John 1:1-4 (NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.
“The Word of God is quick and powerful. In the beginning He spoke to nothing, and it became something. Chaos heard it and became order, darkness heard it and became light. “And God said – and it was so.” (AW Tozer – The Pursuit of God)
The importance of God’s Word in our life is indisputable. The Word is not irrelevant. It is not out of date or old fashioned as some might want to think. God created everything with His Word. Through His Voice – His Mighty Breath formed a world and produced light and life. The Sovereignty of God makes His Word powerful. The potency of His Vocabulary tears down strongholds beginning in our mind, wrangling our thoughts, breaking our heart and somehow producing a new and better life from the pieces left behind. God is the Creator of Life.
I think it valid to point out that babies are born every day. Life is perpetuated throughout the planet so therefore it only credible to think that God’s Word is still circulating the earth to accomplish its tasks. I set out on this journey of writing each day to prove that God still speaks to people. Ordinary people like you and me with all our faults and failures fueled by faith to have an ongoing conversation with the Life Giver – Life Changer – Jesus Christ. So it has been for almost a decade now, I get up early each morning to read the Word and listen for His Voice. He does not disappoint. It would seem that God does want to speak to us, converse with us, and abide with us in a place of intimacy meant for just the two of us.
While taking a few days off to rest and rejuvenate at the beach, I have been reading AW Tozer’s classic – The Pursuit of God. Tearing off chunks of meat each day – it has been a hearty diet of spiritual food for the hungry soul. Our soul and spirit must live in expectancy. Spiritual receptivity is essential to experience the life of a new creation. To live in God’s Abundance with a life overflowing in good fruit. The Word of God fills us with the Bread of Life. HE is the Living Water needed to satisfy our thirst for more. How many times does the busyness of life distract us? How often does the time in His Presence, reading His Word and listening for His Voice get cut short in the chaos of routines, schedules, and more? We want God’s Best. Crying out for an Open Heaven, but what if the Heavens are open but it is our eyes and ears that are closed? God is here. He is speaking to us.
John 1:14 (NLT) So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
I am quite certain that if I asked about your prayer life – there would be a list of things that you petition the Lord for each day. Conversations with God become egocentric. Often, one-sided in nature as there is nothing I can offer Him but He has a Kingdom for me. Entitlement is a dangerous venture. To come boldly before the Throne of God is not an act of entitlement but to trust Him in our approach and surrender. Jesus Christ lives in each one of us.
Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
The Word of God is alive today. It is still powerful. Jesus Christ is the Word who came wrapped in flesh to demonstrate God’s Love for us and allow us to live as part of the Kingdom. He opened our communication with God the Father once again. God is always listening. He continually speaks. Now we have an ongoing conversation with the Lord that produces new life in us and through us. The Word of God will always change us. It begins in us before working its way out to our surroundings. The Lord will never go against His Word. He does not lie or change His Mind. He will not contradict the Word in you and for you by giving in to our whims and complaints. The communication between us must be intimate and personal. Too often we come to the Lord with about as much respect as the waitress at Chick-fil-a. We bark our order and expect it fast. All the condiments must be in the bag and don’t forget to say, “My pleasure.” Right? Come on… let’s be honest. It’s just us.
God has a plan for your life. He will give you the future and hope that is promised. He will lead, guide and direct you by His Word and with His Spirit. It is up to us if we will listen. To engage in an ongoing conversation rather than barking orders and outlining our demands to the Sovereign God. He knows exactly what is needed to produce a rich and satisfying life. He is ready to do more than you can think, ask or imagine. The limits on our life may be in our approach. It could very well be that our spiritual receptivity is hindered by a lack of focus or heartfelt sincerity. Do you want God’s Heart today? Or are you good with just what’s in His Hand?
I Peter 1:23 (NLT) For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.
My husband and I have been together for almost 20 years. Two decades is a long time. Not many friendships last that long let alone marriages, but I have been blessed with both. God has given us a love story for which I am thankful. In Psalm 139, it tells us that all the days of our life have been prerecorded by God. He has written a love story spanning the course of a lifetime overflowing into eternity. A small fraction of that timeline will involve the things associated with this life. Those things that we think will make us happy, satisfied and complete yet now much time do we spend talking to God about worthless things rather than communicating with Him on an intimate and personal level reserved for lovers and best friends.
God has given you a new life that will last forever. It comes from the eternal and living Word of God. It is important to embrace His Word each day and engage in conversations with the Lord. My daughter is a new mother. I strongly encourage her to schedule routine date nights with her husband. She gives me a long list of instructions on how to care for my grandson, and I give her but one… don’t talk about him during the date. We can get lost in the busyness of life and lose touch with intimacy with the Lord if not careful. We must pay careful attention to our partnership with Jesus to make sure it is bound by love and devotion not laws and duty. He has such a wonderful plan for us. The Word lives in you. It is our connection with the Word and communication that new life is born. God’s Glory is looking for a way out of you. It is an overwhelming glory that no man can produce but is possible only when we respond to the Word of God and obey His Voice. Are you running into dead ends? Living under a closed ceiling rather than open heaven? Are you satisfied? Are you content? Is your life prospering as your soul does? If not, it may be in your approach or lack of it. God is always speaking, whispering, encouraging and longing for a closer walk with me and it is up to me if I will walk with Him! Just a closer walk with thee…that dear Jesus is my plea… daily walking close to thee…let it be…dear Lord… let it be!
2 Corinthians 3:7-10 (NLT) The old way, with laws etched in stone, led to death, though it began with such glory that the people of Israel could not bear to look at Moses’ face. For his face shone with the glory of God, even though the brightness was already fading away. Shouldn’t we expect far greater glory under the new way, now that the Holy Spirit is giving life? If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, which makes us right with God! In fact, that first glory was not glorious at all compared with the overwhelming glory of the new way.