who do not burn for the Word of God rarely burn for the God of the Word!
Believe it or not – I am not lying – until I was born again in April 1980 I had never read a book, unless it was like, “See Spot Run” or something deep like that.
I was 23 years old when I got saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. My wife Donna, who I began chasing when I was 14 and she was 13, read all the books I was expected and required to read to do book reports in Junior High and High School.
I am blessed beyond description in that one of the earliest signs proving I was born again was a voracious appetite for God’s Word. Hunger for the Word of God burned within me and burns inside of me today.
I literally consumed God’s Word daily and it very quickly began to consume me. I grew very fast because I was not only reading and studying it, I was meditating on and memorizing it.
To be brutally honest, I have a very hard time with people who claim to be saved but who are not that into the Scripture!
I am reminded of this verse from Luke chapter 24 verse 32 in The Passion Translation, “Stunned, they looked at each other and said, ‘Why didn’t we recognize it was Him? Didn’t our hearts burn with the flames of holy passion while we walked beside Him? He unveiled for us such profound revelation from the Scriptures!'”
Have you walked beside Jesus and never really recognized Him?
It is possible!
Jesus said to Philip, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?” How tragic to be in Jesus’ presence but never move close enough to really know Him.
Does your heart really burn for the Word of God?
Do you burn for the God of the Word?
Could it be that a lot of God’s people do not recognize the God of the Word because they do not immerse themselves in the Word of God?
Jeremiah said God’s Word in his heart was like a burning fire shut up in his bones, and he could not contain it.
If you can contain God in your life then it is fair to doubt His Word is in your heart, much less burning like a fire in your heart.
We know from Scripture Jesus is the eternal Word of God who was with God the Father and Holy Spirit from [before] the beginning. The Word of God is God the Word!
We also know from Scripture Jesus burned for God. After Jesus cleansed the temple the first time, His disciples remembered the text that said, “Zeal for God’s house consumed Him.”
‘Zeal’ comes from a root word meaning to boil hot, to be exceedingly fervent.
‘Consumed’ means to devour, to eat up, to eat up a book, to consume by fire.
This burning required Jesus to upend the status quo among those who claimed to be worshipers of God.
Hearts that burn for God are not hesitant when it comes to honoring God, regardless of whose feelings get hurt in the process!
Burn in me, Jesus!
Consume me, Jesus!
My prayer for you is that you will burn like never before for the God of the Word so the Word of God will burn in and through you!
Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
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