Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live.” The choice is yours… life is yours for the choosing. We must reflect the totality of all that God has said to his people and live our life accordingly. We must be and instructed people to be a fruitful people. That’s why Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing (firstfruits/ beginning / chief) therefore get wisdom and with all thy getting (substance, acquisitions, goods) get understanding.”
Nehemiah 8:1-17 (NIV), “All the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion… Ezra opened the book.
All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. The Levites instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the people… Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.
On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: …So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim.” From work and war, we turn to Worship and the Word… It was during the Feasts of Trumpets (8:1,2) They actually restored the feasts because Ezra comes back and reads the WORD day and night and they rediscover the truths of His Word! The effect of the Word moved the people into Revival and keeping the Feast of Tabernacles (God’s set appointments). THE WORD OF GOD WILL IMPACT YOU… John 1:1-5, “In the beginning (dateless past) was the Word, and the Word was WITH GOD and was God. The same was in the beginning with God all things were made by Him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shining in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (V14) “And the Word was made 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.,” It is by the Word: We live victorious. We are transformed. We overcome sin. We are free indeed. The world is upheld by His Word. I have a great appreciation for HIS WORD! One of the tragedies of this generation: We have moved away from the integrity of the text / doctrine (The Word of God) to a superficial, and surface dispersing and conclusion of THE WORD! Too many have made the Word mold to them, instead of them molding to the Word. They think everything is summed up “blessing”… Therefore many are now disillusioned with the church and even God! They have missed the fullness of God's Word… THE BALANCE! THE WORD IS BALANCE. I love you and I am praying for you.