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God’s Spiritual Rehab—
For You

The pictures on the opposite page could be accurately titled: “God ‘Unleashes’ His Living Word!” Many Protestant churches teach/believe God speaks His Word to us only as data or in­formation, information we hear and religious data to which we respond. God surely does give us spiritual information (Psalm 119:105). However, God’s own definition of His living Word is infinitely larger and more helpful to you. Why? When God speaks His Word—through others—to you, He is serving as your divine Physician. God is working to rehabilitate you spiritually. God’s house of worship is actually His rehabilitation center, His hospital. Like a sur­geon, God spiritually cuts around on you and heals you. “Come, let us return to the LORD. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us” (Hosea 6:1; see also: Deuteronomy 32:39; Jeremiah 1:10; 1 Samuel 2:6; Isaiah 30:26b; Job 5:18; Lamentations 3:32; Psalm 119:105). Once the Spirit enables you to understand what God does when He unleashes His Word in many ways to you and your entire family, you will then understand and often say with joy: “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord’” (Psalm 122:1).

YOUR FAITH BEGINS WITH GODS’ BREATH: HIS WORD!

God’s definition of faith is illustrated here, beginning in the upper left-hand corner on the opposite page. God is shown speak­ing/breathing His living Word into your heart. This planting/breathing of His Seed/gift of faith occurs in Baptism, sermons, Bible studies, Absolution, and Holy Communion. God also speaks His life-giving and faith-planting Word through Sunday school teachers. When choirs sing, God breathes His cleansing, forgiving, and heal­ing Word through their lips into the hearts of all in the congregation, no matter what age—adult or infant. “Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom tea­ching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). God promises to work His miracle of Baptism in your entire family, including the newborn, child, teenager, and adult. “For the promise is for you and your children” (Acts 2:39). This is also why Martin Luther, in one of his final writings, strongly stressed the importance of “mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren.” When this type of Word-based and Christ-centered discussion takes place among church members, God’s living Word is further unleashed and God’s gift of faith is more deep­ly rooted in each person (Colossians 2:6–7).

FIRST GOD PLANTS FAITH INTO YOUR HEART IN BAPTISM!

First, God plants the initial “Seed” of His Word—His gift of faith—into your heart through Baptism. Then, He continues to water His gift of faith in you through His living Word. “So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7). Through His spoken/breathed Word, God not only creates all things, He also “upholds all things by the Word of His power” (Hebrews 1:2–3). This is God’s own definition of faith: “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

THEN GOD'S SEED/GIFT OF FAITH ROOTS AND GROWS MANY WAYS!

God’s definition of faith, as explained, becomes a reality in your life, not by the power of your reasoning, but by the power and work of the Holy Spirit. As the Spirit’s definition of faith takes deep root in your heart (Colossians 2:7), He will open your eyes of faith (Psalm 119:18). God commands us to come together as the body of Christ, “not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:25). Rather than finding this a legalistic burden, you, through faith, will find yourself drawn to God’ house each week as if you are going to His hospital, where you will lie passively on His “treatment table.” There, in the pew, God’s living Word will go to work on you and “in you” (1 Thessalonians 2:13), daily and weekly, to cleanse your spiritual blood. God’s living Word and Spirit will subdue the demons of doubt and discouragement at work in your spiritual veins, giving you a transfusion of new spiritual blood prepared to fight Satan. “Greater is He [the Word] who is in you than he [Satan] who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). When the Spirit plants faith deeply into your heart, you will see God’s house as a much-needed place of spiritual rehabilitation. Then, at every opportunity, you will go gladly, even eagerly, to God’s house, rejoicing and saying with the psalmist: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’” (Psalm 122:1).


For further spiritual study on how God breathes His Word through pastors, teachers, choirs, and others to rehabilitate you spiritually and give you hope, go to the Bible study beginning on page 38.


Dear Lord Jesus, give me spiritual eyes (Psalm 119:18; Matthew 13:11; Luke 24:45; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:18) to see all that You are doing—and all You desire to do to and for me—in Your house of worship. Lead me daily to say with the psalmist: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’” (Psalm 122:1). Amen.… 

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