Bible Ballistics: BBs #295 The Rain Of The Word!!!
As we talked last time about the refreshing of rain to our world and our souls, I’d like to take that on a step farther and look at the refreshing that our souls need and where we find it. Often we find ourselves in a spiritual desert and wonder how we will survive; yet God has promised that we will never be there alone regardless of our circumstances.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said,
I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear
what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 12:5-6
And because my confidence is in Jesus, and The Father God Almighty, I can press on and so can you! Because when we come to Jesus in repentance and faith, He makes us “new” creatures “in Christ Jesus” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17), and are “washed” in the “water of the word”! We become part of the “bride” of Christ Jesus and His body.
“Husbands, love your wives,
even as Christ also loved the church,
and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify
and cleanse it with the washing
by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself
a glorious church,
not having spot,
or any such thing;
but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27
Jesus bought our salvation with His own blood, and He washes us and cleanses us through His Word, and His words, and His purpose is that we will be sanctified (set apart for His purposes and service) and cleansed (from the filth of the world)—and how are we cleansed and sanctified? By the “water” of “the word”, to the end that we will be pleasing to our “groom” when He comes for us.
No one has ever been to a wedding and watched a lovely “bride” walk down the aisle in a “dirty”, “stained” or “grimy” dress! No, we see a lovely bride walking down the aisle looking for the pleasure and approval of her “groom”—yet we often give no thought of what our lives will look like when our “groom” calls us to Himself, whether it be by death or His calling of His church out of this world. What will your groom see? A lovely, spotless and delightful bride—or will we come with our lives stained and corrupted by the filth of the world all over us. We need to keep ourselves clean for our Lord’s coming, that we might be found ready when He comes. And we can only do that when we willing to walk in God’s ways, to know His Word, and to continually seek His cleansing through the Word of God. It is Jesus-The Word- who saves us and it is Jesus-through the cleansing power of His Word-who keeps us.
“But after that the kindness and love of God
our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us,
by the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us
through Jesus Christ our Savior;” Titus 3:4-6
We have received all that we need to walk in God’s ways, through the regeneration that the blood of Jesus works within His own; for He not only saves us but also equips us to accomplish all that He calls us to do, through Jesus!
“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you
through the knowledge of God,
and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us
all things that pertain unto life
through the knowledge of him
that hath called us to glory
4 Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these
ye might be partakers
of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4
And one of the greatest gifts that God has given to us is the Holy Spirit who will give us understanding of the Word of God that we might be “conformed” to the image of The Son Jesus Christ. And I believe another great gift that we have been given, is the Word Of God. But if we don’t avail ourselves of the Word, we will be powerless in our efforts for the Lord. Just playing church will never increase the kingdom of God in a meaningful way. Only the changed, empowered and Spirit-filled lives of people who live what they “talk” and demonstrate to the world the transforming power of the cross and the blood of Jesus. Two things that many find repulsive today—but they are the only hope for our world. So we must get into the word to know what God desires of us, to know what pleases HIM and accomplishes HIS will rather than that which pleases and soothes the feelings of “men”! We must get into The WORD!!!
“For the word of God
and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder
and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents
of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature
that is not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked and opened
unto the eyes of him
with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:12-13
We must know the Word of God and then yield ourselves to the transforming power that is in it.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove
what is that good,
will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
God is not calling all of us to die for Him, but He is calling all of us who are His children, to die to ourselves and live for HIM! He is calling us to live by the power of the Holy Spirit with transformed lives; lives that are not conformed to the world but are being continually transformed by the power of the cross, the Word and the Holy Spirit, into the image of “Jesus”! And when we are willing to do that –then the world will see and know that there is a God who saves and transforms lives by the power of the Jesus’ blood.
So won’t you join me today and seek to know Him more by saturating our lives with HIS Word rather than the ways and influences of the world. May we recognize and appropriate the valuable Word of God for ourselves that like Paul we can proclaim:
“I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live;
yet not I,
but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh
I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me,
and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17