The Word by Callin

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Word by Callin

Notes from Callin’s Bible study on 12-4

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word is a living force, it brings balance into our lives and helps us discern.

Psalm 119 is a wonderful Psalm that shows us the value of the Word. He highly recommends we read this Psalm.

We don’t understand the importance of the Word, but we need to be prophets of the Word, speaking forth the truth of God’s Word. God gave His Word to the believer, and we were to share it with others. If we don’t speak His Word, those that don’t know His Word won’t have a chance to hear it from us.

God’s Word helps us get into focus, and we can look at the Word quickly or zero into a deeper meaning of a passage.  Callin used the example of a dial on a radio as you seek a channel – if you are not on the right setting the sound can be fuzzy or full of static; but as you come closer to the frequency there is a clarity of sound.

We were created in the image of God. God blew the breath of life into us. We are a body that has a soul (mind, will, emotions) and a spirit. Everything that is around us is created by the Word.

Hebrews 1:1-2  God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,  has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

This is speaking of Jesus. Jesus existed before the earth was created and manifested. Jesus is the WORD OF GOD.

John 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

We are programmed from the world to look at the physical, but the physical is not the whole reality.

Energy is not destroyed. We are created by a designer and He transforms us to new levels. We can be transformed in the twinkling of an eye to be like Jesus who is the Word of God.

Cal asked us a question:  If your words had an image what would they look like?

Cal then told us of a fairy tale he heard when he was a child. A young girl helped a deer out of a problem and in return whenever she spoke, precious stones came out of her mouth. Her older, mean sister went out looking for that deer and came across a rabbit in a trap. She passed the rabbit by looking for that deer. Because she didn’t help the rabbit when she got home snakes and ugly things came out of her mouth.

We were created with the same characteristics that God has. God exhibits love and other emotions in the Word. Yes, God got angry but it was not anger like our anger, but a righteous anger – think of Jesus and the moneychangers. We need to examine ourselves to see if we are portraying Godly characteristics and emotions, or worldly ones.

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

The Bible tells us that the power of life and death is in our tongue. This is true for our past, present and future.We can get stuck in our past, or dreaming of the future. But we need to begin speaking God’s truth in the present.

God sees our past, present and future simultaneously. God knew our sin and the sins of the World before the World was created. He knew that we would be polluting our generations, and He set about providing a remedy for that in the form of His Son, the Word, who would come and die for our sins, be resurrected, and make it again possible for us to fellowship with God.

We get caught up in the corruption of the world and base our opinions on what we see.

2 Kings 6:16  So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

The King of Syria was disturbed that Elisha knew his every movement and was telling the Israelites. He surrounded the place where Elisha and his servant were staying. Elisha’s servant saw all the armies of Syria and came in concerned to tell Elisha. Elisha prays that the servant’s eyes would be opened for surrounding the enemies of Syria there was a vast army of God. The army of God was far greater than the earthly army.

There is so much more than what we see with our physical eyes. There is angelic activity in the background. The Bible tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

There are things going on in the background of our lives that we did not perceive, that caused us to be receptive to the call of God on our lives. God wanted us. Before we could be delivered, we needed to forgive. Unforgiveness binds us, holds us down. If you do not forgive a person, you are held down by the grudge that you carry toward them.  When you forgive them, it is not absolution. They are still answerable to God and will receive God’s judgment. Forgiveness frees us from carrying them around with us. God is fair – and if you are holding them in unforgiveness, He can’t act in their lives. Don’t forget, satan is the accuser of the brethren, and he likes to keep us judging others.

We need to remember that we are nothing but for the grace of God.

We looked at some Scriptures about the WORD:

Proverbs 18:20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.

Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

Numbers 14:28 Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you:

Proverbs 12:13  The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble.

It is with our mouth that we speak words, we want to be careful what words come out of our mouths.

The classic example of things going on in the heavenlies that we do not perceive is Job.  All the angels had to present themselves before God, including satan. We find that satan is wandering the earth looking for whom he could accuse. God says, “Have you considered my servant Job?”

Job 1:6-12 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.

satan believed it was because God had a hedge of protection around Job that he praised God.  We will find that this is not true.  Even when Job’s wife tells him to curse God and die, Job refuses to curse God.  When all of his children were destroyed, and his property, and Job even had painful boils, the Bible tells us that He did not charge God with wrong.

Job ultimately has restored to him far more than he lost during this trial.

When we are facing trials in our lives we need to realize that far more is going on than meets the eye. And we need to consider what we are saying about our situation. The more we speak the Word of God, the truth of God, the less our circumstances have control over us.  God will use our circumstances to help us grow in Him.

Callin suggested we spend time in Psalm 119 considering all that the Word gives to us.

Have a blessed day!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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