Posts Tagged ‘word’

Let’s look at the last sentence of John 6:63, “The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life.”

So it says that the Words, truths that Jesus was speaking were spirit and life. Selah…. (Pause and think on this) Upon first reading i immediately took that to say that life is the words Jesus spoke. But… it does not say life is the words i speak. No doubt there is life and the spirit in the words Jesus spoke. Jesus spoke words and Lazarus came to life so from that it could appear that life is the word. I happen to think there is a difference between life being the word and the words i speak having life. i think in part what Jesus is saying is that to simply breath has no benefit, no profit and i get that! Breathing without Christ… well, what’s the purpose?

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.

This can get a little deep for my purposes but you can research it on your own if you desire. His words are nourishment to our spirit and our soul. His words have the power of life and death in them.His words change lives, transform situations and make the impossible possible.

DEEP BREATH…. TIME TO TRANSITION… So how do i reconcile all that with Genesis 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Does that put me right back at Life Is… Breath, more specifically God’s breath?

So, what is the breath of God? my understanding is that the breath of God is the life and power of God, and is given to man to animate him.

The Creator of heaven and earth did two things in creating man. First, He formed him from the dust of the ground, and, second, He breathed His own breath into the nostrils of Adam. This distinguished man from all of God’s other creatures.

Genesis 2:7 reveals three significant facts about man’s creation. The first is that God and God alone created man. God created the substances, and then He used those substances to create man. God had both the omniscience (all-knowledge) and the omnipotence (all-power) to do exactly what He wanted.

Second, God breathed His own breath of life into man. Man is more than “dust” or physical substance. Maimagesn has a spirit. Picture it this way: Adam’s body had just been formed by God from the dust of the earth—a lifeless human body lying on the ground. Then God leaned over and “breathed” His own “breath” into Adam’s nostrils. So what exactly did God give Adam? i have always believed that when God breathed into Adam He gave him a portion of EVERYTHING He is. Much like a candle lighting another candle. What does the candle being lit get? A portion of everything the already light candle has!

Third, man became a living soul. The word soul in Hebrew is nephesh, meaning “an animated, breathing, conscious, and living being.” Man did not become a living soul until God breathed life into him. As a physical, animate, rational, and spiritual being, man is unique among all living things upon the earth.

This is starting to sound like the “which came first question, the chicken or the egg,” Gods’ breath or God’s Word?

 

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If i want a Godly relationship, i’m going to have to pay the price for it. i must be disciplined, focused & committed to pleasing God.

Don’t think that I have figured out “what’s next” just because i am posting today. Nothing has changed, but that’s exactly why i am posting. i am not one to quit just because i can, because of some self-serving reasoning. Been there and done that! i am reverting to my long-standing guide of “when in doubt say no.” Not as in stop everything and do nothing and say no to everything but as in make “no” changes.

Again Paul invites me to yet another word in 1 Thessalonians 4. Paul feels that a gentle reminder (according to the commentaries) is needed for these people regarding some things they already know, that I already know.

1 Thessalonians 4 1-3 One final word, ed. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance.

Paul is urging me to keep on track, to stay focused with what i learned from Colossians 3. That it was not a destination, but a part of the process.

This weekend i was flipping channels and ended up watching Pastor Andy Stanley teach on Guardrails. Last year i spent much time watching the entire series more than once. It was no coincidence that i was to re watch it now.

Andy Stanley says, “Nobody plans to enter into a violent marriage. Nobody plans to ruin his or her finances. Nobody plans to struggle with an addiction.” Then he asks, “What steps do i take to make sure these things don’t happen?” It’s a great question! And the correct answer is…, set up guardrails. i can tell myself that i’ll “be careful” but that has not worked well for me in the past. Setting up guardrails is better than “being careful.”

Guardrail – a protective railing. System designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off limit areas. How about a system designed to keep ed from straying into dangerous or off limit areas?

GuardrailTitus 2:7-8 ed, show your own self in all respects to be a pattern and a model of good deeds and works, teaching what is unadulterated, showing gravity [having the strictest regard for truth and purity of motive], with dignity and seriousness. ed, let your instruction be sound and fit and wise and wholesome, vigorous and irrefutable and above censure, so that the opponent may be put to shame, finding nothing discrediting or evil to say about you.

The entire series is available on the web. It’s the word guardrails that caught my attention. As the definition says, guardrails are protective. They keep me from…. Proper guardrails are protective of my relationship with God, my wife, my children, the body of Christ and with my employer. In any one of those relationships i can stray into areas that are dangerous or off limit to me. Life is filled with danger but i can do something about it by being aware of the guardrails that have been set in place by God.

One final word, ed. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you watch for the guardrails we told about, so you would please God,.

Paul begins verse 16 the same way as he did in 15. “LET”

Let: to allow or permit, to grant the occupancy or use of. ed grant the occupancy, allow, permit, use of.

Let “THE” again same as verse 15. It’s a specific THE. THE is not just any old the. It is not an ordinary the. It is representative of THE word spoken by Christ the Messiah.

So, i am to allow or permit or better yet grant occupancy THE word spoken by Christ the Messiah…

Paul says, “ed, let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”

i, as in me, ed, am to let THE word “have its home” or better yet, take up residence. That means there will have to be an eviction of the current residents, anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, etc., etc.. The new occupants will be gentle and forbearing with others and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against me, i will readily pardon them. These new residents will take better care of me than the previous ones.

This has a religious sound to it but it is a good commentary (Gill’s), “it… (THE word of Christ) should have a constant and fixed place there, and not be like a stranger or wayfaring man, that tarries but for a night, or like a sojourner, that continues but for a while; but as an inhabitant that takes up its residence and abode, never more to depart; and intends not only a frequent reading, and hearing of, and meditating upon the word of God but continuance in the doctrines of the Gospel, with a steady faith in them, and a hearty affection for them; for such an inhabitation imports a very exact knowledge of the Gospel, and familiarity with it, and affectionate respect for it; as persons that dwell in a house, they are well-known by those of the family, they are familiarly conversed with, and are treated with love and respect by them: and so the word of Christ, when it has a fixed and established abode in a man’s heart, he has an inward, spiritual, experimental knowledge of it; he is continually conversant with it; this word of Christ is his delight, and the men of his counsel his guide, his acquaintance, with whom he takes sweet counsel together, and esteems it above the most valuable things in the world, and receives and retains it as the word of God.”

My heart will be better served with only THE words of Christ residing there. my mind will think better thoughts by allowing only THE words of Christ to occupy it. Verse 16 says that i will accomplish letting THE words of Christ having their home in my heart and mind, “as i teach and admonish and train others.” The message says, “Instruct and direct one another using good common sense.”

In otherwards by giving what i have been given. i heard a saying that said, “God will not give me what He knows will not flow through me.”