Read The Book. Don’t wait for the movie.
The book is always going to be better than the movie, especially when it comes to God’s Word.
God’s Word (The Bible) is alive & He can allow it to dwell in us to make us more alive & well. He doesn’t force Himself on us. We must accept Him & all He is. Prayer is one way to open up our hearts to Him. Reading His Word is another way He uses to enter our lives.
I do appreciate the movies and videos made that try to portrait things that happen & are recorded in The Bible but they are always going to fall short compared to how it really was. There is nothing like reading it for yourself & asking God to help you understand it all.
As we read The Bible God can paint a much better picture than Hollywood ever could.
Here are some Bible verses I hold dear to my heart that explain how much better God’s Word is than anything I could ever see in a drawing or motion picture…
When Jesus was in the wilderness, tempted by the devil He not only answered the devil, Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy, “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” (Matthew 4:4 MSG)
God’s Word lives: “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
The Word of God is like a seed: In Matt. 13 & Luke 8 Jesus tells a story with a deeper meaning & explains that The Truth (The Word of God) falls on different hearts (soil) just like seeds. For some souls the seed never goes deeper than the surface, some souls are too shallow, some let materialistic, temporary things choked it out, some accept it. “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. (to read more go to Luke 8:11 NIV)
God’s Word can come alive in our hearts and live forever, beyond our physical bodies: For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25 NIV)
Jesus Christ is The Word of God: 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 came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5 NASB)
He lived among us: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 NIV)
God’s Word is designed to live in us and for us to live according to it,
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:27-28 NIV)
Jesus explained that God’s Word defines God’s ways and what’s more important than the physical food we eat & traditions beyond how we eat it (traditions at our tables) is how we feast on Him, The Bread of Life, The Living Word of God.
You are what you eat.
Jesus said, “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ ” Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:8-11 NIV)
Again, God’s Word goes beyond the things we know in this life & on into the next life (life after death). His Word in us lives on. It is not simply a motion picture with a beginning and and end. He sets life, real life, eternal life into motion and it goes on and one…world without end.
When asked about marriage and questioned about what happens when a spouse dies and someone remarries: Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” (Luke 20:34-38 NIV)
When God’s living word lives in us we may still be in this world but we are not of it. We just don’t fit the same way we use to. We no longer conform to things of this world but we are transformed by the renewing of our spirit (Romans 12 type Christians) Our citizenship is vested in His Kingdom and we are members of the next age, not overly concerned or invested in this age.
We still live here but heaven is our home and we are under His Lordship. This life will pass away but The Word of God, living in us, will carry on.
Jesus showed us first hand that He alone is able to resurrect from the dead: After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3 NIV)
God’s Word needs to be accepted by us for it to live, grow and mature in us and it is not just for the Jewish race who were initially handed His Word but for all: The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. (Acts 11:1 NIV)
There is no movie rating, limiting His Word. There is no numbered star rating or “likes” needed.
A true believer receives The Word of God as from God not just something humans wrote or reviewed: And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV)
The entire Bible comes together to form one big picture, continually in motion.
God inspired and told humans what to write and continues to inspire us to live according to what is written: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
As we read and drink in His Word we ask that He interprets it correctly for us so we can live it out: Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
God’s Word should not be used for personal gain of power and financial security: Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. (2 Corinthians 2:17 NIV)
God trusts us to let His Word be perfected in us so we are living His Word (our old man is dead when His Word is alive in us): Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6, 13-15, 18 NIV)
God’s Word can shine through our lives to reach others.
Sometimes God’s Children should be seen more than heard.
Our actions should mirror & reflect what His Word confirms and if we speak our words should match His Word: If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11 NIV)
God’s Word is given to us, put into our hands and ultimately our hearts, entrusted to us as stewards: I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:14 NIV)
God gives us His Word so we are not deceived by other’s words: Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:6-7, 15-17 NIV)
God’s Word can be used like a plumbrod, measuring out the truth so we are not easily persuade to live otherwise:
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:1-8, 10 NIV)
We are to be doers not just hearers. Living out the picture God has put into motion: Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22 NIV)
God’s Word is part of the armour He gives for us to stand & fight: Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)
In conclusion for this post:
The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in HIS hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:31-36 NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. (Psalm 34:8 NIV)
I hear you’re getting into The Word. Is it getting into you?
Read the book. Don’t wait for the movie.
Prayer: From whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:15-21 NIV
Mercy Me “I Can Only Imagine”
Still waiting for a movie or “The Movie” that will touch your life dramatically, drastically and eternally? Read the book, God’s good book. It truly is better than any movie that could ever be made.