His Word is My Word

2 Sa 23:2  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”    NKJV

This is the beginning of the last recorded words of King David as found in the second book of Samuel. We all know that David was used of the Lord to speak His word to his generation and recorded so that all generations to follow would have that word.

How is this great king, from whom the promised messiah would come different from the rest of us?

His acts and his words are recorded in the Bible, and I doubt that any of my words or acts will ever be found there. In every other way, we are the same. Our level of passion may differ, but David was truly human.

His acts–the good, the bad, and the ugly are recorded. His words–of praise, of provocation, of depression, of exultation are recorded.

These are recorded for our learning and admonition (warning), and we are to learn how we are to walk with God by the example of others who have gone before us.

There is something powerful to consider in the verse before us.

Without adding to or taking away from the Word, and without claiming any special extra-biblical revelation, can we not say the same as David? Should we not be able to?

We have each been given the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Each of us is in a different place in our walk with the Lord. Each of us requires different truth at different times for different reasons.

Sometimes, that word of direction comes from a different member of the Body.

Here is where it gets sticky and dangerous. (Some of you reading this are probably already forming your words of warning and correction. Put your sword away. I’m not going there. 🙂 )

It is not necessary, nor advisable to say, “The Lord told me to tell you…” It is equally unnecessary to say, “Thus saith the Lord…”

Those phrases have been used to misguide and entrap saints by well-intentioned believers and by deceitful false shepherds.

No. We should simply deliver that which the Spirit of God places upon our heart and let it go at that. If it is the word for that person in that hour, their spirit will witness to it as being of the Lord. That is all that is necessary.

But, we should be able to know–and at least say within ourselves–The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.

Jesus said that we are to do the works that He did and even greater. (Jn. 14:12)

He also said that His words were spirit and life, and that He only spoke what the Father gave Him (John 6:63; 14:10)

Part of becoming conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29) is being able to hear and speak what the Father says; to do only what we see the Father do.

And in that place, we, like David, will say, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”

What is The Bible For?

NOTE: This testimony was sent to me by this person’s mother. The young man is 23 years old, and is growing in the Lord, which is making his mom and dad ecstatic. Rejoice with them (Rom. 12:15).
 
Austin Chapman’s Notes
What is the Bible for?
10-22-08     2:48a.m.
 
What is our Bible for? It is for instruction and guidance, yes?  If this is true, then the next question is how does it instruct?  How does it guide?  It’s methods are many, but it’s foundation is not.
 
I used to believe that the crux of Christianity was to love, to love unconditionally.  All of the teachings I found surrounded around love and I was under the assumption that’s what it all boiled down to.  Love God, love others and love oursleves in the ways that Christ teaches us.  However, I recently have changed this thinking.  I still believe that love is important and a very large part in what Christians are and should be.  Although, I do think that the larger purpose that Christ came for was to explain who he is; who God is.
 
We needed God to be explained to us because since the beginning of time, God has been giving us the chance to be like him or to be like the world.  He has tried to get us to be like him as much as he can while still giving us free choice.  He made us in his image and we blew it in the garden of Eden.  The next think he did was give us the ten commandments.
 
There are laws in the world because without them we have anarchy.  Without government or law, who does one answer to?  There is no authority higher than yourself if there is no law.  It is in this light that God gave Moses the ten commandments so that we would have laws, order.  These laws may seem obvious at times, a nuisance at others, but all in all, I believe that most, even non-Christians can agree that these laws build the framework of a good person and good society.  But the commandments aren’t right based on practicality, they are right because they are God.  God’s goal was not to create good people.  His goal was to create God people.  He wants us to be like him in everything.  He has beckoned us to be so close to Him that others can feel him through us.  That’s what those laws are for.  They are to guide our spirituality, so that we don’t have spiritual anarchy inside of us.  They are to make us more like God.
 
However, once again, we didn’t listen.  So, he gave us his son, Jesus.  He told us once, we were dumb.  He wrote it down for us, so we wouldn’t forget, we were dumb.  Finally, he came to earth himself to show us what to live like.  Christ came, according to John 18, to testify to the truth.  This truth was God, it was to reveal God’s nature and his personality and his thoughts and wisdom and love to us.
 
So, as my view of the path of Christianity has changed, I have realized that what the real essence of being a Christian is found within the Word itself: Christ, Christian means little messiah or little christ.  That is what we are to be.  We have been called to be living, breathing, incarnations of God himself.  This was God’s goal from the very beginning.  He created us in his image.  He created us to be God people.  He created us to be little christs.  So, what is the Bible for?  It is our handbook on how to transform ourselves into Christ’s image.
 
Father, please help me to be you,  Show me and reveal to me more and more who and what you are, so that I can take on your nature and imitate you.  You are such a powerful and mighty God.  I thank you for being patient with me and with all humans as we have struggled from the very beginning to get it right.  I want to get rid of the sinful desires inside of me.  Please make your will my will, your good, pleasing, and perfect will.  I trust you with everything and in everything let your will be done. Amen.

EVERY Word From God

Mt 4:4
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.    KJV

Satan tried to tempt Jesus with His apparent need for food and the lack of any sustenance out in the desert.

Had that been me, I would probably have looked at the rocks, seen that they were shaped like loaves of bread, and fell for the temptation.

But Jesus saw much deeper than His immediate need. He saw His need to only do what He saw the Father do; to only say what He heard the Father say. That was an overriding principle in His entire life:

Jn 5:19
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Jn 12:50
…whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.      KJV

Notice the detail of what He said. It is not enough that we live by the word of God. We must live by EVERY word that comes from God.

There are at least three ways that I need to be able to hear from God so that I get every word.

The first place we begin, of course, is the Bible–also known as the Word of God.

I am constantly amazed by the number of church-going, bible-believing Christians who do not know the Bible. I am not talking about knowing, or believing my particular position on a subject. I’m speaking of the basics. People do not know the books of the Bible. They do not know who wrote the Gospels. They don’t know how many gospel accounts there are. They do not know the story of Paul’s conversion.

Basic stuff!!!

This only tells me that they are not spending time in the Word.

We begin to hear from the Lord as we spend time in His Word.

The second place we get every word that comes from God is in our personal prayer time with the Lord.

In order to do this, prayer must not be something like we run into the room, say “Hi,” spout off our requests, say “Bye” and leave.

No.

We must take time to listen. That seems to be a major challenge for the wired generation.

Thirdly, we hear from God through others.

I thank God for the fellowship of believers. I love the church. But, often, others are not aware that they have heard from the Lord on something, and I need to hear those words, too. (I know that this is often the failure of the local church itself as the pastor does not make room for others, but that is for a different topic of discussion.)

Blogging has increased our ability to hear from the Lord. I get to hear what God is saying to others, and my faith is built up, my desire is increased, my awareness is heightened.

Blogging will not replace nor supplant the need for the local church, but it certainly is providing a means for many who do not yet have a church where they feel at home.

How has blogging–whether you write or just read–affected your walk with the Lord?