16 Scriptures for Word of God
Word of God Speak – A Link Party
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.
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.
- I read that “cut to the quick” could mean hurt, or emotionally hurt.
But when they heard this, they were cut 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.