The Word Living In You

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. — John 19:28-30

Even though Jesus's life is at its end, Jesus is acutely aware of everything happening around him. He knows the pains of his thirst and that they fulfill Scripture (Psalm 69:21), which is just another confirmation of prophetic fulfillment. But should we expect anything different from the living Word of God? Remember, Jesus not only knows Scripture, he is Scripture, which is where John began this Gospel story about Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. — John 1:1-4

As believers, we should know and become sensitive to Scripture. Our lives should embody the Scripture. And the only way they will is if we are in them. We have to read them (as we do here) and let the Scripture work into the soil of our lives. When we work it deep into the soil, they will reshape our desires, attitudes, actions, and responses in every circumstance. And as they do, we naturally become more aware of the Will of the Father and what he wants us to do and say. Sometimes, this will be so acute that our spoken words will parrot the Scriptures, and when the Word works through a believer, it is used to become a word for others. Just like here: The Word in the Psalms, known and spoken by the Word, became a Word for John, which became a Word for us.

So get into the Word.

ASK THIS:

How do you currently engage with God's Word, and how has it shaped your attitudes, actions, and responses in your daily life? Share any experiences where Scripture has guided your words and actions.

How can we collectively deepen our engagement with Scripture to become more sensitive to God's will?

DO THIS: Get deeper into the Word.

PRAY THIS: Lord, as I reflect on the profound sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his embodiment of your Word, I pray that you deepen my understanding of Scripture and help me live it out in my daily life, becoming a reflection of your love and truth. Amen.

PLAY THIS: Your Word.

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15 thoughts on “The Word Living In You

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I am reminded of Joshua 24:15

    Summarized – choose who you will serve, God or the gods of the nations. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD [forever – in some translations]. I love the worship song that uses these words and I would love to say that my family does want to serve the LORD daily, but I seem to see it less and less by the day from my two oldest kids in middle school and high school.

  2. gonzalo correa says:

    Great message brother Vince!
    I’m in the Word daily, as most of us, some days more intentional than others. BUT Jesus, always allows me to see things, learn, and get wisdom. On a day to day routine I’m able to see His truth as the world continues to lie. I’m able to answer why my joy, happiness, and outlook on live because of my faith in Him and staying in the Word. The Word is live and I have live because of Him! Praise You Lord.

  3. Dennis Burk says:

    I’m the old guy, I’ve been in the way most of my life, in scripture twice a day, blah blah.
    What do I do ?
    Mess up not one but twice yesterday.
    On the way to practice for a quartet gig, I drive right by a beggar at McD., wish him well in my heart but don’t do anything cause I have to be somewhere. (Good Samaritan?)
    Then after a beautiful senior’s dinner and quartet ministry, I mess up again.
    I’m ok, just feeling bad, but so glad for grace and forgiveness.

  4. Chris Caliguire says:

    I was at an intense wknd study with about 10 guys, in the Psalms. Teacher said if you read them through the lense of Jesus actually speaking through David, the Psalms are all about Jesus mourning, celebrating, etc. So when David is weeping and sad, picture it as Jesus speaking. Although my friend / teacher leans reformed and allegorical, I could totally see the Psalms through the lens of what he taught.

  5. Sean says:

    One main area where God has chsnged my words is before Christ came into my life five years ago I used to curse a lot. Now it is a very rare occurance.

    • Chris Caliguire says:

      Good job Sean! I would also say that I’m at the 5 year mark. For me, it’s a tough plateau. I’m currently splitting up with a girl that claims she gave her life to Jesus at 8 years old, yet excuses cursing and worldliness. That constant cursing is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Worse than most secular girls I’ve dated. Anyway, back to you, not me. I’m very very proud of you and willing to share. Some items just come super naturally, like you don’t even think about it nor have to fight it any longer! Amen

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