Many 4th of Julys I spent either on the dry high open plains of the country where fireworks were limited; or in the midst of grandeur of the mountains nestled beneath the beauty of fragrant pines, cedars and fir trees with pine cones and needles scattered everywhere; places that fireworks could be very dangerous. Therefore, I truly enjoyed with fresh awareness the beautiful displays of fireworks that lit up the sky this 4th. I got a front row seat on my porch swing for we live across from a small park that opens up the sky all around so I could see displays from the North, South, East and West.
But there were so many and they came as sudden unannounced flashes from this place or that, unless I immediately turned and focused on one it would be gone before I could even discover all the colors or design.
Often I find that it is the same way when GOD speaks to me. What I mean by that is when HE shows me something, I need to stop right then and there and consider what was being said or scramble for a pen and paper to write it down. If I don’t it is often lost to me.
This affects you too, for GOD speaks to every one of us, often.
Humbly accept the WORD implanted in you which is able to save your souls. And become doers of the WORD and not just hearers. (James 1:21b, 22)
Note: the Word was implanted before the saving of the soul (mind, emotions, will)
Humbly accept (receive, grab a hold of, embrace) focus on the flash of understanding when it comes and not push it aside till later (Romans 1:18, 2 Thessalonians 2:10) Just as I had to focus on the firework display when it happened or miss the beauty, so we need to grab a hold of the truth or assignment, GOD speaks into our hearts.
the WORD implanted in you (I don’t know how GOD implants a WORD in us but the Bible says HE does, so I believe.) The word implanted and its Greek form clearly show this is a divinely given WORD in contrast to something acquired by study.
• JESUS gives light to every single one who comes into the world (John 1:9b)
• GOD has manifested (made it clear just like the fireworks became visible with a flash) to everyone certain truths and each understands, but awareness disappears when neglected or turned from or refused as true. (Romans 1:19,20)
• We are not to live by bread alone but by every WORD being spoken by GOD (Matthew 4:4) The Greek here says GOD is continually speaking.
• GOD is continually placing within us HIS desires and communicates to us the energy and efficiency to the intent that we will do HIS will (Philippians 2:13) But we have to take what HE places in and do it. (Philippians 2:12)
(that WORD implanted in us) which has dynamite power/ ability to save (preserve, rescue, save, restore, heal, cure.) The word save here is translated healed in the true story of the woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of JESUS’ garment. She somehow knew if she just reached out and touched the hem of JESUS’ garment she would be healed. She acted on that WORD (implanted within her) and was healed. (Matthew 9:21)
When applied, the WORD spoken in our hearts are instructions that will work to achieve what needs to be done when it needs to be done. What it does depends on what needs doing.
Become doers of the WORD and not just hearers. But unless we take that WORD (that still small voice or nudge from GOD) and do it, it is of no value to us. The WORD does not help if we have turned from the light HE gives. For when we turn from GODs WORD, we have turned to darkness and no longer have direction.
Go grab a hold, embrace that verse that comes to mind; that urge to call a friend or pray for a specific someone or situation. Whenever and however HE speaks, do what you know you should do and you will have dynamite power to do GOD’s will.
Looking unto JESUS the Author and Perfecter of my faith,