A Series of Thoughts: Meditations on God’s Word

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success ~ Joshua 1:8

The morning started as usual. I’m up at 5:15 and sitting at my computer. iTunes is playing softly, shuffling praise music into my subconscious while I write. The current hymn is “Jesus, Living Word”.

Usually, the music doesn’t interrupt my thoughts, but this particular morning, my mind latched onto the six-syllable ‘mantra’ – Je-sus. Li-iv-ing Word. Over and over it played in my head. Has your brain ever done that? You hear a song and all day long it plays like a stuck recording? Here’s where my thoughts took me:

Je-sus, Li-iv-ing Word …LIVING, my mind shouts. Jesus is LIVING Word. From the creation in Genesis to the explanation of His birth in the Gospel of John, the Bible explains that Jesus is The Word. The Bible we carry and read is Jesus in our hands. Spending time reading and meditating The Word is spending time with Jesus!

And the Word became flesh … (John 1:14). The Word spoken became physical, material existence. The Word that I speak has the power to create a new physical, material existence for my life! How do I know that? Because, God and Jesus both demonstrated it.

And God said … (Gen. 1) The first Word spoken was the manifestation of Jesus’ power to create. God’s presence spoke The Word (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit moved to bring those Words to pass. The Holy Spirit – released back into the earth on the day of Pentecost – is still here, causing The Word spoken to manifest. When I speak His Word, all of heaven’s power goes to work to bring that word to pass in my life. So I say … (gotta watch what I’m saying!).

One is coming … (Gen. 3) Words spoken. The prophecy of Jesus’ appearance – one who will bruise satan’s head – was spoken in Genesis. God was already planning our victory right after Adam’s fall. He knew He was going to send Jesus to straighten out the mess Adam created. Your mess is no surprise to Him – and He’s got a plan to set you free.

4000 years later, Jesus came … Why so long, LORD? Does it really take that long for spoken words to manifest? Am I willing to wait that long?

‘A day is as a thousand years’ (2 Peter 3:8)It’s no time at all for God. 4000 years is the same as 4 days! Quick!

The Word of God is quick and powerful (Heb. 4:12). Quick! The Word spoken in faith is quick to manifest. Quick to release power. Quick to change and create whatever is spoken. Don’t dilute the power of The Word with doubt and unbelief. We need to stay in faith, trusting His mercy.

His mercy endures forever! (I Chr. 16:34) God is patient and merciful with us. Why so much mercy? Because, He is waiting for us to grow up to the realization of our son-ship with Him.  King’s kids don’t beg for crumbs or whine because life is too hard. No! They rule. They lack nothing. They have every advantage, just like us.

Don’t we wait for our kids to grow up into responsible adults? He’s waiting for us to recognize our power and ability, to assume the responsibility to ‘be fruitful and multiply and have dominion’ (Gen. 1:28).

Why? Why the world? Why here. He didn’t need it. He’s GOD! Yet God made us all spiritual beings ‘in the beginning’, created in His [own] image (Gen. 1:27), created to be just like Him! Wow. People tell me I look just like my mom. I wonder, though, if people can look at me and say, “You look just like The Father.” (Some days, not so much … sigh. Gotta work on that.)

He chose us! Before He created the earth planet we live on. He chose us ‘before the foundation of the world’ (Eph. 1:4). He created the world for us, not the other way around. The world was His gift to us – an Eden existence where He could fellowship with His family.

So, why go through this physical existence at all? Because God wants us to choose Him! If we remain only spiritual, with no challenges and no options, we would be like the angels. Worshipping Him without choice, because there was nothing else to do. He wanted FAMILY.

Did He want the challenge and heartache of raising us? ‘He forgives ALL our iniquities’ (Ps. 103:3)! Isn’t that what we do with our children? We forgive, and teach and hope and pray that they will begin to grow up and make better choices, right choices.

‘Choose life’ … (Deut. 30:19). He created everything for the express purpose of giving us choice. Ultimately, He wants us to choose Him. Don’t we like it when our children choose to spend time with us? When they come home for holidays, or call to say hi? Why shouldn’t we get up every morning and say, “Good morning, God. I love You.” He’d like that.

Aren’t we grateful when our kids get to the point where every conversation isn’t a request? Mom, can I have a cookie? Dad, can I have the car keys? I need money for … And on and on it goes. I’ll bet God would like to hear from us when we’re not begging and asking for stuff.

His mercy endures forever. The fall of Adam wasn’t as catastrophic to God as it seems to us. It was His kid, being bad. And there was a punishment meted out. But God wasn’t mad. He is Love, the Bible says. Love never fails. God knew when satan fell (another disappointment) that he didn’t have the power to destroy His creation. God can restore, recreate, all of it. After all, He did it at least once.

‘And the earth was without form and void’ (Gen. 1:1). God would never have created anything like that. Satan tried these tricks before (might explain the Ice Age and all the billions of years that scientists say the earth has been here instead of just the 6000+ since Adam). God fixed the mess at least once, just like we pick up after our kids and fix their mess-ups. God is the ultimate example of parenting.

Nothing going on in today’s world is fatal or final! God’s creative power resurrects us so that physical death has no effect. His creative power maintains the earth, despite our problems and satan’s attempts to destroy it and us. There are resources and wisdom here we haven’t begun to tap. Yet, infinite Divine Mind, our Father God, wants to reveal them to us, His family!

If any of you lack wisdom … (James. 1:5) From Genesis to Revelation, God imparted wisdom to those who needed it. Jesus said all we have to do is ask and we can have it (Matt. 7:7). Wisdom to solve all our problems! Wisdom from The Word.

Je-sus, Li-iv-ing Word. Here I am, back again. He has given us His Living Word, ‘quick (alive) and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword’ (Heb. 4:12).

The Word quickens. Dozens of times, the Bible says that God quickens us in the midst of our trials and turmoil. The Spirit quickens, makes alive, redeems our lives from destruction.

The Word creates. And God said; and He saw that it was good (Gen. 1). He spoke and watched as His Word spoken changed everything. He watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12), to make sure that it accomplishes what it promised (Is. 55:11).

The Word is wisdom. Just read the first few chapters of Proverbs. We need to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom (Col. 3:16). Somewhere in the Bible is the answer to every problem, words to speak that will change any situation. God hid it there for us to find (Col. 1:26). He wants us to be victorious, more than conquerors. We do that through His Word.

Thy Word is truth … (John 17:17) It is right, the answer to every situation. And all his works are done in (by) the Truth of His Word (Ps. 33:4). And the Word [spoken since Genesis] was made flesh, and dwelt among us … full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Facts don’t count. Only The Word is truth.

Jesus, Living Word. He has magnified His Word even above His Name (Ps. 138:2). Everything we need is in The Word. Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me (The Word). (John 14:1)

That’s where my ramblings took me in about 20 minutes that pre-dawn morning. We can connect to the supernatural power of His Word by faith. What a privilege and responsibility He has granted us as His kids if we’re willing to believe what He says.

Do you discount His promises, asking yourself why He would do anything for you? Do you assume that He’s changed His mind? That He doesn’t have miracles available anymore?

Or are you willing to take a stand, to believe His Word despite your circumstances? Jesus is always your answer. He is the Living Word.

 

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