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Callie Mitchell, SAVED News International Correspondent, Jerusalem, Israel — Did you know I pray for my readers? I do, on the bus and as walk the streets of Jerusalem. Lately, it has been so heavy on my heart that each of you would have a revelation as to the eternal nature of scripture, and fill up on it so that you will not be deceived, but will endure to the end.
In the last month the world has increasingly become turned upside down, as evil has been called good, and good evil. We’ve seen two major SCOTUS rulings, one refusing to acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, followed by a redefinition of marriage. Terrorist attacks world wide took place on that same day, and most recently, the current US administration decided to follow through with an Iran deal that places Israel in a very vulnerable position.
All of this is counter to scripture. Seeing so many on social media, celebrating what the bible calls sin, awakened and saddened my heart to the greatest crisis we have… it is the multitude of professing believers who do not believe in the authority of scripture.
As I have walked through many struggles here in Jerusalem, the power and authority of God’s word is something I have become passionate about because I know from experience that I need God’s word more than I need breath. It is not something I believe just out of a Judea-Christian tradition, but something I’ve lived, and something the bible actually tells us.
Quickly, in 2 Tim 3:16-17 we learn that “All scripture is God breathed and profitable for teaching…” That was spoken before the New Testament was canonized, so it is also referring to the authority of the Old Testament as well.
The Thessalonians are upheld for believing the scriptures they were taught to not be the word of man, “but what it really is, the word of God.” (1 Thes 2:13).
The word of God is also called eternal (Psalm 119:89), it endures forever (1 Peter 1:25), it will not return void (Isaiah 55:11), it is alive and active, a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
Yeshua himself is called the “Word made flesh” (John 1:14). He used scripture to defeat the enemy when He is tempted (Matt 4). He also tells us “not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” (Matt 5:19), and further affirms this in Matthew 24: 35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.”
This is just the beginning!
Please take the scripture I’ve given, study, cross-reference, memorize, pray through it, and teach it. As you do so, I pray that all of you will grow in confidence of God’s character, and His promises for your life, and also that you be strengthened as you submit your thoughts, opinions and emotions to His truths. May your hearts full of scripture so each of you will walk out these last days’ trials as more than conquers! Know that prayers are lifted up for YOU, out of Zion, in Yeshua’s name. Amen!