The Word of God as a Guide
The Bible is a huge gift for us. It proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ, of course. But it also equips saints and advices disciples. It keeps us focused on God and when our life focus is God, our life is balanced and blessed. Reading the Bible is so essential to a life of a believer that we really can’t live without it. Or at least stay spiritually alive without it. Today I want to share the beauty of Psalm 34 (MSG) with you. See how much is packed in the first half of one psalm.
I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with his praise.
This is the way to go: praise God every chance we get. The more we praise God, the more we see God’s actions around us. God is good, all the time.
2 I live and breathe God;
if things aren’t going well, hear this and be happy:
This is the way to live: God-ward. When we live and breath God, we are happy. Happiness is inseparable from God. Life is boring without God. With God we are satisfied and blessed.
3 Join me in spreading the news;
together let’s get the word out.
We are all called to share the goodness of God and the vastness of grace with everyone we meet. Not necessarily by words but by actions of love and kindness.
4 God met me more than halfway,
he freed me from my anxious fears.
God is the source of freedom. Without God we are anxious, fearful, burdened. By God’s grace our guilt, shame, fears are taken away. No other way to true freedom. Just Jesus.
5 Look at him; give him your warmest smile.
Never hide your feelings from him.
God loves us. Just as we are. He wants to have an intimate friendship with us. There’s no need to hide anything from God. We are his beloved children. Nothing will ever change that. Nothing.
6 When I was desperate, I called out,
and God got me out of a tight spot.
God is ready to rescue us anytime. We just need to cry out and he will be there helping us out. We are blessed beyond measure to have a savior that is ready to pour out grace upon grace any time.
7 God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.
Prayer works. God hears. We are blessed and protected in his care. Nothing will separate us from the love of God. We can rest assured all is well even when everything look like all is going wrong. The world and our life is in his hands.
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.
Taste the goodness of God. Emerge yourself in God’s grace. Revel in Jesus. Open your spiritual eyes and see how goo God really is. Nothing compares to God. And there’s nothing better than run to God. Time after time.
9 Worship God if you want the best;
worship opens doors to all his goodness.
Don’t forget to thank God for his blessings. Don’t forget to worship him with everything you’ve got. What happens in worship is a mysterious blessing. We will never be short-changed.
10 Young lions on the prowl get hungry,
but God-seekers are full of God.
When we seek God and his truth, we will be satisfied. When we focus on God and his word, we will be fulfilled. When we give up everything to God, we paradoxically receive even better things in return.
All this richness in ten verses of a psalm. How blessed we are to have the Word of God as a guide and the Holy Spirit as a counselor. The way home has been made ready by Jesus and Father God is calling our names. Let’s proceed with gusto. God is with us!
Thank you for calling each of us by name.
Thank you for providing us the way home in Jesus.
Thank you for filling us with the Holy Spirit.
Thank you for guiding us through your Word.
Thank you for loving us beyond measure.
Be praised forever and ever!
You are our amazing God and we adore you!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What role does the Bible play in your faith life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek God with everything you’ve got!
Image courtesy of David Bobbitt. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1041 The Bible is a huge gift.
5 thoughts on “The Word of God as a Guide”
God’s love is so liberating. Thank you for this inspiring post! How great it is to be able to praise God! He is our all and all.
Yes! Indeed! Thank you, TC, for chiming in. God bless you!
Thanks for sharing!! God is so good and worthy of our praise!! I found you on Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday! Have a great week!
Thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment love, Amber! Abundant blessings to you!
WHEN SCRIPTURE DIED
With the death of the apostle John, Scripture died. There was, nor is there any new Scripture after the last apostle died. The only way creed books and catechisms contain Scripture is if it is copied from the Bible. All so-called post Biblical revelations from God are man-made doctrines. There are no new Scriptures.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Jesus told the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them into all the truth. Jesus did not say the apostles would be guided into a partial truth. There was, nor is there any new truth today. The apostle had all of the truth.
Ephesians 3:3-5 that by revelation there was made know to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generation was not made know to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.
The mystery of Christ was reveled to the apostle Paul, and the rest of the apostles and the prophets. There is no new mystery to be reveled by any so-called modern day apostles and prophets. Paul said; has now been reveled. Paul did not say, will in the future be reveled.
2 Peter 3:15-16 …just as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters,speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Letters written by the apostle Paul were Scriptures. All of the words and letters of the apostles were Scriptures. The apostles words were God’s words. The words in man-made creed books, catechisms, statements of faith and new books of so-called revelation, are not Scriptures. Scripture is found in the Bible and the Bible alone.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
ALL SCRIPTURE DIED WITH THE LAST APOSTLE.
THE SO-CALLED NEW REVELATIONS FOUND IN CREED BOOKS, CATECHISMS, STATEMENTS OF FAITH AND OTHER BOOKS ARE NOT SCRIPTURE.
WHY WOULD YOU SEEK GOD AND HIS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE, USING MADE-MAN DOCTRINE?
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