Saturday, June 3, 2017
Dwelling? Or Simply Visiting?
I Thessalonians 2:13
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
I was taken by the last part of this verse which says "The word of God which also effectively works in you who believe."
We are called to let the word of God into our hearts when we hear it. For too many, they set guard over their hearts their own ability to decide what is right and what is wrong. What is for them and what isn't. We don't have that luxury. We do not take power away from God to declare his rightness or wrongness as we see it. We are called simply to let the truth "richly" dwell in us. To take up residence in our heart/ life. In the natural, when someone moves into a new residence, there are changes that they want to make. The same is true when the Word of God is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Such is done to bring about change in us. Removal of the old and installation of the new.
Colossians 3:16 reads:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another......"
We need to always receive what we are taught and what we read in Scripture. To let it take root deep inside our hearts and become the fertile ground that the Holy Spirit produces fruit from.
No pastor or teacher should ever stand before a group of people and teach what he thinks they want to hear. He should realize that he answers only to God and only God can give the true word needed to be heard for the moment. The word of God is not sent out to receive the accolades or praises of mankind.It is spoken forth for correction and discipline. To open our eyes to the what is lacking in our lives so that we can repent and move on with Christ.
The verse from Colossians says that the word of Christ should dwell in us. The word of God takes up residence and makes a home in our hearts. The word dwelling in me will drive out and remove false ideas and attitudes and behaviors that are not from God.
What or who is dwelling in your heart today?
God on you.........
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