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Complete and Equipped

April 22nd, 2016

“The Word of God . . is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV.

In a world where few things work as promised, God’s Word works.

My thoughts and comments today are about being, “complete and equipped.”

It is sad when people have something irreplaceable yet regard it as less than its value. Often, things familiar and readily available are taken for granted. In light of those comments, consider the most precious, valuable gift God has entrusted to you – His holy, eternal Word. The Bible is God’s Word, inspired to the hearts of faithful men, and is eternal. It is a unique collection of wisdom and enduring prose, yet so much more.

Paul instructed young Timothy, “The Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:15-17 NKJV. When God’s Word fills your heart and thoughts each day you are described as, “complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Psalmist describes such Godly people, “In all they do, they prosper.” Read Psalm 1:1-3 NLT.

People discount and ignore God’s Word, while others have made great sacrifices to provide and preserve it. Some try to discredit and destroy regard for the Word of God, while others have sacrificed their lives to protect and defend it. Jesus was clear. The Word of God is essential not optional. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4 NKJV. God’s Word is uniquely essential to every area of your life and the quality with which you live it.

The Word speaks to the heart and spirit. Listen and obey. Prize its wisdom and truth. The Bible contains wisdom for all situations – health and hope for the struggling, Godly wisdom for your success and satisfaction, a path to life in its fullness, the truest revelation of God, and eternal salvation for the soul. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God . . the Word of the Lord will live forever.” 1 Peter 1:23-25 NIV/NCV. See Luke 21:33 NIV.

I suggest a few questions you would be wise to ask and consider, “Do I love and follow God’s Word? Does God’s Word live in my heart? Does it direct my conduct and choices? Does it determine my values?” To live successfully, you must live according to truth. Love and prize your Bible; take time each day for its truth, and be always able to say, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You, O God.” Psalm 119:11 NIV.

For their love and faithfulness to God’s Word, the Apostle Paul commended Christ-followers at Thessaloniki “When you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV.  In a world where few things work as promised, God’s Word works, and it will work in your life, now and forever.

Today, I pray for you to commit to trust and obey God’s Word, at all times in all things.

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A Word That Works

December 2nd, 2009

“The Word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NIV

“God’s Word works in everyday life, and it will work in yours now and forever.”

My thoughts today are about “a word that works.”

It is strange how people can have something so incredible and valuable yet treat it as common. Often something that is so readily available and familiar can become ordinary and taken for granted. Without intending to do so or even realizing that you are, you may fail to properly value people and things that are irreplaceable: family and friends, opportunities, good health, abilities, time, money, and “just good things.”

As I have seen our grandkids growing up and becoming busy with their own lives, I wish I had the privilege of more occasions to be with them, and made more time for that to be. As I get older and hopefully a bit wiser, I try to remind myself to prize the people even more greatly who are so dear to my life, to more highly appreciate the blessings I am given, and to enjoy more fully the things that I am privileged to do.

I think my thoughts today relate also to how a person might handle – or mishandle – the Bible. Make no mistake; the Bible is God’s Word! It is much more than a collection of wisdom or enduring prose; the Bible is God’s Word! Some have ignored and discounted it, while others made great sacrifices to provide it. People have tried to destroy and discredit it, while others have given their lives to defend and preserve it. There is a reason why they would do so. “Jesus answered, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” Luke 4:4 NKJV. God’s Word is absolutely essential to the quality of your life.

The Bible contains wisdom for all situations – health and hope for the struggling, trustworthy principles for success and satisfaction, a path to life in its fullness, the truest revelation of God, and eternal salvation for the soul. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God . . the Word of the Lord will live forever.” 1 Peter 1:25 NIV/NCV. See Luke 21:33 NIV.

Let me suggest a few questions that you must ultimately answer, “Does God’s Word live in your heart? Does it guide your choices and conduct? Does it set your values?” Love and prize your Bible; take time each day for its truth, and be always able to say, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You, O God.” Psalm 119:11 NIV. To truly live, you must live according to truth.

The Apostle Paul commended the Christ-followers at Thessaloniki for their love and faithfulness to God’s Word, “When you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:14 NIV.  God’s Word works in everyday life, and it will work in yours.

My prayer for you today is: make a daily commitment to know and obey God’s Word.

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