Daily Devotion: The Word of the Lord is Lost

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Bible Readings for Monday, November 7th, 2011
– The Week of The 21st Sunday After Pentecost

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Psalm 63

Amos 8:7-14

1 Corinthians 14:20-25

  • But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult, for the mouths of liars will be stopped. – Psalm 63:11
  • The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it. – Amos 8:11-12
  • After the secrets of the unbeliever’s heart are disclosed, that person will bow down before God and worship him, declaring, “God is really among you.” – 1 Corinthians 14:25

A Famine of Truth

What is to become of a people who can no longer hear the Word of God? We search high and low, we scour the pages of the bible, we evangelize and we baptize, but the Word cannot be heard, because Truth cannot be found.

What is passed as truth in general in today’s modern Christian churches is regressing into a form of neo-legalism. “Thou shall nots” are becoming the zeitgiest of modern Christianity, in place of Yeshua’s liberating and freeing, “You shalls…”

The “You Shall” Commandments of Christ

  • You shall love your God with all of your soul, your strength and mind. (Lk 10:27)
  • You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. (Lk 10:27)
  • You shall love each other. That is how the world shall know you are my disciples. (Jn 13:34-35)

All of the Law and the Prophets are contained in these commandments. (Mt 22:37-40)

Pretty simple, right? Why then does the modern Church spend so much time and effort to make it so complicated?

If you love as Yeshua loved us, you will not materially err. You will make the right choices. You will become a just and upright Child of God.

For Yeshua is the plumb-line set down for us (Amos 7:7-8), to serve as an example of that rectitude of life and conduct, and through our emulation of his life – not our stale inactive worship – we shall create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Yet it is not for our sake but for the sake of the world!

As long as we mourn the Yeshua’s body on the cross, and we do not emulate the living, risen Christ, then we shall be ever deceived and help captive by the stilly-shades of our own impending death. We shall never see past the lie that is death to the breaking light of a resurrection morning.

As long as we fear death, the I fear the Word of God is lost to us.

Amos 8

11. “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine through the land—

not a famine of food or a thirst for water,

but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.

12. Men will stagger from sea to sea

and wander from north to east,

searching for the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.

Yet, I do not fear that The Word is forever lost!

When we, as a people, finally can begin to celebrate Yeshua’s life and victory through emulation – transforming our lives and actions in accordance with his – then will we find the Word of God again, we shall hear it once more in all of its simplicity, for we shall BE the Word of God to the world.

John 14:12

I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Trig, I love you. And I have to beg your forgiveness. I have my reasons.

  2. “Yet, I do not fear that The Word is forever lost!

    When we, as a people, finally can begin to celebrate Yeshua’s life and victory through emulation – transforming our lives and actions in accordance with his – then will we find the Word of God again, we shall hear it once more in all of its simplicity, for we shall BE the Word of God to the world.”

    AMEN!

    The truth gets lost in the legalism.
    All we have to “do” is to empty ourselves. Give it up to God. Then, and only then, can God’s love (his word) flow through us.
    Jesus was the first “fully human” since Adam before the fall. Jesus was the first “empty” human, fully capable of responding to the awesome love and glory of God.

    Greed says there always has to be more.
    Legalism says there always has to be another rule. Another explanation. Legalism sings “What’s Love got to do with it?” (sorry Tina).

    Seems to be the favorite hymn most “Christians” are singing these days.

  3. …and we shall BE THE WORD OF GOD TO THE WORLD……That is it!

    “When we, as a people, finally can begin to celebrate Yeshua’s life and victory through emulation – transforming our lives and actions in accordance with his – then will we find the Word of God again, we shall hear it once more in all of its simplicity, for we shall BE the Word of God to the world.”

  4. David Henley says:

    Beautifully said.
    The “Thy shall’s” speak from a position of inviting and allowing God to indwell within our heart.
    The “Thy shall not’s speak from a position of desiring human control and power over others.
    I concur that we need to “BE the Word of God to the world”, but unfortunately for many Christians it is not politically correct to do so. Wearing a cross and bearing a cross are two different things.

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