A lot has been going on these past weeks that has made me think a lot about the Word. That's why I entitled this, "What's in a Word?" It's really a play on words. Word is used to describe a thing and yet, we read a word that describes a God, a lifestyle and History before and to come.
Last week, I participated in the call to prayer with Angel Ministries. I believe in 777. Not in the number but in the call. We are getting away from reading our Bibles and praying. Many can read but not all can pray. I love prayer. It is the cornerstone of who I am and it was the cornerstone of who Jesus was. He taught His disciples to pray. They didn't have the written word but they had His words and they had prayer. Eventually, many went on to tell the stories and they were written for all to see. Men wrote the words, God inspired them.
I'm sure you have had times when someone says, "The words and thoughts in the Bible are old." That would be a correct statement. However, a falsehood would be that they don't apply. They apply more today then after Jesus died. Why? Because the Word is being spread throughout the nations. People have the ability to access the Bible in every language, through the Internet, TV and print. It is doing exactly what Christ said it would, the Gospel is being spread throughout the world.
This so called, "word," is factual. It has held for thousands of years. Great minds have followed it and have been enlightened through it. Jesus commissioned all of us to align ourselves with the Father and become one. He clearly states that He will return for His bride and that we should be ready. But in the midst of this life, we lose hope, power and focus. We concentrate on making money, taking care of our families or just vegging out because life is too stressful. We think to much, rely on ourselves way too much and we constantly put things in front of getting on our knees and praying.
One of the most difficult lessons I have learned in life is that I'm not in control. I have no control over your actions or mine. Can I be self-disciplined? Absolutely but when it comes to my commission, it belongs to Jesus. I can do nothing without my Father and He will do everything when I repent and ask for His direction. That's what the women all around the world did. They cried out to God through Scripture, prayer and fasting. Why? Because the call is great. It brought me back to focusing on Jesus, loving Him and depending on Him. Do I have my battles? Absolutely. More than you will ever know but in order for me to be like David, I have to face fear with prayer and let Jesus do the rest.
The Word is truth. It lives and breathes. I can't answer questions like: Why does God take small children?; What purpose is war?; Why do bad things happen to good people?; or when will He come again? It's not in my job description; it's in His. He knows all the answers but I do know one thing; I must follow Him in faith, walk with Him in truth, and pray to Him for revival. I'm not just praying for the lost; I'm praying for us to be faithful to the Word. Our challenge as Christians isn't whether we love Him; it's really can we bow to ourselves and let Him lead.
I am guilty of spending time on things that don't matter. I have sinned just like you. I have known the truth in the Word and gone the wrong direction and I have suffered. But through it all, I have found Jesus and even when my back was turned; He was always there, following me and calling me to His side. He is faithful even when I'm not.
Take time this week to be in Thanksgiving for His mercy, His faithfulness and His word. The word is our sword and we must use it as the world becomes more evil and as we all become more self-absorbed. I'm counting on Jesus to deliver us from our desert. We are in it just like the Israelites; let's not get caught up in our sorrow but let's look to the God of glory. I know that I am working on becoming less of a wanderer and more of a servant.
I pray today brings you many moments where you look up and see the face of Jesus. This morning as I began to write I looked up and saw the moon peaking from the horizon and realized God is true. The sun sets, the moon rises. The moon sets, the sun rises. He has been faithful from the beginning and we have the Word to speak truth. Many blessings my sisters.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1-5 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Jesus, thank You for Your mighty faithfulness. We are humbled by Your faith and Your love for us. As we take on our daily chores, please help us see You in everything we do. Help us to seek You in the morning and throughout our very busy days. We are so thankful that You left the Word of Life to guide us as we walk this earth. Fill us with the Holy Spirit and please move it throughout the world. Help those in China, Syria, Israel, Palestine and all nations needing You. Guide Your missionaries and make them strong in You. Help people to take the path of most resistance so they can seek You daily. Lead us out of our individual deserts and bring us to You. We call to the groom of humanity and ask that You would ready Your bride. We are often sinful and full of doubt but You are the One true God wrapped in the Holy Trinity, guiding us toward You. Perfect us, O, Jesus and make us strong in You. In Jesus name, I pray, AMEN.