Saturday, February 24, 2007

God's Word is Sovereign

Today I wanted to post an excerpt from my nonfiction book, "God's Word is Sovereign." I wrote this book targeting people who may be on the verge of accepting Christ and who may be seeking answers. I also target Christians who may need new, fresh ideas in how to minister to those seeking these answers. I've never written a proposal for it and have not submitted it for publication, although it has been complete for over a year. I'm waiting on God to tell me when the time is right. However, today I feel led to share this. I believe it is why God didn't give me anything else to write.


(Beginning of excerpt)
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (NKJ)


Think of every individual in your family. Imagine their face and get a clear mental image of them. Now, imagine not being able to speak to them—not in person, not over the phone, and not through the mail or email. It isn’t a happy thought, is it?

We are God’s family and He desperately wants to connect and communicate with us. He didn’t create us to be little puppets, void of all emotion and thought capability. If that were the case, God wouldn’t have given us the free will to choose between Him and evil. He would have pre-programmed our minds to reject the temptation of sin.

Instead, God created us to be His family so He could love us, share Himself with us, and communicate with us. He does this in several ways. He speaks to us audibly through prophets, and spiritually through the mind and heart. Sometimes He uses dreams and visions. Other times He uses situations that are miraculous to remind us of His power and glory. Things that are out of our control God turns into our favor to remind us that He is still in control and sovereign. He does this to build our faith in Him, to show us His love, and to prove that He hasn’t forsaken us.

The most widely known and most effective way He communicates with us is by His written Word. The Word is used as a reference and a study guide in learning about creation, the history of God’s chosen people, the history of Christ, how to live a Godly life here on earth, and how to prepare and store up rewards for our heavenly home beyond this life. The Holy Bible is the only book that contains the past, present and future.

You might be wondering, how could this be possible? The Bible contains the past through the historical account of creation, the stories and genealogy of man until the birth of Christ. It describes the history of kings, nations, and especially that of Israel .

The Word contains the present through parables, advice, and direct commands from God. We are to study these examples of how to live our lives now. It doesn’t matter what generation we’re from, or what time period we live in. The Bible is timeless.

Jesus almost always taught in parables. He wasn’t just teaching His disciples and the people of that time. He knew His teachings would eventually be written in numerous languages, that it would travel all over the world, and continue to reach new generations throughout the centuries.

Several books in the Bible refer to the future through spoken prophecies, dreams and visions. Examples are given where prophecies were spoken to kings and nations and then it came to pass. There are end-time prophecies that describe the saints being raised into the kingdom of heaven, what many refer to as the rapture. Other prophecies that are yet to be fulfilled include the second coming of Jesus, the tribulation, and the great judgment. One of the most recent prophecy fulfillments is Israel becoming a new nation again in 1948.

Thus says the Lord God: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land . . .”
Ezekiel 37:21-22

Who else could have put the Holy Bible together, writing it so perfectly that it would address the past, present, and future throughout all of time simultaneously? Only God could. Yes, He might have used apostles and disciples like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul, but it is arrogant for any of us to even consider that mere men could be capable of writing such a divine piece of work complete as the Holy Bible. God used these men as tools. He wrote the Bible through His Holy Spirit, which dwelt in each of them. God poured Himself into the Bible for our sakes. As John 1:1 says, “. . . and the Word was God.” (end of excerpt)

Lately I have run out of words--not only what I will write, but in prayer as well. When this happens, we've got to go back to the Word and pour it back into our spirits. This is when we've got to read until we have feasted on the Word and filled our spirits full again. The Word will come alive and live in you, reminding you of its holy scriptures just when you need it most.

A few years ago, I was going through a desperate time and I could not relate to others or communicate. Depression over my hopeless situation seemed to be devouring me from every angle. Do you know what God kept whispering to me to do? He kept saying, "Keep My Word alive in your heart." When we read His Word, we are communicating that we want to get to know Him better. We are part of his family and sharing family time. We are letting Him talk and we are attentively listening.

Pray this prayer with me. Pray that we would keep God's Word alive in our hearts!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor

3 comments:

  1. Amen, Jenn.
    The Word is alive and active in all of our lives.
    I really admire you for writing a devotional. God will use this for His awesome purpose when His time is right.

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  2. Jenn, I can't wait to see your devotionals published! I want to buy the book.

    Thank you for this today.

    Missy

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  3. Such excellent advice! I appreciate the tip on how to get writing again. Read! Read and get to know Christ.
    thanks,
    Angie

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