What the Word of God is able to do. Part two.

Please excuse my lack of posts the flew bug. I need to update the flew business it is Pneumonia. I will be taking some time to get this under control.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed” John 8:31 NKJV. For the words of Jesus to “abide” in us, we must spend much time in them. The word “abide” means that the Word of God is at home in us. Col.3:16 tells us, “Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you.” col316The Bible is an inexhaustible source of wisdom and knowledge. The more we study it, the more we can learn, but it reaches down to right where we are and reads us. Unless of course if you have a hardened heart.

Let’s look at an example from the word about a group of people who decided to follow God’s ways and also rediscovered the life changing effect that the Word of God can produce in us. 2 Chronicles 34:14-21. The setting is during the reign of King Josiah, (8 years old) his father was Ammon and his grandfather was Manasseh one of the worst kings in Judah.
These two men led all of Judah astray into idol worship. The Temple of God had fallen into disrepair, but in the midst of this came young Josiah. Josiah was a reformer who set out to change his nation. During the course of cleaning and repairing the Temple, a copy of the Scriptures was found and given to the King. The nation had been so long without the Word of God that no one even knew what the Word of God said.
Yet this discovery would bring great change. How did Josiah respond to the reading of the Word? He got angry and tore his robes. Can we know what pleases or displeases our Lord apart from the Word of God?
Josiah and his people did not necessarily have evil in their heart, aside from Adam’s sin. Yet their lives were not what they should have been. Once the Word of God was read, Josiah fell under conviction. He saw things that were wrong with his nation. He saw their sin. When he tore his robes, that action was a sign in his culture of repenting and mourning over sin. As he saw God’s heart (whose heart?) reflected in Scriptures, his own heart was moved.
In 2 Kings 23:1-3 we see what Josiah did. He just read the word. Let’s see another example of what just reading the Word of God can do within us. Nehemiah 8:1-18, God’s word had been neglected, but now the Scriptures were being read publicly to the people. See how they responded verse 3, they paid attention to the Word. Verse 6 they shouted “Amen!” and lifted their hands. In verse 9 they began to weep.
They brought back the feasts of booths. They saw what was pleasing to God and set out to do it. The end result was verse 17, “great rejoicing” here we have two examples of the effect on people who had not read and understand what God wanted. Do we see the importance of a daily quite time along with our devotions where we pray and read the word, then go out and live it?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ourjourneybits
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:52:13

    Amen!

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  2. Mannyr
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:55:17

    Thanks for commenting, please stop by often.
    Blessings in Jesus name.

    Reply

  3. Chris
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 00:11:29

    These are two very important examples of how God’s Word can affect people.

    Today, anyone living in a free nation has more access to the Bible and Biblical study materials than ever. One can go to the library if one is poor. In America, Bibles are given to anyone who wants one.

    We have no excuse.

    A devotional Bible is a good idea but not necessary. I have C.H. Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible. It covers the Bible in one year. Mr. Spurgeon tries to put his Devotional in chronological order and does a good job of it. Certain sections are missed, but the parts included are commented upon.

    The NASB is my favorite translation, though I spend a good deal of time in the KJV.

    We are so blessed in a time that there is an abundance of good Bible study materials available. Unfortunately, the bad stuff probably equals the good in volume.

    Glad you are feeling better, Manny.

    God’s blessings…

    Reply

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