AMPLIFY: God's Word
Lesson 10: The Word at Work
Lesson 10, Devotion 1
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3
For many years early man believed that the Earth was the center of our Solar System. There is a great debate as to when it was discovered, but we now know that the Sun is the center of our Solar System. All the planets revolve around the Sun and without its heat, this Earth would not exist. If we were going to rank important things in the survival of life on Earth, the Sun would have to be at number one.
So what is most important in our lives as believers?
What is at the center of our lives? The Apostle Paul said that knowing Christ died for our sins is most important. But look at what he added at the end of that verse: JUST AS THE SCRIPTURES SAID. It is pretty clear the Scripture of God's Word should be at the center of our lives as followers of Christ. We should know it, read it, study, and live it out.
Here are some thoughts to ponder about God's Word in your life:
- Do you have a plan for reading the Bible?
- Do the truths of the Bible really guide your life?
- What keeps the Bible from being important to you and how can you change that?
- Think of one truth from the Bible that you can work on living out in your life this week, like to love others as yourself, or to help out the least of these, etc.
Lesson 10, Devotion 2
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock." Matthew 7:24-25
If you've ever been around a construction site where a new building was up you may have noticed the first step is to prepare the foundation. Workers will dig down deep to lay a solid foundation of concrete reinforced with steel. Once the foundation is solid the rest of the building can be put up with confidence that the structure will be secure and not collapse.
Jesus spoke the words in today's passage during His Sermon on the Mount. He says the person who follows His teaching and obeys what He taught is not only wise but would be able to withstand the things that may beat against them in life. Jesus wanted us to put His Word, the Bible, at the center of our lives and to make it our foundation. That means that everything about our lives should flow the instructions God gave us in His Word.
God wants to be not just a part of our lives but the center and foundation of our lives.
So, what's the next step?
- Stop and think about what is at the center of your life right now. What drives you and influences the choices you make in life?
- If you can honestly say God's Word is the driving force in your life, then that is great. Keep doing what you're doing. If it's not, then ask why isn'a it?
- Take some time to reaffirm your commitment to God. Tell Him you want to change what's at the center of your life. Start today to read His Word and ask Him to give you a desire to read your Bible each day.
Lesson10, Devotion 3
There is a story about a soldier who was on night patrol when one of his friends on patrol with him started asking about his faith in God. The soldier always kept a New Testament with the words of Jesus in red in his pocket and took out his flashlight with red lenses. When he turned on the red light, and it hit the red words, guess what happened? The words disappeared! You literally couldn't see them. The red light canceled out the red ink. It was as if his Bible were blank! from that night on the soldier vowed to start memorizing verses in the Bible.
This week you learned about treasuring God's Word. Do you treasure it enough to start memorizing it? Below are six great verses on the Word of God and pick one or two to memorize this week.
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. - Psalm 18:30
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
He replied, "Blesses rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it." Luke 11:18
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:17
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. - 2 Timothy 2:15
For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12