AMPLIFY: God's Word
Lesson 9: The Word at Work
Lesson 9, Devotion 1
"For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him, we cry, "Abba, Father." Romans 8:15
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Colossians 3:16
The Mississippi River is over 2,500 miles long and flows from the Canadian border all the way to the Gild of Mexico. This giant waterway begins in a lake in Minnesota that is fed by a stream only about three feet wide. It is amazing that such a small stream can be the starting point for the largest river in America.
The Apostle Paul tells us to let the words of Christ have their starting point in a very small place: our hearts. But notice what a huge impact results. The words of Christ make us wise, they can be used to teach and counsel others, and they can burst out in the form of psalms and hymns.
The Word of God is awesome.
As you go about your life this week here are a few things to think about:
- Are you really thankful to have the Word of God so readily available to read and study?
- Are you letting the Word of God change your life?
Consider some ways you can let the richness of the words of Christ impact your life in your conservations, in your music choices, and in your decision-making. Ask God to help you treasure and more effectively use His Words in your life today.
Lesson 9, Devotion 2
You don't have to go far to find people who claim to be representing God. Whether it's someone handing you a brochure at your front door or a spokesperson on television, lots of people claim to be representing God for various reasons, some good and some not so good. So how do you know to believe and what not to believe?
Paul said to let everything you do or say be as a representative of Jesus Christ. Now since Jesus was God in human form and we have His teachings in our Bible, it would be logical to assume that the way to test if people are truly representing Christ is to see how well what they're saying matches up with the Scriptures. Paul not only gave us a great way to live our lives, as a representative of Jesus, but he also gave us a sure-fire TRUTH TESTING TOOL when it comes to knowing what to believe.
So, what's the next step?
- Make knowing God's Word a priority in your life. Find a way to study and learn more about the Bible.
- Don't just go along with what others say about God or the teachings in the Bible. Use your computer or study tools to do some research and make sure what you are hearing is Biblical.
- Learn to treasure mentors who are teaching you the truth in the Bible like your pastor, youth pastor, or Bible study leader.
Lesson 9, Devotion 3
Today's devotion is pretty simple, but you have to agree to do it several times today. Ready?
"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:11
The word hidden in this passage means to place something that's treasured as one's most valuable possession in a secret place.
Choose a verse from the Bible and memorize it. Say it over and over again until you know it by heart. If you do, you've successfully hidden God's Word in your heart. Which is pretty cool. Simple, huh?