Thursday, September 6, 2012

Our Daily Bread Designs Bible Verse Thursday Challenge #45 - The Little Things

"Every Word of God is Flawless; He is a Shield
to those who take refuge in Him."  ~Proverbs 30:5

A word is the smallest component of language that carries meaning. In the Scriptures, every word is specially chosen for value. He has purified the words very carefully - as silver purified seven times in a refining fire - until they are perfectly pure (Psalm 12:6). And He will bless and protect any person that trusts Him and His words.

David expressed the sense of this proverb with these words: "As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him" (Psalm 18:30). God's way is perfect; He has examined and perfected His word; and He will protect those that trust Him. How do we trust God? We believe what He has written to us.

Do not question God's words! He has magnified His word above all His name, and He will not forgive any tampering with it (Psalm, 138:2; Rev 22:18-19). Satan's questioning of God's words ruined your race (Gen 3:1), for which he is the father of lies (John 8:44). God mocks and ridicules textual critics and Bible skeptics (I Cor 1:19-20; I Tim 6:20-21).

Consider how Jesus used copies and translations. He defended the resurrection by "am" (Matt 22:31-33), and He declared His deity by the same word (John 8:58). He argued for His divinity from the noun "lord" (Matt 22:41-46). And He rebuked the Jews by the noun "gods," when He declared that Scripture's words cannot be broken (John 10:33-36).

What about Paul? He defended salvation by grace and the spiritual promises to Abraham by the difference between the singular and plural of "seed" (Gal 3:16). Paul knew God's Scriptures used the singular "seed" in all promises to Abraham, as Genesis 12:7; 13:15-16; 15:5,13,18; 17:8-10,19; 21:12; 22:17-18; 24:7. To their shame and condemnation, modern versions corrupt God's "seed," flagrantly and profanely destroying Paul's lesson.

Did Paul truly trust every word of God? He sure did. He based his argument for the end of the old covenant on the integrity and meaning of the word "new" (Heb 8:13) and the three words "yet once more" (Heb 12:26-27). And He exalted God's role in your salvation by changing from the active to passive voice of the verb "know" (Gal 4:9). There are at least eight more such one-word arguments in the New Testament!

Do you trust your Bible like Jesus and Paul trusted theirs? Do you have the Bible you can trust? Since the English Revised Version (Pr 1881), new Bibles appear at the rate of one per year. They add words, delete words, and change words to defy God's inspiration and preservation of pure words. The textual critics and profane skeptics behind these versions do not trust God or His words; they trust themselves and their natural profession instead.

Do you trust what the words of your Bible teach? Do you train your children as the Bible orders (Pr 29:15)?  Practice firstfruits giving (Pr 3:9-10)? Reject the company of fools (Pr 14:7)? Obey all ordinances of civil government (I Pet 2:13-17)? Give thanks in everything (I Thess 5:18)? Reject all bitterness (Eph 4:31-32)? Always speak with grace (Col 4:6)?

The purest trust in God is your trust of His words that affect your life (John 14:23-24; I John 2:3-5). It is easy to speak of trusting God as a fair Being, but the true test of your faith is your willingness to alter your life now and trust Him for eternal life to come. If you trust His words about this life and the next, He will be a protecting shield to you.

Are you attending a church where every pure word of God is preached (II Tim 4:1-4)? Or are the assemblies filled with entertainment and the sermons with fables and illustrations? It is your duty to find a church where every word of God is preached with confidence and conviction. For man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4).  

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that reminds you that even the smallest of things carry great importance with God.  When you're done, hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share your project with us!  When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT45.

Supplies for this project
Cardstock:    Truly Yours – White Card Base; Bazzill - Navy
Decorative Paper:  Graphic 45 – Ladies Diary
Stamps:  Our Daily Bread Designs – Scripture Collection 7
Inks, Stains and Paints:  Ranger Distress Ink – Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose
Dies, Punches & Embossing Folders:  American Crafts – Lace Embossing Folder
Accessories & Other Stuff:  Hero Hues Pearls

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