Wednesday November 18, 2009
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Receiving God’s Word"

Receiving God’s Word can be likened to a two-way street, a street in which God expects you to be listening to what He is saying in scripture, much in the same way you expect Him to be listening to what you have to say to Him in prayer.

Wanting to be received, Isaiah 49:1 KJV shows God reaching out to you. Before you ever leave your mother’s womb He speaks your name:

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

Receiving God’s Word involves understanding the difficulty He faces when attempting to communicate with you through scripture.

Matthew chapter four is where Satan challenges Christ with scripture and it is these same skills that he and his co-workers use to impress you. When vying for your attention, God’s Word is twisted just enough to make you believe a lie.

Because of them, Receiving God’s Word is becoming increasingly difficult. As a matter of fact, you are straddled with a famine, a famine that Amos 8:11 KJV prophesied you must face:

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:

Living in these end times exposes you to the full force of this famine, a famine resulting from receiving man’s word instead of God’s. This one on one first-hand experience you are encountering illustrates just how difficult Receiving God’s Word is.

In Matthew 13:14-15 KJV, Jesus discloses the reality of this famine as well as addressing your involvement in it:

By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

“Dull of hearing” and “eyes that are closed” is a temporary protection that God extends to you. It is not until after He opens your eyes and ears that He holds you accountable for knowingly accepting man’s word as a preference to His. Isaiah 56:11 KJV identifies those teaching it as greedy shepherds, the ones devoted to preventing you from Receiving God’s Word:

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.



Receiving God’s Word from them is an illusion, blocking ever receiving it. Identifying who they are requires going to the Manuscripts where the use of the word “Shepherd” is made known to you.

“Shepherd” is “ra’ah” in the Hebrew language and the Manuscripts show its use:

ra`ah, Hebrew 7462, Strong’s

ra`ah, raw-aw'; a primitive root; to tend a flock, i.e. pasture it; intransitive to graze (literal or figurative); generally to rule; herdman, keep [sheep] (-er), pastor, + shearing house, shepherd.

“Pastor” is a derivative of “pasture”; it is a place where God’s hungry sheep (you) go to be fed.

Setting out to line their own pockets, false shepherds want you to believe that they are the missing link to Receiving God’s Word and God, through the prophet Isaiah, places you on notice when He tells you what to expect from them.

“Greedy dogs” are stiff competition and Receiving God’s Word requires that you recognize them and that you make allowances for them. Needing you tuned in on this point, God, in Psalm 53:2 KJV, peeks in on your progress:

God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

Increased understanding causes loss of closed eyes and closed ears protection to fade as Receiving God’s Word brings accountability into focus. Isaiah 43:10 KJV shows increased responsibility and increased understanding leading to witnessing for God:

Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Receiving God’s Word is necessary for you to enter His world of reality and knowing this to be His objective:

Is it yours?


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