Sunday, December 23, 2012

Picture the Word

Do you want to be counted wise, to be a repuation for wisdom? Here's what you do; live well, live wisely, live humbly. “It's the way you, not the way you talk, that counts” James 3:13
 
There's a close relationship between hearing the Word of God and seeing God's wisdom shown. Vivid Biblical word pictures help us visualize the truth of God. The Bible speaks about natural vision and the vision of our hearts.
 
The mind's eye or the eyes of the heart are spoken of in Scripture:
 
Ephesians 1:18 “May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call, what are the riches of glory in His inheritance among the holy ones.”
 
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes ti see clearly the wonders of your teaching.”
 
Isaiah 6:10 “You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed.”
 
Luke 24:45 “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.”
 
Acts 16:14 “One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying.”
 
Acts 26:17 “I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among thoise who have been consecrated by faith in me.”
 
2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves.”

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pray the Word

All prayer is a response to what God has said. You can rea the Bible academically, study it lingustically, follow it morally, appreciate it artistically and enjoy it emotionally, but until you are moved to respond to God in prayer you have really heard the Word of God. Hearing the Word and prayer are inseparable. Together they mark our agreement with God's will. Prayer and the Word signal our realtionship with God. Through prayer we are given the opportunity to agree with the written Word of God.

Paul wrote that everything God created is good. However, it must be received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the Word of God and prayer (1 Tim 4: 4 – 5).

Prayer and the Word of God impact on one another in 2 ways:
  1. Praying the Word: Whenever you pray, you need to pray according to the Word of God

  2. Hearing the Word prayerfully: Through prayer you embrace the Wotd in your life. You allow God to speak, direct and guide you.