Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Word of God - “Double Edged Sword”
Revelation 10:1-11
Steven Tom
St. James MTC, NY
2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.
    Our duty as Christians is not only to read and interpret the Word of God, but also to apply it in our daily lives. How can a book written so long ago, still be relevant in our lives today? Rick Warren says, “God's Word is your owner's manual for life. It contains principles for health, finance, marriage, other relationships, business, and much more.” The significance of the Bible is that there is no definite interpretation of its meaning. When we read the Bible with a true desire to receive God’s holy Word, the Holy Spirit enters us and interprets what the Bible is saying so we can apply it in our own lives. Whenever I come to a major decision in my life, I turn to the Bible to discover if God’s will for me is being accomplished since His plans for us are greater than we could ever imagine. “Blessed is the man … whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalms 1:1-2). When we read the Bible, God reveals His guidelines on how to live our lives and it is our choice whether to live according to His will by obeying His law in our daily lives.
In Revelation 10, the angel of the Lord delivers a little scroll to John. This ‘little scroll’ is the Word of God. As it says in verse 9, “So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, ‘Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.'”. The act of eating the scroll can represent understanding and interpreting the Word of God. The message is ‘sweet’ in John’s mouth, since God’s kingdom is coming, yet it is sour in his stomach because of God’s judgement that will take place. Therefore, it is important that we stay near to God by reading and interpreting His Word, the Bible, and applying its message in our lives. As stated in Ephesians 6:17, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

PRAYER

Father God, help us to put all our faith and trust in You. Guide us and give us strength so that we can use Your Word to bring ourselves closer to You. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13