Word 4U Today

THE WORD, FOR YOU, TODAY (4) LIFESTYLE ORIGAMI

THE WORD, FOR YOU, TODAY (4) LIFESTYLE ORIGAMI

So, after taking yesterday’s advice onboard – what then? What do we do with the Bible that we read?

Quickly read 1 Thessalonians 2:13-14. It explains a sort of folding-out effect from getting close to God’s words – starting with hearing or reading them and ending in living them out.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 lays out the in-between steps that makes living the Bible possible. And they’re pretty interesting:

1. “You received the word of God…” – That’s the reading, the listening. There’s no way around it. Read your Bible.

2. “You accepted it not as a human word, but as… the word of God” – This is about recognizing the value and authority of those words of God. It’s so important to remember that the Bible is a Spirit-infused letter, full of God’s authority and knowledge.

3. “Which is indeed at work in you who believe” – All of that Spirit, authority, and knowledge of God that’s in the Bible… Well, it’s “at work in you who believe”.

If you read God’s words and acknowledge their power, that power starts to work as part of your life.

Then, after the reading, the accepting, and the having-it-work-in-you, comes the action. And it comes very naturally.

Once you’re changed on the inside, the choice to ‘live it out’ should be an easy one. You’ll learn the best way to act from your Bible (Jesus is a good example for that), and find yourself more ready to follow it.

WHAT NOW?

Got a favourite verse? Or better, got three from Thursday’s ‘What now?’? Go back to them and use the three-step process from today’s reading. See something new in those verses?

Verse of the Day:

 ‘…You received His message… And this word continues to work in you who believe.’ 1 Thessalonians 2:13 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

March 15th, 2014

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