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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Every Word

When the Lord Jesus said “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” He actually meant ‘every’ word that comes out of the mouth of God.  

Every word, from Genesis through Revelation. Not just the ones that make us comfortable. Not just the ones we agree with. Every word, including those that make us uncomfortable; The ones that make us squirm; Those that make us feel guilty; The ‘thou shalts’ and the ‘thou shalt nots.’

And neither is His word now – nor has it ever been – subject to changes in cultures, or the opinions of learned clerics, educators, priests, teachers, judges, or kings.

Little wonder, God urges all humanity – perhaps especially the average person like you and me: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). And again: “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

If consistent reading of the Bible seems a gargantuan challenge, do a quick internet search to find Bible-reading plans, any of which will reduce what at first seems an impossible task to an enjoyable and spiritually edifying one. Use key words such as ‘Bible reading plans.’ Dozens of one-year, two-year, and even three-year plans will populate your screen.

Or take a look at mine at: http://tinyurl.com/y9nh5zb8

It will forever be true: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

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