Tuesday, January 31, 2012

God's Word My Word

     "The life of Christ that gives life to the world is in His word. It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out demons; by His word He stilled the sea, and raised the dead; and the people bore witness that His word was with power. He spoke the word of God, as He had spoken through all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ, and the Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. When His visible presence should be withdrawn, the word must be their source of power. Like their Master, they were to live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.' Matthew 4:4. 

     "As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual life is sustained by the word of God. And every soul is to receive life from God’s word for himself. As we must eat for ourselves in order to receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for ourselves. We are not to obtain it merely through the medium of another’s mind. We should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of the Holy Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one verse, and concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought which God has put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the thought until it becomes our own, and we know 'what saith the Lord.'

     "In His promises and warnings, Jesus means me. God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that I by believing in Him, might not perish, but have everlasting life. The experiences related in God’s word are to be my experiences. Prayer and promise, precept and warning, are mine. 'I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.' Galatians 2:20. As faith thus receives and assimilates the principles of truth, they become a part of the being and the motive power of the life. The word of God, received into the soul, molds the thoughts, and enters into the development of character.

     "By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we shall be strengthened. God will make the most precious revelations to His hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a personal Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. Love takes the place of hatred, and the heart receives the divine similitude. This is what it means to live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.' This is eating the Bread that comes down from heaven."

Taken from Desire of Ages, p. 390-391

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Human Design -- Awesome. Period.

"In the beginning was the WORD,... All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made (John 1:1, 3)."

Below is a TED Talk that was presented in 2007 by David Bolinsky, a medical animator. In it, the speaker emphasizes two words: truth and beauty. Immediately, I thought of the verse:

"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 96:9)."

Of course, it may not directly relate; but that's what I thought of.

I also considered that God is truth, as pointed out in John 17:17 -- "Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth." (Note: John 1 establishes for us that the Word is God; therefore, we may safely conclude that because the word is truth, God is truth.)

The speaker also mentions with awe the magnificence of human structure, and notes how he feels like he could almost worship it. I would say to worship the Lord who made heaven and earth, the sea, and the fountains of water; the Lord who made you and me in His own image and after His own likeness, and formed us with His own hands (Revelation 14:7; Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7). Even our cells.

Each of our itty-bitty cells were crafted by the Master Scientist, the Word, the Lamb of God. Each was made to work at its own job, to fulfill its duty with diligence (That is my brothers' key word for their current unit in their school work). 

Paul says that we are God's workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). We are fashioned to do good works; to take care of our ever-working bodies, for example. :) Will we do that for the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world? Will we do that for Him?



"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16)." 

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

New Year, New Focus

I am probably the one millionth person to say this, but let's face the facts: it's a new year. We hear the same thing  every year, and yet each year, it's different. 

The year 2011 was PlugIn2God's first official year of operation. What a year it was! God was there at every step and turn, guiding the entire process. 



The opening theme for 2011 was "The Connection" in line with the mission of PlugIn2God --
To help young Christians stay connected to the ultimate power Source --Jesus Christ-- and become lightbearers for Him.
In order to have a close relationship with someone, we have to meet them first! That is what last year was all about -- connecting to God.

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What about 2012? What are we focusing on this year? 

The WORD

This year is introducing us to the written and the living Word of God -- the Bible and its Author. We will be digging deep into the Scriptures to see what messages God has for us, to know His will for our lives. This year will be split into four 90-day periods (or quarters), each featuring an in-depth study of the given topic. The topics for this year are listed on the official website for PlugIn2God Ministry in the "Get in Sync" section.