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II Timothy 316
     All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, [theopneustos - Godbreathed] and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;

Matthew 4:4
     But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

      The testimony of God's Word is that ALL scripture came from the mouth of God.  ALL scripture God breathed.  We must get to the point that we recognize God as the author of His Word (the Bible) and have respect for the power and authority of God's Word.

Galatians 1:11-12
     But I certify you brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
     For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ.
     The Word of God did not come from the mind of man.  Paul said he did not receive it of man.  He was not taught it.  The Word of God came to Paul by revelation.

II Peter 1:20-21
     Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
     For the prophecy came
[phero - brought forth] not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved [phero - brought forth] by the Holy Ghost.

     The Word of God, all scripture, came to holy men of God from God.  It did not come to them by their own will or by the will of some other man.  God gave His Word.  Therefore, no scripture is of one's own interpretation.  It did not come from man and man is not responsible for its content.  We endeavor to study God's Word and rightly divide it so that we understand and believe that which God originally gave.  We recognize that it is God's Word and not our own or some other man's.  We do not let our minds run loose upon the Word of God and give all kinds of interpretations.  We simply work to understand that which is written and believe it.  God is perfect and His words are perfect.  If we wrongly divide and interpret the Word we will not have God's Word, we will have our own word.  God's Word, rightly divided, works with the same power and authority as when He originally gave it.  If we wrongly divide the Word of God it will not work for it will not be God's Word.  Where and when we have the true Word of God we will see the results of that Word.
     The FIRST thing we must know is that God's Word came from God and we must not change it.  The word "private" in verse 20 is the Greek word idios which means "one's own."  The FIRST thing we must endeavor to do is to avoid our own interpretation of God's Word.  We must study with a view to understanding and setting forth exactly what is written.  We may not always get it right, but when we do we will see the results of believing God's powerful Word. 

Romans 10:17
     So then faith, cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

     Faith, confidence, believing comes from hearing the true Word of God.  God's Word is powerful and causes believing in those who hear it and receive it as The Word of God. 

I Thessalonians 2:13
     For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

     The Word of God works when you receive it as God's Word and believe it.  God's Word has the authority and power of God in it.  The more of it you hear, the more you believe.  The more you believe it the more effectually it works. 

Hebrews 11:3
     By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

II Peter 3:5
     For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.

Psalm 33:6,9
     By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. . . .
     For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

     The Word of God gives understanding and faith or confidence in God.  By believing God's Word we understand that the heavens and the earth were fashioned by God speaking forth His Word. 

Genesis 1:3 - And God said Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:6-7 - And God said, Let there be a firmament . . . and it was so.
Genesis 1:9 - And God said, . . . let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Genesis 1:11 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree . . . and it was so.
Genesis 1:14-15 - And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament . . . and it was so.
Genesis 1:20 - And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl . . .
Genesis 1:24 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Genesis 1:26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image. . .

     If God's Word spoken by God is so powerful that it caused light, the heavens, the earth, the plants, the stars, sea creatures, every living thing on earth, and man - it is worth our time to study and believe it.

The God that Made the Heavens and the Earth

Nehemiah 9:6
     Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven and the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou perservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Jeremiah 10:10-13
     But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and the everlasting king:  at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
     Thus shall ye say unto them, the gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
     He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
     When he uttereth his voice there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.

     God is the true God who made the heavens and the earth.  There are other (so called) gods who did not make the heavens and the earth.  But they are going to perish.  Our God made the heavens and the earth and He is a living God.  The power of His Word continues to cause action in the heavens and the earth.

Jeremiah 32:17
     Ah LORD GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

     Nothing is too hard for our God: the God that made the heavens and the earth.  It is the height of arrogance that we should think that the troubles we face from the hand of man are too hard for our God to handle.

Isaiah 51:12-13b
     I, even I, am he that comforteth you; who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
     And forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; . . .

     God is the true God.  God made the heavens and the earth.  What can man do to us when this God is our helper?

Psalm 121:2
     My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8
     Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 146:5-6
     Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
     Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:

     Do you need help?  The God who made the heaven and earth by the power of His Word says in His Word that our help comes from Him.  If He has the power to speak and make all of what we see in the heavens and earth: the stars, the seas, the plants, the animals, man . . .; what about giving us a little help?  Do you think God might have some ability to help?  I do.

Psalm 115:15
     Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 133:3
     The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

Ephesians 1:3
     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

     God made the heaven and the earth by the power of His Word.   This is then the standard of the power of His Word by which we believe.  God (who made heaven and earth) says we are blessed.   Therefore  we are blessed.

Romans 10:8b-9
     . . . that is the word of faith, which we preach:
     That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

1 Peter 2:23
     Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

     By believing the Word of God as recorded in Romans 10:9 a man or woman receives holy spirit.  That person is born from above by the power of the Word of God which he or she believed.  This is the beginning of blessings and help: to be made whole-- body, soul, and spirit.  Then, when we hear more and believe more of God's powerful Word, He continues to bless and help us as our Father, the God who created the heavens and the earth.

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