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::Devotional:: ‘Focus On The Word’

September 1, 2010

I spoke in chapel yesterday at Christian Heritage Academy on the importance of the word of God in the life of every believer.  Someone described it afterwards as ‘masterful’ which is exactly what it was, full of the master; God.  Therefore I take no credit for yesterday.  My whole prayer was simply to not get in the way of what God wanted to say through his word.  There is power when we focus on the word.

I’ve noticed that while many people talk about the importance of getting into God’s word very few follow through with it.  In their defense however, very few people who say that it’s important to get into God’s Word take the time out to show other people what exactly that means and how to do it.  That creates confusion.  What needs to be heard that is not being said is, “you keep telling me to do this, yet nobody is willing to show me how to do it.”

This past winter I had the privilege of teaching a class at church called Bible 101 and it was a class simply about studying the word of God.  It was probably the most successful and encouraging ministry opportunities I’ve ever taken part in.  People loved it.  We ended up doing two sessions of the class and had close to 40 some people go through the class with us.  Why was it so successful?  That’s right, because it focused on the word of God.  It bridged the gaps between the what, when, where, how, and why of getting into God’s word.

If we’re not studying the word on our own we have little to no ownership in what we believe.  We’re simply listening to what someone else tells us we should be doing or should believe.  If we’re not studying the word ourselves we are simply left with listening to the word.  Consider the warning of James:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  James 1:22

What is the deception he warns us about?  The deception that merely listening to the word is enough.  It’s not.  We have to obey what it says and put into action the things that it teaches.

I said this in chapel yesterday and I believe it is worth mentioning again here because I know it comes from the Lord.  Do you know why the word of God has the power to transform your life?  Because that’s exactly what it was designed to do.

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.  2 Timothy 3:16

Every use of the word mentioned in that passage requires change.  Have you allowed the word of God to change you today?

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

Need somewhere to start studying the word of God?

  • Read through Ephesians to find out why God saved you.
  • Read through 1 John to be assured of your salvation.
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