Just Words

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

There was a day many years ago, when the words in the bible were just words. They could have been a mystery novel, fiction, boring, and easily ignored if it wasn’t for a moment in my life when those words came to life. What others had seen, heard and done in the furtherance of the gospel were meaningless, just words, until God manifested Himself to me.

Dead words became the Word of life the moment I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. It is no different for you than it was for me. How this God might have manifested Himself in your life will be different, because we as individuals are different, similar but not the same.

If you have not received Christ into your heart, the Word of life is dormant and the bible will not speak to you as it does to believers. If you are not saved, I encourage you to go back to all the devotionals in January of 2017 and read them all. If you can find it in your heart to accept Jesus Christ as Lord then you are more than welcome to come back and join us in searching out this mystery, the Word of life.

For the rest of us who believe, let us move on to who is this God.

Why This God

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Where do I begin? This is the first words in the bible and one would think that this is a good place to begin. I’ve read the bible over and over and I know my God and I will begin at the beginning.

Exodus 3:1-3 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

The beginning was a burning bush moment. In this moment, God revealed Himself to Moses. Moses in response says, “I have to check this out.” The first move was on God’s part but man has a responsibility to react to that moment. The result of that response by Moses is the first five books of the bible.

Exodus 34:27 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

It is by these revealed words of God that we have the beginnings of a written record of all the things necessary to identify, understand, and communicate with God. It is important to note here that this revelation did not come to be written until after Israel had been set free.

It is the same way with us as individuals. God reveals Himself, we seek Him, He sets us free and then and only then are all the mysteries of the Kingdom revealed to us.