Strengthened by the Word of God and the Spirit of God

“The Spirit entered me when the Lord spoke to me” (Ezekiel 2:1).

These words come to us from the prophet, Ezekiel. The name, Ezekiel, means “strengthened by God.”

How was Ezekiel strengthened by God?

In Ezekiel 2:1, we read about the Word of God: “the Lord spoke to me” and the Spirit of God – “the Spirit entered me.”

Through the Word of God and the Spirit of God, we are strengthened by God.

When we move from these words of Ezekiel to the New Testament, we find the same emphasis on both the Spirit of God and the Word of God.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (breathed out by God, or God-breathed)” (2 Timothy 3:16).

“And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

The Word of God is “a light that shines in a dark place.” When the Spirit of God speaks to us through the Word of God, “the day dawns and the morning star arises in our hearts.”

The Word of God comes to us from God: “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

Let us give thanks to God for the strength that comes to us from the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Here’s a link to some more lessons from God’s Word:

http://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/category/lessons-from-gods-word/

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