I believe God’s Word. I believe that the Bible is God’s Word speaking to me. I believe it from Genesis to Revelation. I believe in the authority of God’s Word, I have confidence in God’s Word, and I rest in God’s Word.
The Authority of God’s Word
The Bible was written by holy men that were inspired by the Holy Ghost. When read with revelation, it brings light to any situation. It is infallible, irrefutable, established, alive, powerful and eternal. The grass may wither and the flowers fade, but God’s Word will forever stand. It is useful to expose, correct, train, and equip us to handle our life assignments. The Word is my final authority. Whatever I see in the Bible, I modify my behavior to line up with it. As the Word continually goes into my ears, eyes, and heart, it brings life, medicine, health and marrow to my bones.
Confidence in God’s Word
The Bible says to be confident because He that began the good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. My confidence in the Word of God has soared because I read, listen, and meditate on it day and night and this brings success. It has become bigger to me than any problem or crisis could ever be. I value it more than my essential food and make it my priority with quality and quantity time spent. Because of this dependence on God and His Word, I know that whatever I ask of Him, according to His will, he hears me and provides what I desire.
Rest in God’s Word
Rest means to relax, refrain from labor and exertion. It indicates free from stress and anxiety. When you rest, you roll the cares of life on Him. You transfer the responsibility of taking care of you to God. You have so much confidence in the authority of God’s Word that whatever He promises, you can take it to the bank. All His promises are yes and established. Through the knowledge of His Word, all things for life and godliness are given to us.
In the Jones household, there was seldom a dull moment. Our children were the perpetual entertainers. I love the teaching opportunities that the stories of our lives bring. My son, Rej, tells the story of when he was a boy with an impending doctor’s checkup that included a shot. Because sometimes he could be a little “extra”, I encouraged him in this way. I promised that if he didn’t cry or “show out”, I would take him to the toy store. The time came when we were in the waiting room. Not remembering all of the details, I am sure he was quiet because “he had a lot on his mind”. For anyone who knows Rej, silence was a rarity. When his name was called, he marched back to the exam room with determination. The nurse came with the shot, he braced himself with fortitude, manned up and took it like a big boy. Off to the toy store we went and bought a microphone with a gold tip. He has been singing and preaching since then. So, the moral behind this story is that I had established myself as an authority in his life and my word was my bond. Rej believed that I would buy him a toy if he took the shot without drama. He believed the promise giver, me, and the promise, a toy, and modified his behavior. Because he did his part, I did my part.
Things in the natural mimic spiritual things. If you believe God as a promise keeper, then you can believe His promises. What do you believe?
Harriet Noel Jones