Saturday, August 10th, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 1)
Three Big Chapters
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (NKJV)
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:13 (NKJV)
The Word of the Lord endures forever.
1 Peter 1:25 (NKJV)
If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 15:7 (NKJV)
Reading the Word of God brings revelation. Hearing It brings faith. Speaking It brings power. Praying It brings miracles. Doing It brings freedom, peace and prosperity--to you and others. It's that simple. 'But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ' (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Reading a Daily Devotion won't suffice. Nor will hearing a weekly sermon. Nor will speaking affirmations. Nor will praying without a full heart. Nor will sitting in complacency. Actors, models and talent for Christ, if I could give you one take-home message, it would be this: Read your Bible daily--by the Book and in order. Do It like a disciplined athlete on a course to victory.
If you're skiing a slalom or running a marathon, you can't take short cuts. If you get off track or miss a post, you're disqualified. You're not ruled out by your pace. In contrast, slow and steady win this race. So don't forfeit the prize by following man-made posts disconnected from the totality of His Word:
If you read a Verse here and a Verse there... pretty soon, you're everywhere--but are you behind Him?
Because you may lose His way, His context or His meaning. Yes, God can speak through anyone at anytime (even a donkey). But He's likely to speak to you on the Path He already provided: His Word in His order... and no one else's.
'It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God.' ' (Matthew 4:4). Please note the Word, 'every.' Not a few, or some, but every--as in all of God's Words. Not coincidentally, Matthew 4:4 precedes the chapters of Matthew 5-7, which is the Sermon on the Mount.
I've been writing about God's Word and His movement in entertainment since 2008. As a late-in-life committed Christian, I'm not qualified by worldly standards. I barely attended church as a child; I was not raised among believers. Could my lack of religious education be a reason God chose me and my house? Because His Word and His Spirit have been my primary Teachers.
I believe They should be your primary Teachers. I encourage you to re-read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. I believe God will give you personal revelation by His Word and Its purpose in your life.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.