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Discover the Book - Apr. 18, 2009

  • 2009 Apr 18
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Wearing His Word

Late in 1996 a plane went down in the Andes Mountains. It didn't make much news. All aboard were lost. The investigation later revealed the cause of the crash. As with all planes in snowy regions, the maintenance crews had to spray off the wings in their de-icing routine. As with all crews, some of the sensors were duct taped so that the spray would not damage them. Unnoticed at take off, these sensors were never untaped. Moments after takeoff into the snow, the pilot cried out that he was getting no readings on his sensors as he slammed into the mountain side of the airport region. Taped warning systems doomed that flight.

Living without a Word filled life is like flying into a snowstorm on a dark night with your sensors taped - you will crash sooner or later. How do we untape them if they are taped up some how? I believe the best place to see the Word filled life is through the eyes, heart and words of God's great servants. Lets start with EZEKIEL!

God's word filled servants SUBMIT to him.

  • They are open to God's word Ezekiel 1:3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest , son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him. (NASB)
  • They are listening to God's voice Ezekiel 1:3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi , in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar ; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him. (NASB)
  • They are waiting for God's hand Ezekiel 1:3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the LORD came upon him. (NASB)
  • They are following God's lead Ezekiel 1:20 Wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go in that direction. And the wheels rose close beside them; for the spirit of the living beings was in the wheels. (NASB)

Sound too good to be true? Its not. That is the way a word filled servant serves. How? By wearing His word.

Lets listen to another great servant who experienced the Word filled life, Paul. Please stand as we read about the Word filled life in Col. 3:12-17: Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

We wear His Word as the sword of the Spirit when we are letting His Word dwell in us. Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Sword of the Spirit. Quick and deadly were the swords of a soldier. Vital to any victory was the hand to hand combat which ended in the defeat of the enemy. To the Christian soldier this victorious sword comes only through the personal memorizing of the Scriptures. This is essential to effectiveness in battle. Warning: Neglecting the Word breeds weakness. And finally, watch out. Sometimes the battle gets up close and personal. Sometime there will be face to face encounters with enemies. And then only one thing will do, you must attack with the weapon of victory. And for the soldier there was only one, the short and lightning like stabs of the battle sword.

There were two swords carried in battle: the machaira , the dagger mentioned in verse 17, and the broadsword, which was from three to four-feet long. It had a massive handle that was held with both hands like a baseball bat. The soldier lifted it over his head and brought it down on his opponent's head. The broadsword was a tremendous weapon. It dealt such a crushing blow to the skull a helmet was necessary to deflect it.

Of the Spirit refers to the source or origin of the sword; hence it is "the sword given by the Spirit." "The sword of the Spirit" is specified as the Word of God. "Word" refers to the preached Word or an utterance of God occasioned by the Holy Spirit in the heart. Believers need this "sword" to combat the enemy's assault, much as Christ did three times when tempted by the devil (Matt. 4:1-11).

Just as food nourishes your body, God's Word is real spiritual nourishment. It's like vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates! Without food, you become malnourished and sickly. Eventually you die. And if you don't have a healthy, regular practice of taking God's Word into your inner man - you'll experience similar results in your spiritual life.

Meditation is the process by which God's Word passes from your head down into your spirit where its power can he released . As Campbell McAlpine stated in his book Alone With God: "Meditation is the digestive faculty of the soul." Even though Jesus was physically depleted from 40 days of fasting, He was so strong in spirit from seeking God and meditating on the Word that He wielded a few words and they were a powerful weapon to defeat His adversary.

The prophet Jeremiah knew about the power of meditation. He cried out: "Thy words were found and I ate them, and Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart..." (Jer. 15:16)

  • Is your spirit joyful because it's nourished by real life-giving "food" - or is it malnourished?
  • Is your quiet time with the Lord a joy -or a duty? God's Word is not something you read to fulfill a daily "obligation" or to show Him what a dutiful Christian you are. In a very real sense, it's meant to bring the kind of inner happiness that gives "healing to your body and refreshment to your bones." (Prov. 3.8)

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we find men and women who knew how to take the Word of God within - and there it touched off a fire of wisdom, understanding, power, and prophetic insight. People like David, the prophets, and the Apostles knew that godly power and joy came from feasting their souls on God's Word,

Let me ask you a question: Are you feeding your spirit so you can have a Word filled life? What are the benefits of this Word filled life?

I've found at least a dozen byproducts of the word filled life:

  • Success: The word filled life meditates on God all day long: Joshua 1:8 "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
  • The word filled life enjoys God all day long: Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
  • The word filled life experiences life long FRUITFULNESS: PSALM 1:2 [At the front door of the longest book of the Bible is a secret recipe for spiritual success. God wants us to prosper and bear fruit. How? Meditation!

 

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