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Do I have a love for God’s word?

Do I have a love for God’s word?

Broken Heart
Heart

The believer has an old nature that wants to keep him in bondage; “I will get free from these old sins!” the disciple says to himself. “I determine here and now that I will not do this any longer.”

Jesus needs to take control of my heart. I need to stay in God’s word. I must love what Jesus says to me.

  • What happens? He exerts all his willpower and energy, and for a time succeeds; but then when he least expects it, he falls again. His heart isn’t it and ground in God’s word.
  • Why? Because he tried to overcome his old nature with Law, and the Law cannot deliver us from the old nature.
  • When you move under the Law, you are only making the old nature stronger; because “the strength of sin is the Law” (1 Cor. 15:56). Instead of being a dynamo that gives us power to overcome, the Law is a magnet that draws out of us all kinds of sin and corruption.

The heart (inward man) may delight in the Law of God (Ps. 119:35), but the old nature delights in breaking the Law of God. No wonder the believer under Law becomes tired and discouraged, and eventually gives up! He is a captive, and his condition is “wretched.” (The Greek word indicates a person who is exhausted after a battle.) What could be more wretched than exerting all your energy to try to live a good life, only to discover that the best you do is still not good enough!

Is there any deliverance? Of course! “I thank God that there is Someone who shall deliver me—Jesus the Messiah, our Master!” Because the believer is united to The Messiah, he is dead to the Law and no longer under its authority. But he is alive to God and able to draw on the power of the Holy Spirit. The explanation of this victory is given in Romans 8.

By “the mind” Paul meant “the heart or inward man” (Rom. 7:22) as opposed to “the flesh” (Rom. 7:18). He amplified this thought in Romans 8:5–8. The old nature cannot do anything good. Everything the Bible says about the old nature is negative: “no good thing” (Rom. 7:18); “the flesh profited nothing” (John 6:63); “no confidence in the flesh” (Phil. 3:3). If we depend on the energy of the flesh, we cannot serve God, please God, or do any good thing. But if we yield to the Holy Spirit, then we have the power needed to obey His will. The flesh will never serve the Law of God because the flesh is at war with God. But the Spirit can only obey the Law of God! Therefore, the secret of doing good is to yield to the Holy Spirit.

Paul hinted at this in the early verses of this chapter when he wrote, “That we should bring forth fruit unto God” (Rom. 7:4). Just as we are dead to the old nature, so we are dead to the Law. But we are united to The Messiah and alive in The Messiah, and therefore can bring forth fruit unto God. It is our union with The Messiah that enables us to serve God acceptably. “For it is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). That solved Paul’s problem in Romans 7:18: “For to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”

My old nature knows no law and the new nature needs no law. Legalism makes a believer wretched because it grieves the new nature and aggravates the old nature! The legalist becomes a Pharisee whose outward actions are acceptable, but whose inward attitudes are despicable.

No wonder Jesus called them “whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matt. 23:27). How wretched can you get?

  • Romans 7:22 — 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man.
  • Deuteronomy 4:9 — 9 “Only give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons.
  • Psalm 37:31 — 31 The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.
  • Psalm 119:11 — 11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.
  • Psalm 119:30 — 30 I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me.
  • Psalm 119:111 — 111 I have inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the joy of my heart.
  • Proverbs 6:21 — 21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck.
  • Jeremiah 15:16 — 16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Master God of hosts.
  • Jeremiah 31:33 — 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Master, “I will put My law within them and on their heart, I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

How long has Jesus existed with God?

Jesus is my Master. Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus has always been with God. Jesus is the Son of God. I must get this in my heart and soul. The Son of God owns me.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:1 | Christian Standard Bible. (2017)

What is the good news?

The good news is we have Jesus, the very word of God, in our lives. He has always been there. He was there in the beginning.

Jesus is God. Jesus has redeemed us. We have great and stunning news for the world.

I need to get on with the work of delivering His message of good news and making disciples.

Can we dig deeper?

In the beginning — of all time and created existence, for this Word gave it being (Jn 1:3, 10); therefore, “before the world was” (Jn 17:5, 24); or, from all eternity. Beginning is a starting point, origin or source. The beginning often refers to the time of or before the creation of the world. God is described as the Beginning and the End, denoting the eternity of his existence. Jesus the Messiah’s coming marks a new beginning both for God’s people and, finally, for all creation.

Beginning is from the Greek ἀρχή archē, ar-khay´; a commencement, or  chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank):— beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.

was the Word — He who is to God what man’s word is to himself, the manifestation or expression of himself to those without him. (See on Jn 1:18). On the origin of this most lofty and now for ever consecrated title of the Messiah, this is not the place to speak. It occurs only in the writings of this seraphic apostle. In a mainly nonliterary society the dependability of the spoken word was all-important in law, trade, religion, marriage, and reputation. Receipts, agreements, and records had little general usefulness. Personal integrity and sincere speech were essential to communication, and for most people to self-expression and stable relationships. The words of poets, prophets, storytellers, and instructors were carefully preserved.

Word is from the Greek λόγος lŏgŏs, log´-os; something said (incl. the thought); by implication. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension. a computation; the Divine Expression (i.e. the Messiah).

was with God — having a conscious personal existence distinct from God (as one is from the person he is “with”), but inseparable from Him and associated with Him (Jn 1:18; Jn 17:5; 1 Jn 1:2), where “THE FATHER” is used in the same sense as “GOD” here.

was God — in substance and essence GOD; or was possessed of essential or proper divinity. Thus, each of these brief but pregnant statements is the complement of the other, correcting any misapprehensions which the others might occasion.

Was the Word eternal? It was not the eternity of “the Father,” but of a conscious personal existence distinct from Him and associated with Him.

Was the Word thus “with God?” It was not the distinctness and the fellowship of another being, as if there were more Gods than one, but of One who was Himself God—in such sense that the absolute unity of the God head, the great principle of all religion, is only transferred from the region of shadowy abstraction to the region of essential life and love.

But why all this definition? Not to give us any abstract information about certain mysterious distinctions in the Godhead, but solely to let the reader know who it was that in the fulness of time “was made flesh.” After each verse, then, the reader must say, “It was He who is thus, and thus, and thus described, who was made flesh.”

Much as our words reveal to others our hearts and minds, so Jesus the Messiah is God’s “Word” to reveal His heart and mind to us. “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9). A word is composed of letters, and Jesus the Messiah is “Alpha and Omega” (Rev. 1:8), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. According to Hebrews 1:1–3, Jesus the Messiah is God’s last Word to mankind, for He is the climax of divine revelation.

Jesus the Messiah is the eternal Word (vv. 1–2). He existed in the beginning, not because He had a beginning as a creature, but because He is eternal. He is God and He was with God. “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).

What does the Logos mean?

Logos is the Greek term translated as “word,” “speech,” “principle,” or “thought.” In Greek philosophy, it also referred to a universal, divine reason or the mind of God.

In the New Testament, the Gospel of John begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4). Here it is clear that the “Word” or Logos is a reference to Jesus the Messiah.

John argues that Jesus, the Word or Logos, is eternal and is God. Further, all creation came about by and through Jesus, who is presented as the source of life. Amazingly, this Logos came and lived among us: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

John’s Gospel begins by using the Greek idea of a “divine reason” or “the mind of God” to connect with the readers of his day and introduce Jesus to them as God. Greek philosophy may have used the word about divine reason, but John used it to note many of the attributes of Jesus. In John’s use of the Logos concept, we find that:

  • Jesus is eternal (“In the beginning was the Word”)
  • Jesus was with God prior to coming to earth (“the Word was with God”)
  • Jesus is God (“the Word was God.”)
  • Jesus is Creator (“All things were made through him”)
  • Jesus is the Giver of Life (“In him was life”)
  • Jesus became human to live among us (“the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”)

The opening of John’s good news book carries a striking resemblance to Genesis 1:1.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him…” (John 1:1).

Logos is used in many ways, yet in John’s book Logos is a clear reference to Jesus, the God who both created us and lived among us. Logos became a theological term important to the disciples in the early church and remains a concept of significant influence today.

What do other Scriptures say?

“In the beginning”

  • Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.,
  • Col 1:18 He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.
  • Jn 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • 1 Jn 1:1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
  • Php 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited.
  • Jn 8:38 I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father;, so then, you do what you have heard from your father.”
  • Jn 17:5 Now, Father, glorify me in your presence with that glory I had with you before the world existed.
  • Ac 26:4 “All the Jews know my way of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem.
  • Col 1:16 For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him.
  • Heb 1:2 In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe, through him.

Word” refers to Jesus — Son of God, savior of the world.

  • Jn 1:14 •The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • 1 Jn 1:1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—
  • Re 19:13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God.
  • Jn 20:28 Thomas responded•• to him, “My Master and my God!”
  • Php 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited.
  • Jn 8:38 I speak what I have seen in the presence of the Father; so then, you do what you have heard from your father.”
  • Jn 17:5 •Now, Father•, glorify me in your presence with that glory I had with you before the world existed.
  • Ac 26:4 “•All •the Jews know my way of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own people and in Jerusalem.
  • Col 1:16 For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him.
  • Heb 1:2 In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son. God has appointed him heir of all things and made the universe, through him.
  • Ro 11:36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.
Logos – Word

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Is Jesus the Messiah the incarnate Word of God? Is Jesus God in the flesh?

God’s Word

Jesus invites us to know Him. Who is Jesus? The Apostle John tells us Jesus is the Word of God. And Jesus came to live among us.

When I see Jesus, I see God the Father. Now that is VERY good news. That is in fact … stunning!

The phrase “word of God” appears often in the Bible and can have a slightly different meaning depending on context and the Hebrew or Greek word used. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” Here, Word is a title of the Master Jesus.

Are we listening? Jesus wants to know.

Jesus asks a question

Jesus wants to know. Jesus has a question.

What do we make of this? Do we understand? Are we listening?

I know I want the Word of God to prosper in my heart and produce a harvest beyond my wildest dreams.

I don’t want to be the one who has no firm root in myself and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately I fall away from Jesus.

Are there Scientific facts in the Bible?

We can count of the truth of the Bible. It is God’s word. Here is a great article on science in the Bible. Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters and the bestselling author of more than 80 books, including God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life, How to Know God Exists, and The Evidence Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program “Way of the Master,” seen in almost 200 countries, and is the Executive Producer of “180,” “Evolution vs. God,” “Audacity,” and other films. He is married to Sue and has three grown children, and hasn’t left the house without gospel tracts for decades. You can learn more about his ministry at LivingWaters.com.

This article is about scientific statements contained in the Bible. I hope you have looked at it with a good deal of skepticism. So you should. The world is filled with simple folk who will make a shrine to a knot in a tree because it supposedly has the features of a dead “saint.” You are wise to consider the evidence before deciding whether something is true.

Before we look at these “scientific facts” in the Bible, I must preface them with some important information. To do this, I will quote the Bible. This is not “circular reasoning”; I simply want to make a point that is relevant to what I am going to present.

Many years ago, I ran a children’s club. One day I told about one hundred kids to line up for candy. There was an immediate rush, and the line sorted itself into what I saw as being a line of greed. The bigger, selfish kids were at the front, and the small and timid ones were at the back. I then did something that gave me great satisfaction: I told the kids to turn about face. Everyone did. Then I told them to stay where they were, and I took great delight in going to the other end of the line and giving the candy to the smaller, timid kids first.

We have in the Bible a command to jump off the luxury liner of this world. Before you laugh at stupid Christians, ask yourself if there is any proof that its claims are true. The following is compelling evidence that the Bible is no ordinary book.

Read the article here: Scientific facts in the Bible – The Christian Post

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What Does the Bible Say about Abortion? 

Here is a great article from Tamela Turbeville. She has a desire for every woman with a difficult past to know God loves them. She is wife to Richard, and mother to three grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law. When doing what she loves most – studying God’s Word, reading and writing – she is surrounded by her six rescue dogs in her small office in south Arkansas.

There is no question the subject of abortion is a controversial topic. Nearly every day, news reports cover the fast-changing laws and the heated clashes between pro-life and pro-choice proponents. Both sides of the issue stand firm on their beliefs and rights.

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As followers of Jesus, our stance should align with God’s. Now, more than ever, our voice should speak truth against the enemy, and the best defense against the world and the enemy is knowing the truth found in the Word of God.

The Bible is clear that God is the Creator of life and all life is precious, born and unborn. So, what does the Bible say about abortion?

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What Does the Bible Say about Abortion? – Topical Studies

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God is God. His word is always true. We can count on it.

TrivializeGod means what He says.

What God says is important. What He says is not to be trivialized in any way.

When we trivialize what God says, we trivialize ourselves, not Him. His word will always be true. It can be no other way.

Jesus demands that we understand that. It is important.

God is God. His word is always true. We can count on it.

“Trivialize even the smallest item in God’s Word and you will only have trivialized yourself.” ~~Jesus Matthew 5:19-20 (The Message Bible)

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