Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Consider His Word

John 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

God’s Word must be given place in our hearts. It is not enough to hear the Word; we must heed it. Because these Hebrews rejected Christ’s Word, they disqualified themselves from the blessings God had intended for them to receive.

First, they missed out on the confidence of hope. Many times while on foreign soil, Americans are leery of drinking the local water. In a third-world country, there is often a lot of pollution in the water supply. There is no confidence because it has all been contaminated. Praise the Lord that His Word has never been contaminated! First Peter 1:23–25 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

Second, they missed out on a change in their hearts. In the next verse, Jesus said, “I speak that which I have seen with my father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.” Because they had rejected the Word of God, they were stuck in their sinful ways. Many people feel trapped by sin. They may have had high ambitions of not falling into the same sin as other people, but in rejecting the help of God’s Word, they cut the only rope that could rescue them from this world’s storm of sin.

Third, they missed out on the course to Heaven. Romans 10:17 plainly tells us that the Word of God is vital to salvation, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” How many mansions in Heaven will never be prepared because someone simply would not give place in their hearts to God’s Word?

Consider the promises God’s Word offers you today. Only as you are faithfully reading His Word and diligently obeying His commands will you be able to see revival in your life.

A devotional thought by Pastor Paul Chappell of Lancaster Baptist Church, Lancaster, CA

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