Hi and welcome to “Abounding Grace” as we continue in our study of the established heart. Last time we discussed how we are to be strong in the Lord; we saw that God has provided strength and grace for all His kid’s and every believer owes it to himself to be established in the Word. We should all be established if the three fold knowledge of what Christ is to us, what Christ has done for us and what Christ is doing for us now. Let us now continue with what the Word is to us.
Ps.119:105. (Amp) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
The Word of God is a lamp to my feet; God through his Word determines the believer’s destiny,
Ps.16:5-6. (God’s Word) The Lord is my inheritance and my cup. You are the one who determines my destiny. You boundary lines mark out pleasant places for me. Indeed my inheritance is something beautiful.
It is a light to my path it makes the way plain before me, I do not stumble for my steps are ordered in the Word.
Ps.119:133. (Amp) Establish my steps and direct them by [means of] Your word; let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
The believer should know what the Word is to him, what it means to him and what the Father intended it should mean to him.
The Word is food for the recreated spirit, it is spiritual food,
Matt.4:4. (Amp) But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.
In John 4 Jesus sends his disciples to by some food in a town of Samaria. While they are away he has an encounter with a woman at the well, you know the scripture, and His disciples return and offer him something to eat:
John.4:31-32. (Amp) Meanwhile, the disciples urged Him saying, Rabbi, eat something. But He assured them, I have food (nourishment) to eat of which you know nothing and have no idea.
The disciples are haven’t a clue what He means and ask among themselves:
John.4:33-34. (Amp) So the disciples said one to another, Has someone brought Him something to eat? Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.
We have already discussed the fact that the Word of God is the will of God, Jesus was busy sharing the Word with the people and that built Him up, we as Christian people cannot go through life not studying and meditating the Word, just as your physical man needs physical food to sustain it so the spirit man needs spirit food to keep him strong.
The Word is the mightiest thing in the World, it slays and it makes alive.
Here we have a situation where a man and his wife tried to swindle the church;
Matt.5:1-11. (Amp) But a certain man named Ananias with his wife Sapphira sold a piece of property, and with his wife’s knowledge and connivance he kept back and wrongfully appropriated some of the proceeds, bringing only a part and putting it at the feet of the apostles. But Peter said, Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart that you should lie to and attempt to deceive the Holy Spirit, and should [in violation of your promise] withdraw secretly and appropriate to your own use part of the price from the sale of the land? As long as it remained unsold, was it not still your own? And [even] after it was sold, was not [the money] at your disposal and under your control? Why then, is it that you have proposed and purposed in your heart to do this thing? [How could you have the heart to do such a deed?] You have not [simply] lied to men [playing false and showing yourself utterly deceitful] but to God. Upon hearing these words, Ananias fell down and died. And great dread and terror took possession of all who heard of it. And the young men arose and wrapped up [the body] and carried it out and buried it. Now after an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not having learned of what had happened. And Peter said to her, Tell me, did you sell the land for so much? Yes, she said, for so much. Then Peter said to her, How could you two have agreed and conspired together to try to deceive the Spirit of the Lord? Listen! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out [also]. And instantly she fell down at his feet and died; and the young men entering found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And the whole church and all others who heard of these things were appalled [great awe and strange terror and dread seized them].
Note that it was upon hearing these words the man fell dead.
The same Word healed many the very same day.
Acts.5:12-16. (Amp) Now by the hands of the apostles (special messengers) numerous and startling signs and wonders were being performed among the people. And by common consent they all met together [at the temple] in the covered porch (walk) called Solomon’s. And none of those who were not of their number dared to join and associate with them, but the people held them in high regard and praised and made much of them. More and more there were being added to the Lord those who believed [those who acknowledged Jesus as their Saviour and devoted themselves to Him joined and gathered with them], crowds both of men and of women, so that they [even] kept carrying out the sick into the streets and placing them on couches and sleeping pads, [in the hope] that as Peter passed by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them. And the people gathered also from the towns and hamlets around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those troubled with foul spirits, and they were all cured.
That is all I have for now so be blessed and don’t forget to share the Word and spread His love all around.
If you have never accepted the free gift of God’s grace and His so great a salvation then I urge you by the mercies of God to be reconciled to Him through the acceptance of His Jesus as your personal Lord and saviour. You can’t earn it; all you can do is accept it by praying the following prayer from your heart by faith. All who come to Him He will in no wise cast out.
“Father, it is written in Your Word that if I confess with my mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in my heart that You have raised Him from dead, I shall be saved. Therefore, Father, I confess that Jesus is my Lord. I make Him Lord of my life right now. I believe in my heart that You raised Jesus from the dead. I renounce my past life with Satan. “I thank You for forgiving me of all my sin. Jesus is now my Lord, and I am a new creation. Old things have passed away. Now all things become new in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
If you have prayed the above prayer then go and study the Eternal Life document for a greater understanding of what you have been given by God your Father.
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