Project 12 just had another wonderful end of trimester graduation. Here is the text of my brief message to the grads.:
129 Your testimonies are wonderful, Therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The entrance of your words gives light. It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted, For I longed for your commandments.
Was Jesus ever really, really hungry?
In Mt. 4 and again in Lk. 4 we find the account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. He was tempted after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. He was… very hungry!
In each case the devil tempts Jesus- including when the devil mis-quotes the Word of God- Jesus responds WITH the Word of God.
In story after scriptural story, the Word of His Father was central and core to Who Jesus was and is -it’s exactly the same for us, His disciples!
In Mt. 4.4 and again in Lk. 4.4 He replies to the devil, “People shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
Though we are by faith in the family of God, we cannot and will not experience true spiritual growth and LIFE in Christ without faith in His Word.
Reflect on what God says as you think, speak, act, make choices along the path. Our story is wrapped up in His Story.
One key thing you’ll recall from this year in P12 is the emphasis on listening to God.
May you CONTINUE to listen through the many ways and means you’ve been taught- but do not neglect the study and application of His Word- with “ears to hear” what God is saying.
As it was for Jesus, Scripture is part of the foundation of our spiritual house, our anchor in the storms, our source of life and direction, of godly wisdom and absolutely essential to the authentic faith, hope and love God gives us.
Jesus tells us there is not only the true God but a real devil, not only holy angels but fallen angels, not only a church who lives in Him and His Word but also about temptation.
We may spend countless hours focusing on anything and everything but the Word of God, the Word of the Father, the Word of Jesus, the Word the Holy Spirit gives us in THE Word by which all other words shall be judged.
Listen… Hear our Lord Jesus and REMEMBER: “People shall not LIVE by bread alone… BUT [WILL -LIVE-] BY -EVERY- WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD”.
What we, His people say may be helpful- what HE says is crucial.
GOD BLESS each of you as you continue to seek and find the Lord, grow in His love and serve Him and those around you. Thank you for joining with us this past year in the Greatest Story of all! Amen.