Welcome to FaithByTheWord!
FaithByTheWord was created as a means to encourage everyone to get into The Word. The Word is the means through which we are able to draw closer to The Lord so we can seek his mercy, love, and grace in times of sickness, sadness, or sorrow. It is through faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ that we can know we have a home in Heaven someday and share in His love, shelter, and protection while we live in this world.
The secret to getting God’s attention is through fellowship with Him. That’s what this website is all about – reading, studying, and sharing The Word so we can draw nearer to God. The Bible says faith comes by hearing God and hearing God more clearly and completely comes through reading and studying His Word.
The Bible is holy because it was written by men under the direction and influence of the Holy Spirit. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Greek word translated “God-breathed” is Theopneustos, from theos, meaning “God,” and pneo, meaning “to breathe or breathe upon.” We get the English word pneumonia from this Greek root. So, our Holy God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, literally breathed the holy words of Scripture into the writers of each of the books through supernatural means. The divine Writer is holy; therefore, what He writes is holy.
Because it is God’s word, it is an undefeatable word. The Bible has all the essentials of the life and power of God to do his work! Isaiah says that the word of God does not return void; it does his work, powerfully so (Is. 55). The Word of God is powerful.
Just consider a couple of implications here:
From the standpoint of your own sanctification or spiritual growth, you need this book every single day. You need to read it, meditate on it, memorize it, and delight in it. You need it preached each Lord’s Day and you need it singing in your head all day long. It is a powerful book.
From the standpoint of evangelism and mission: this is what we want to get out of our mouths and into the ears of our hearers. We want people to hear the Word of God. It is this that does the powerful heart work of conversion. Our stories are helpful and even moving; however, they are not powerful unto salvation like the word of God.
From the standpoint of apologetics: If you are defending the faith against a skeptic or a cynic you should never be afraid or embarrassed by the Bible; it is powerful. You are not going to a knife fight with a spork; this is a sharp, two-edged sword! One old preacher used to say, “This book is a lion! You don’t defend lions, you just open the cage and let them out!”
This site provides many resources to help you get into The Word every day. You will find devotions, scripture selections, guidance for fellowship, tools for Bible Study, and many other odds and ends I have collected over the years.
Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!