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Psalm 1:1-3.  Real Followers series, pt.3

God’s word can help all people of all walks of life.  It is God’s self-revelation to mankind and encourages us on many levels.

It can also be easily misunderstood and misused. 

I once heard someone giving advice to a person feeling down.  They suggested that the person read Job to understand that sometimes bad things really do happen to good people.  I cannot imagine worse advice.  To me, if you’re feeling down and out what you need to be reading is Philippians.  Paul was taking yet another shot on the chin for the Gospel, yet he writes this great account of rejoicing and being glad in the Lord in spite of his circumstances.  Rejoice always!

We actually had a bit of fun with this and I had a Bible drill for each passage we looked up.  Since we cannot do that in blog form, here are the passages I used and a brief summary of my thoughts.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9. There can be no stronger words from the Lord to His people than these.  Take these words and burn them into your lives.  How do we do this?  Three levels: Take it into your mind, your heart, and your life.  You must read it, believe it, and live by it.

2 Timothy 2:15.  Are we to believe the Bible literally?  Figuratively?  Follow a certain interpretation?  Adhere to strict denominational ideals and interpretations?  I feel that we are to apply the word of God to our lives as if God is speaking directly to us through it.  In fact, He is!  You have the ability to discern God’s word to you and for you – it is called “soul competency” and I believe that all of God’s people possess it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17. I doubt that Paul was aware that his own writings would be used later as scripture.  Differences exist in how people believe God inspired the Bible to be written.  Did God dictate to the writers specifically what to write or did He inspire them to write?  I know my belief.  What is yours?

Hebrews 4:12. God’s word is alive and active in that God provides conviction through it.  We acknowledge that the word is alive when we acknowledge that God speaks to us through it.  John helps us understand in his Gospel by saying that from the start, the “word” not only was with God, but it is indeed God.  This same “word” later “became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John 1:14b, NIV.  The word is alive because the God of the word is alive.

James 1:22-25. God’s word inspires us to be actively involved in His mission.  God’s mission is to redeem the world unto Himself.

Read it.  Believe it.  Live by it.

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