In these times when all absolutes are under attack and being destroyed in the hearts and minds of this present generation, it is vital to know that God has absolutes. God, His Word, His name, and His truth stand out as eternal absolutes – The Divine Plumbline – unchanged and unchanging, forever reliable.
This is a day when all believers need to know Whom they believe, what they believe, and why they believe it.
Where the Word of God is received, believed, obeyed, and faithfully practiced, a way of life is developed that defines and determines:
- Character – who and what we are.
- Behavior – what we do and how we do it.
- Destiny – where we are going.
What a person believes is molded by the vain philosophies of man or the inspired Word of God. Because the Bible is God’s inspired and perfect revelation to man, we must give it the highest possible authority in our lives and give priority to studying it as much as we can, so that we may access the thoughts, the emotions, and even the very heart of God.
Consider the commendation the apostle Paul gave the Thessalonians believers: “And we also (especially) thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God (which you heard) from us, you welcomed it – not as the word of (mere) man, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectively at work in you who believe (exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it).” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 – Amplified Bible)
Inherent within the Word is the divine “supernaturalness” of God that causes the Word to produce and achieve God’s purpose in and through us, the purpose for which God spoke it. God’s Word has within it the ingredients to give us supernatural faith.
Jesus said, 26 And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should [a]scatter seed on the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. (Mark 4:26-28)
So when we hear the Word of God and retain it by internalizing it and by preserving the power and life of the Word, it will accomplish a number of purposes in our lives:
- It shows us, God.
- It renews our minds (Romans 12:1-2)
- It teaches us (2 Timothy 3:16)
- It is a weapon of spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:17)
- It is the foundation for life (Matthew 7:24-27)
- It corrects us (2 Timothy 3:16)
- It trains us in righteousness (right living) (2 Timothy 3:16)
- It equips us for good works (Ephesians 2:10)
- It shows us ourselves and reveals our sin (James 1:21-25; Hebrews 4:12)
- It is a fire and hammer (Jeremiah 23:24)
- It purifies our lives from sin (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26; John 17:17)
- It can prevent us from sinning (Psalm 119:9; 1 John 2:1)
- It builds and brings forth faith (Romans 10:17)
- It gives us hope (Romans 15:4)
- It builds us up and gives us an inheritance (Acts 20:32)
- It regenerates (1 Peter 1:23)
Without the Word of God, we would be revelation-less, truth-less, foundation-less, and ultimately God-less. Let us thank God daily for the gracious gift of His Word.