This is a continuation of the study in my last post.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BELIEVING THE WORD OF GOD
Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in Your Precepts; I will not forget Your Word.
Psa 119:81 KAPH: My soul faints for Your salvation; I hope in Your Word
We cannot separate God from His Word; they are one and the same:
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God had an important reason and purpose for having His Word, which is His expressed will, recorded in written form. God’s Word, as expressed in the Scriptures, is the standard to be used when teaching doctrine (correct teaching), for reproof (the pointing out of incorrect believing), correction (how to get back to right believing), and for teaching righteousness (living out the right believing). The written word is to help the believer to become more complete and equipped in his/her spiritual growth and life:
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.
God speaking forth His Word, brought all creation into being:
Genesis chapter 1: And God said…
Heb 11:3 By faith we understand that the ages were framed by a word of God, so that the things being seen not to have come into being out of the things that appear.
God’s words are living and powerful:
Heb 4:12 For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God’s Word accomplishes His purposes:
Isa 55:10 For as the rain comes down, and the snow from the heavens, and does not return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring out and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Isa 55:11 so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall certainly do what I sent it to do.
BENEFITS OF BELIEVING GOD’S WORD
God’s Word can be depended upon because it is stable, sure, and unchanging:
Psa 119:89 LAMED: Forever, O Jehovah, Your Word is settled in the heavens.
1Ti 4:9 Faithful is the Word, and worthy of all acceptance.
The Word of God is health and life to our bodies:
Pro 4:20 My son, listen to my words; bow down your ear to my sayings.
Pro 4:21 Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart.
Pro 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, and health to all his flesh.
Joh 6:63 It is the Spirit that makes alive, the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life
Mat 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
God’s Word brings healing and deliverance:
Psa 107:20 He sent His Word and heals them, and delivers them from their pitfalls.
Paying attention to and following God’s Word clears our path in life:
Psa 119:9 BETH: With what shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word.
God’s Word gives us direction:
Psa 119:105 NUN: Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.
Luk 6:47 Whoever comes to Me and hears My Words, and does them, I will show you to whom he is like.
Luk 6:48 He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and a flood occurring, the stream burst against that house and could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock.
CONSEQUENCES OF NOT BELIEVING THE WORD OF GOD
There is a growing movement among some churches and Christians, to discount, either in part or in whole, the written Word of God. It is taught that the Bible is a figurative work of literature and not to be taken literally; or a nice collection of stories that teach morals and/or values; or valuable for teaching at one time but not necessary now since “we have the Holy Spirit to guide us”; or worse, not from God at all and to be totally discounted.
We not only worship in vain if we accept the words of man over the Word of God:
Mar 7:7 However, they worship Me in vain, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
we effectively remove ourselves from the power of God that is contained in His Word:
Mar 7:13 making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have delivered
God tells us that in the end times, people will ignore the truth in His Word and follow the teachings of evil spirits and demons:
1Ti 4:1 But the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons.
Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone rob you through philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ
God says that if you do not hear and acknowledge His Word, you are not of God:
Joh 8:47 He who is of God hears God’s Words. Therefore you do not hear them because you are not of God.
The lack of knowledge of God’s Word leads to destruction:
Hos 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
God places a high value on His Word and He clearly states how He regards those who would do away with His Word.
If we reject God by rejecting His Word, then He will reject us:
Hos 4:6…Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest to Me. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I will also forget your sons, even I.
Pro 13:13 Whoever despises the Word shall be destroyed, …
This is a very clear warning: REJECT & DESPISE THE WORD OF GOD – YOU WILL BE REJECTED AND DESTROYED!
Joh 8:31 … If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed.
Pro 13:3 … he who fears the commandment shall be rewarded.
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man who has not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, and has not stood in the way of sinners, and has not sat in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is only in the Law of Jehovah; and in His Law he meditates day and night.
Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivulets of water that brings forth its fruit in its seasons, and its leaf shall not wither, and all which he does shall be blessed.
Jas 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.