure in Him as Father. Love, trust and depend on Him.
2: Peter 1:3 the word says he has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness; through the knowledge of Him, that has called us to glory and virtue. We get His knowledge by hearing what He has to say. It is a great thing to be able to apply His knowledge to your situation. I am trying to tell you God wants to talk to you through His word today.
The entrance of the Word brings light. Has it entered you, my friend? Is your path lit up? It should be.
How are things, how is your life? Listen as I tell you about God’s plan and see if it is working well for you. And if not, you are probably missing out on what He is saying.
If the Word has priority in your life, it will shine a light on your path. Your thinking will change for the better, and you will make better decisions and better choices in life. That will help you to prosper in every area of your life.
The Word will show your feet where to step, and it will keep you on the right path. Even a flashlight can be king in a dark room.
Have you thought of the Word as power for life? It can be. It powers my life. The Lord quickened the Word to me years ago, and I have ordered my life by it. God’s Word is the greatest treasure and the greatest value of my life. It has delivered everything that it’s promised.
Psalms 12:6, “the words of the Lord are pure words as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times.” That’s big.
Think about the power of the Word. When your heart is full of the Words of God, it will overcome your old sorry, sinful life.
If you have a sin problem, the infilling of the Word in your heart will push it away. It leaves very little room for sin.
Ps 119:89, “Forever, O Lord thy word is settled in heaven”. Let’s talk about this. It is a rope you can hang on to, an anchor that will secure you and a stabilizer that will keep you in balance.
Isaiah 40:8, “The word of our God shall stand forever.”
Matt 24:35 Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall never pass away.” Nothing else in life is this sure.
John 14:24 “Jesus said, and the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s which sent me.” We could say, all of the heavens back His Word. I heard a statement from a Rabbi that goes something like this, “the words of men that represent God today have overpowered and overshadowed the Word of God.” Men are starving us out. There is a true famine of the true Word of God.
John 4:24 Jesus said, “God is a spirit.” Jesus said My Word is a Spirit, and it is Life, so the Life of God flows out of the Word of God to us. Paul called him The Invisible God in Col 1:15
God is a Spirit, so His Spirit, His Word must touch our spirit and influence our flesh to work. If you pick up His Words and run with them, you will score every time.
John 17:7 Jesus said,”Father I have given them the words that you gave me. I finished the work that you gave me to do”. Think about that. Jesus gave you the Words of Life, for your life.