Do people still say that? Or did that die in 97? Probably died…I was trying to think of a hip name for this blog post. It’s about the Word of God.
“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 can never extinguish it…So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
Powerful scripture, huh? It all starts with the Word of God. It is the foundation of truth and I can’t begin to stress the importance of it in a disciple’s life. God usually communicates to us through it. If you want to experience victory in your life, joy, peace, direction, then you’ve got to take the appropriate steps to develop the spiritual discipline of immersion in the Word of God. The more you immerse yourself in God’s Word the more His spirit will flow in your life. There is a direct correlation of the importance of Jesus to you and reading God’s word. It is the cornerstone of being a disciple of Jesus. Christ was very clear on what we were supposed to do with new disciples “teach these new disciples to obey all that I have commanded you.” -Matthew 28:19
I committed my life to Jesus when I was 13 years old. I don’t want to get too deep into my story. I don’t know if I wasn’t taught on the importance of the Word or if I was just being lazy, but I struggled with the daily reading of the bible for years. I’d have a couple of good weeks here and there, but too often my bible would sit and collect dust for a couple of days. Sure, I was a good Christian, loved God, loved people, tithed, went to Campus Harvest, but I was not consistent in digging deep into God’s Word letting it have a transformative affect on my world. Four years ago, I attended a victory retreat in Louisiana (this was when I was going to Bethany Church). At that retreat several of the leaders gathered and prayed for me. I don’t know exactly what happened, but something shifted in the spirit realm (mystical…I know). When I got to church that Sunday I picked up a bible reading plan and committed to read the assigned readings every day for 30 days.
During those 30 days, I developed a love for the bible that I had never known in the previous 10 years of being a Christian. Since then there has been maybe a handful of days where I haven’t read my bible. During those 30 days I would sit in CC’s coffee shop off of Bluebonnet and Perkins road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and for hours on end would pour over scripture and commentary. My old Pastor at Bethany, Joel Stockstill, used to say how important it was to write down what you feel like the Lord is telling you because your natural mind doesn’t remember revelation from God very well. So I started writing everything down. My journal used to consist of updates on work and girls, but soon was littered with a variety of biblical topics and thoughts. Everything changed.
You need to understand that the Word of God prepares you for the specific calling God has for you. It equips you to succeed in what God is purposing. Every gifting, talent, and ability is developed in the cocoon of the Word. Little did I know that two years later I would get a call from Pastor Russ that led to me getting my current job at Southpoint. The hour long conversation stemmed from one simple question, “What has the Lord been speaking to you lately? Specifically through His word?” Needless to say, I had a lot to tell him. 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds me of how the Word is a necessity in our lives. “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.”
I want to encourage you to dig deep into the perfect law that has the ability to set you free (see James 1:25). Let God’s words sink deep down in your heart. It is the most important thing you can do as a disciple. God wants you to minister to people. All different types of people. However, if you want to speak God’s word you need to know God’s word. You need to have it embedded in the depths of your soul. You knee jerk reaction needs to be the Word. You need to eat, drink, sleep the Word. Only when you do that can you truly speak on God’s behalf.
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.