The Word of God -- Don't Give Up

Jesus told us that we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4.  See also Deuteronomy 8:3).  Jesus made another statement recorded by John.

John 6:63 (ESV) — 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

The bible reveals many things to us about the word of God. Overall, the word of God is very important to a full life.  By "full" I mean the physical, spiritual, and intelectual components of our being.  It is from the word of God that life is derived.  Consider that everything that was made was done by the word.  It is by the word that God created everything.  It is by the word that we are healed, saved, provided for, and more.  The word of God is so critical that people sacrificed their lives for it from the Old Testament to Jesus and on.

However, it is this very word that is most neglected by people who call themselves Christians.  It seems that being a Christian to many is merely a way of obtaining a ticket to heaven and perhaps making them feel good during their lives.  People don't pursue or consume the word of God as they should based on how important it is to our well-being.

If we have a job and that job requires a particular skillset, then we are likely to do whatever it takes to get that skillset.  We will research, read, take courses, get a degree, get certified, or whatever.  We will pursue that skillset with great diligence to obtain the reward, e.g., promotion.  However, we measure God's kingdom with the same seriousness.  What gain is there to studying the bible and learning what God said?  What does it profit us to pursue God and his kingdom and therefore his word?  There appears to be no gain.

It is amazing to me how so many people are devoid of the word of God and have no intentions of obtaining it.  Their faith and trust is in themselves, man, or the things of man. Trusting God is something you don't learn in church and people typically do not pursue.  When one does decide to pursue God, then one will immediately find oneself at odds with those around.  The general message of those around you will be to trust in man, not God.  Trust the doctor.  Trust the job.  Trust the accountant or lawyer.  For someone to stand and promote a trust in God is rare.

Think about it for a moment.  When was the last time a Christian prayed for you?  I don't mean the, "I'll pray for you" statement we give people.  I mean right there on the spot we do what the Jesus says.  We cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead.  When was the last time a Christian ministered to you with the word of God and from the word of God when you were sick, depressed, hurt, or whatever?  Probably not even in church.  More than likely you'll just be told you are on someones prayer list.  So what!?  Jesus said nothing about putting people on a prayer list.

Christians are quick to tell you to go to the doctor.  What is the modern doctor going to do.  They are going to drug you or cut you and there may be a situation where they can do nothing.  Then what?  What wold happen if we learned and practiced trusting what God has already given us?  What if we received what our heavenly Father provided?  Now I am not suggesting that we neglect doctors because some doctors really want to help using the medical knowledge they have.  Still others are quacks and will just send you to be cut or drugged.  If I break my leg, then I will surely go to the doctor.  I will go to the doctor (one I have come to trust) for checkups and the like.  They are the experts when it comes to the human machine.  However, regardless of how knowlegable my trusted doctor is, God knows more and can do more, and has already done more.

I've had realtives die who I believed in my heart should not have died.  However, what hope did they have?  They attended churches that taught them that God is the source of their illness. They were surrounded by people who had no idea what God has done for them through his word.  They could not minister healing and provision to their loved ones because they simply didn't know how.  The Lord said that "My people are destroyed because they don't know me" (Hosea 4:6).  We don't know God so we can't stand on the promises of God.  We can only watch Satan steal from us, kill our loved, and then lie to convince us that God did it.

When was the last time you stood up for yourself or a loved one who was sick or depressed?  When was the last time you laid hands on that person and commanded healing, restoration, etc. the way Jesus did and taught his disciples?  Christians don't do that.  Christians gather and sing Amazing Grace or something.  Christians stand around and beg God to do what he has already done. Christians don't take the responsiblity to do what Jesus told them to do.  This results in us being helpless, whipped, and defeated people while Satan laughs at us from the corners.

The bad thing is that the heart of the Christian isn't for the things of God.  I've attempted many times to get people to pursue God, but with little success.  You will find that you may have to trek alone.  You cannot change the hearts of people, but you do have to pursue God.  In the process of doing that, you may find family and friends left behind.  Of course you'll get the stress of being obligated to reamin in the company of the faithless, but in the end you will have a very difficult decision to make:  Pursue God or not.

I was aware of this phenomenon many years ago, but didn't accept it.  I was determined to promote the word of God to family, friends, people on my job, strangers, etc.  The "funny" thing is that I have received more favorable responses from total strangers than I have with those closest to me.  However, Jesus told us that such would be the case.  A prophet has honor unless he is home (See Mark 6:4).  This happened to Jesus when he ministered in his home town, so it would be foolish to thing that the same wouldn't happen to you.  Of course there are always exceptions. There will always be the one or two people that gets turned on and begin a journey of pursuit with you.  Such is very rare (See Matthew 7:13-14).

The dangerous thing here is that the faithlessness of others can affect you.  You can become very discouraged when you are trying to live by the word of God and pursue God, when those around you are not.  You could begin to have thoughts of being foolish to think healing will work for me or that you will somehow get out of your financial distress.  Those miracles happen to other people, not me.  You can begin to succumb to the nay sayers and allow doubt and unbelief to grow in your soul.  Don't allow it.  God is with you and watching you.

Psalm 32:8 (ESV) — 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

The path isn't always clear, but keep going and trust that God is guiding you.  If you get off track then still trust that God will guide you. Don't allow the negative and faithless responses of those around you to deter you from pursuing God.  It is so easy to give up. It is so easy to just throw up your hands and accept the life that Satan wants you to have.  Don't do it.  Sometimes things appear hard and full of trouble. God never promised us an easy life.  Some of the people in the bible had rought lives, but did great things.  Trust that God is with you.  He wants yo well, prosperous, and full of his Spirit.

Let every man be a liar and God be true.  Pursue God above all else and every one.  Do what you have to do to be with God regardless of who decides to go along with you.  Don't Give up.