Meditation Journey Day 5
Hi Friend, Are you a receiver?
When Jesus faced the intense temptation of Satan in the wilderness His defense was the Word of God. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4). Our journey is to prepare our hearts and minds to receive every word from the mouth of God. We know “all scripture is God-breathe”, yet most people do not receive it from the mouth of God.
To receive it from God’s mouth we must be close to Him. Our heart must be prepared to receive Him. Like the soil of a garden, our hearts must be prepared to receive the living seed of God. Hard hearts resist the Word just like hard soil resists good seed. So how do we receive His Word?
My son, if you receive (accept/take) my words and store up (hide) my commands within you, turning (inclining) your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for wisdom (insight) and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then (and only then) you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.
The first “if” is how we will receive His word.
“My son, if you receive (accept/take) my words…”
The word “receive” means to accept or take. I must take what God is giving me and accept it from Him. Sometimes His words are easy to take; sometimes His words seem hard. God describes His word as seed that brings forth life AND as fire and a hammer. “Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jeremiah 23:29)
The first word we must receive is The WORD. It is Jesus Christ Himself described in John’s gospel: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God…” (John1). It is only after we have received Him personally that the rest of the Bible is able to open up in our hearts. Have you received Him? John goes on to say: (He [Jesus] came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.)
Jesus Christ is the first Word we must receive.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1)
He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being. To receive Christ in us is to have God in us. Yet, Jesus Christ is not only The Word; He is revealed through the Word of God. After we have yielded the throne of our heart to His Lordship all of the Word begins taking root in our hearts.
Have you received Jesus?
Receiving Jesus into our lives is a daily experience, but also a moment in time. I remember distinctly the first time I prayed that request and He birthed me into His Kingdom. Yet each day I seek to humbly receive Him more through His Word by His Spirit.
Have you requested Jesus to rule as Lord of your heart today? Allow Him to purify and prepare your heart to receive all of His grace.
Observation: Receiving the Word is not a casual experience. It must be willfully taken as well as passively accepted. He offers; we take. Receiving is a critical step for us to grow.
Interpretation: Jesus is the first Word the must be received. Apart from Him the Bible is just history or moral principles. But when He is ruling as Lord every Word is spoken from the mouth of God to guard and guide us closer to Him.
Application: Father God, I want to receive your Word as Mary did in response to the angel by saying “do unto me according to your Word”. May your Lordship rule in me to produce the character of Christ that I may honor you and become the Child of the King I am called to be. Rule in me to put away arrogance and pride; because I know the lack of humility is the first great hindrance to all spiritual growth.
What is your take away?
Thanks for listening. I hope you will pray for me and all the others that are on this journey. You may also want to send me comments, suggestions or questions. I promise I will respond to each inquiry.