Faith is a journey, not a destination
A destination is a point of arrival. Once we arrive, we think the journey’s over.
Our spiritual journey is similar, we never arrive. Our relationship with Christ must be viewed in the same manner. As believers, we must know His ways, think His thoughts, and speak His language.
Watchman Nee said; The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.
God’s desire is that we journey with Him. We could call it “walking with God.” The Bible describes our relationship with God with words such as; race, walk, or journey. One way to journey with Christ is to know His writings. God is an author. He chose over 60 writers to write and journal His thoughts. God’s writings are called “the scriptures.”
The Bible is not just any other book.
The scriptures are inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. God’s placed His Spirit on men to write His word. For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (II Peter 1:21, NKJ) The Holy Spirit moved on men’s heart to write the Word of God.
The Word of God is powerful.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart, (Hebrews 4:12, NKJ)
The Word is living and powerful. The word “living” means active and is defined as energy. This means when God speaks, what he speaks carries the power to fulfill what He says. The scripture comes alive by the Holy Spirit to those who believe and obey the Word.
Hearers and doers
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:22–25, NKJ)
God’s word is maximized in the lives of those who add action to what they read. When we fail to obey the Word it opens a door for deception. The greatest deception is the way we view ourselves. Deception begins with perception. A regular strategy of the enemy is to attack us through our self-image.
This creates deception in our soul realm. Our true identity is revealed in how God defines us. Consistent reading of the Word of God builds our spiritual image and renews our mind in Christ.
God’s Word as a mirror
The mirror is a metaphor of scripture and reveals insight into a believers heart. A morning trip to the mirror is normally our first stop. The mirror reflects our morning image. Do you see the metaphor? The spiritual mirror (God’s Word) reflects our image. The condition of our spirit.
The natural mirror reflects the need to comb your hair and brush your teeth. The mirror gives us instruction through what we see. The Word of God also reflects our life, gives instruction, and shows us what needs adjusted. People who spend too much time in front of a mirror receive jokes and criticism. But the truth is that mirror gawking has its advantages.
The natural mirror (after some cleanup) reflects the truth of “I look good.” The Word of God also produces the same results for your spiritual life.
Remember, you haven’t arrived at your destination, you’re still on the journey.
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Thank you for reading this post. I don’t take your time for granted. Best wishes, Thomas