Living In His Word 4-22-13

Living in His Word
So you must live as God's obedient children. Don't slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You did not know any better then. 1 Peter 1:14

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conduction yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you re standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Don't be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We re in this struggle together... in the midst of it. Philippians 1:26-30

No matter what we do in life we must be living in His Word in order to keep our feet on the right path.
We know that Proverbs 3 tells us to trust in Him, and that He will direct us where we should go but how will we expect to find that path in the first place, let alone follow it if we do not keep our hearts and minds focused on the Word of God daily?
If we want to live in the Word we must first learn to walk in it.
When we accepted that Christ was our Lord and Savior we began a journey; we took the first steps to walk in Him. What we need to know is that we are not to stop there but to  
continue in our walk with Christ, in obedience to His Word.

Just think for a moment about a surgeon. If she did not study for years about the human body she could not cut and remove the bad parts and help to fix or repair the broken parts in a body.
In the same way we who are sent out as sharers of the Word, as spiritual 'doctors' we must study to show ourselves approved by God. How else can we know what God wants for us than to study His Word and see the truth in it?
We know that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Light only because we heard it spoken to us from someone or from reading it ourselves in His Word.
If we did not pick up or listen to a Bible being read, quoted or sang we would not have heard the Word and we would probably not have known that God was real. Though there are always the exceptions, most people find their way to the Truth and saving knowledge of Christ by going to a church service, listening to radio or online, or even television studies.
Once we have taken that first step into the Word then we will find another steppingstone to walk on.
Soon we are walking in the Word every day.
So lets recap that; first we realize that the Word is there, that it is Truth. Second we accept it as a need in our lives, and Christ in our lives as well. Third we learn what we need to do is read it, study it to learn exactly what its all about. What its all about, and we will find this to be true, is that Christ wants a place in our hearts, in our minds and in our lives. Once we really get that, then we can find such wonderful direction for our daily lives, our daily walk; when we trust God with our lives He will direct our path in His Word.
Wow, look at all the steps we are taking?

For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been int eh past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die. For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don't know which is better. I' torn between two desires; I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes it is better that I continue to live. Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me. Philippians 1:20-26

Paul put it plainly, to die is to be with Christ and to live is to live for Christ sharing His Word.

In order to share it we have to know it, to walk in it, to live it.
Know: begin the study.
Share: tell someone what you read.
Walk: live what you read.

Live: go back to the top, and start again. Each day as you dig in the Word you will find a nugget to use n that day. Use it to the fullest extent you can use it for that day. Live it, by your obedience to the Word showing through in your daily life; like you did when you heard of the ten commandments; be obedient to the Word of God in faith. Trust Him to tell you how to live your life, not always when, but how to behave.

We live in His Word when we do these steps every day. I have to say the days when I have not allowed myself to grab a nugget of God's Word before going on with the tasks on my daily list I have found time to slip away, anger to rise to the top, frustration to be quick to jump out and pressures of life to wear me down. Amazing enough the same situations meet me the next day but I chose to read longer, to really 'meditate on the Word' and apply it to my life. The same things came at me, the same weights where there but they seemed lighter, the troubles were thrown at me and I found answers to the needs.

When I find, and make the path I follow in the Word daily the path is more clear than ever.

I was just reminded of the trail in my garden. The winter months it is clear but not passable due to rain on the clay filled mud, but in the spring the ground dries and the flowers bloom all over the place and I can't see the path for the flowers. That is until I begin walking in it. As I approach the path it may seem blocked by over grown flowering bushes but as I take each step I can see the path ahead. I am immersed in blooming and beauty on almost all sides but for the path below me. That is how I view reading the Bible daily. It is a walk in my garden, along the path. Step by step growing closer to the flowers, to the scents and the beauty I can relish in it, bask in it and really enjoy the creations; but I must follow the path laid out for me or I will stumble into a bush full of bees and get stung or other injuries.
God gave us a Bible to follow for a reason, the same reason my husband put a path in the garden; that we may walk among the living things; that we may live in His Word.
Oh, sure we can stand at the side walk and look at the garden; like the rest of the world; on the outside looking in. Or we can follow the path into the Word and enjoy what fragrances Christ gave us, gain knowledge from the God who created the beauty of His Word just for us. I should worn you that if you choose to live the Word, your life will change; the enemy will grow discontented with you and you may have to keep at the Word daily in order to stay strong enough to do battle; but as you walk, and live in His Word the Holy Spirit will guide you through that path that God planned for you to walk on.

Dear Heavenly Father; Help us all to walk, live and rejoice in Your Word daily. Help us to share the flowers of Your Garden. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading: Philippians 1:1-30, 1 Peter 1:1-25, 1 Peter 2:1-25,