James 1:22-23, “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Here are more ways the Word of God lifts us up.
8. Teach Up
Our children must be taught God’s Word. It is their right. And God commands that we do it. Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Are we taking up the challenge to teach our children diligently? This Hebrew word, shaman tells how we have to do it…
a) To whet and sharpen. When you whet a knife, you turn it first on this side and then the other to make sure it is sharpened on both edges. We must teach the Word from every angle. We must sharpen our children with the Word so that they have an edge on them. They will not be blunt and clueless, but know what to do in every situation because the Word of God fills their heart and mouth. They will be sharp to pierce the enemy when he comes to attack them. (Read these Scriptures where shaman is translated whet or sharpen. (Deuteronomy 32:41; Psalm 45:5; 64:3; 120:4; Isaiah 5:28)
b) To enforce and inculcate. We must teach consistently--expounding, explaining and reading it over and over again. We can’t rely on church on Sundays for their teaching; it is our responsibility to do it daily. Isaiah 28:9-10 says, “Precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little.” (Isaiah 28:9-10) It’s hard to do this if our children are at school all day for this is part of our daily activities.
9. Heal Up
Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent forth His Word and healed them.” The Word of God has the power to heal. Colin and I knew a dear couple who had served the Lord with the China inland Mission until they came back to New Zealand in their eighties. When Mr. Arthur Beard was serving the Lord in China he got cancer. But He loved the Word of God and every day he read it out loud over his body and he was totally healed. Claim the promises of the Word over your sicknesses.
10. Light Up
It is the Word of God that lights up the way before us and shows us the path God wants us to take. Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” God has revealed His plan for us in His Word. It is up to us to study the plan so we know the way we are to walk. It is up to us to fill our children with the Word so they will be filled with light and know the way they should take. As God lights up the way for us through His Word, we are then able to shine the light for others to see the way. Philippians 2:15-16 says “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding for the word of life.”
11. Save up
James 1:21 says, “Receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your souls.” It’s God’s Word that leads us to salvation. The word save is sozo which is a powerful word. It not only means ‘to save’ but ‘to heal, deliver and preserve.” The Word of God has not only the power to save our souls from our sin but to deliver us from the bondage of sin.
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
Above Rubies, www.aboverubies.org
“Help me, Lord, to be faithful to teach your Word to my children. May your Word be not only in my heart but in my mouth to speak out at every opportunity. Amen.”
I am lighting up my world with the Word of God.
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