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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

God relates to us through His Word

by Jeff Hegstrom
God’s Word teaches us that relationships matter. From the beginning of Genesis, we not only see the relationship of the Trinity (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit); but, we also see God’s love relationship with His creation as He walked daily in fellowship with Adam and Eve in the garden. (Genesis 2:8)

The Gospel of John clearly declares God’s love for mankind.  The scripture also affirms just how much our relationship with Him matters.  John 1:14 tells us, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  God loves us so much that He sent His One and Only Son into the world to live among us, to have relationship and fellowship with mankind that the world may truly know Him and be saved. (John 3:16-17)

If I asked, “How do you have an ongoing relationship with God?”  Many of you might say through spending time in prayer and reading God’s Word. These are incredible answers; but, how often do you actually take the time to invest in your relationship with God through prayer and reading?
  • How would you evaluate your relationship with God and His Word? (Never ---- Casual ---- Somewhat Steady ---- Reliant)
  • How often do you take the time to stop and listen to God speak to you through His Word?

Because God is relational, He relates to us through His Word.  
The Bible isn’t just a good read, a history book, or a book of rules and regulations. The Bible is God’s very words, written to us to declare His love and offer hope and salvation for all who will believe. He is the Author and we are the recipients of His love story that He has written for us and is writing in us.  God has given us His Word through the Bible that we may truly know Him and His great love for us.  From it we learn how to live the life that He fully intends for us to live through an authentic relationship with Him.

God’s Word is INTERACTIVE
  • Psalm 119:105, “Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
  • Isaiah 55:11, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

God’s Word is INSTRUCTIVE

  • Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
  • Romans 15:4, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”

God’s Word is INTIMATE

  • Romans 10:8, “…The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart”
  • Psalm 119:9-16, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.”

I remember when I was serving as a Student Ministries Pastor in Illinois, there was a young lady in high school who really fell in love with God and His Word. She came to me one Sunday morning and asked if she could share something about God’s Word with the other students in our youth service. That morning, she got up in front of all of her peers and said that she had been reading in the book of Psalms and she couldn’t believe that something written so long ago applied exactly to her life and what she was going through at that very moment. She proceeded to share how God knows just what you need and what you are going through and if you will read His Word, His love letter to you, He will use His Word to speak directly to you and your circumstances.

What a powerful revelation and testimony of the relationship of God’s Word in your life straight from the heart of a teenager. I love what the Psalmist says about God’s Word… “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.”  Psalm 19:7-11

  • When is a time that God spoke directly to you and your circumstances through His Word?
  • How did that impact you?
  • How could you begin to intentionally invest in your relationship with God through His Word?
  • What difference do you believe it would make in your life?
  • What difference do you believe it would make in your relationship with God?
 
Being Word based is one of the "7 Marks of Spiritual Health" in life and ministry.  The RM team will be writing about all seven, the topic this month is the Word.  Please feel free to comment and join in on the conversation.

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