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SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT – SERIOUS BUSINESS – THE WORD
Well, this is exciting as we go forward, knowing that we are aware of the times and what God is expecting of us. He is loving and wonderful to ALL of us, but Kingdom business is serious business, and He is counting on us.
To be Holy SPIRIT EMPOWERED, we must have a love for the Word of God. The Word is anything God has spoken, commanded or promised. It is alive and living, and if we have enough of it, it will keep us living an abundant life. The Word is our foundational truth. It anchors us. It guides us. It is alive, and we have been given the privilege of partaking of it.
We live in a country where the Word of God is readily available to us in many different versions. (FYI, I love most of them. They really enhance our ability to get a full picture of what God is conveying to us. The Passion Translation is beautiful to me, but my foundation is the good ol’ King James Version. I usually use New King James Version to make it a little easier for everyone.)
How is your faith? Is it strong or weak? I have never known a strong Christian who did not have much Scripture alive inside of them. There is a reason for this. God designed faith to feed on the promises of Scripture ALL day long. Faith only grows with intentional, steady access to precious Biblical truth.
A life of moral purity does not happen accidentally. If the Word is not our foundation, the world will easily suck us into its compromised ways of thinking and living. God's Word shows us the standard. With it, we know what is right and what is wrong. Without it, we are unsure of how to function properly, and how to live a life that pleases God and benefits ourselves.
God's Word shows us how to be born again—transformed in our inner man after coming into a personal relationship with ultimate purity, Jesus Christ.
God's Word shows us the way to be EMPOWERED by the Holy SPIRIT so that we can live a life that glorifies God. We must know it. We must love it. We must partake of it. We must speak it. We must see it as a treasure.
Do you know Psalm 119? It is a long Psalm. In fact, it is the longest Psalm in the Bible. Most scholars believe it’s written by David, who was called a man after God’s own heart. It sounds like David to me. It is all about the Word. Did you know that the Word of God is mentioned in at least 171 of 176 verses?
Psalm 119:10 KJV
With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments (Your Word).
This man of God knew that we must seek God with whole-hearted dedication, or we will wander from His commandments!
Psalm 119:11 KJV
Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.
You see, there is more to the Word than just reading it. We have to hide it in our hearts. In those days, they did not have banks. Any treasures they had, they hid away from any predators. Hiding the Word in our hearts means we must count it as a treasure and we should treat it as such. We must plant it deep in our hearts and protect it from any intruders. The enemy comes to steal the Word from our hearts. But if it is deep inside, the devil will never be able to steal. It becomes a very part of our being, and it is secure.
The next thing the writer did is declare that God is a blessing to know, and that he wants God to teach him more.
Psalm 119:12 KJV
Blessed art Thou, O Lord: teach me Thy statutes (Your Word).
Statutes in Hebrew is “choq (khoke)” and it means an enactment or an appointment of time, space, quantity, labor or usage.
Literally, David was calling upon God to teach him how God would have him handle his time, his space, his substance and what he is to be doing. This is serious business.
What if every Christian asked God for a WORD on how to handle their time and their space every day? This is exciting because part of the definition of statute includes seeking the opportunity to assert or experience one’s identity or needs freely.
God wants us to learn from Him how to handle our substance. This means God has wisdom for us on how to use our gifts with firmly established and generally accepted practice or procedure. I am pretty sure this would change many days of our lives.
This next verse is vitally important to us this year. What we say has to be something that the SPIRIT of God can EMPOWER, not the enemy!
Psalm 119:13 KJV
With my lips have I declared ALL the judgments of Thy mouth (The Word).
David knew that he had to declare God’s judgments in order to align himself with God in the way he needed to. Then David started responding from a heart of worship as he was writing this.
David was thinking about ALL the things that his Heavenly Father had done and how much God had held true to His promises and blessed him in every way.
Psalm 119:14 KJV
I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies (The Word), as much as in ALL riches.
This invokes another declaration of how David will respond to his God.
Psalm 119:15 KJV
I will meditate in Thy precepts (The Word), and have respect unto Thy ways.
When we read the Word and when we remember how good God has been, we begin to operate in covenant language. Our commitment to Him begins to match His commitment to us. God is so good. It brings goodness OUT of us to respond back to Him. This is how we operate from glory to glory.
Psalm 119:16 KJV
I will delight myself in Thy statutes (The Word): I will not forget Thy Word.
As David’s commitment increased, he was happy about obeying and was determined to remember God’s Word. We have to do more than know about what the Word says; we have to keep it foremost in our minds. God’s Word deserves our attention and we must be diligent about putting it in our remembrance!
On top of that, David—and he is an example for ALL of us—needed to allow the Word to deal with him in whatever God knew he needed to adjust.
And then David said these beautiful words:
Psalm 119:17 KJV
Deal bountifully with Thy servant, that I may live, and keep Thy Word.
We must be after God’s own heart like David! That means that we need to be excited about going on a treasure hunt in the written Word of God! We need to recognize the Word is key to our ability to live an abundant life.
Every day, God is there in the pages of the Word He has written for us. He is willing and ready to highlight to us what we need for the day and what we need for those we will interact with or pray for.
His written Word is alive! It is able to reveal what the SPIRIT is saying. It is able to provide wisdom in every situation. It is able to keep us on the right path. It is able to be activated when we need it for ourselves and our family, and for when we go “ALL OUT” for the purposes of God to be revealed for someone else’s life.
The Word was written and protected for us! It was written by SPIRIT EMPOWERMENT preserved by the SPIRIT, watched over by God, and it is eternal!
To reject the Word or neglect the Word isn’t just foolish; it is rejecting the fullness of the Godhead. When we give God permission to deal with us, He will cause us to live abundantly beyond what we can ask or think. Let us value and apply the Word.
Lord, we are so thankful for the benefits You have given us through the availability of Your Word. We thank You and praise You that Your Word has the ability to alter our thinking, alter our ways, and determine the end results of our lives.
We ask You, Lord, to help us focus on Your Word and to seek earnestly after it. Increase our appetite! SPIRIT, drive me into the realms of revelation as I read it. Help me, Lord, to apply ALL of the treasures You have laid OUT to my life, and through my life,
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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