A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, July 1, 2014
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.” – Psalm 23:6
This past Sunday, my fiancé and I received a Word from a visiting prophet while we were in service. For those of you who may not be familiar with this expression, a ‘Word’ is instruction, encouragement, confirmation, warning, or a prediction spoken by God through one of His chosen people.
A strong word of caution: not everyone who claims to have a Word from the Lord should be believed. The person must have a proven track record with respect to their credibility and historical accuracy, be vouched for by a longstanding and vetted senior pastor, and always must line up with The Bible. Don’t believe just anyone because they say they have heard from the Lord, as that is how folks shipwreck!
My fiancé and I have been receiving many Words these past six months. In fact, this is the second time within six months, where this particular prophet (Ed Traut) called us both out and spoke to us individually and then as a couple. And for me, I was the recipient of such a privilege two nights in a row! Because of this track record, someone remarked after service that I was a “Word magnet!”
This was stated in good-natured fun, as the person who said this to me has a huge heart for the Lord. But it really resonated with my spirit in that we should all strive to be “Word magnets.” I am so in love with God, that I strive to grow increasingly attracted to His Word every day, and I want His Word to have a stronger-than-strong and binding attraction to me!
The Hebrew word for “follow,” as used in Psalm 23:6, is radaph (pr. raw-daf), which means “to run after, put to flight, pursue” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). I want God’s Word to run after me, pursue me, and put me to flight!” Webster’s Dictionary defines “pursue” as to “follow and try to catch or capture, to be involved in, to be engaged in.” I want to be captivated and captured by God’s Word! I need God all up in my business, and engaged in my affairs! I need God’s business to be my business! I desire my Holy Father to be involved in every detail of my life!
What about you, my brother? Life isn’t going the way you planned? Is that because you left God out of the planning? And you, my sister; who’s ‘every word’ are you hanging on? If it’s not your Perfect Father’s, it’s going to lead you astray.
Psalm 42:1 testifies from the Rivers of Living Water “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” My soul too, Oh God, pants for you every second of every day! I can’t get enough of God, nor do I want to! What about you, family? What is your water source? The eternal springs of salvation, or the dirty and stagnate ways of the world?
God’s Word is a lamp to our feet, and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). Are you tired of fumbling around in the dark, my brother? Sick and tired of sickness and tiredness being attracted to you, my sister? Then demagnetize the false attraction of the world for the amazing grace and inexpressible joy of God’s Word!
Father, help us to become attracted to Your Word, and cause your Word to be attracted to us! We call for Your Holy Spirit to breathe on us, and to breathe on Your Word. Draw us to your Living Word found in The Bible. We want to be as the deer who pants for You morning, noon, and night. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are living out Your Word, because Your Living Word (Jesus Christ) is living inside of us. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to make a habit of spending daily and uninterrupted time in God’s Word. Purpose in your heart and determine in your mind to spend time studying and being immersed in the Word of God. Feed your spirit and soul with God’s Word by reading it, and by listening to Godly music throughout the day. And continue to fight the good fight of becoming a Word magnet; for God, your Divine Attraction, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.