Maranatha Devotionals

LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. (Psalm 119:89)

We know that God’s Word is Jesus Christ Himself. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2) The Word of God, our Bible, was breathed to man through God’s Holy Spirit and reveals all we need to know about Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind. Is it any wonder that the different versions today try to take away Christ’s deity? Is it any wonder that they try to remove references to His shed blood and work on the cross? Is it any wonder that they try to remove the fact that there is no other way to heaven but through Him?

Psalm 119:89 says that God’s Word is for ever settled in heaven! The meaning of for ever according to Noah Webster is:

At any time; at any period or point of time, past or future.

God’s Word was settled in the past and it is settled in the future. We cannot change it because it is settled. Period! And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Rev 22:19)

God’s Word was, is and continues to be settled in heaven. God never changes – He’s the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Since He never changes and Jesus is the Word according to John 1:1-2, and the Word is settled in heaven, then we must believe that there cannot be 100+ different versions of the Word of God out there. That is why it is so important to believe that God would preserve His Word. Each letter of the Word is so important that there’s not one thing contained in it which will go unnoticed. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (Mat 5:18 ) Why would God consider every little jot and tittle of the Word? Because His Word is settled. It cannot change. It will not change.

Beware of false imitations out there. Satan would love nothing better than to de-throne Christ. That has been his goal from the beginning. Isaiah. 14:12-14, How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! (12) For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (13) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (14) If he can remove Christ from the different versions of the Bible out there, then people will believe that Allah, Buddha, and yes Lucifer himself is god and he will take as many souls as he can with him to hell.

Why are you so easily deceived that any version is OK to read. Would you follow a child’s drawing of a map to go to Orlando, Florida without questioning its accuracy? Why, then, are you so quick to read a version of the Bible which has been derived from Alexandrian texts? Were we not commanded to come out of Egypt, a type of the world? Why would our God contradict Himself by sending His most precious Word, which is settled in heaven, from the very country He told us to stay away from spiritually? To say that He did contradicts everything God teaches in the Word about coming out of Egypt.

Remember, God’s Word is settled – there’s no changing it. Beware, lest you fall into modernism’s trap and become like the world. Your doctrine will be diluted and your testimony will not resemble your Lord and Saviour, but will resemble the god of this world.

O, Revive Us By Thy Word
Daniel W. Whittle

Heav’nly Father, we Thy children,
Gathered round our risen Lord,
Lift our hearts in earnest pleading:
Oh, revive us by Thy Word!

Refrain

Send refreshing, send refreshing,
From Thy presence, gracious Lord!
Send refreshing, send refreshing,
And revive us by Thy Word!

Gracious gales of heav’nly blessing
In Thy love to us afford;
Let us feel Thy Spirit’s presence,
Oh, revive us by Thy Word!

Refrain

Weak and weary in the conflict,
“Wrestling not with flesh and blood,”
Help us, Lord, as faint we falter,
Oh, revive us by Thy Word!

Refrain

With Thy strength, O Master, gird us;
Be our Guide, and be our Guard:
Fill us with Thy Holy Spirit;
Oh, revive us by Thy Word!

Refrain

Maranatha Devotionals, Scriptures

Psalm 119:89-96

LAMED
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

Journaling:

1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
2. Find the things you are suppose to do with your Bible
3. Find the things the Bible is likened to

The Psalmist opens this next section of Psalm 119 with an emphatic verse.  He has complete and unshakable confidence in his statement.  Along with Psalm 12:6-7, these verses support the fact that God can and did preserve His word throughout the ages!

God does not preserve His word for a period of time; nor is His word preserved through the capability of man or his intelligence! God’s word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).  I see several things, just in this one verse:

  1. Who:  Whose word is referenced in Psalm 119:89?  Thy word – God’s word, not man’s.  The Devil’s desire is to corrupt the word of God for several reasons: to remove the deity of Jesus Christ and, therefore, so man cannot find salvation, and so he (the Devil) can take God’s place.  The only time Lucifer is mentioned in the Bible is in Isaiah 14:12.  But don’t go finding his name in the NIV, NASB, ESV, etc.  It can only be found in the King James Bible!  Why?  Because the Devil, Lucifer, does not want man kind knowing the truth about him or about Jesus Christ, the Saviour.  If the Devil can place doubt in man’s mind about the inspired and preserved word of God, he has succeeded already.  He removed his name from Isaiah 14:12 and replaced it with “morning star,” which is a name for Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:16).  Ask yourself, Christian, “Who stands to gain from changing God’s word?” Satan stands to gain – and he has succeed in producing over 200 different versions of the Bible.  Is it any wonder the world is falling apart at the seams?!  Is it any wonder that the world doesn’t think God’s word exists today?
  2. What:  What is spoken of in this verse?  God’s word is what is settled.  God’s word is what shows man his sin.  God’s word is what leads man to salvation. God’s word speaks about His Blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Psalm 12:6-8 give us a clearer picture about the purity and eternality of God’s word and what happens to the “scholars” who change His word:(6) The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (7) Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. (8) The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted. God’s word is perfect. He has promised to preserve those words for us for ever!  It’s settled! The men who are responsible for the corrupt translations have done a horrible act. They have followed their father, the Devil, and have taken down many souls with them. Oh the price they will pay throughout eternity for changing God’s word! It is a frightening thing to be in the hands of an angry God: ~Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.  No author on earth would appreciate someone else changing their writing.  In fact, there are laws against it and it is called plagiarism!
  3. Where:  Where is God’s word settled?  Heaven!  Heaven is the perfect dwelling place.  No sin can enter Heaven.  No corruption can enter Heaven. God’s plans for mankind were spoken, written and settled – PERIOD.  Once a court of law in our land reaches a settlement in a trial, it cannot be changed.  It is final! This is what the word means.  It’s not rocket science and even a child can understand it.
  4. When: How long is God’s word settled? FOR EVER! It will not change – it cannot be changed. The Devil has changed it through the years by using his minions. However, God’s word is settled forever and we know Who will win in the end! Ignorant man, despite his knowledge and Ph.D.’s, has been the puppet of the all-time Deceiver, the Father of Lies, Satan! But the Victor is Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords and King of Kings! He preserved His words for us through the uncorrupted King James Bible. We do have God’s word in the English language. All others are heretical attempts to discredit the blood of Christ, His virgin birth, His deity, and His triumpant return!
  5. For How Long: Psalm 119:90-91 give us an answer!  God is faithful – His word is faithful – His promises are for ever!  The faithfulness of His word continues to ALL generations (verse 90) and they continue according to His word!

God’s word existed before the creation of all things. His word spoke everything into existence. His word is as much with us today as much as it was with people living before, during and after Christ!  How strange it is that people can believe that God created all things in the universe yet He is not able to keep His word from corruption!  You limit God by saying such things!  God’s abilities are limitless and powerful – just read and enjoy the following verses:

Deuteronomy 3:24,
Deuteronomy 9:3,
II Samuel 22:32-34,
I Chronicles 29:12,
Psalm 18:1-2,
Psalm 62:7-8,
Psalm 68:35,
Luke 1:37,
Isaiah 40:28-31,
Job 9:4,
Jeremiah 5:22,
Jude 1:25.

It’s settled, my friend. God has settled it!