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Word of God Speak – How Can We Find Peace this Christmas?

Word of God Speak – How Can We Find Peace this Christmas?

Peace

Watercolour by Janis Cox – Reflections

This is the last Sunday in Advent – PEACE. Here is my acronym for peace.

{Aside: Much to my chagrin it looks as if JOY is the last Sunday in Advent, unless our Pastor got it wrong. 🙁 So the last two weeks are reversed}

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Although I started studying 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, I decided to memorize another Scripture. It came from my looking at other references and seemed to fit best with this Advent week of PEACE.

We will be memorizing Romans 15:13. See below.

Following my SIMPLE Method of Bible Study I looked at 1 Corinthians 2:4-5.

S – Say the Passage out loud. Check other versions.

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power (1 Corinthians 2:4-5.NIV).

I – Interpret the passage – check footnotes, references and commentaries.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

1 Thessalonians 1:5

 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.

All of these passages turned me to the true meaning of Christ’s birth. The filling up with the Holy Spirit. Those who lived during His time on earth could see and feel His power. Now we can do the same through the Holy Spirit.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions and ideas.

The week before Christmas – the birth of our Lord.

We’ve discussed HOPE, LOVE and JOY. and now Jesus brings PEACE too.

How can we find God’s peace?

Through the Power of the Holy Spirit.

At the beginning of 2015 I found my WORD for this year – Intentional. Intentional for Jesus.

I think it funny that at the end of this year I join Intentional Bloggers and Tribe Writers. It has been a year of change, of rethinking, of growing. I had to drop some first loves (Family and Faith Matters, and Under the Cover of Prayer Group Posts) and find my focus which is God’s Word.

I must deliberately give my sanctified life to God for His service, so He can use me as His Hands and His feet (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

But it has been God’s POWER that has propelled me forward into uncharted waters:

I’m very excited to see what God has in store for 2016. I haven’t discovered my WORD for 2016 yet but I am getting some strong ideas. I will get back to you early in 2016.

P – Pray. After all your thoughts are expended – take time to talk to God and then to LISTEN to Him.

This time my prayer time was a jumble of ideas – probably because that is the way my mind has been going lately, – WILD,

L – Life Applications – Write down what you heard God speak.

I see a revival, a passion for hope, love, joy and peace in this world.

Nothing can stop God from moving in His people – NO THING.

Rely on the certainly of God’s redemptive power and He will create His own life in people (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

This December has been filled with excitement by following Christ and not the world.

We are not going home to Canada for Christmas this year (we celebrated the family Christmas last weekend – yes a plane ride back and forth). I’m watching and waiting to see what God has in store for us.

I’m shaken by the news of the human trafficking that is happening around the world – and even in my province of Ontario. Watch the video from the Toronto Star and your eyes will be opened. I’m wearing a dress every day in December to remind me to pray and to advocate for those caught in human trafficking.

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I’m reminded of one of my favourite scriptures: Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

This is a great reminder before Christmas.

May Jesus be Christmas for you this year.

May you shine for Him.

May you be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Let’s be revived and revive others.

E – Exit the study with a written prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus – for His coming to earth to see, to share to teach. Create in us Your life so we can know You more. We rely on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Rely on the certainly of God’s redemptive power and He will create His own life in people (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest). (click to tweet).

Nothing can stop God from moving in His people – NO THING. (click to tweet).

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Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Word of God Speak – How to Accept God’s Grace

Last week our Scripture was 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now, the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

I looked at this Scripture in three different ways:

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Using the SIMPLE Method of Bible study I came to the notion that God was leading me to be proactive against human trafficking. I joined with Ratanak International to try to bring awareness against this travesty. I am wearing a dress every day to remind me to pray, and to speak to whomever God puts in my path about human trafficking.

Scripture and a Picture –

On Tuesdays I looked at this scripture again and thought of freedom. I captured the thought of Christians catching the football of faith and running with it. The Holy Spirit can bring a freedom that breaks us free of this world.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Hope Stream Podcast

On Wednesdays I look at the Scripture again. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. I talk about birth and expectancy and how it can be compared to the expectancy of Christmas. Here is the Podcast Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. Click on #38.

 

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That brings us to this week’s Scripture. Using the SIMPLE Bible Study Method I try to see what God is saying to me in HIs Word.

S – Say the passage out loud.

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no-one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit (John 3:5 NIV).”

I find it interesting that my NIV Bible is always a little different than Biblegateway.com even if I check the NIV or the NIVUK. So I use the one in my Bible.

I – Look at footnotes, commentaries, references.

I found Titus 3:5 helpful.

He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

I read that baptism was an outward sign of an inward work of grace achieved by the Holy Spirit.

M – Make a list of questions, thoughts.

I have always wondered about baptism – children, adult, different denominations have different interpretations.

I grew up where there was infant baptism and then confirmation at the age of 16. When I came to a renewed faith in Christ in 2001, I wanted to be baptized through immersion as a declaration of my faith. I chose a lake in our county. It was definitely an outward sign as the Lord had already changed my heart inside.

P – Prayer. Take the time to be quiet before God. Still your mind. Let everything go out of your head except Christ.

As usual this is always an interesting time. He shows me pictures, ideas and convictions.

L – Life Application – What did God teach me?

I saw a picture of God in the Holy of Holies – beyond us all. Then I saw Him coming down and how He made Himself able to come into our lives through the Holy Spirit. With the Holy Spirt alive and active inside us, we can now connect to our Lord.

But I also saw those who don’t know God. I thought, “What does it take for the Spirit to move in the hearts of men? in my family? in my friends?

It is such a simple acceptance of God’s grace.

But I remember before I took that leap of faith, being prideful, and stubborn. So it takes the power of the Holy Spirit to break through our tough skin.

We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers).

Jesus can take that which was beyond us, and place it in us (though the Holy Spirit) and rise us up to be with God.

E- Exit with a Prayer

Father, I thank you so much for showing me Who You are, for bringing me into the fold, for shepherding me. I pray for those Who don’t know. I ask that You lead them to Yourself. Help me to speak love, hope, joy and peace to all I meet. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

 

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We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts  (click to Tweet)

It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit (Oswald Chambers). (click to Tweet)

 

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Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Word of God Speak – How can we find Freedom?

Can you believe this is the 6th week since I started Word of God Speak? We have looked at 6 different verses – prayed, studied, memorized and hopefully put them into our hearts.

Week One – Luke 11:28Blessed rather are those.
Week Two – Hebrews 4:12
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Week Three – Isaiah 40:8Isaiah-40-8
Week Four – 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Last week we looked at 1 Peter 1:8-9. Can I Catch the Spirit and Run for the Goal?Can-I-catch-the-Holy-Spirit-and-Run-for-the-Goal-

Here is my attempt at memory work without prompts for 1 Peter 1:8-9.

Though we you have not seen Him, we you love Him; and even though we you do not see Him NOW, we you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for we you are receiving the goal of our your faith, the salvation of our your souls.

As you can see I need to remember “you” and the word NOW. But otherwise I am getting the grasp of it.

On to today’s verse:

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This picture painted in December 2013.

S – Say the Scripture out loud:

Today we are looking at 2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And a quick look at The Message:

And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.

I – Interpretations, footnotes, history:

Paul has been discussing the old covenant versus the new covenant in Christ. The old covenant relied on rules; the new covenant relies on the heart.

Look at 2 Corinthians 3:3-6 HCSB

 It is clear that you are Christ’s letter, produced by us, not written with ink but with the Spirit of the living God—not on stone tablets but on tablets that are hearts of flesh.

 We have this kind of confidence toward God through Christ.  It is not that we are competent in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our competence is from God.  He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant,not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.

In my study Bible NIV, it says that the old covenant was temporary and inadequate and the new covenant was permanent and effective.

John 8:32 says:

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

M – Make a list of thoughts, ideas, questions:

Freedom! I love the praise songs about the freedom in Christ. It reminded me of one of my favourite songs from Canada.

Robin Mark singing Take us to the River – The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon us.

It is such a privilege to be in Christ and be FREE. There is nothing holding us back from doing His Will except us. We are our own problem. Each of us has something that could hold us back. But we are in a community where we can help each other.

I remember the shampoo commercial that says you tell one friend and she tells one friend and you can see the multiplication factor.

Let’s be a community that helps one another. Let’s back each other as much as we can through every method we can use.

All tides rise when we see a believer making this world a better place with their gifts. – Lysa Terkeurst.

P – Prayer: Take time to listen to what God says after pouring out your thoughts and questions

When you do this part – please take time to listen to God. Stop thinking, planning. Let your mind rest on Jesus. Focus on Him.

L – Life Application – What did I learn from this quiet time with God?

This past week and during this quiet time of reflection God spoke to me about something I had read about in Facebook about wearing a dress in December. It is a unique initiative to bring awareness of the huge problem of human trafficking in this world. As I prayed I thought of the freedom of Christ and those others who have gone before us to banish slavery.

I wrote about how I wanted to get involved and wear a dress.in December. I now have a fundraising page at Ratanak International Janis Cox.

And I have started a promotion for giving $5.00 of every Tadeo Turtle book sold, to Ratanak International who works with victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia.

There is a small town near our small town of Haliburton called Wilberforce. It is named after William Wilberforce, who had an integral part in helping to pull down the chains of slavery.

I saw revival. I felt revival. I sensed revival.

Yes let’s look to the UNSEEN.

Let’s find INEXPRESSIBLE and GLORIOUS joy.

Let’s shine so others will question us to learn why we feel such joy.

E – Exit with a prayer

Heavenly Father, thanks for Your Presence with us and in us. Thanks for Your Word that says we can have the Spirit of God in us and be in freedom. Help us to “shine with the brightness of [your] face.” In Jesus’ name. Amen

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Freedom reigns in Christ. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. (click to Tweet)

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Word of God Speak – Can I Catch The Holy Spirit and Run for the Goal?

Word of God Speak – Can I Catch The Holy Spirit and Run for the Goal?

Last week we looked at 2 Corinthians 4:17-18:

For, our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

God is so good. I chose this passage without realizing that it is the first Sunday in Advent. HOPE. How awesome. Hope is what we are talking about. The glory of being with God – now and for all eternity.

 

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This week we will look at Romans 8:18 and 1 Peter 1:6-9, using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study. We will be memorizing 1 Peter:8-9.

S – Say the Scripture out loud.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

And in The Message 18-21

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

I – Investigate and interpret where and what it is

Like last week we are looking at momentary troubles – the things of this world – age, sickness, pain, anger, hate, frustration, death. And we are comparing it to what Christ is promising – an eternity with Him, in new bodies – freed of this world.

Don’t you love The Message’s  version –  The joyful anticipation deepens.

M- Make a list of your thoughts, questions and ideas

I thought about this through the week and it we seem to live in two separate “universes”. One temporary and one eternal, one earthly and one godly, one with suffering and one with glory.

We have the opportunity to bridge that gap now  – here on earth. We can find those moments filled with peace, longing, inspiration, comfort and joy.

How can we find that bridge? that portal?

I recall many sermons stating I should have a firm foundation. I will admit during that time, I had no clue to what that meant or why it was important.

I’ve come to understand that FAITH and TRUST are to be our firm foundation.

Here are a few building blocks for faith and trust:

  • a knowing in our hearts Who God is
  • an understanding of the power of the Cross and Christ’s resurrection
  • a giving over of control to God, Who is more than able to do anything
  • a knowledge of the Quiet and how necessary it is to water and nourish our faith – a constant, consistent watering by being in the Word and being STILL
  • a repertoire of Scripture so we can recall important words for ourselves and for others.

Looking at 1 Peter 1:8-9 from the HCSB:

You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy,  because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

P – Prayer Time – Don’t forget to listen to God – don’t talk. Be Still

L – Life Application – what did you hear?

I had a lovely meditation.

I heard the words – faith and trust.

But then I heard the word “catch”.

Catch? What does that mean? Catch His Fire was one of my first email addresses. To catch the Spirit of God.  And to catch or capture others from the darkness and absence of God.

Here’s what I know of having a genuine faith:

  • Be at peace with myself and others
  • Relax in all circumstances because He is able, more than able.
  • Do – Don’t be sidetracked or pulled off course. Continue to focus on Jesus and do.

Then I saw a vision of me catching a football and running for the goal.

What an awesome picture! The goal posts – a shining light. Hope radiating as I ran.

So I decided after all this that I would memorize 1 Peter 1:8-9 because that seems to be where God led me today. Find out more at our Facebook Group Page. All welcome.

E – End with a Prayer

Thank You Lord, for always inspiring me and bringing me joy. When I seek you I can cross the divide between the temporary and the eternal. Help to encourage others to do this. In Jesus’ name. Amen

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We have the opportunity to bridge that gap now  – here on earth. (click to tweet).

Can I catch the Holy Spirit and run for the goal? (tweet this)

Here is the colouring page in PDF.  1 Peter 1-8-9 small

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Word of God Speak – How to Focus on the Unseen

Word of God Speak – How to Focus on the Unseen

I have been thoroughly enjoying looking at a verse a week, finding ways to memorize it and thinking about what it means to my life.

The verses I have used so far are about what God’s Word is telling me about His Word. I thought since my blog is called Growing through God’s Word, and these posts are called Word of God Speak, I would focus first on those verses that tell us directly about His Word.

Last week’s verse was found at Isaiah 40:8.

The grass withers, and flowers fade, but the Word of our God stands for ever.

That’s a promise from God. Hallelujah. God is the only enduring reality in this world.

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What is time? Temporary while we are here. Eternal with God.

This week I am looking at 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – a longer passage, but I think it is important to learn it as a whole.

S – Say the Scripture out loud:

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out weighs them. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I also read the Scripture in other Bible versions. I liked the Good News in particular because it says that what can be seen only lasts for a TIME, and what cannot be seen lasts FOREVER.

And this small and temporary trouble we suffer will bring us a tremendous and eternal glory, much greater than the trouble.  For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.

I – Interpretation. Using dictionaries, and footnotes and commentaries find out as much as you can about when, where, how and why this was written.

When I first read it I thought, “Oh my this carries on exactly after last week’s verse – the withering and fading of things in this life and the assurance of God’s Word being eternal.

Paul is talking about our temporary bodies – compared to our eternal ones. We are treasures in jars of clay. Sometimes I know that only too well. – Joints, and muscles can ache, I forget things, I get sick etc. etc.

Here are a few extra Scriptures to read:

Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
    but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

1 Peter 1:6, 7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

2 Corinthians 5:7For we live by faith, not by sight.

Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

I liked this commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

We Christians have this treasure in earthen vessels. If we submit to God’s discipline—expending ourselves and yielding to God in the little things day by day—we will see our conviction grow. Then, if people call us into account, we will not be worried because we know absolutely—because we have lived it. This is the kind of faith God wants us to have.

 

M – Make a list of thoughts and questions.

I was taught to believe in what I saw – and told that what I saw was real. And not to look to the spiritual. Put your faith in concrete stuff. Thus, my imagination was curtailed. Science, math were triumphed. Literature was allowed – but creating fictional characters and thinking beyond what I could see and hear – that wasn’t encouraged. Even in university my courses in anthropology confused my faith. Sociology also didn’t help. And self-help books and authors only confused me more.

Now I have come full circle. Now I have actually heard things that some would say are not real.

I listen and watch for God to speak and show me His way.

I pray for circumstances to meet people and to help them. I’ve seen miracles, I’ve seen signs.

I believe in the Holy Spirit
I believe I can hear God’s Voice
I believe in Jesus, that He died, was resurrected and lives again
I believe He will come again
I believe in the Everlasting.

I know this world is but a vapour. Kingdoms rise and fall. But God’s Word will stand forever. I will NOT be shaken.

P – Prayer time. Don’t forget to LISTEN to God’s voice. Sometimes we chatter so much we forget to listen.

L – Life Application – what did I hear from God today?

I had a good long quiet time. I just love being still before the Lord. I have been reading AW Tozer and the attributes of God in his book, The Knowledge of the Holy.

I kept hearing assurances of God’s faithfulness.

Words came: He faileth not, great is Thy faithfulness, through summer and winter seasons.

Forever He is faithful, Forever He is strong, Forever He is with us, Forever and ever.

I’m fixing my eyes on Jesus. That’s what brings hope, strength, and passion for the day.

I will live with the UNSEEN.
I will be with God
I will hold fast to His Word
God does not change.

E – Exit with a prayer

To my unfailing, forever God, I will stand on Your Word. You are forever faithful. I will study. I will memorize your Word. I will put You first. I thank You for Your unendingness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Word of God Speak – Why I Can say “I will not be shaken”

Word of God Speak – Why I Can say “I will not be shaken”

I am so excited about learning Scripture. I hope you are too. This is week three of our new Word of God Speak.

Week One – Luke 11:28 – Hear the Word and Obey it

Week Two – Hebrews 4:12 – The Word of God – and 16 Scriptures for Reference

Can you fill in the blanks from last week? The answer is at the end of the post.

Hebrews ?:??

For the —- of —- is —— and —–. Sharper than any ————- it penetrates even to dividing —- and —–, —— and ——. It —— the thoughts and ——— of the heart.

Today using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study we will study Isaiah 40:8

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S – Say the passage out loud. This is very very important.

The grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God stands for ever (Isaiah 40:8, ESV).

I – Interpret the passage. What else can you find out?

 I wrote before on Isaiah 40:8. I knew it sounded familiar.

And again in Bouquet from Creative Tuesdays. 

And another one!! Flowers may Fade.

As I said this passage out loud, I remembered the praise song, I will not be Shaken by Vineyard.

The words from the song came to me – “The Word of the Lord will stand – I will not be shaken.” I  love that.

I will NOT be shaken.

Other references for you to look up:

Isaiah 5:24 – depicts dry grass, decayed roots – symbolizing those who reject God’s Word

James 1:10 says he will pass away like a wild flower

Psalm 119:89 – Your Word stands firm in the heavens

1 Peter 1:24-25 We are born again, imperishable – by God’s Word – This is the Word preached to us.

M – Make a list of thoughts, questions, ideas.

God has everything planned and timed. Things will pass away and change but He – The Lord – is imperishable, unending, all knowing, all powerful.

Yes “life goes on” – with God standing with us – with the living. Forever our Rock. I will not be shaken.

P- Prayer time. Take time to talk to God but also to LISTEN to Him

L – Life Application – What did I hear?

Grass withers but can come back after a rain storm. The living water of Christ revives us and gives us new life. It makes us part of the imperishable – the eternal. This takes the weight off my shoulders as I know He is in charge. We only need to listen to His voice and obey.

I will NOT be shaken. NO NO. I will not be moved. I will NOT be shaken.

E – Exit with a prayer of acknowledgement, acceptance, thankfulness, or conviction

Oh Heavenly Father, just the fact that You never leave me, never change and are always faithful, that Your Word stands forever – and ever, that makes me strong, sure and at peace. As I stand with You I am linked to the imperishable – the eternal. Thank you for giving me the living water of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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What can be learned from Isaiah 40:8 using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study? (click to tweet)

I will NOT be shaken. NO NO. I will not be moved. I will NOT be shaken. (click to tweet)

Here is the answer to the puzzle:

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Today I invite all who write about God to link to Word of God Speak. Follow the prompts at the bottom of this post.

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