Friday, March 29, 2013

The Purpose Driven Life - Day 24

Day 24 - Transformed By Truth

In life we are surrounded by noise. The noise of others, the noise of our friends and family, the noise in our own minds. Messages that are played over an over - messages that are often times demeaning to our very purpose. We need to stop listening to these false messages - messages putting us down - making us believe we are less than we were intended to be - messages of negativity.  

God's word is the only word we should be listening to.  For it is because of His word that we are even here. God spoke it, and it was.  "And God said, let there be light - and there was light."  We know that the word of God is the nourishment of our spirit and yet we allow ourselves to become spiritually anorexic.  Starving ourselves for years and decades - sometimes for the entire length of our time here on earth.  Then we wonder why our lives are in such a disarray.  Why we are stressed out all of the time. Why we can never achieve the things we crave the most. Inner peace. Balance. Love. 

"God's word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurts, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever!"  YET, we question our misery when we avoid it.  

Pastor Rick teaches us that there are five way we can immerse ourselves in the Word of God; We must receive it, read it, research it, remember it, and reflect on it. Just as we covered in earlier chapters. We must not only keep His Word near us at all times, but we must actually delve into it. Drink of it, eat of it, grow of it, absorb it, assimilate it, breathe it, live it.  We must become 'doers of the word.'

"If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciple indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:31 (KIV)