“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
How many of you have heard of the song, “When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no?” Hahaha. You know, one thing I like about being creative is that you can convey a message in a way that is simple without needing further explanation. Not many people know it, but the chorus of the song is very powerful. And I am not here to discuss the song, but to I am to discuss about the Word of God, and why it’s very vital to read it, understand it, and claim for yourself and in your situations.
We all know what a seed or seeds look like and what it means, right? I mean there are several kinds of seeds we can plant to grow several kinds of things such as children, legacy, careers, food, trees, fruits, dreams, characters, relationships, even in financial matters, for example investing in something for long-term equity growth. But among all the seeds you can plant in your life, there is never a better seed you can plant for yourself than the Word of God. In fact the Bible says, the seed of The Word of God is imperishable, incorruptible, living, and enduring. Friends, there is power in the Word of God. If you didn’t know, today you will find out why it’s important to read the Bible, to declare God’s promises in your life, and meditating on them until God fulfills them in your life.
- The food for your soul and spirit
In the book of Matthew chapter 4 verse 4, while The Lord Jesus has been fasting in the desert, satan showed up trying to tempt Jesus to break the fast. He made a suggestion to Jesus to make bread from stones to relieve His hunger. But The Lord Jesus said to satan, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from The Mouth of God.’” Another translation says, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” In his book, ‘The Purpose Drive Life’ Pastor Rick Warren said, “The Word of God is the spiritual nourishment you must have to fulfill your purpose.” Your physical world, body, or flesh have its food, but your spiritual world also has its food. People need more than bread for their lives. They must feed also on the Word of God; the food for the soul and spirit. You see, The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to transform us in the likeness of Jesus Christ. In other words, if we want to become like Jesus, to have Christ-like character, and live godly, we must fill our lives with His Word. In the book of John chapter 3, from verse 1 to 8, the Bible records that, “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” God’s Word must be the center of our lives, decisions, thinking patterns, and so no. In other words, The Word of God must be living in us just like Job who said, “I have treasured the Words of God’s mouth more than my daily bread,” we also we have got to treasure the Word of God, and His promises for us. It’s for our own growth and for the best.
- You have got to be built on the rock
The Lord Jesus said in the book of Matthew chapter 7 verses 24 to 29, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.” And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” When you stand on the Word of God, and the promise of God, you stand on something solid as a rock. Be sure that no matter what happens, it shall come to pass. Troubles, trials, and temptations may come, but if you stand on that Word of God, The Lord said you will have victory in the end. Another translation says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” So when you hear the Word of God, put it into practice. You have got to be not just a hearer of the Word of God, but a doer of it. Apply it in your life, in your circumstances, and hold on to it until you see the promise come to pass into your life. There may be chaos along the way, but The Lord promised to overcome them all when we endure long enough until we see what we have been believing all this time manifesting in our lives. On Christ, the solid rock, we stand. Amen!
- The Will of God
The Word of God is a Will of God for your life. In the Bible, in the book of 2 Timothy chapter 3 verses 16 to 17, it says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Another translation says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.” The Word of God gives us direction and understanding of things, crucial things concerning our lives. The Word of God reveals truth about life, God, His purposes for us, but also His love for us. And in order to be a truly disciple of Jesus, feeding on The Word of God and practicing it must be your priority. In fact in the book of John chapter 8 verses 31 to 32, the Scripture says, “Jesus said to the people who believed in Him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Another Bible translation says, “So Jesus was saying to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].” The book of Psalm chapter 119 verse 105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” So The Word of God is a lamp to our feet, and a light for our paths. If you are in darkness, if you don’t understand things, just open The Bible and start reading it. And as you read it and chewing it one verse to another, you will start seeing and learning things that you didn’t know or weren’t able to see before. You will also start getting familiar of God’s Will and promises for you. Nowadays, advancing technology has made it easier for us to have access on The Word of God. You don’t even need to carry one Bible version to Church these days, you can access all Bible versions and translations through your phone, your iPad, etc., whether using a Bible app or searching it through a search engine.
- Spirit and Life
In almost all my articles, if you have noticed, I usually like to quote Bible passages as they are so that my readers won’t lose all the insights. I may get a different understanding and insight than you may get as your read the Bible passages on your own. The Holy Spirit of God may reveal something to you that I wasn’t able to see from the passage especially for such as this next point that says ‘The Word of God is Spirit and Life.’ In the first book of the Bible, Genesis chapter one, it records that in the beginning God said, and it became. The entire chapter one is filled with God said, and it became. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 3, “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Same chapter verse 9, “Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so.” What does it mean then? The Word of God is Spirit and Life. In the book of John chapter 17, reading from verse 1 to 3, The Lord Jesus was praying to The Father, our Heavenly Father, and it records, “Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the Only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” We have learned that we have got to read the Word of God, to know God. I am sure God has different ways to speak to us, but most certain one is, He can speak to us through His Word. He can speak to us through Jesus, The Word of God. The book of John chapter 1 verse 1 says, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” And then it continues on John chapter 1 verse 14, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from The Father, full of grace and truth.” In the book of Revelation chapter 19 verse 13, it says, “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God.”
Another Bible passage that says The Word of God is Spirit and Life, is from the book of John chapter 6, verse 26 to 63. It says; “Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” Therefore they said to Him, “What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do? Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
I mean, a lot to chew at one time, but very profound information and knowledge that can transform lives and circumstances. Glory to God, Amen! We are not wasting our time when reading the Scriptures and meditating on God’s Word and promises, because one day that same Word of God we are meditating and acting on will manifest in our lives.
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