How to interact with the word
Post on 27-Nov-2014
DESCRIPTIONThe word of God is God's creative power that has the ability to make an impact on the life of an individual. I have shared in this slide, details on how it affects a person and how you can begin to take steps towards enjoying that impact in your life now.
- 1. HOW TO INTERACTWITH THE WORDFriday 19th September, 2014
2. QUICK RECAP During the last Sunday Service, we talked about developing the inner man. We stressed the fact that man is a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body and so theinner man is more important than the outer man We established that God values the beauty/quality of the spirit over the outer man andwhatever he may represent in this world. We saw that the blessing of God is a force that resides and functions in the humanspirit but can impact upon all that a man is involved with. We also talked about the fact that there are certain things you can do to help cultivateyour spirit for maximum productivity. 3. INTRODUCTION The term interact with the word refers to associating and communicatingwith the word to the extent that it has an impact or effect upon you. So to understand its full import, lets look at a few characters of the word andsee what kind of impacts it can make on your life. 4. THE IMPACT OF THE WORDAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable fordoctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2Tim 3:16)Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) andprofitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, forcorrection of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training inrighteousness (in holy living, in conformity to Gods will in thought,purpose, and action) [AMP] 5. There will be no better scripture to learn the impact of the word of Godother than this one that says it all. The Amplified version puts it better when it explains that being inspired byGod means Godbreathed. The scriptures are the very out breathings ofGod. In other words, while we exhale gas, God exhales the word! 6. The difference is that while we exhale waste products that are useless to us,the out breathings of God are extremely important. As a matter of fact, Jesus said man cannot live by bread alone but by theseout breathings of God! (Matt 4:4) No matter how much bread a man eats in this world, he can never truly livelike God will have him live without the Word. The word is the only truesource and sustainer of life in this world! 7. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way oranothershowing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting ourmistakes, training us to live Gods way. (MSG) According to the Message Translation, the word is useful one way or theother to everyone of us. It is either useful for: 8. DOCTRINE DOCTRINE: Showing us the truth, instruction or information This refers to teachings or precepts as you would use in educating a littlechild. It means that the Word of God can be trusted and depended uponto give you the right upbringing as a child of God. You may be a new convert and be wondering where to start from. Youmay not know how to pray or how to do anything at all, if you willfollow closely, the Word will inform you on the path of life that youshould go. It will indoctrinate you on kingdom principles and lifestyle so to say. 9. REPROOF REPROOF: Exposing our rebellion, correction of sin, This is a little more technical but it refers to a proof or conviction. It applies to a situation where someone is wondering whether or not apath of life, an action or a decision is correct. And while he is therewondering and not sure, the Word comes to prove to him and convincehim of what the truth really is. In other words, the Word is the true clearer of all doubts 10. CORRECTION CORRECTION: Correcting our mistakes, correction of error and disciplinein obedience. This time around, assuming that you didnt quite get the reproof of theWord and have gone in the wrong direction, the Word is still there tocorrect you. By this I mean it straightens you up again, rectifies, reforms and restoresyou to an upright state. It also improves your life and character as a whole 11. INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS INSTRUCTION: Training us to live Gods way, training in righteousness There is no better way to explain what instruction in righteousnessmeans than to look at how the amplified version puts it. It says it is training in holy living and in conformity to Gods will inthought, purpose and action. 12. Instruction in righteousness is that process by which the word of Godcultivates your mind and morals to conform with the will of God until youbegin to think in line with the word, have your inspiration, motivation andpurposes guided by the word and in turn take actions on the grounds of theword! 13. SUMMARILY Every message you receive and every scripture you come in contact with willdo one or more of these for you. If its not teaching, informing and instructing you about life, it is provingsomething or clearing up your doubts concerning a matter. If it is not clearing doubts concerning a matter, it is straightening andrestoring you to an upright position after you must have erred. 14. If it is not restoring and straightening you up, then it is cultivating andworking on you in other to have your thoughts, purposes and actions aligningwith the Word standard. Or better still, it is doing several of these at the same time!!! No wonder Paul the apostle said 15. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of theknowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the lossof all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,(Phlip 3:8) 16. And David advised his son Solomon saying Wisdom (The Word) is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: andwith all thy getting get understanding. (Prov 4:7)Wisdom = The Word 17. ACTION POINT What part of the impact/ministry of the word (for doctrine, reproof,correction and instruction in righteousness) have you least benefited from inyour life? Itemize at least three occasions and incidences in your life where you did notmaximize the doctrine, reproof, correction, or instruction in righteousnessthat a particular scripture communicated with you. How do you plan to take FULL advantage of the Word from now onwards? 18. FURTHER REFERENCE Our book titled The Emergence of Champions Print Edition: Ebooks: Amazon Kindle Apple iBookstore Baker & Taylor 19. Barnes & Nobles Flipkart Oyster Scribd Smashwords 20. Please visit our blog: www.livingaboveandbeyond.org Join our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/0-ye1 Visit our website: www.pastorcharles.org Send us an email to: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org 21. 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