Fruit of the Spirit – Joy in the Word – Lesson 3

Psalm 119:9-16, 105 – 112

Once the Bible was just so many words to us, “clouds and darkness,” (represents before Christ or through one of life’s storm) then suddenly – the words became spirit and life because Jesus re-speaks them to us when our circumstances make the words new. (after salvation or your circumstances allow you to surrender an area you’ve held on to – then when Jesus “re-speaks” you are able to hear because of your circumstances) Oswald Chambers

What is the best way to defend ourselves against sin? By internalizing God’s Word.

When I think about all the information that is contained in God’s Word it is easy to get mind boggled. Through scripture we have prayers, we learn direction and guidance, we can find comfort, historical facts, science classifications, natural consequences are taught throughout scripture (IF’s and THEN’s), we can experience healing through scripture, we find unconditional love in scripture, hope, redemption, testimonials of God’s faithfulness, wisdom, and knowledge which will ultimately give us peace.

And those are just a few that came to my mind – that list could go on and on for pages depending on who I asked.

My point is though, regardless what the topic is, there is no doubt you name it, it can be found in scripture.

We can have joy in God’s Word because it is:

Eternal – I Peter 1:25, The Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word (the good news of salvation) which was preached to you.

Supernatural I Thessalonians 2:13, And we also thank God continually for this, that when you received the word of God (concerning salvation) which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of (mere) men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe (exercising its inherent, supernatural power in those of faith).

Salvation – Ephesians 6:17, And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Isaiah 59:17, For He (the Lord) put on righteousness like a coat of armor, And salvation like a helmet on His head . . .

Living  – Hebrews 4:12, The word of God is living and active and full of power (making it operative, energizing, and effective). It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit (the completeness of a person), and of both joins and marrow (the deepest parts of our natural self), exposing and judging the very thoughts of intentions of the heart.

Blessed – Luke 11: 28, Blessed (favored by God, happy) are those who hear the word of God and continually observe it.

To observe means to notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant.
Nourishment – Eddie Echarri signed every card he ever sent out (to me anyway) with Matthew 4:4 on it. “But Jesus replied, “it is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.”

Purifying – Psalm 12:6, The words and promises of the Lord are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.

For the purpose of testifying – Revelation 1:2, who testified and gave supporting evidence to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Teaching – 2 Timothy 3:14-17, But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced (holding tightly to the truths), nowing from who you learned them, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (surrendering your entire self to him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power, and goodness). ALL scripture is God-breathed (given by divine inspiration) and is profitable for instruction, for conviction (of sin) for correction (of error and restoration to obedience), for training in the righteousness (learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately – behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage); so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Moral  courage – is the courage to take action for moral reasons despite the risk of adverse consequences. COURAGE is required to take action when one has doubts or fears about the consequences. MORAL COURAGE therefore involves deliberation or careful thought.
Complete – perfect or whole.
Proficient – competent or skilled in doing something.
Outfitted – clothed

So when we re-read that last verse with those definitions it becomes more relatable to me – behaving honorably with personal integrity and deliberating with careful thought – so that the man of God may be made perfect and competent – clothed and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Comforting – Psalm 119:49-56 deals with God’s word as our comforter. Verse 50, in particular, this is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.

Consequences – all through scripture we see “IF’s and THEN’s. We learn natural consequences. If I do this then this will happen. One of hundreds of examples is found in Proverbs 2:1-5, My son, if you will receive my words And treasure my commandments within you, Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

Guidance – Isaiah 11:2, And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Which takes us to wisdom –

James 1:5, if any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God.

Proverbs 1:17, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

James 3:17, But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Proverbs 3:13, Blessed (favored and happy) are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,

How can we find joy in the word? By knowing it. Read it. Believe it. Surrendering of self and all that we think we know. Apply it to our lives. But just don’t keep it for yourselves, share it. God has given us the handbook for survival, but more often than not we listen to what others say instead of what God wants to say to us through scripture. Turn off the phones, the television and open your copy of God’s word. I know a lot of people use electronics these days for the Bible reading but there is just something different when we open up scripture and rest in it.

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