There are people who are really into the WORD. They read their bibles every day and go away forgetting what they just read.

Deuteronomy 11:17-21The Message (MSG)

16-17 But be vigilant, lest you be seduced away and end up serving and worshiping other gods and God erupts in anger and shuts down Heaven so there’s no rain and nothing grows in the fields, and in no time at all you’re starved out—not a trace of you left on the good land that God is giving you.

18-21 Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth.

It is when the WORD is in you that the power of Christ comes out. When the WORD is in you it comes to remembrance right at the perfect moment to comfort and encourage.

John 5:37-40The Message (MSG)

34-38 “But my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. I’m speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. John was a torch, blazing and bright, and you were glad enough to dance for an hour or so in his bright light. But the witness that really confirms me far exceeds John’s witness. It’s the work the Father gave me to complete. These very tasks, as I go about completing them, confirm that the Father, in fact, sent me. The Father who sent me, confirmed me. And you missed it. You never heard his voice, you never saw his appearance. There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously.

39-40 “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me!And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.

Abiding in the WORD is the natural state of the Christian. Their testimony has Christ in it. You may be the only bible that some people read. When Jesus was in the world He spoke of himself to the people but now we are living in the world and it is our job to testify of him also.

John 8:36-38The Message (MSG)

34-38 Jesus said, “I tell you most solemnly that anyone who chooses a life of sin is trapped in a dead-end life and is, in fact, a slave. A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. I know you are Abraham’s descendants. But I also know that you are trying to kill me because my message hasn’t yet penetrated your thick skulls. I’m talking about things I have seen while keeping company with the Father, and you just go on doing what you have heard from your father.”

Here we have Jesus explaining that the WORD of God is abiding in his people not in the people of the enemy that seek to kill and destroy. The more you have Christ in your heart the more you have his WORD in you.

John 15:6-8The Message (MSG)

5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.

Jesus explains that it is his WORD abiding in us that gives us the power to do His good will and work. When we share the WORD with others we are sharing Christ in us with others. That part of the Holy Spirit that is in you comes out for all to see.

Acts 20:32The Message (MSG)

32 “Now I’m turning you over to God, our marvelous God whose gracious Word can make you into what he wants you to be and give you everything you could possibly need in this community of holy friends.

The WORD sanctifies us. It cleanses us. It purifies our hearts and minds. It does a work on us. We need to allow the Word to do its’ work in us. We are His workmanship. He is changing us by his WORD.

Ephesians 5:25-28The Message (MSG)

25-28 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.

When the WORD is in us the very best of us is brought out. Our lives show the evidence of our changed nature. We become radiant with holiness. We are “One” in the Spirit. We are “One” in the LORD.

2 Corinthians 6:6-10The Message (MSG)

Staying at Our Post

1-10 Companions as we are in this work with you, we beg you, please don’t squander one bit of this marvelous life God has given us. God reminds us,

I heard your call in the nick of time; The day you needed me, I was there to help.

Well, now is the right time to listen, the day to be helped. Don’t put it off; don’t frustrate God’s work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we’re doing. Our work as God’s servants gets validated—or not—in the details. People are watching us as we stay at our post, alertly, unswervingly . . . in hard times, tough times, bad times; when we’re beaten up, jailed, and mobbed; working hard, working late, working without eating; with pure heart, clear head, steady hand; in gentleness, holiness, and honest love; when we’re telling the truth, and when God’s showing his power; when we’re doing our best setting things right; when we’re praised, and when we’re blamed; slandered, and honored; true to our word, though distrusted; ignored by the world, but recognized by God; terrifically alive, though rumored to be dead; beaten within an inch of our lives, but refusing to die; immersed in tears, yet always filled with deep joy; living on handouts, yet enriching many; having nothing, having it all.

The WORD of truth approves us as God’s ministers to the saints in Christ. It does not matter what state we are found in so long as we are found in Him. His WORD abides in us.

1 Timothy 4:4-10The Message (MSG)

Teach with Your Life

1-5 The Spirit makes it clear that as time goes on, some are going to give up on the faith and chase after demonic illusions put forth by professional liars. These liars have lied so well and for so long that they’ve lost their capacity for truth. They will tell you not to get married. They’ll tell you not to eat this or that food—perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily and with thanksgiving by believers who know better! Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.

6-10 You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers.

Over and over throughout the bible it tells us it is the WORD in us that brings about the changes that mark us as His. We need to take seriously the admonition to be doers of the WORD and not hearers only. Being exercised by the WORD. His WORD is life. We are living “for” God.

Hebrews 4:12The Message (MSG)

12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.

The WORD is a deep down purifier. Like fire.

The WORD which is Christ in us is powerful to breakdown the strongholds.

There is power in the WORD. It can keep us from sinning. It is able to keep us from falling away from GOD. (Jude 24-25)

2 Corinthians 10:3-6The Message (MSG)

3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

Jesus himself used the WORD as a weapon against the devil in his battle in the wilderness. The WORD is part of our daily armor that we “put on”.

1 John 1:9-10The Message (MSG)

8-10 If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

When his word is not in us we do not have the power to do those things that He would have us to do. The WORD is the light that shows us the WAY. It guides our feet in the way we should go. It lights the way to eternal life with God in Christ Jesus our LORD.

2 Timothy 2:14-18The Message (MSG)

14-18 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to God’s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life, they accumulate as poison in the soul. Hymenaeus and Philetus are examples, throwing believers off stride and missing the truth by a mile by saying the resurrection is over and done with.

Unity is the whole purpose of His WORD in us. We are called to remember the WORD. Let it have its’ work in our heart. We are serving the WORD which is Christ to all who will be partakers of Him.

1 Peter 1:22-25The Message (MSG)

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,     its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers; Grass dries up, flowers droop,     God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

The WORD of our GOD stands forever. It is alive in us. It lives and moves and has its’ being in us.

James 4:10The Message (MSG)

7-10 So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.

When the Holy Spirit urges you to pray for someone or give them a word of knowledge or a word of wisdom take from the deep deep well in your heart of His HOLY BIBLE. Pass it around. Share it. Distribute it. He will lift you up.

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