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(John 1:1-5 NLT) In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it..
(John 1:14 NLT) So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
( John 6:63 NLT) The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.
(Hebrews 4:12 NIV) For the word of God is alive 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.
√ FAITH activates the Word.
(Hebrews 4:2 NIV) For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
√ REVELATION activates faith.
(Luke 1:34 NIV) “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” –> She heard the words of what was to happen
(Luke 1:37-38 NIV) For no word from God will ever fail.” – – -> something changed in Mary and she said “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
√ MEDITATION activates revelation.
(Joshua 1:8 NLT) Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
(Matthew 7:24 MSG) “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
1. I must ACCEPT its authority!
(1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV) And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
2. I must INCORPORATE its truths.
√ LISTEN to it.
(Romans 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Luke 8:18 NIV) Therefore consider carefully how you listen. . . . .
√ READ it.
(Matthew 4:4 NIV) Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
√ EXPLORE it.
(Psalm 119:11 NLT) I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
3. I must APPLY its principles.
(James 1:22 NLT) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.