DO YOU BELIEVE?

This is the third of a three part series:

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This baby whose birth we celebrate is God with us, Immanuel.  He is the living Word.  This baby made the claim that He is:  …the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

 14”And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:14)

The Word is divine breath that carries the power of God:  “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Word is the Work of God:   Oh, that we would hunger to be filled with the Word of God, for there is no greater armor, no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us and in us. While those around you are filling their minds with bad news, steep yourself in the Good News about God found in His precious Word.

 The Word is a sword that has the power of life and death:  “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” (Ephesians 6:17)

The Word convicts and refines us: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4: 12).

The Word has the power to destroy:  “Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)

The Word cleanses:  John 15: 3 says, “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.” Christ sanctifies and cleanses with the “washing of water by the word” (Ephesians 5: 26).

The Word gives us new birth: First Peter 1: 23 says we have been purified, “having been born again . . . through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”

The Word keeps us from sin: “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119: 11).  God enables us to live a spiritual life by “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4: 4).

The Word guides our actions:  “Blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice” (Luke 11: 28 NLT).

The Word is a plant that puts down roots and bears fruit:  “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21)

The Word is rain and snow that causes growth:  Isaiah 55 says, “10For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

The Word is a seed that grows to create new life:   “…since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God…” (1 Peter 1:23)

The Word nourishes our souls: We are told to desire the pure milk of the Word— it enables us to grow (1 Peter 2: 2).  I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food. (Job 23: 12)

The Word is solid food that strengthens the mature:  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food…” (Hebrews 5:12)

The Word of God helps us discern the will of God:  2 Timothy 3 says,  “16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17o that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

The Word gives us eternal life: “Have you not read what was spoken to you by God? . . . God is not the God of the dead, but of the living” (Matthew 22: 31– 32).

The Word is to be obeyed:  1 John 2 says, “5But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him.  That is how we know we are living in him.”

This baby is the living Word.  Revelation 19 says, 13He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  (John 6: 68)

Is Jesus your way, your truth and your life?  Jesus is wonderful.  Have you come to the Father through Him?

Do you believe?

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