The Word is My Life
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My Words are life to those that find them . . . . Prov. 4:22

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February 2018 The Word is Our Rock

From My Life’s Journey                                                                               February, 2018

Topic:  Foundations of the Faith: The Word is Our Rock

Ladies, greetings as we proceed into 2018!  It seems of late that I have written often about times that try men’s souls and a great shaking in our day. God has blessed me to live over half a century, and I have never seen times of such uncertainty and heaviness.  In response, God is directing me to write about foundations of the faith to undergird the believer. I pray these teachings will minister hope to you: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost" (Rom. 15:13).

The foundation of faith for this ministry letter is the Word of God. John 1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." If you desire to draw near to God, you must also draw near to His Word because God and His Word are one.  The Word has the ability to sanctify you and set your life apart for God’s purposes: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).  It also can renew your mind which, in turn, transforms your life: “Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom. 12:2, NLT).    

Let’s talk further about transformation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. I think this scripture is similar to the process by which a caterpillar becomes a butterfly.  Before Christ, we are like caterpillars that crawl on the ground; they have a low and completely natural life experience.  When we receive Christ, it is similar to going into a cocoon stage where the sin nature is removed and the Spirit of Christ comes in to dwell within us. Weemerge as a butterfly – light and free – to live out our Creator’s plans.  As we continue to grow in Christ, we live differently than before.  God’s intent is that we live life from this new, higher spiritual place, not as a caterpillar in the flesh. Sanctification and transformation are powerful processes. Consider your life experience. Do you live as the caterpillar or a butterfly? 

Did you know that the Word is alive? As you read it, it reads you. Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Heb. 4:12, NLT).  See also 1 Thessalonians 2:13. 

As you can see, the Word has deep, sustaining value in the life of a Christian.  What I find, though, is that few read and meditate on the Word of God regularly. Most of my counseling centers on helping Christians get reacquainted with God’s Word – the Word (the truth) that sets us free (John 8:32).  If you have veered from regular time in the Word, re-align your priorities. I firmly believe that your relationship with God must include time spent with Him in His Word – the Bible. God wants to speak directly to you and provide wisdom to navigate these trying times. Offer yourself a living sacrifice to Him (Rom. 12:1).  

Even more important than reading and meditating on the word is bringing your life in alignment with it. In John 2, we read about a wedding in Cana where the wine supply ran out. Jesus’ mother told Jesus about the predicament.  Although He was hesitant to intervene, Mary still told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).  Those are words for us today. Jesus is the Word; do what He tells you. This is lifestyle obedience. 

In response to scripture, I have decided to sow the Word into the foundation of my life. The name of this ministry – “The Word is My Life” Training Ministry – reflects my heart decision. The Word is the core of who I am.  I live the Word, and as a result, I have found stability in these shifting times, and you can too. How? The Word gives you a root system that keeps you strong (and standing) during life’s storms.  Luke 6:47-49 (NLT) explains, “I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.” The hymn of old – “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”- says the same:  "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand … all other ground is sinking sand."

Ladies, the Word is our bedrock. Did you know that Harvard was founded in the 1600s as a school to train Christian ministers? I love one statement in their "Rules and Precepts" from 1646: "Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning." 

I pray you will lay Christ (the Word) in the bottom of your life. That Word - Christ Himself - is a sure foundation. Think on these things.

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D.

“The Word is My Life” Training Ministry