“Do not try to make the Bible relevant. It’s relevance is axiomatic… do not defend God’s Word, but testify to it… trust to the Word.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Gospel will change me when I become immersed in it. Infused with Power, strength and energy, radical changes take place in my heart and soul that will become evident in my daily life. The human soul thirsts for something True and reliable and unquestionable to lead it and fill it but only God’s Word is capable of fulfilling this need.
The Gospel leads me to God’s deep desires and as I dive deeper and deeper into His Word. His desires become mine with every promise found in His Word that my heart consumes. The more I begin to stand upon His Words and make them my own, the more intuitive and responsive I become to the voice of His Holy Spirit.
It is important for the early believer and new follower of Jesus to be in the Word of God to reinforce the properties of our salvation in Christ as the Gospel reveals the beauty of God’s Mercy and His Grace that makes our hearts begin to desire Him more. Every new believer has experienced Jesus in a real and profound way, otherwise there would have been no conversion in the first place. But unless we begin to immerse ourselves in His Gospel to see the beauty of God, the experience we had will fade from memory. Maybe not entirely, but enough to lose their power and meaning for our need of our Savior. It is the Gospel and His Word which give stability and consistency to the original experience until the experience becomes our testimonies of Faith and the Word of God becomes the Truth by which we live our Faith by.
By reading the Gospel and knowing the Gospel we learn to love God deeper then we ever thought possible by learning more of His Mercy and Grace. The Gospel not only increases my desire to love God deeper and desire Him more, but the Gospel will bring me Power and Strength through Jesus Christ. God has declared who He is and I must make a determination to not only remind my heart of that but use His Gospel to increase both a knowledge and deeper understanding of Him. In spite of who HE is and… who I am, it will be His own Words of Truth which will aid me in my deeper and better appreciation of all that He does for me. As I saturate myself in His Word, I am being saturated in Christ, Himself. After all… the Word did become flesh and dwelt among us. Ultimately, I am praying to be so saturated by the unfiltered and axiomatic Truth which IS Himself, that my life will eventually represent itself in every way of Him and His beautiful Truth!
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 43:12-13
12 I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.
13 Also henceforth I am He; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”