Respond to God's Word

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"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life." - John 5:39-40

Are you like me, and sometimes when I read the Bible, I feel like that's enough? Not everyday, but many days, I don't pursue God, I don't take the next step, I don't respond to God's Word.

Sometimes we forget the fact that the Scriptures aren't God Himself, but God's Word. There's a subtle but important difference between the two. God doesn't want us simply to read a few verses each morning, close the Bible, consider ourselves "covered," and then proceed through our day without a second thought of what we read.

Reading and studying the Scriptures isn't enough, Jesus tells us in these verses. Sure, the Scriptures are about Jesus' life--they "testify" about him--but the real key is to take those teachings and apply them to our own lives, to live out Jesus' Word, instead of just reading about it. Jesus's Word doesn't provide eternal life; only Jesus Himself can offer us that.

It's easy to say we're going to carry Jesus' Word into our daily life, but it's another thing entirely to figure out how exactly we're going to do that.

In his book The Power of a Whisper, Bill Hybels outlines a useful and concrete way to practice this, a formula he uses each morning during his quiet time. He chooses a few verses and then reads through them slowly at least twice, jotting notes about what the verses mean to him personally and how he might apply them to his life. Then he writes out a simple prayer of commitment to living based on those verses, and prays those words back to God, often several times throughout the day, as a reminder of how he can bring Jesus' teachings into his own daily life.

What an amazing way to let God's Word wash over us, empower us, direct our paths and open us to responding! What a powerful way to let the light of God's Word, be the light in our life, that we can then be the light in another's life and in this world, that they then might be the light for another!

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THY WORD
Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, 1984

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

When I feel afraid,
Think I've lost my way,
Still you're there right beside me.
And nothing will I fear
As long as you are near.
Please be near me to the end.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

I will not forget
Your love for me and yet
My heart forever is wandering.
Jesus be my guide,
And hold me to your side,
I will love you to the end.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,
And a light unto my path.
You're the light unto my path.

Prayer: 
Lord, help me understand that subtle but important distinction between Your Word and You. Help me take Your Word--Your lessons and teachings--and apply them to my life in a real and concrete way.
Date: 
Feb 6 2019