April 30, 2012 Bible Reading
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Audio Version – Daily Audio Bible
Brian Hardin at the Daily Audio Bible podcast does a fantastic job of covering the story of Jephthah. I encourage you to listen to it as soon as you have time, because I know you’ll have questions about how God could allow Jephthah to sacrifice his own daughter due to a vow. Brain, as usual, does a great job of revealing what the Word says and doesn’t say.
The Word Became Flesh
We begin the book of John today and so we find one of my favorite pieces of scripture. John, one of Jesus’ Disciples, wrote this book and he did so after the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). That’s not the reason it’s one of my favorites though. The reason it’s one of my favorites is because of the way it opens up.
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5 NLT)
Do you remember back in Genesis?
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26 KJV)
God said, “Let us make man…”. The Word of God was with God in the beginning and the Word was God. The fact that Jesus is the Word of God was one of my most important discoveries (that works on so many levels;). The Word of God is not just a book we can read, but the Word lives within us. Remember in Genesis it also says that God SPOKE things into existence.
That’s pretty deep to think about. Now spending time in the Word has more meaning that just 15 minutes reading the Bible. It does remind me how powerful our words can be. Our words (because we were created in the image of God) have significance. Our words have the power to heal or hurt, to uplift or put down, to build up or to tear apart. Our words are our responsibility.
I believe that is why we are to praise the Lord out loud. Check this out…
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. (Romans 10:10 NIV)
Yep, that’s right. Our words can work for the amazing or they cause some serious damage.
Spending time with the Word of God each day can help us fill our verbal palate with much better colors to paint with. The Word is the source of Life.
The Word is also referred to as our best weapon.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)
Whether we use God’s Word or our own word, our words become weapons. It’s obvious whosew word we should choose, so why do we choose the wrong one so often? It has to do with Spirtual maturity. As believers we are becoming more mature and more like Jesus. That’s one of the reasons we are here. So, which weapons are picking up each day?
Imagine you are a warrior home from battle and enjoying time with your wife and kids. You’ve got this huge sword used normally to defeat a hostile enemy. Would you walk through your home slinging that sword around without reason or would you let your young kids take the weapon and play with its sharp edges and dangerousness? No. Just because you are home from battle out in the world doesn’t mean you’d bring that battle home with you. You would probably leave that weapon at the door.
Well our words can be a weapon. Many times we choose the words of the world and bring them into our homes. They have a lasting affect too. However, if we choose the Word of God to be our weapon against the world we would be much better off. The Word of God is safe around our kids and family and was meant to protect us, teach us, encourage us, and fortify us not to harm us.
Whew! That was quite a bit.
What was your favorite part of the reading?
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