We need to stand on the word of God. Look in the book, open the sacred pages, and let the word come alive off of the pages and you will see promises that God has made to the believer and to the universal church.
I don’t care what we are dealing with, what we are facing, what fire somebody may be in this morning, or how hurt somebody may have been. I don’t care what trauma somebody may be struggling in, or how hot it is, you will always find deliverance, encouragement, hope, strength, and power in the word of God. All we need to do is stand on his word.
Satan does not want us to stand on God’s word. He wants us to depend and stand on anything else other than the word. That’s why he causes us to doubt God and to question whether or not God is going to do what He said. That’s how he deceived Eve. Remember Satan said to her “Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden (Gen. 3:1)?” in verses 4,5 “And the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
She doubted the word that God had told Adam, she listened to the serpent, took of the fruit and she ate. We all know the story, and now man, woman, and creation are cursed because of their disobedience. Community, we are doing ourselves the greatest injustice when we don’t pick up our bibles and read God’s word.
Turn off the “Lifetime Network” and read it. Turn off “Sports Center” and read it. Turn off “The Young and the Restless” and ” General Hospital” and read it. It’s all right to look at Fox News, CNN and any other program, but sometimes we need to turn it off and read the book.
For in this book God will talk to you; in this book there is an answer for any situation or any circumstance. I don’t care what you are going through, there is an answer for it in the word of God. Read it and stand on it.
We are all aware that we are living in a changing world where nothing stays the same. You can’t bank on anything in this world: the economy, the stock market, banks, jobs, anything.
Many a heart has been broken because of the temporary things of this life. Buy a car and you think that you’ve got a good one, and it will turn right around and break down on you. Buy a new dress and you think you are standing on good ground but as soon as you put it on the zipper breaks and you can’t even zip it up. Buy a new suit and you think that you are getting ready to step and by the time you get to church you discover that two or three buttons have fallen off and it kills the whole suit. Purchase a new home and if you don’t have a close relationship with “Terminix” pest control, the termites will eat it to the ground.
Many folk have hit a dead end road because they build their lives on worldly things. Many make the mistake of building their hopes on things that will change. But if God told you something, if He made you a promise and you know God said it, if you read a promise in the word of God, then come thunderstorm or hurricane God will make it good.
If you want to have joy while you travel this Christian journey, if you want to be standing while others are falling, then stand on the word of God. The Psalmist said “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105).” But to show you how powerful God’s word is Jesus said “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my “words” shall not pass away (St. Mark 13:31).”
In a time when everything is going down, let’s stand on the word of God.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church. Reach him at [email protected]