Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Growing with God: in the WORD {week 2} A Link Up

Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you are having a superb week so far. Jesus is alive & He reigns. It can't get much better than that! To get you caught up with this Growing with God series, go check out week one. It was about PRAYER. This week, we're discussing our connection with the Word of God. Are we growing? Are we loving it? Or are we forcing ourselves to dig in?
I n   t h e   W  O  R  D 

"as newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious." 1 peter 2:2-3

The Word of God is our spiritual food. If we don't desire and "partake" of it, we aren't going to grow. For new Christians, it's vital. For growing Christians, it's vital. Babies will be sick and malnourished if they don't drink milk. Its the same with Christ followers. If you aren't growing through the Word of God, you're going to be spiritually malnourished.

"Your word is a lamp to guide me and a light for my path" Psalm 119:105.
God's Word is the Light in this dark world. It reveals truth, the only truth in this life, and guides us to walk in that truth. If we aren't using the Word as our light, we are going to stumble and fall. No matter what we think at times, we need God's Word. All the time.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
God's Word is literally alive. How amazing is that?! His words are living because HE LIVES. We can trust and live by God's Word because God is trustworthy and faithful and He is real. So are His words. That is reality. Not what the latest magazine or news article or someone's opinion. God's Word is the only reliable source of truth. That should get you excited! We can be sure about what is real in this life because we have the Truth. Jesus is the Word. {John 1:1}
I used to take my Bible everywhere I went. As a Senior, I was the girl in high school who took her Bible to lunch, to the gym, to the bathroom. Okay, maybe not the bathroom but everywhere else. I craved the Word. I needed it to survive. As the years went on and the seasons changed, I grew in Christ because I was in His Word, soaking up every word. Then, I went through a dry spell, a season where I didn't crave His Word. And inevitably, I began to fall a little. But because of His amazing grace, I didn't stay down. He never leaves us fallen. In the moments where I don't crave His Word, I pray for that desire. And I open His Word and dig in anyways. God is faithful to give me that desire back. Why? Why is God's Word so important? Because it is GOD speaking RIGHT to you and me.
After high school, as I went through a season of seeking God's will for my life. I think we all go through that stage of life. Except I worried so much about it. I didn't want to get it wrong. It took me years until I realized that God's will for me is written in His word! It isn't a mystery what God has planned for us. Though it may be worked out differently for ever person, He wills for all of us to have faith in Him and to seek Him and proclaim His name in everything we do. I learned this by being in His Word. His will for us isn't a certain career or location. His will for us is to live for Him. And to grow in Him. And to make disciples for Him. And we can do all of those things by being actively in His Word.
 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 thess. 5:16-18
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Romans 12:2
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
Last year, God gave my husband and I an answer and peace on whether we should go to Haiti... guess how? By His word! He spoke to us through a verse in the book of James. And He keeps speaking to us through His Word. We must be diligent in opening it up.
"It's not about getting in the Word. It's about getting the Word in you." Those are the words from a friend named Joe Mulroney who moved to Charleston to plant a church with his family. We grow and learn and are molded into the image of Christ by letting God's word transform our minds and hearts. Reading the Bible shouldn't be something we cross off our to-do list. We are being sanctified by opening up our hearts to let His Word change us from the inside out!
We will never stop learning, never stop growing, and we will never stop being molded into the man or woman that God created us to be if we are daily in God's Word, seeking Him. I am learning how to be a godly wife, a true follower of Jesus, a friend, a neighbor, a servant all through the Bible, God's Words to us.
So whether you crave His word more than anything or you find yourself in a dry spot, not really having the desire to open up His word daily, I encourage you to keep reading, keep praying, keep seeking Him. He will bless you and teach you and be near to you more than you will ever experience!
 He is faithful.
And you are loved!
How are you growing or being stretched by being in His Word? Are you in His word at all? Link up with us and tell us how you are doing, what you are learning, or whatever God has placed on your heart in the area of His Word!

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