BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psa 119:9)

I wanted to write about how God uses the Word to bring conviction against sin to us. However, as I read and re-read this verse, it became apparent to me that the Lord used the words “young man (or woman)” here. Why would God use this adjective to describe the man? He could have just used the word man. So why did God interject with the word “young”?

I’ve seen older Christians who have remained “spiritual babes” because they have not spent time in the Word. Taking time in the Word is work but a blessing follows. Some of us work for a living and at the end of the pay period, we receive a check. At the end of our hard work of reading and studying, we also receive a check – a spiritual check. However, our check lasts for eternity. Paul spoke on these spiritual babes. 1 Cor. 3:1-2, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” Paul likened the spiritual babes as carnal. They were still more concerned about the things of the flesh than spiritual things. After all, isn’t that what a human baby does? He cries and cries unto he is fed. He is only concerned about his own needs at this point. Not once does this baby consider that Mommy is really tired and could sleep an extra hour if he would just hold off! Paul used the right choice of words here, didn’t he?

The more we grow in the Lord and by His Word, the more we become spiritual adults. We no longer have the same struggles we did as younger believers. We’ve learned to trust more in the Lord; we’ve learned that we can never lose our salvation and we’re sure of it and can prove it from the Word; we’ve learned that God is faithful and won’t abandon us; we’ve received this peace that young Christians and spiritually immature Christians can’t understand. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phi 4:7) Suffice it to say, however, that just reading the Word is not sufficient. One has to heed its warnings, as the Psalm continues to point out. What’s the use in reading a self-help book if you don’t apply what you’ve learned, right? Applying God’s Word to our lives is the key to maturing as a believer.

I know I sound like a broken record, but God stresses over and over in His Word that we need to be IN the Word and applying it to our lives! Without it we die spiritually. That baby would die without his Mommy feeding him, right? So will the babe in Christ stunt his growth in Christ by not opening his Bible and gleaning from its spiritual nourishment.

There’s a banquet table awaiting the believer who stops to eat!

Dear God…
May I come to you each day
With an open mind and heart
Let me search until I find
Your will, may I not depart

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

There is one thing we know for certain and that is there will always be change. One thing will never change, however, and that’s God’s Word. His words are settled in heaven, friend. Nothing will change when it comes to the Bible. The Scriptures speak of and point to the Lord, Jesus Christ.

~John 1:1-2 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with 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. What better way to lead lost souls away from salvation through Christ than by destroying God’s Word? 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!

~Revelation 22:19 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.

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.

~Matthew 5:18 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.

Why would God consider every little jot and tittle of the Word? Because His Word is settled. It cannot change. It will not change. A tittle is the smallest character in Hebrew writing but quite important as a word without the tittle would not mean the same thing. God considers even a tiny character to be of utmost importance.

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! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 

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! Don’t be deceived!

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. But it makes sense that His true Word would come from the very area where Christians were first named Christians, in Antioch. This was the hub of Christianity at the beginning and many died protecting the manuscripts!

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.

Deu 30:10  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Deu 30:11  For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
Deu 30:12  It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:13  Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
Deu 30:14  But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

~Deuteronomy 30:10-14  If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.   For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.   It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?  Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?   But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

God’s Word has been given to us to read.  It has been in written form for thousands of years.  To say that today’s Bible is outdated or has been corrupted is to say that God is not able to preserve His Words.  That puts limitations on God and we all know that God has no limitations.  God’s Word is final – settled both here and in Heaven.  His Word is true from the beginning of time and will continue to be true forever!

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

~Psalm 119:160  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
It would be cruel for the Father to leave us to our own devices when our hearts are so wicked.  Instead, He has left us with the Bible to teach us through His Holy Spirit and to bring to knowledge the wonderful plan of salvation that the Father, through Christ, has provided for us!
~Jeremiah 17:9-10  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
The Word of God leads us to salvation and teaches us all about Jesus Christ and His ministry.  His Holy Spirit guides us and feeds us through the everlasting Word of God.

To start off our series on the “Names of Jesus,” I thought it would be appropriate to begin at the beginning. (Joh 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

(Joh 1:14) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

What exactly do “words” accomplish? Without words, we do not have a language. Words express what is on our mind to others so that they can understand. One of Jesus’ roles was to communicate what was on the mind of the Father, His will, to mankind. With that thought, look again at John 1:14. How appropriate it is that God chose this specific terminology to express Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left heaven to bring His Father’s message of salvation to us! The Messenger brought the message of Himself! 🙂

Since the Word is God and speaks of His Father through the written Word, we will let the Word define itself.

(Joh 1:17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.(Eph 2:8 ) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:(Eph 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

The Word brought the Law through Moses in the Old Testament and brought grace and truth through Christ in the New Testament.

I love this popular verse:

(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It has a mini message all in itself, doesn’t it? The Word has spoken and said:

1. I am: (Exo 3:14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

2. The way: (Mat 7:13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

3. The truth: (Psa 117:2) For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.

4. The life: (Joh 1:4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

The Great I Am came to earth in human form bringing grace and truth through Christ Jesus. Christ’s words have been recorded so we may know the Heavenly Father’s will for our lives. God’s will is for all of us to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God shows us His mercy by showing us the truth about salvation through His Word, through Jesus Christ – The Word. His Word lights the path that we must take and this path leads to everlasting life!

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