The Bible is a precious gift. It’s God’s Word written by human hands, but inspired by the Holy Spirit. These words tell of the creation of the Universe and God’s first “breath of life” into man (Genesis 2:7). They tell of man’s first sin, his separation from God, and the long process of being brought back into a right and loving relationship with the Father – a process made complete through faith in Jesus Christ. These are the words God chose; the lasting words which reveal His nature and eternal plan; the words of truth which provide “everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us” (2 Peter 1:3).
We can carry His Word as an offensive weapon used to battle the enemy; “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). But His Word is also used as a fine surgical tool; “Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joint and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). His Word can purify and refine by cutting away all which is offensive and unclean.
But for God’s Word to have its intended purpose in our life, we must accept it as absolute truth, “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). The Bible is not just a collection of interesting stories and somewhat profound writings, it is God’s Word! We are to receive His Word in faith and apply it with power and authority.
Jesus began His ministry on earth when He was thirty years old. He was baptized by John in the Jordan River and then led into the desert and tempted by the devil. Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus away from the path which God established, Jesus resisted by directly applying the Word of God.
“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
Three times the devil tempted – and three times Jesus answered, “It is written!” When Jesus spoke these words with complete faith and as absolute truth, there was no room for debate; “The devil left Him, and angels came and attended Him” (Matthew 4:11).
Yes, we have been given a precious gift. We have the words which are able to prepare our heart for the gift of eternal life. We have the words which can yield a life of contentment and peace – a life with purpose. But this gift is only for those who believe and obey. Let’s fully accept and apply God’s Word today. Let’s trust with all our heart so we can face any trial or temptation with a steadfast assurance. His Word is truth and the final authority! Let’s answer this world with a bold confidence by KNOWING that it is written!!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries