In the Old Testament, God told Joshua to meditate day and night on the Word of God, to not let it depart from his mouth (Joshua 1:8). The Hebrew word for meditate is ‘hagah’, and it simply means to murmur, ponder, imagine, mutter, roar, speak and study. The Word of God is a seed which is to be sown into our hearts and must be watered by spending time in the Word of God and with God. With every verse, I want to encourage you to think on the verses, keep them close to your heart, to ponder on what Father God is saying to you personally and listen to Him speak to your heart.
I have hidden your Word in my heart…
Psalm 119: 11
A new thing in God will always be a good thing.
Genesis: 1: 1 (KJV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Psalm 19: 1-2 (AMP)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.
God has made Himself known through His creation. He has proclaimed His power, His majesty and His glory through all that He has created. Every person who stands before God one day will be without excuse on that day because His creation has constantly declared His existence. When one stops and admires a beautiful painting, they will give credit to and praise the artist behind the painting. In the same way when we look at the wonder, magnificence and beauty of God’s creation, how much more should we give credit and praise to the creator behind the creation – Elohim, creator God.
Genesis 1: 27 (AMP)
So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Out of God’s entire creation we are the only ones who are created in God’s image and after His likeness. We are three part beings (spirit, soul and body), and are made in the image of our triune God – Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt that God holds value over all His creation, but you and I are treasures in His hands and He values us as His special creation. We are uniquely created in every way to have fellowship with Him and reflect His kind of love, glory and holiness.
It is impossible to believe that human beings came to be by some sort of random mutation and natural selection. When looking at the complexities of a single living cell, there is no question that the one behind its creation is an all intelligent, all-knowing, all-powerful, divine, supernatural God.
Perhaps today we can proclaim the very words of the Psalmist where he said, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Hebrews 11: 6 (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith is the currency of heaven – without faith we cannot appropriate all that Christ purchased for us through the finished work of the cross. Believing in God and His Word will first require your believing that He is. In other words, you need to believe that God is real even though you cannot see Him for we live by faith and not by sight. The very key that unlocks the door to salvation is first in acknowledging God and then inviting Him to be your Lord and Saviour. It is the gift of faith that enables you to receive Him and it is this kind of faith to believe in what you cannot see, that pleases Him.
Colossians 1: 15-17 (NIV)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Genesis 1: 26 (AMP)
God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the (tame) beasts, and over all the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.”
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were before all things and each within the trinity played a role in creation. Moses declared, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90: 2). Jesus Christ, who is the powerful eternal Word of God spoke creation into being and the Holy Spirit who hovered over the surface of the deep, brought what was spoken from the spiritual realm to the physical realm. The Hebrew word for “Spirit” (ruah), is also translated as “wind” or “breath” and hence, the Psalmist declared, “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath (ruah) of his mouth.” (Psalm 33: 6).
It is by the Word of God, Jesus Christ, that all things hold together and that includes us. When the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are a realistic part of your everyday life, it will not matter what the world throws at you. Why? Because the Word (Jesus Christ), who has taken up residence on the inside of you, is the One who is the glue who holds you together and sustains you by the very Word of His mouth and the breath of the Holy Spirit.
“Thank you Jesus!”
Psalm 20: 7 (AMP)
Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses; but we will trust in and boast of the name of our Lord our God.
As children of God, our battles are not with flesh and blood, but with powers of darkness and very real forces of evil (Ephesians 6: 12). We no longer need to plead with God for deliverance from our enemies as they did in the Old Covenant, because Christ defeated satan at, by, and through the cross, disarmed him and made a public spectacle of him 2000 years ago for us, (Colossians 2: 15). We simply need to arise and remind the enemy of his defeat and then stand on the Word of God which is our weapon of warfare for pulling down strongholds, (2 Corinthians 10: 4-5). It can never be through our own effort and strength that we overcome our battles, but only through trust, reliance and dependence on God and the deliverance that Christ purchased for us, therefore we cannot boast in ourselves, but only in the name of our Lord our God – the maker of the heavens and the earth.
I boast in you Jesus – the purchaser of my salvation!
Acts 17: 28 (NIV)
For in him we live and move and have our being…………….
This verse, which spoke to my heart as a young Christian, has remained as one of my favourites. As I have grown in the beautiful Gospel of Grace, I have learnt that we do not strive to live for Jesus, but rather we learn to live out of Jesus. When Jesus becomes the centre of your heart, it becomes easier and effortless to live in Him and allow Him to move within and through you by the power of the Holy Spirit. He becomes your very life – your thinking, your dreaming, your living, your future, your family. Everything about you involves Him in your everyday life – your everyday life gets lived out of Him. This is what happens when you fall in love with Grace and Truth Himself. Apart from Him, there is nothing we can do, but in Him, we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. We need you Jesus because You are our life.
James 4: 8 (NIV)
Come near to God and He will come near to you………
If you acknowledge God today, He will become very real to you as He draws you closer to Him by the Holy Spirit. God desires you and has purposed to love and lead you all the days of your life, but it will depend on your believing in Him and all He has done for you through His Son at the cross. God never forces anyone as He has given man the free will to make his own choices and decisions. If you have never received Christ in your heart, I plead with you today to ask God to reveal truth to you. I know that Truth will come knocking very soon at the door of your heart – His name is Jesus and all you need to do is open the door and allow Him to become the One who will never leave you nor forsake you.
Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou has for me;
Place in my hands that wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free,
Silently now I wait for Thee;
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
– Clara H.Scott.
Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.
– Anna Bartlett Warner.