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Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – How To Make God’s Word Living and Active

Podcast for Hope Stream Radio – How To Make God’s Word Living and Active

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As you can see from my posts this week, my mind has been focused on learning about making God’s Word become more living and active in my life. The verse of the week is 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.

I wrote that by memory so if you see any error please tell me. Tonight I noticed something else – what is the importance of the little words, “for”, “any” and “even”?

My Thoughts:

“For” I think means “because”. The whole conversation before this verse is about hearing God’s word, and entering into a rest with God.

Today if you hear His voice – be ready to listen, because God’s Word is living and active.

“Any” seems to mean “every” or “all”.

“even” seems to mean “as far as”

So we have:

When we hear His voice we need to listen Because God’s Word is living and active. Sharper than every double-edged sword, it penetrates as far as dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow.

To me it sounds very deep and as I said on Sunday “to the quick”.

Listen to my Podcast about how important it is that we let God speak and hear His Word. How to Make God’s Word living and active.

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Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day

Scripture and a Picture – How to remember Remembrance Day

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What a busy week! Lots of new interesting things on the go.

This week I started a new group called Word of God Speak Facebook Group to go with my postings on the weekend. We will be learning God’s Word through many different methods. We go deeply into a verse, its context, meaning and listen to God speak. Then we learn the verse. One way to commit a verse to memory is to paint it.

This week our verse of the week is Hebrews 4:12

Trying it from memory:

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

As you can see I made a few errors. I will work on those this week.

I looked up pictures of double-edged swords. They can cut in either direction. That’s sharp. When I think of soul, spirit, joints and marrow – that’s all of me. We see that God judges us – right to the core of our being. God is all-knowing and all-seeing so He can do that – go right into the depth of our being.

This time I did a very simple picture of a double-edged sword.

But because it is Remembrance Day on November 11, I wanted to find God’s Word about Remembrance Day. I found John 15:13:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

I have a tutorial based on Remembrance Day (Veterans’ Day for those in the US). Please click on the link to see the video.  This is not part of our memory work for this week – but is always worth remembering.

The Poppy

Between the crosses it stands
A symbol of life
Laid down for friends and family.
by Janis Cox 2015

My first picture looked like this:

poppy John 15-13

Then someone suggested that I might try a little lighter so the words don’t get covered.

Here is my next try:

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I love Romans 5:7-8

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Prayer:

Lord thank You for inspiring us to learn your word through art. As we read your word this week let it penetrate to our soul, spirit, joints and marrow. Keep our eyes fixed on you Who has saved us. You are truly amazing!. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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16 Scriptures for Word of God – Word of God Speak – A Link Party –

16 Scriptures for Word of God

Word of God Speak – A Link Party

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This week I thought we should continue to look more closely at the word of God, which we studied for the past week. How did you do with your memory work?

B——, r—– are those who —- the —- of — and —- it. Luke ??:??

Check the bottom of the post to see if you got it right. I have started a Facebook Group called Word of God Speak Community. I would love you to join me there. We will find different ways to study the Scripture for the week. If you have any other ideas please share them. Here is our Word of God Speak Community Facebook Group. You may add other people you think may be interested.

Today I would like to continue on with another passage about The Word of God using the SIMPLE Method of Bible Study.

S – Say the passage out loud:

The Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates to even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12, NIV).

This is a little more of a challenge for memorizing but I know you can do it. Stick with me at our Word of God Speak Community Facebook Page.

I –  Interpret

What did I find out through looking up cross-references; googling; and from the words themselves?

There seems to be some argument over who is the author of Hebrews. Because it doesn’t start with a salutation the claim of Paul being the author is suspect.

Whoever wrote Hebrews very strongly told the story of the resurrection and our gift from God to live eternally with Him.

I looked up so many “word” passages. I thought I would share them in a drawing. I found 16 that I made into a Wheel. You can download this picture as a PDF.

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M – Make a list of thoughts and questions.

I do know how important the Word of God is.

When I grew up we didn’t read the Bible as a family except for a few tries over the years. But my grandfather always read from a devotional and the Bible after supper. When we visited them – not very often – I would hear the Word and sometimes be asked to read it out loud. As I think back it might have been The Upper Room that he used. I don’t recall any discussion after reading the passage and devotional (which I think is essential).

When I made my decision that Christ would be my Lord and Saviour, I was hungry to learn more. I wanted to read the Bible but found it very difficult. We had a family Bible in the King James Version. I couldn’t understand it. I became frustrated. A friend suggested I buy a New International Version. But still nothing. The same friend suggested I ask Jesus to help me understand what I read. I gave that a try and hurrah – I understood better. I still ask God to open my understanding as I read His Word.

I’m excited now, not only to read but to hear what God wants me to know TODAY. Since his Word is LIVING and ACTIVE it can change as I change and as my circumstances change.

P – Pray – Remember not to talk too much to God but instead listen to His Words.

L – Life Application: What did God tell me?

The very first words I heard from Him were:

Cut to the quick.

Now that was entirely weird. I didn’t know what it meant. I checked various biblical references for quick and quicken and quickening.

  1. I read that “cut to the quick” could mean hurt, or emotionally hurt.

But when they heard this, they were cut [a]to the quick and intended to kill them  (Acts 5:33, NASB).

2. It also meant to get to the core of the message and stay focused.

3. “Quickening” meant to give life to dead flesh. God speaks through quickening.

It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life (John 6:63, Darby Translation).

4. The literal Greek meaning of “quicken” means “to make alive, give life or vitality” (Strongs #2227).

So what do I do with these words, “cut to the quick” that God has given me? I remember hearing sermons that I thought, “How does the pastor know that those words are exactly what has been happening in my life? that is the answer I seek?”

I think what I am learning is that the Holy Spirit makes God’s Word come alive. Any passage will help me with instruction or correction. And God will ensure that he leads me to the passage I need to study for that day. And as for myself – I am to stay focused on what He wants me to do. I also want to remember NOT to grieve the Holy Spirit. If God tells me to do something I had better do it – and do it immediately!

E – Exit with a prayer.

Lord, You can cut me to the quick – either focus me or cut off something that is not of You. I know I am to be set apart for You – to be Holy at all times. Thank You for being such a loving, caring, gracious God who knows me. You have revealed so much to me today. You talked more than I have heard in a while. As I delve deeper into Your Word help me to change and refine and become closer to whom You want me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The song Refiner’s Fire also came to me during prayer time. This reminded me of the podcast I did for this past week – To live in the Holy.

Here is Refiner’s Fire for you to enjoy sung by Brian Doerksen.

Please join the Word of God Speak Community. Follow the prompts if you wish to link.

 The answer is to the puzzle:

Blessed, rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it. Luke 11:28.

 

Hebrews 4-12 Colouring Sheet for you to enjoy in PDF. Or here is the .jpg

Please excuse the “C” for “G” for God – you can change it by colouring it.

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