The Importance of the Word

In Proverbs 4:20-22 we read, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh.”

In Malachi 4:2 we read, “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.”

The word “health” in Proverbs 4:22 and the word “healing” in Malachi 4:2 is the Hebrew word “marpe” (mar-peh), Strongs #4832, meaning a medicine, a cure, healing, remedy, sound, wholesome, yielding. “Marpe” comes from the verb “rapha” which means “to heal, cure, repair.”

In Psalm 41:4 the Psalmist writes, I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.” And in Psalm 147:3 the Psalmist writes, “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.” Here we have mention of the healing of a soul that has sinned and the healing of a broken heart. In this reference, the Messiah is compared to a rising sun, which has visible, radiant beams of sunlight streaming outward in all directions. From each of these beams of glorious light, healing flows (Spirit Filled Life Bible).

All of this was provided to us as “salvation” when we received His work upon the Cross. It was done for the whole person, nothing was omitted, NOTHING!

So now what? How do we obtain the manifestation of all of this? I think we have to go back to the Scripture in Proverbs 4:20-22. Devote oneself to His words, listen intently to His words, do not deviate from His words, and hide His words in the midst of our hearts. In order to do this we must read, study, meditate, and memorize Scriptures. Anything less than this will not get it.

Let’s make this part of our New Year’s Resolution!


Keep a Healthy Heart

img_6511What I have been sitting in on the Sunday School lesson that this church offers at 9:00 am every Sunday, which is currently being taught by Carolyn Stutz on the Book of Jeremiah. Like a skilled surgeon she cuts apart each verse in the scripture and goes in to examine the content and shows you that the Bible is full of infonnation about our lives, and it gets downright personal. We have a personal God who is all knowing and loving and longs for us to be intimate with Him, and since God is the author this circles around to why the Bible gets down-right personal.

God sent Jeremiah to speak to the Israelites about them I exchanging their Glory for worthless idols. They have forsaken me, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. They turned from God like a corrupt, wild vine. Still, God declares “Return, faithless people, for I am your husband. Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.”

Here I am in Sunday School writing my notes as thoroughly as I can and something personal comes up in the words spoken.

‘‘If we don’t check our hearts regularly we will become hardhearted and not realize it. The outcome of hard heartedness is the heart has become calloused, insensitive, uncaring, cold; and unfeeling. We become hard-hearted not all at once but over a process of time and a little by little the heart becomes damaged by disobedience in our lives. Without recognizing this condition our minds adjust around it and we I continue on under these conditions. Hard-heartedness is like hardening of the arteries and will block the flow of what God would have for us. We are to bring our hurting heart to God and transfer our trust to God and take it off yourself and others.”

I have let you read my notes on this subject. But I am sure that God can speak directly to you and much more clearly to pinpoint your own heart condition. After we recognize our own inability to change sin, help will come from our loving, merciful Father. We would have nothing to lose but all to gain with a deeper intimate relationship with our God.



Looking into the Mirror of God’s Word

“But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he looks like” (James 1:22-24).

Have you ever looked in the mirror and immediately forgotten what you look like? That would be kind of silly wouldn’t it? You may forget a few features, but you still have an idea of what you look like. James compares forgetting what you look like after looking in a mirror to only hearing the word, and not doing what the word says as well.

We are called to be doers of the word. If we just listen to what the Bible or Pastor has to say, without letting it change us, then what’s the point? Just like there is no point in looking in the mirror if you are going to forget what you look like immediately, there is no point in hearing the word if you don’t do something about what it reveals.

I want to challenge you today. Don’t be just a hearer of the word. Get out there and do something about it.


Potent Promises


“Grace and peace be multiplied unto you in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue: by which have been given to us exceeding great and precious promises that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:2-4).

The brief Epistle of 2 Peter is dominated by a passionate call to know Christ through the gift of the Scripture. He informs us that “holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit” to create it. The apostle declares that everything needed for life and godliness is made available through “exceeding great and precious promises.”

Exceeding great and precious promises dare not be relegated to subjective poetry or vague philosophy. The goal must not be teaching targeted for itching ears or sought simply to advance an argument and fuel a debate.

The prophecy is not the prize. The prize is the Person. The life of Jesus radiating in and through men and women marks the possession of the promise. Such life requires a relationship, not a detached rationalization. It must be realized not theorized.


How To Build Truth Into Your Life

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32).

Pastor Rod has just finished up a bible study entitled, “How to Study the Bible for All it’s Worth.” He laid out practical ways to begin reading the Bible so we would understand what God is saying to us. With intentional reading we will discover His direction, His plans, His correction, and His great love for us. Because there’s so much deception in our world, it is very important that we become grounded in the Scriptures. Go see Pastor Rod for his Bible study outline.

You need a desire and commitment to begin letting God’s Word shape your mind, emotions, and will. Think of an area of need or struggle in your life. Now find a passage in the Bible that addresses that situation. For example, if someone has hurt you, find verses about forgiveness in a concordance or the back of your Bible for a subject list.

Here’s one on forgiveness: Look up Colossians 3:13

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have  against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

As you read the passage, look for God’s instructions, and begin doing what He says. The word “bear” with each other, means to tolerate, stomach, accept, swallow, endure, and suffer. And then it says to go ahead and forgive whatever differences between each other, because the Lord has already forgiven you. You are now experiencing a truth in God’s Living Word and it is taking root right now! Once you experience the blessing of obedience in following God’s instructions about forgiveness, you will run for the next chance to read, study, and apply what the Lord reveals about other aspects of your life. I have found that a good way to plant these truths firmly in the heart is to write them down and review them regularly.

One benefit of building truth into your life is freedom. Areas of sin or feelings of uncertainty, and our own shortcomings, hold us back in so many ways. But when we believe Scripture and act on its truth rather than on the basis of our emotions or desires, we’ll realize that the Lord can overpower whatever holds us captive.

Read the Word – Find the Truth – Feel the Freedom!

Kyla Frautschy
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