There’s Life in God’s Word!

We are designed and created for God’s abundant life.  John 10:10

God’s communications are essential for experiencing, right here and now, this abundant life.

  • The Psalmist’s current hope was in God’s word. Psalm 119:114
  • In real time, right then and there, God’s word was a lamp and light. Psalm 119:105
  • The wise men, in the birth of Jesus narrative, were guided by God’s communication. The details of God’s communication with these folks is still unknown.
    • How did they learn that the birth of the King would be accompanied by a star?
    • What motivated them to have the confidence to follow the star and bring gifts?
    • Of all the kings at that time, why would they make great effort to worship this one?
  • Consider God’s communications to Paul in Acts 16:6-10.
    • How did the Holy Spirit forbid them to speak the word in Asia? Acts 16:6
    • What all was involved in “the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them”? Acts 16:7
    • We do know that their decision to minister in Macedonia resulted from a vision God gave to Paul. Acts 16:9

What God had said in Deuteronomy He was saying again through Jesus to the tempter.  Matthew 4:4

How do I know the difference between what God said and what God is saying today?

  • Live (Abide) in the communications of God. John 15:4-7
  • Learn the sound of God’s communications. John 10:27
  • God’s communications are best understood in community.
    • But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
    • The apostles and elders were gathered together to consider this matter. Acts 15:6
    • For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us… Acts 15:28
    • No prophecy comes from someone’s own 2 Peter 1:20

I invite you to join me each day this week.

  • Read John 15
  • Meditate on a verse of John 15 each day.
  • Memorize John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”