Sunday, August 9, 2015

Devotion: God’s Word Is Alive

We have mentioned before that we are the first to admit that we are not scholars nor do we claim to be any experts in the field, but we do have a love for the word of God and we seek the truth in his word.  We will also admit that our motives for discovering the truth are somewhat selfish; however, we do share any and all results with those who have that same “ear to hear” as we do.

From a previous discussion, we mentioned that God has told us to seek wisdom and know-how.  That God has told us that we need to get understanding, get the ability to use good sense in our thinking, in our judgment, and in our actions, and get the ability to perceive and to explain the meaning or nature of things (Proverbs 4:5-7).  We decided long ago to give ear to God’s instructions to seek wisdom and to get understanding because we had grown tired of being confused by every wind of doctrine or new teaching and being influenced by those people who tried to trick us with lies so clever that they sounded like the truth (Ephesians 4:14).

God tells us to “study to show thyself approved unto God” so that we can “rightly divide the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15), but most of us do not adhere to this command to study.  God tells us to study to show so that we can rightly divide the word of truth.  So what do you think this word of truth is?  Could it be the Bible?  Could God be telling us to study the Bible so that we can rightly divide it?  And if the Bible is the word of truth, then how does one rightly divide something that is supposed to be truth?  The Amplified Bible states it this way:

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15 AMP).

The word of truth is given to tell us what to believe (for doctrine), what is wrong (for reproof), how to correct wrong (for correction), how to live (for instruction in righteousness).  We are to rely on the word of truth because it includes everything needed to grow in maturity, to be perfect (meaning proficient or capable), and to do what God wants (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The idea that we are to attend to his words holds little meaning for some because they believe that just carrying a Bible with them fits the commandment.  How so very wrong they are.  When we attend to God’s words, we learn that they are life unto those that find them (Proverbs 4:20-22), which means that God’s words are full, abundant life unto those that hunt for, look for, or seek those words.

God wants us to attend to his words, which means that we need to listen carefully to his words and we need to pay close attention to what is being said because his words are full, abundant life unto those that find them.  You see, the word of God is alive and forever pregnant, giving birth to new revelations every time we give attention to God’s words, every time we correctly analyzing and accurately divide it.  This is why it is more important than we could ever imagine for us to seek wisdom and to get understanding.  Once we have them we receive “revelation knowledge;” the kind of knowledge that can only be obtained by getting “the rightly divided word of truth” inside of us.

Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will help to direct or guide us.  Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will give us the correct interpretation of many things.  Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will lead us to all truths.  Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will allow us to know all things as they pertain to God.  Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will allow us to recognize the things that are of God.  Once inside, the rightly divided word of truth will “set apart” the true word of God from “every wind of doctrine or new teaching” used to trick us with lies so clever that they sound like “the truth.”  Knowledge is power, while misinformation will lead to our destruction.  It is the “truth that will set you free” (John 8:32).

“At that time, Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  Even so, Father for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Matthew 11:25-26).

Jesus prayed this prayer to the Father thanking him for revealing the truth to his children and thanking him for hiding it from those who think themselves to be so wise.  One can only imagine what the master of the parable was referring to in this passage.  We need to realize that the Bible is our only source of knowledge about God.  We need to know that the whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.  It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone.  It is our instruction manual and our source “for all things God.”

We forever pray that our commentary will be a tremendous inspiration to you, abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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