In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not (John 1:1-5).
This scripture reference summed up in one sentence: The Word of God gives me life.
The scriptures frequently speak to us about God’s holiness and righteousness – and His kindness and mercy in cleansing us from our sin. In God’s Word, we find healing, deliverance, transformation, restoration, and renewal of mind. We find life. God’s Word transforms us in such a way that we are not the same once encountering it. The more we come to know God through His Word, the more we increasingly love what He loves and hate what He hates. This is the life of a Christian who is being sanctified in the Lord.
As Christians being sanctified through the blood of Jesus Christ on a continuous basis, there must be an acknowledgment of the beauty within God’s Word in that it satisfies our souls and truly is sweeter than honey (Psalm 19:9-11); but, it is also bitter in that it has the propensity to convict, chastise, pierce, rebuke, correct, and change (sweet turning bitter, then sweet again). It reminds me of the scripture verse Hebrews 12:11 which says: “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
Another cross-reference of this truth is found in Revelation 10:10 where the apostle John takes the scroll (the Word of God), eats it as it turns from sweet in his mouth to bitter in his belly. This is what the Word does; it feeds us. It is our meat, our spiritual food. It then transforms us once we have digested it. It guides and directs us through life and into righteousness with Christ. The Word also states that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4).
I believe that oftentimes, digesting the truth of God’s Word leaves us in a state of self-reflection, confession, repentance (or all of the above), and this is usually painful. However, God never comes to condemn us; He comes to chastise. So as Hebrews 12:11 indicates, it will eventually lead to the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by His discipline. For those who reject the truth of God’s Word, it remains bitter and does not yield any good fruit. This also leaves a person who is sharing the Gospel with a bitter taste as they too have been rejected as God’s messenger. But this should not discourage us. We must continue to live out the will of the Father. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done!
When we seek to be taught by God and spend time in His presence, we will grow in Him – and through growth, He reveals our purpose and the gifts and talents He desires us to use to edify the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about spiritual gifts, and prophecy is one of them. John’s task (the apostle mentioned earlier in this blog post) was to take God’s message to the world, fulfill the Great Commission, and watch God redeem people from every tribe, nation, people, and language group. And so it is for us!
Through the scriptures, we learn about a holy King; a King who has the nations come and worship Him. We learn about a King who is mighty, wonderful, gracious, and perfect in all of His ways. His Word is true. His promises are true. There is no error or fault in Him. His judgments are made manifest. He rules and reigns forever and ever. And for this, we glorify and exalt His name in all the earth as we seek to be holy and righteous as He is.
Exchange your unrighteousness for the righteousness of God. This is the epitome of the great exchange.
God is love. Love is a lifestyle. Jesus lived it, and He’s still living it.
And so should we. Don’t you forget it.
With God’s Love,
Porsche R. Armstrong
Founder, Love Is A Lifestyle
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.