Monday, March 17, 2014

Implanted Words

James 1:21 - Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

I love to write. It's how I express my thoughts. It's how I learn. It's how the things of God are more deeply implanted in my heart and soul. It works for me!

Recent posts have been on wisdom, how to attain it, where true wisdom comes from. It comes when you search for it...when you search the scriptures, get to knowing Jesus, hearing His words which bring life.

As with any other post on this subject, true wisdom comes from God. We can have the world's wisdom but God's is makes the world's wisdom not so wise. If we do not want God's wisdom, we will have the world's. Like the scripture above tells us, we are to humbly receive God's wisdom...and that comes from reading His Word and knowing it, planting it within our hearts, carrying it with us always.

All throughout scripture God tells us Himself, through the prophets, through wise men, that we need to hold the words of God close that we will have life. His words do bring life. If we are feeling condemned by His words, well, maybe we need to ask Him why. Don't ask me. He will help you if you sincerely want to know Him. If you don't, true wisdom will always be illusive.

I don't say this to be mean but to be honest. Jesus is honest, and so is God. His Word is filled with honesty...if you do this, then...and the result can be either good or bad depending whether you are doing God's will or your own. Jesus was not always liked, even by those closest to Him. Some scattered when He spoke because He was truthful and the truth was not always what the people wanted to hear. But it didn't start with Jesus... What was handed down to us from the New Testament scriptures originated from the Old.

The only thing new in the New Testament, is the newness of life that is yours by receiving Jesus Christ. He came as a new covenant for people because the old didn't work...the works sacrifices didn't permanently cover the sins of the people. What they needed was a Savior so God provided His one and only Son Jesus for that. You will find in the New Testament how to know Jesus and how to obtain His mercy and forgiveness for your sins. And when you do, when you read His Word, listen to His voice, with humbleness, you may be inclined to seek Him more, which is a good thing!

Like I said before, Jesus spoke words that originated in the Old Testament. He is in there if you search for Him. The message is the same, old or new, His words are life and a treasure. Let me give you an example. While the first part of this is Moses speaking to Israel, God initiated the words that Moses should speak to His people:

Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth. ...but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.  (Deuteronomy 11:18-21, Matthew 6:20, John 15:7-8)

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