DOES GOD'S WORD MAKE PROGRESS IN YOU?

May 16, 2019

DOES GOD'S WORD MAKE PROGRESS IN YOU?

“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.” (John 8:37-38)

Jesus had a running battle with the so-called religious leaders of the day. They had a little kingdom built of self-righteousness and they were on the top of the religious pile. They were not spiritual, but simply religious.

God came in human flesh and shattered and exposed their self-made kingdom. It infuriated them and finally led to His crucifixion at their hands.

THE WORK OF THE WORD

In John 8, Jesus speaks of what was at the core of their problem. His word had "no place" in them. One translation says, "My word has no entrance (makes no progress, does not find any place) in you" (Amplified Bible).

God’s Word is powerful. It is like a hammer that shatters a rock. It gives life and light. Walk through Psalm 119 and you will see all that it accomplishes. But, in these men, the Word of God had been refused entrance. This is amazing since they read and studied it daily. But they studied it as a book; not as the Word of God given to be surrendered to and obeyed. Not as a pathway to listen to and encounter God.

THE SOURCE OF CHRIST'S WORDS

Jesus was speaking words that came straight from heaven. Christ lived equally in both the spiritual world (in His Father's presence through prayer) and the physical. He was speaking to them divine words. Yet, because of their pride and unbelief, the very words of God were being refused by them.

It has always intrigued me that there are some people who have been in church for decades under the sound of God’s Word and yet have not even made the most basic steps in Christ. The clear indication of this passage is that they are probably not believers at all. They have never submitted to God’s Word and therefore they can sit self-righteously in church, but make no spiritual progress.

THE IMPORTANT QUESTION

... for you today is this: Have you opened your heart to Christ? Are you anxious to hear everything His Word says to you and gladly continue in it? Is what Christ is saying entering your soul and making progress? Are you seeing things from God’s Word daily and is it changing you? The Word of God is not given to merely enlarge our minds but to change our lives.

If this is not occurring, something is terribly wrong.





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