Words for the Week: Abiding In God's Word
By Rev. Shirley Corley LaCourMinister of Praise and WorshipBethel A.M.E. Church
Scripture Reference: John 8:31-32
God's Word is unlike any other word because when God speaks, things change. All creation exists because God said, "Let there be" and it was.
By God's Word, the world was formed, and by His Word, we are transformed. 2 Timothy 3:17 reminds us to fill our lives with God's Word so that "the man or woman of God may be thoroughly furnished and equipped for every good work."
God's Word generates life; creates faith; produces change; beats the devil; causes miracles; heals our hurts; builds character; transforms circumstances; imparts joy; overcomes adversity; defeats temptation; gives hope; releases power; brings things into being, and guarantees our future. His Word is the spiritual nourishment we need to fulfill our purpose. Abiding in God's Word requires three things: We must believe it, receive it, then achieve it.
The Bible should be the Believer's benchmark for evaluating everything that we do as we ask ourselves the question, "What would Jesus do?" Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "all scripture is given by God and is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."
Many of our troubles come because we base our choices on culture -- because everyone is doing it; on our traditions -- because we have always done it this way; on our reason -- because it seems so logical; or on our emotions -- because it feels right.
All four of these excuses are flawed because of the Fall of Mankind into sin. We need a more perfect standard. Psalms 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
The most important decision we can make today is to settle the issue of what will be the ultimate authority for our lives; not family, not friends, not culture, tradition, reason or emotion; but the Word of God, the Bible and our basic instruction before leaving earth. Sow it in your hearts, harvest it on your lips that you may reap it in your lives.
The blessings of God come from obeying His Truth and not just knowing it. John 13:17 says, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." When you know better, you should do better.
Count up the cost before it's too late. Abide in God's Word and His Truth shall set you free. Praise God from whom all Blessings flow!!!