I was very blessed last Sunday by the message Pastor Quint shared with us. This message made John 1 even richer and more important to me than ever. It says… “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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:1-4,14
Since being saved in November of 1985 chapter one of John’s gospel has always been an important pillar of truth for me, revealing Who God is, was and became. It clearly reveals the Trinity, how Jesus was and is God in the flesh. He is the Word Who was with God in the beginning at creation. Without Him… Jesus… (the Word) nothing was made that has been made. That means the air I breathe, the colors I see, the sounds I hear and everything else I enjoy in creation all come from God.
The idea and simple truth of using this passage as a spring board to bring God into my daily life is profound. It’s not that I didn’t know this. Being in the Word every day is important. That concept is a foundational part of our teaching at Crossroads. We need the Word to have true Biblical faith. Romans 10:17 says “so then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” It reveals God’s thoughts to us. 2 Timothy 3:16 says “all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness.” In Matthew 4:4 Jesus says “man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” I could list many more vital verses from Old and New Testaments revealing the importance of reading God’s Word daily.
The revelation of using the principle of John 1 “in the beginning” purposefully in my life everyday really spoke to me and I guess I can say it is like a supercharger to my spirit. Here is my rendition of what the Holy Spirit using Pastor Quint said to me. “In the beginning of my day I put the Word first because without the Word I have nothing to build on, to stand on or firmly base my prayers and faith on.”
In recollection, the Word of God was with me in the beginning when I was first saved. It is the very reason I was saved because it revealed Who Jesus is to me. Over the years my understanding of the Word has helped me to develop in my spiritual life and flooded me with more and more spiritual light to help me walk with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in this dark world. I want to use this “in the beginning” concept as much as I can to move forward. Following are a few examples.
When praying over…
- …my finances I can go to Isaiah 48:17 which says “Thus says the Lord, your [my] Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am the Lord your [my] God, Who teaches you [me] to profit, Who leads you [me] by the way you [I] should go.”
- …for peace I can go to John 14:27 where Jesus says “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”
- …for wisdom I can go to James 1:5 which says ”If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
There are other scriptures you can find for the subjects listed above. You should try to get two or three references. (see 2 Corinthians 13:1) If you are new or not sure what the Bible says about different needs and subjects you can go to a good online Bible resource like biblestudytools.com or biblehub.com or blueletterbible.com and do a subject search. The whole point is, at the beginning of whatever it is we do, let’s try to do it based on the authority of God’s Word.