|Posted on October 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM|
Reflection: Do not Neglect the Written Word of God!
Jesus wants to present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, set apart and blameless. He sanctifies the church and cleanses her by the washing of water with the Word of God. The Word of God is our light, guide, measuring rod and renews our mind which allows us to be focused and grounded in truth. It is also alive, quick, powerful, sharpening, life changing and will bring salvation, deep emotional and physical healing, deliverance, wholeness and exponential increase.
One Word from God changes everything! Delight yourself, hunger and thirst for the pure, unadulterated Word of God. Don’t spend a day without opening your bible, reading and meditating on the Word of God even if it is just 5 minutes. No spoken word or prophecy should be given Higher Authority or Pursuit than the Holy Scriptures. A spoken word or prophecy must be judged, validated and measured by the written Word of God. All scripture is God–Breathed, Holy Prophets of Old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. God’s written Word, logos, is inerrant, incorruptible, infallible, unchangeable and eternal. It is forever settled and established in heaven.
Don’t be a lazy believer. Stop looking for a spoken word or prophecy and go to the written Word of God. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you directly. He desires to talk with you and minister rhema, truths, applicable to your life and matters that concern you. Do not despise Prophecy, for it is the Testimony of Jesus. However, do not neglect taking personal time regularly to read, study and meditate on the written Word of God.
Psalm 119:89 (KJV) Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
Job 23:12 (KJV) Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Psalm 119:16(KJV) I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Psalm 1:2 (AMP) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night.
2 Timothy 2:15 (AMP) Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.
Ephesians 5:25-27 (AMP) ….just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify the church, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word [of God], so that [in turn] He might present the church to Himself in glorious splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy [set apart for God] and blameless.
Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) for the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged [a]sword, penetrating as far as the division of the [b]soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.
2 Peter 1:19-21 (NIV) We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (AMP) Do not scorn or reject gifts of prophecy or prophecies [spoken revelations—words of instruction or exhortation or warning]. But test [a]all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.
Revelation 19:10 (AMP) Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he [stopped me and] said to me, “You must not do that; I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who have and hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God [alone]. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [His life and teaching are the heart of prophecy].”