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Like Christ

Like Christ
God Doesn't Change - We Do

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

I was talking with my good friend Andrew and he was sharing with me how he had found an old book from a thrift store.  The book was titled, "Like Christ" and it was written by renowned Christian author Andrew Murray.  He was excited, but not just because he had discovered a book over a hundred years old and it was in excellent shape - he was excited because he had found a book filled with the knowledge of a man who lived a life dedicated to Jesus.  

Andrew went on to open the book and began to read the opening chapter, "Because we abide in Him."  As he began to read it he soon realized the book was covering the exact same biblical truths we had just spoken of in our previous conversation.  He remarked how it was amazing because every word we had just spoken of with regards to an abiding relationship with God was right there in the opening pages.  

We marveled as we spoke about this because God was speaking the same message to us as he did to Andrew Murray over a century ago and to others before him.  God didn't change and His message didn't change - it is an everlasting good and perfect gift to us.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17 (NKJV)

Man has often attempted to change the true meaning of God's Word to fit his personal beliefs or to make some new type of religion, but this is not what God intended.  God's Word has been written to help us know how we can have a relationship with Him.   The Word of God is not to be read through the eyes of our culture - it should shape our culture.  We should remember, God was not made in man's image - it was man who was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26).  

Q:    What does this mean to us as Christians?

It means God's Word never changes.  The original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words may have changed through translation so we are able to read His message, but the core message never changes.  

So the same message Andrew Murray read over a hundred years ago in John 15 about an abiding relationship with God is the same message you and I can read today.  And God will speak to our hearts in the same way he spoke to Andrew.  So whether we write a book, a devotional, or simply share it with a friend on Facebook, God will still be the same One opening our eyes to understand His Word and He will be the One helping us to apply it to our lives.

I want to encourage you to seek the Lord as you read His Word.  Ask Him to open your eyes, mind and heart to know everything He wants you to know.  Ask Him to give you the wisdom and discernment to implement what you have learned into your life.  Ask Him to bring someone into your life so you can share what you have learned.

STUDY QUESTION:  According to Isaiah 55:11 what can we learn about God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your Bible each day; allowing it to wash and cleanse away the lies of the enemy?

APPLICATION: Pray before you open your Bible.  Ask God to show you what He wants you to know in the passages you are reading.

Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for helping me to understand and apply it to my life.  Help me to see and understand all I have read and to remember it when needed.  Help me to share what You have given to me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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