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The Bible has the power to transform our way of thinking, to set us free from the law of sin and death, and to purge us from any dogma that has infected our way of thinking. The Bible is a place we can encounter the Living Christ as He breathes His transforming Word into our hearts through the revelation of the Holy Spirit. The greatest crime we can commit against ourselves and our spiritual progress and the progress of Christ’s kingdom in this world is to let the Bible sit and gather dust on our library shelf.

There is something in the Bible that is so powerful that it has been banned by those who have threatened the rights of men down through the centuries. It is a matter of historical fact that wherever governments, tyrants, dictators, or false religious leaders are determined to keep people in bondage and force them to believe what the state wants them to believe, there is a war against the Bible. There is obviously something in the Bible they don’t want people to know. It is certainly the reason it was removed from every public classroom in America in 1963. The demonic agenda that is being promoted in our public schools today is denounced by the Bible.

The War Against the Bible

We should never forget that our nation was founded by Christians who fled the tyranny of the Old World where a war was being waged against the Bible. Our Forebears came to the New World because they were seeking religious freedom and the right to read, preach, and practice the teaching of the Bible. In Europe, in 1620, the Bible had been newly translated out of Latin into the language of the people.

From reading the Bible, the people found out that the traditions taught by the Roman Church were false and were not supported by the truth taught in the Bible. The Kings, Pope, and Roman Church leaders held a tight reign on their subjects. For the people to exercise an individual opinion which contradicted theirs just would not do. Those who translated the Bible, taught biblical truth, or tried to read the Bible were often persecuted, hunted down, imprisoned, burnt at the stake, and killed like common criminals.

Our Founding Fathers viewed the truths of the Bible as the cornerstone and foundation of all our liberty because it was through the Bible that they had learned that they were to “stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free.” They were insistent that the Bible be read in our nation’s schools. In the 18th century, the first book printed in the USA was a Bible published for our schools by the United States Congress.

Jesus upheld the truth of Scripture and quoted from it throughout His ministry. Jesus reminds us, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free!” (John 8:32) The Bible is the source for the greatest blessings of liberty mankind can ever experience. Ignorance of these promises through a lack of studying the Bible can cause us to not only lose our individual freedoms as a nation, it can cause us to live in bondage and misery in our personal lives.

The Power of God’s Promises

George Mueller, 19th century English Evangelist was a man who understood the power of what the Bible promises. During his lifetime, he not only traveled over 200,000 miles preaching, he also established orphanages and housed, fed, and clothed 10,240 orphans, providing educational opportunities for them at a time when education was not a public “right.” He never asked for any support or took an offering for them. He made his need known to God, according to the promises in the Bible, and God supplied over and above what was needed. He established 117 schools which offered Christian education to more than 120,000 students.

Muller had this to say about the Bible in his book A Life of Faith and Trust:

“If an invaluable treasure is here reserved for the believers, why should I not receive my portion of it? The promises in the Bible made to believing prayer are numerous and diversified. If you take them in their simple and literal meaning they are easily understood. Our difficulty is this: the promise is so “exceedingly great” that you cannot conceive God really to mean what He clearly appears to have revealed. The Blessing seems too vast for our comprehension; you stagger at the promises through unbelief and thus fail to secure the treasure which was purchased for us by Christ Jesus.”

It is through reading the Bible that we understand just what those great blessings and promises are. Once we know what God’s promises are we can act on them.

Consider for a moment the teaching of the Book of James on the power of the Word of God. James was Jesus flesh and blood brother and did not come to believe that Jesus was the Messiah until after His resurrection. Imagine what it might have been like to have grown up with Jesus, to see how He responded in every situation, to have watched how He treated others, to have heard what Jesus said. What would it have been like to experience His love for all those years?

Revelation – the Pathway to Holy Living

James understood what the New Creation life was like because He had seen Jesus live it. James does not teach that New Covenant living and new life in Christ is something you have to imitate or produce by your own striving, or by willing it to be so. James never tells us to try harder to be a Christian, or to try harder to be like Jesus. Absolutely not! In fact, this idea goes against James’ teaching. All of this is a work of the flesh, and the flesh is self-effort of every kind.

But, the Book of James will never be understood in its depth through just a brisk reading. In order to receive the wealth of spiritual revelation in James, we must stop for a while, meditate upon its truths, and ask the Holy Spirit to give us revelation and understanding.

James presents pearls of truth that offer gateways to something deeper than simply believing in God and giving mental assent to the truth of His Word. James reminds us that the kind of believing that is simply mental assent to truth is the same faith that even the devil has – “the devil believes in God and he trembles.” (James 2:19) James tell us how we live the New Creation life saying, “Laying aside all wickedness, receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your soul.” ( James 1:21)

James explains that the Word of God is so powerful that when we make a decision to depart from evil and receive and embrace God’s Word with our whole heart, His Word will become “engrafted” as a part of our whole being and has the power to save, remake, renew, and transform our souls. (KJV, James 1:20-21)


Let God’s Word be Engrafted in your Soul

To understand James’ teaching, think about the process of “grafting” for a moment. Grafting is a method widely used in agriculture and horticulture where stems of plants are split and the tissues of one plant are tied to another plant with a cord so they can fuse together. The tissues that must connect with each other are the vascular tissues that carry food throughout the plant. As they grow together, they become one.

We engraft the Word of God in our heart, in much the same way. First, we read and meditate on God’s Word as our daily food and hold fast to it in our mind and heart and meditate on it, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal its meaning to us. As we do this the Word of God pierces our heart and is implanted here.

Hebrews explains it this way saying, “The Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” ( Hebrews 4:2) As we hold God’s Word in the thoughts of our heart, it begins to be engrafted into our very being until we become one with it, and we can’t separate it from our soul and spirit. This is a life transforming experience.

When we read and meditate on God’s Word, asking for the Spirit’s revelation, God’s Word has the power to pierce our heart and engraft itself into our soul. As we receive God’s Word in all humility, bow to His precepts and commandments, and let His Word wash through our souls and dwell in our hearts, we will receive spiritual renewal, cleansing, and spiritual food. His Word will be “written in our mind and written on our heart,” and we will become “one” with his Word.

This is the New Covenant that God promised to make with His people, foretold by Jeremiah and spoken of in Hebrews. Living our life the way the Bible teaches will not be a work of self effort, but will be a natural flow from our heart and mind. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Hebrews 8:9) Anything short of this is not New Covenant living.

As we meditate on God’s Word, and let Him put His laws in our mind and write them on our heart, this great and mighty New Covenant promise will follow, “And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” ( Heb. 8:10-11)

For an excellent opportunity to meditate on the New Creation Life, study our Bible Studies How to Live the Life of Excellence, A Study of the Book of James. Take time to mediate on God’s Word through this outstanding study. And we promise you, your live will be transformed.