Knit Together

…that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and {attaining} to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, {resulting} in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, {that is,} Christ, {Himself,} in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  

Colossians 2:2-3 NASB

Knit together in love…

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the LORD, {so} walk in Him, having been firmly rooted {and now} being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, {and} overflowing with gratitude.  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the worl
d, rather than according to Christ.  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;… Colossians 2:6-10

Spending time in His Word teaches me the beauty of mining for God’s riches and treasures.

The Word "Word" (Part 2)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1

In the Greek, the word ‘word’ is logos λόγος (Strong’s 3056).  As in Part 1 of this ‘word’ blog, it can mean an utterance, noise or saying that embodies an idea, basically things initially put together as ‘thought’ andthen expressed in words…with voice.  It can mean the act of speaking: giving instruction/teaching, a narration, anything spoken of (i.e., a matter under consideration or an event or a deed).  Other Scriptures in the Bible use logos translated as an accounting, a reason, a statement, a story, a matter, a question, as well as ‘word’.       
Ephesians 4:29: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such {a word} as is good for edification according to the need {of the moment,} so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Matthew 7:24: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

It can also mean the saying or mandates or precepts of God: Deuteronomy 10:4: “He wrote on the tablets, like the former writing, the Ten Commandments which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the LORD gave them to me.”  Old Testament prophecy was given orally by a prophet, carrying this same connotation, that they are of God.  As in 2 Peter 1:19:    So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts. Or 1 Peter 1:10-11:  As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.  

As I study this word rather thoroughly (actually, far more than these two blogs indicate), I again read John 1:1, beginning to feel, hear and see the Truth as God speaks all into existence.  Genesis 1:3:  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  God spoke.  Genesis 1:5:  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.  God spoke.  And He continued to speak until all was created.  John 1:1 tells me that the Word existed when God created the world.  “The Word was God” tells me that God was manifested here on earth as Christ Jesus in the flesh.  When Jesus spoke to the people, his disciples, they were hearing God speak to them.  John 3:34: “For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for He gives the Spirit without measure.”  When I read the Bible, I hear God speak to me.  Colossians 3:17: Whatever you do in word or deed, {do} all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.  When the Holy Spirit speaks to my heart, I hear God.  These are the very utterances of God the Father. 

Jesus Christ, in John 1, is ‘the Word’, ho Logos.  He is God’s very thought, God’s very intelligence, His conception.  Jesus is the very expression of that intelligence in embodiment, in speech, in actions, in forgiveness, in love, the fruitfulness of God, that humans can understand.  Those of us who trust in the LORD can see this, can hear this and can begin to grow in Him, learning His Ways, becoming obedient to His call.  We recognize Him in all that is of Him.  We can love those around us, can pray as He taught us, can hold the hope that He continues to give us.  We can feel His grace and mercy, His comfort and love being poured upon us.  

Revelation 1:1-3 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place; and He sent and communicated it by His angel to His bond-servant John, who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.

LORD, may I know You.  May I see clearly through this glass darkly.  May I hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. May the Word penetrate my soul and dwell in me richly.  I want to know You, LORD.  I want to see You.  I want You, for always, to teach me, grow me, love me, and hold me.  I thank You for Your lessons of love. Amen.    

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16

The Word "Word" (Part 1)

God’s word is audible, is visible, and sometimes it is neither.  I have heard it through His whisper in my ear or His shout from the heavens, seen His words in the Bible, a devotional or another book, watched the sunrise over the bay, or a young woodpecker learning survival from its parents, held a baby in my arms, been touched by God’s finger on my heart or His hand upon my shoulder, or felt His breath upon my cheek.

His word guides me as I walk this life’s roads, directs my actions each day, keeps me still when I want to run, loves me through a challenge, holds me closely when I care for Mom, gently rocks me in the night, untiringly stays by my side.  

I read His Word and know that He is teaching, guiding, and growing me.  I write His Word to remember.  I memorize His Word to store in my heart.  I ponder Him through His Word to know Him.  I pray His Word to speak to Him.  He speaks His Word to me as we walk together.  

Today, I write of the word ‘word’ as something spoken by God in one form or another.  In Hebrew, the word for ‘word’ is dabar  דבר (Strong’s 1697).  The word ‘word’ is used over 1400 times in the KJV of the Bible with meanings ranging from speech (a saying, an utterance) to describing a thing (a business, occupation, acts, a manner) to a matter (stating what is done, an account of an action). Many English words are used in translation in the Bible of this word.  

Because He says it, words are divine utterances, taking on deep meanings, even when the word I see looks rather shallow.  Anything that the LORD says needs pondering, hopefully, to realize the depth of His word.  I know that God speaks and I need to listen. I need to ponder. I need to be still for He is God. 

God’s word is guidance:  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.  Psalm 199:105

God’s word has healing power:  He sent His word and healed them, and delivered {them} from their destructions.  Psalm 107:20

God’s word cuts; God’s word penetrates:  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Hebrew 4:12

The prophets, again and again, wrote in the books of the Bible:  “The word of the LORD came to me saying,….”  The word brought Truth to the ears and hearts of the prophets to announce to God’s children.  Jeremiah used this form of ‘word’ (dabar) often to make clear to those listening that God had given him authority.

His word needs to be released, unleashed:  Then I said, ” I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.”  But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.  Jeremiah 20:9

The word did what it said; the word completed the plans of God, for God spoke His Truth:  Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”  Jeremiah 1:12

And I, personally, love this verse:  Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.  Jeremiah 15:16 
This verse reminds me of the way I am to memorize verses and the reason I am to do it.  I want my heart to be delighted.  I want joy to ring in my very being.  Just think about eating God’s word and digesting the very Truth of our LORD.  The Blood of Christ Jesus takes these nutrients to every cell, every vein, every organ, muscle, and bone in my body, my mind, and my soul, enriching me with His Love, His Truth, with I AM. 

The Spirit of God carries life through the word:  Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.  Peter 1:22-23

For Such a Time as This

“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish.  And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  Esther 4:14 NASB

“For such a time as this” … Do we really ever know what is just around the corner?  Can we see ahead to really know what tomorrow will bring or what needs to be done?  That 20/20 vision, that hindsight, that seems to see yesterdays does not see the tomorrows.   Living in the very present moment and being attentive to the LORD keeps our vision on Him.  He directs us and attends to the very needs of today.  Provision, guidance, love, assurance, protection, shelter … all of this and so much more, He takes care of and He cares for us … TODAY!

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

We are in the exact spot we are to be in for this moment, whether it is of our own choosing or even if it is not. God gave us free will and He knows our choices.  He also knows us.  He has a plan and it is perfect.  The final outcome is being orchestrated by God.  We may take an around-about route to get where He wants us to arrive, but it will be perfect.  So for such a time as this, we are where we need to be and God will use us and the moment.  We are to be tuned into His purposes, His ways, His hand upon us and He can use us for such a time as this. 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek Me and find {Me} when you search for Me with all your heart.”  Jeremiah 29:11-13

For such a time as this, we can stand tall and know that no matter what the economy looks like, no matter what condition the world is in, no matter what our health status is, or where our family is headed, no matter what the situation is, He knows; He holds us in His powerful hands.

Spending time in the Word, in prayer, in quiet contemplation and meditation, brings us in alignment with the One Who saved us from our sins.  He is near and wants us to stay close, with our eyes upon Him, for such a time as this.  We can be the light He has called us to be in this dark world.  We must be out from under the bushel basket and stand atop the hill as a beacon where our candle can and will shine brightly when we fix our eyes upon Him.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrew 12:1-2

Being Woven

A Weaving Done By My Hands

I am ‘being woven’ daily.  I am growing in the LORD.  I am learning from my Savior.  I am truly loving each step, too.  When I say I am being woven, God created me in His Love, in His perfection. 

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 NASB  
(Some versions of the Bible use ‘cover’, ‘covered’ or ‘knit’ or ‘knitted’ for ‘wove’.) 

I have been a weaver.  I love the art of spinning wool, dying it in various natural ingredients, warping up the loom, the hoop or the frame, and then creating a weaving…a wall hanging or a pillow from these hand spun yarns.  The warp is taut on the frame.  The yarns are woven over and under each warp, row upon row until the piece is complete.  Looking at the back makes me wonder if I could possibly know what I am doing. Loose ends are hanging everywhere, yet the front is beautiful.  How does God see me?  From the front? Do I see myself from the back?  God knows me and knows what areas I need work on.  I may look more like the back today, yet in eternity, will I be as the front? Perfected in Christ Jesus? I believe so. Oh, how marvelous!

Because I am human, I am ever-needing God’s Hand to become all that He created me to be.   I am being woven by God with each step.  He teaches me through trials and tribulations.  He encourages me through joys and sorrows.  He holds me through pain and comfort.  He guides me towards Himself.  He loves me no matter how I look or act because I am His through His Son.  I did confess my sins, repenting and acknowledging who I was before I said, “Yes, LORD, I am Yours.  Please take up residence in my heart.  I desire to walk in Your Way and follow You.  I am not perfect here on earth.  I am the back of that weaving.  Yet, I am being woven, not by my own hands, but by Yours.”  

Hallelujah!  I am allowing Him to take each woof, weaving it over and under each warp until I am done, until this life is complete.  Then I shall stand before my King in His perfection. Oh my!

Praise You, LORD.  Thank You for loving me and weaving me to completion.  May I sit before You and learn all I need to learn.  Hold me closely as I progress.  I pray I do!  Discipline me when I need to be.  Care for my precious mother as she journeys through this end of life at 94, almost 95.  Hold her closely in her dementia, in her diabetes, in her anger and fears.  Give her joyful moments and sweet memories in these days of her life. And, LORD, please hold me uprightly and closely as I care for her in the ways that You appoint for her through me.  I pray for the nursing home staff as they provide for all her needs.  Oh, I am so very grateful for them, each one of them.  May I be a light in the nursing home in the Strong and Precious Name of Jesus, Your Wonderful Son.  I pray for my sisters who live so far from us, knowing they miss our Mama.  Bring them each to You, LORD.  May You guide me by weaving my very being, who I am and what I do.  I want to resemble the front even on the back, as best I can while here on this earth.  I ask for these in the Name of Christ Jesus.  Amen.