Week Seven ~ “A Mighty Fortress”
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What has been your experience with darkness? Have you ever encountered the reality of evil in a palpable and startling way? These questions, and more like them, hit an area of our experience that we know to be true yet rarely touched on.

Jesus knew all about the power of temptation and the reality of this dark and perverse world. Indeed, he suffered an agonizing death on account of the twisted realities of our hearts. Yet Jesus was without sin. His whole life was lived with one single purpose: loving obedience to His Heavenly Father.

One of the primary ways Jesus lived a life of loving obedience was through His understanding of the scriptures. Jesus knew the Word of God, obeyed the Word of God, and communicated and lived out of the truth of God’s Word.

What does this mean for you and for me? Well… it simply means we too are to live our lives out of the Word of God. I.e. we are to be synced into the Bible. To know the truths and promises God has shared and communicated. Why is this so important? Because we cannot live the life of Jesus without the Word of God (ponder that for a little while). In other words, our hearts are at times so far from God that we cannot see clearly what God would have of us to do/be.

One of the people who cherished the Word of God perhaps more than any other was Martin Luther. Luther had such a reverence for God’s Word that he became the leader in placing the Bible into the language and hands of the common person of his day. Luther believed God’s Word ought to be accessible by both the intelligentsia, as well as, the laborer (and everyone in-between). All people ought to have the capacity to read and take in what God has gifted us with… namely, His Word. As we live in God’s Word, we begin to realize that God’s love and purpose is akin to a mighty fortress… Martin Luther once penned: “A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Saboath, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle.”

One of the principle ways Christ Jesus wins the battle is through the truth of His Word. So are you synced in? Do you know the Word of God? Do you stand on His promises? If you do… continue! If you’re not… take up and read!

Personal and/or small group questions:

  • What did Jesus combat the temptations of the devil with (cf. Matthew 4)? What does this mean for you and for me?
  • How would you describe your experience with God’s Word over the years? Get specific.
  • Why is living into God’s Word so critical?
  • Who in your life has been the pinnacle example of someone who has been devoted to God’s Word? How has their life impacted yours?
  • What would you say is the ultimate expression of what God longs to come out of our lives as we live into His holy Word?


Scripture Memory Verse:
“The word of God is alive and powerful.” (Hebrews 4:12a, NLT).

 

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