“Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.”
Jeremiah 15:16 AMP
The above scripture has some implications for us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. For example, it shows us the Word of God as a ‘mood tuner’ – “a joy and the rejoicing of my heart”, capable of changing our moods for the better.
It also reminds us of our true identity as believers; Children of God – ‘for I am called by Your name, O Lord of hosts’. Just as we are as close to fellow humans as we want – based to a large extent on the time we spend with them and our ability to communicate effectively (both parties baring their heart out without constraints) – so being constantly in touch with our Heavenly Father via His Word reminds us that we are His!
God expects us to feed on His Word, just as babies feed on milk and grow (1 Peter 2:2). As a baby doesn’t perpetually feed on milk for life, we must grow in the Lord via our depth in His Word. Our ‘food’ per se doesn’t essentially change unlike a baby’s who gets off milk to several solids; it still remains the Bible but I believe our growth is reflected in our doing the Word and how the Scripture becomes our reality; our life – based largely on insight and revelation received from the Word (Colossians 3:4; Hebrews 11:3; 4:2; James 1:22; Matthew 7:24-27; John 14:15; 15:10).
Being out of touch with God’s Word is not good for us. It starves our spirit – the real us – and leads to a whole chain reaction of events that are simply not worth it. Best friends can drift apart if that friendship is not nourished by constant association for example. Similarly, lack of constant association/communion with God’s Word can lead to what the KJV version refers to as ‘dull of hearing’ – being unreceptive to further truth needed for spiritual growth because the foundation wasn’t properly taken care of:
“Concerning this, we have much to say which is hard to explain, since you have become dull in your [spiritual] hearing and sluggish [even slothful in achieving spiritual insight]. For even though by this time you ought to be teaching others, you actually need someone to teach you over again the very first principles of God’s Word. You have come to need milk, but not solid food.
For everyone who continues to feed on milk is obviously inexperienced and unskilled in the doctrine of unrighteousness (of conformity to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action), for he is a mere infant [not able to talk yet]!
But solid food is for the full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law.”
Hebrews 5:11-14 AMP
Jesus Christ Himself anointed and gave us teachers to help in our understanding of His Word – a revelation of Himself (John 1:1,14; Ephesians 4:8-16).
PneumaWord by God’s grace aims to help YOU set your foundation further deep in God’s Word through its JULY 2015 ONLINE BOOK CLUB – A STUDY OF TWO BOOKS ON THE WORD OF GOD! These are:
(1) Self-Study Bible Course by Derek Prince
(2) The Bible in the Light of Our Redemption by Essek William Kenyon
These authors are seasoned teachers of the Word of God; I’ve found their teachings to be based on God’s Word and believe their material would help you set your foundation firmly. Starting in two days time by God’s grace – Friday 3rd July, 2015 – to give you sometime to get the books and prepare mentally and otherwise for this ‘challenge.’
Attached is a timetable, which shows what chapters would be read on what day – for ease of read, uniformity reasons, to give ample time for meditation and above all, DOUBLE CHECKING FOR AGREEMENT WITH SCRIPTURE!
Please get copies of these books for personal use to participate in this study; I’m almost certain you would purchase copies to give out to friends and family during/after the challenge when you find out the positive difference these have made in your life and understanding of Scripture. You could have book clubs with your friends where you meet regularly to discuss about the books – would absolutely love to hear that. You could also post comments or questions about the study by commenting on this post, our Twitter or Facebook page but please respect Copyright restrictions where applicable.
Hey, not for you? THIS IS FOR ALL!
From the ‘Walking past doubter who couldn’t care less what Christians believe’; the Spiritual babies who just gave their life over to Jesus and wondering what it means to be a believer; individuals persisting in a state of spiritual adolescence; the individual who wonders what the point of the Bible is anyway, the individual who wants to grow deeper in God’s Word, the seasoned Christian who needs a refresher or foundation appraisal…etc. Yep, it’s for whatever category who may find yourself.
Join in this adventure of getting deeper in God’s Word. Don’t forget to hit share to invite friends and family to join it. You’ll be so glad you did.
HAPPY NEW MONTH!
God bless you 🙂
© Lydia for PneumaWord