Passion for God

James 4.5 - God, Heart, Bible3James 4:5   (KJV)   5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

We take God’s Word seriously; it’s the lamp of our feet, the light of our path. It shows us what to believe and what not to believe, how to behave and how not to behave. We meditate on it—day and night; the works of our hands prosper as a result. It tells us to be faithful to God—to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. God is a jealous God, and He wants our spirits to be intimate with Him, to be passionately in love with Him.

God’s Word shows us the faithful who have walked before us. We follow their footsteps. There’s always a fork in the road in front of us; we don’t struggle; we’re not confused; our spirits are sure; we’re single-minded and focused. We choose God. We’re committed; we’re devoted to Him. True, not everyone chooses to walk the same path; we have loved ones who choose to walk the broad way and enter the wide gate; we see the devastating consequences of their choices. We won’t trade life in the Son. It’s the greatest life there is. That’s why we turned from ungodliness and turned to God; that’s why we choose God; that’s why we lovingly, wisely, gently, boldly reach out to others.

God’s Word is very clear in many of its instructions; we wholeheartedly submit to its authority and walk in obedience.  Some of them may not be as clear; we live out our conviction while lovingly disagreeing with those who don’t see them the same way; no, we don’t desire evil or advocate violence against them; those who do proves that they’re not Christians even if they claim they are. We know Christians by their fruit; the foremost of it is love. This doesn’t mean we agree with everything everyone else believes and approves everything everyone else does. We love God; we follow Him; we honor Him, His will, His Word. We’re steadfast in the Truth, and we love everyone despite all our differences; we love others though they treat us as enemies. This is a heart consumed by love for the Master. Oh such wonder, such beauty.

It Really is God’s Word

1 Thessalonians 2:13   (KJV)   13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Men preached the words but it is God’s Word they preached. God’s Word really is God’s Word. That’s the reason why it works.

God’s Word will accomplish whatever its purpose every time. Some of us will believe. If we do, God’s Word will change us, cleanse us, strengthen us, encourage us, guide us, teach us, correct us, transform us, etc. We get the point.  Some of us won’t believe. If we don’t, God’s Word will still accomplish its purpose for us. It will be a witness against us; it will serve as our very judge. Instead of blessing, it will be a curse for us. Our belief or unbelief never renders the word of God powerless.

Dear God, thank You for graciously giving us Your Word, Your dependable, inerrant, infallible, irrevocable Word. I pray that we’ll learn to value it as it really is: God’s Word – Your Word. May we clearly see how precious Your gift is to us and how powerful it is. Oh Lord, I pray that You would save us and spare us for the many times when we receive Your clear instruction and guidance and yet we continue to choose the path of sin and disobedience.

Some of us have symptoms of callousness growing. We hear Your Word and we continue to do those things that displease you and we’ve become or are slowly becoming so comfortable about it, that we keep falling to the same sins repeatedly. Some of us have mastered the art of trampling on Your Word – Your exhortations, Your guidance and Your commands as long as we do it within the privacy of our own personal world. We’ve mastered the art of presenting ourselves to others as having a good grip of Your Word, of our spiritual condition. We’ve learned to carry ourselves so well, innocent lambs submitted to the Shepherd’s voice. We look innocent, we act innocent, but deep within us is a rotting spirit of rebellion that’s ready to step out in more serious ungodly acts given the chance.

Please strengthen us against ourselves. Save us from our weak use of Your powerful Word. May we choose to live out its power – out there in the world, and more importantly, in our very own private battefield, – in Jesus’ Name, amen.