Sunday, August 29, 2010

God’s Word

For the last few weeks our Vicar has been preaching on reading the Bible (the Word of God) and how to be walking in the influence of God’s Spirit, we need to know and hear the Word of God to know whether it is the truth. Not just little bits with a daily study reading but hunks (not a bag of chips but a whole meal).

I picked up an old daily reading and the message was the same.

Feed on God’s Word Each Day
Saturday, 1 May 2010
You’ll die spiritually if you don’t feed yourself on God’s Word each day!

Jeremiah 15:16
16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.

Today’s message at church was about setting up a ‘standard’. We were challenged among other things to make a stand for God. In 2 Chronicles 20: 15 and 17 we read that the people of Israel were told not to be afraid. God would fight their battle.

2 Chronicles 20:15-17
15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' "
2 Chronicles 20:29-30
29 The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the LORD had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

And why did God do this? (29 +30)
Because they choose to seek help from God.

2 Chronicles 20:4-9 
4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.'

Our Vicar shared Isaiah 59 and in verse 17 it says

17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak
He reminded us that for Jesus he had zeal for God’s house, when he overturned the money changers tables in the temple.

John 2:17
17 His disciples remembered that it is written: "Zeal for your house will consume me."

I felt a desire to go back to my bible study in a deeper way. The word of God is a lamp to show us the way.

Psalm 119:105
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

I have cleared out the mess in what I call the quiet room of our house. Here I can sit in the sun if it is shinning. I can see the plum tree and have the door or windows open to hear God’s creation. I am not distracted by other goings on and just rest in the comfort of God and read.

All scripture is from (New International Version)

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