According To His Word

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“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation,

according to thy word.”

Psalm 119:41, KJV

The son of man stood bound before his judge—one unable to discern the living Word standing before him, the Son of God, the King of kings. Pilate asked Jesus if he was a king. Jesus answered with—

“Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world,

that I should bear witness unto the truth.

Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” John 18:36, KJV

Pilate replied, “What is truth?”

People continue to ask that question today. Like Pilate, the world searches for truth, but they are blind to the truth standing before them.

  • Multitudes don’t believe it,
  • twist it,
  • fear to proclaim it,
  • and walk away from it.

John, the apostle, wrote Jesus’s words stating, “Thy word is truth.”

Jesus, the living Word of God, said, “I am … the truth.” Not only did he make these statements, he lived the truth. He is truth.

When the psalmist asked the Lord to send his mercies and his salvation, according to his word, those same mercies he asked for, gave birth to hope. In his loving kindness, the Lord’s salvation has come to us. The truth has found it’s way into our hearts.

God’s grace lavishes us with his mercies—

payment for our sin debt,

cleansing from the sins of the past,

strength to live in victory over sin,

and eternal life.

  • According to his word, and his word is truth,

“It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning:

great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul:

therefore will I hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24, KJV

  • According to his word and his word is truth,

“FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:13, KJV

  • According to his word, and his word is truth,

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear,we shall be like him;

for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3, KJV

  • According to his word, and his word is truth,

“Being confident of this very thing,

that he which hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6, KJV

  • According to his word, and his word is truth,

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself,

that where I am, there ye may be also …

I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” John 14:2-3, Matthew 28:20b, KJV

Truth does not have to be believed—it remains the truth. Truth can’t be twisted—for then it is no longer the truth. Fearing to speak the truth—will not prevent it from be revealed. Walking away from the truth—will not bring freedom but captivity.

  • According to his word, and his word is truth,

“If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed;

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31b-32, KJV

If you, like Pilate, have asked, “What is truth?”,  according to his word, and his word is truth, Jesus is the truth. Know him and you will know truth. Truth never changes. Truth endures forever.

“The grass withereth,

the flower fadeth:

but the word of our God shall stand for ever …

O give thanks unto the LORD;

for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.”

Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 136:1, KJV

With his mercies come salvation.

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Praying For God’s Bounty

Praying for God’s Bounty

GIMEL

Deal bountifully with thy servant,

that I may live, and keep thy word.

Open thou mine eyes,

that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

Psalm 119:17, 18, KJV

*GIMEL=Reward, especially in regards to faith.

How did you begin 2023? Was it with a list of resolutions? A renewed hope? A prayer for the Lord’s bounty?

The Psalmist of 119 sought the Lord’s bounty in his life. I wonder what he considered to be bounty? The popular belief includes a bevy of material and physical blessings. These prayers aren’t wrong in themselves, if our motives are right before the Lord. But if our prayers begin and end with the material and physical requests that we may receive, we will find we have missed the most bountiful reward wrapped in faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is ,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6, KJV

When we seek God, we do so out of faith believing he will be found. He is our reward— more bountiful than all the material and physical treasures of this earth.

  • Abraham knew this exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1).
  • Moses knew the value of this reward and chose to suffer rather than stay in Pharoah’s court (Hebrews 11:26).
  • The persecuted look for their great reward in heaven and rejoice (Matthew 5: 11-12).
  • When we seek our heavenly Father in prayer and in his word, we are promised he will be found. He will meet us there (Jeremiah 29:13 & Hebrews 4:16).

that I may live …

I have a notion the Psalmist wanted more than earthly treasures for his reward. I can’t prove it, but I believe he wanted to know God more, for in him is life. I think Paul may have recorded what the Psalmist’s desire included.

  • “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding:
  • That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
  • being fruitful in every good work,
  • and increasing in the knowledge of God:
  • Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
  • Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:” Colossians 1: 9b-12, KJV

And the Psalmist knew the Lord would be found in the keeping of his word. We can ask to know God’s will, his wisdom, and spiritual understanding. We will find all these in knowing God—who is made known in his word. Through knowing God, we will—

  • Find wisdom and spiritual understanding.
  • Learn to walk worthy of the Lord and
  • Learn how to please him.
  • Never quit growing in the knowledge of God.

We can pray the Psalmist’s condensed version of Paul’s Colossian prayer and be confident in the answer.

“Open thou mine eyes,

that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

Our heavenly Father will deal with us from his bounty, and will open our eyes for us to see wonderous things out of his word and bring them into our hearts. We will live the abundant life of Christ. Christ in us, is God the Son, our reward for now and forever.

Now in our prayer it’s time to give—

“thanks unto the Father,

which has made us meet to be

partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:”

Won’t you join me in making these scriptures your prayer for today and the days the Lord gives us in 2023? Then we keep our eyes open and rejoice with thanksgiving in the bountifulness of the Father.


*Referenced from the online Blue Letter Bible.

Water That Cleanses

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“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way …”

Sometimes a water hose will suffice, and sometimes the young man or woman needs both water, soap, and a good scrubbing.

David needed all of the above. The king paced the marble floor of the castle. He paused and turned his head towards the arched window.

No. That’s where my trouble began. Nathan waits to speak with me.

David splashed some water over his troubled face, took a deep breath, and made his way to his throne. The king’s guards ushered the prophet in. Nathan bowed before his king, stood, and began his story of a rich man with many lambs and a poor man with only one lamb.*

When David heard that the rich man had taken the poor man’s only lamb and made dinner, fury burned on his face. He pounded his fist on the arm of his throne. The king stood and cried in a loud voice, “As sure as the LORD lives, that man will die, but first he will replace what he took with four of his own lambs.”

Nathan waited until the king finished his rant. With tears pooling in his eyes, he spoke. “Thou art the man …”

A bucket of the water of God’s word poured over David’s soul—the cleansing of his way from adultery and murder had begun. For David took heed thereto according to thy word, and

The king prayed—

“Have mercy upon me, O God,

according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin …

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Psalm 51:1-2, KJV

The word began its cleansing work in David. He practiced what he wrote in Psalm 119:10 and 11.

“With my whole heart have I sought thee …

Then to keep his way undefiled he prays—

… O let me not wander from thy commandments …

David further explains how to guard our way to keep us from wandering from the Lord.

…Thy word have I hid in mine heart

that I might not sin against thee.”

  • To be cleansed we seek the Lord.
  • To keep our way cleansed, we bath our heart in his word.
  • When we seek the Lord, he will be found in his word.
  • He isn’t far from us.
  • When we water the seed—his word hidden in our heart—fruits of forgiveness, purity, and faith sprout for all to see.
  • The word’s fruit will not die for it’s good seed.
  • What’s of the flesh has died, destroying sin’s power and has been washed in the cleansing power of the blood.

We not only have the written word to keep us clean before the Lord, we, his church, have the living Word.

“That he might sanctify and cleanse it

with the washing of water by the word,

That he might present it to himself a glorious church,

not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing;

but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Ephesians 5:26-27, KJV

Jesus is the Word, the seed of life planted in our hearts. If you’re hungry feed on him. If you’re thirsty drink from him. You will always have food and water to strengthen and cleanse you in your way.

“And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life:

he that cometh to me shall never hunger;

and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

John 6:35

What’s your heart in need of today—a rinse? a shower? a scrubbing? Daily drinking from the Word radically reduces the need for a scrubbing.


*The account is found in 2 Samuel 12.

When Dirt’s In The Way

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“Blessed are the undefiled in the way …

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?

By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Psalm 119:1a, 9, KJV

Have you watched players engage in the sport of curling? I admit I have but not for long. The game consists of two teams sliding “rocks” down an icy path toward the house, which looks like a bulls eye. When the thrower releases the rock, two other teammates skate in front of the rock with brushes—looks like brooms to me, sweeping all debris from the path they want the rock to travel. The rock resting closest to the house wins a point. These rules are a brief summary of the game.

In the blessed way of the undefiled, believers need to regularly clear our way from debris that would cause us to veer from the path that leads home. Psalm 119: 9 begins by asking—

“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?”

Then the verse summarizes the answer.

“By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Being a pastor’s wife, people have commented to me about living with someone who doesn’t ever sin. Let me set the record straight. Pastors and their wives are people saved by grace through faith like every other believer. Our feet need washed like all others.

Take for instant the disciples who walked with Jesus in the way. Even they needed the filth of the world washed from their feet. We, who are saved, don’t need a complete bath—we had that when we received Jesus as our Savior. But we do need to regularly be cleansed of the ways of the world that sneak into our hearts influencing  our minds, our words, and actions. The apostle John explained—

“If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness …

My little children, these things write I unto you,

that ye sin not.

And if any man sin,

we have an advocate with the Father,

Jesus Christ the righteous.”

1 John 1:9-2:1, KJV

As a born again child of God, the righteousness of Christ has been put to our account. The Father counts us righteous because of Christ’s righteousness. In day to day living, we are still being trained in righteousness. Sometime we sin disrupting the close fellowship the Father wants us to have with him. The way to cleanse that disruption is through confession.

If we daily brush away the debris the world seeks to pour into our path through the mind, we learn to guard our thoughts and walk in obedience.

  • “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
  • (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal,
  • but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds:)
  • Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
  • and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ:
  • And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience,
  • when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 9: 3-6, KJV

Our way is most commonly littered with the words we speak. A daily mouthwash helps keep our words pure and our actions undefiled in the way.

  • “But  be ye doers of the word,
  • and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves …
  • If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
  • Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
  • To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
  • and to keep himself unspotted from the world …
  • For in many things we offend all:
  • If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man,
  • and able also to bridle the whole body.” James 1:22, 26-27; 2:2, KJV

Food For Thought:

“Finally, God’s Word will keep us from wrong thoughts, words, and actions: or else wrong thoughts, words, and actions will keep us from God’s Word.” (From The King James Open Bible, expanded edition)

Are you missing a closeness with the Lord you once enjoyed? Maybe it’s time to sweep away the debris hindering your way.  God’s Word is a wonderful broom.

Great Passages and Great Promises

bloglove-699480_960_720I’m hoping to post on Mondays a great passage and promise from scripture. Considering it all comes from the word of God, I shouldn’t run out of material. I’m starting in Genesis and plan on taking us through the Bible. We may take a break along the way, but I hope you will join me.

Today’s Passage & Promise

“And I will make of thee a great nation,

and I will bless thee, and make thy name great;

and thou shalt be a blessing:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:

and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:2,3

A great nation, a great name, and a great blessing to all.

In the days of Israel’s first three kings, the nation knew greatness. Strength, riches, and wisdom ruled her days. But once it fell, it would not rise again until 1948. Today it does not begin to compare with the days of Saul, David, and Solomon. But one day a greater King than Solomon will return to completely fulfill God’s promise to make Israel a great nation. And Abraham? His name is known as the father of Israel. Other nations are his as well.  But his children number more than those of his flesh. He is the father of faith. His children include the children of the promise –

“and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

“Even as Abraham believed God,

and it was accounted to him for righteousness,

Know ye therefore that they which are of faith,

the same are the children of Abraham.

And the scripture,

foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,

preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying,

In thee shall all nations be blessed.

So then, they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Galatians 3:6-9

God chose the Israelites, born of Abraham, to bring all nations the promises of God. He chose them to bear the seed that would bless all with salvation.

“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made.

He saith not, And to seeds, as of many:

but as of one,

And to thy seed, which is Christ.”

Galatians 3:16

Being born again of God, we are –

“all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”

Galatians 3:26

God’s promises to Abraham back in Genesis reaches into every nation, race, and family. God excludes no one who will come to him in faith.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith;

and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God …

For the wages of sin is death,

but the gift of God is eternal life

through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23


When did you receive God’s gift of eternal life? Were you a child, an adult, or in-between? Were you in a church gathering, alone, or with a friend?

If you would like to share your story of coming to faith, leave it in the comments, send me a message, or email. With your permission I would like to share it on my blog along with your website address. This Wednesday I hope to share the beginning of my faith story. Until then, let’s pray for those who have yet to receive God’s gracious gift.