First Word. Last Word. God’s Word. Final Word.


January 28, 2021

Psalm 18:30 (NIV)

As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.


Back when we lived in Texas, we visited Lakewood Church from time to time in its pre-arena neighborhood. The late John Osteen (Joel’s Father) always began his message by inviting the people to lift up their Bibles in the air and recite a short creed with him:

I am what it says I am.
I can do what it says I can do.
Today, I will be taught the Word of God. I boldly confess:
My mind is alert, my heart is receptive.
I will never be the same.
I am about to receive
The incorruptible, indestructible, ever-living seed of the Word of God.
I will never be the same .
Never, never, never.
I will never be the same.
In Jesus name. Amen.

Ever since then I have wanted to write a Bible Creed. It seems fitting as we end the First Word—Last Word—God’s Word series to take a crack at it. Without further adieu, here it is:

I believe in the living Word of God,
who is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

And I believe in the written Word of God, the Bible,
the Holy Spirit–inspired authority of the people of God.

God’s Word endures forever,
is sweeter than honey,
more precious than gold,
sharper than a double-edged sword,
judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

This Word is perfect, trustworthy, right,
radiant, pure, firm, and flawless.
It refreshes the soul,
makes wise the simple,
gives joy to the heart,
is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

God’s Word teaches, corrects, rebukes, and trains.
It cleanses and prunes, feeds and nourishes,
is purposeful and powerful.
It burns like a fire in my bones.
It always accomplishes the purposes for which it is sent.

God’s Word will be on my heart,
on my gate, on my doorpost.
I will talk about it when I lie down and
when I wake up and when I walk along the road.
I will read, ruminate, rememberize, research, and rehearse it,
building my life on the rock of God’s Word.
Indeed, “the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”

It will be the first Word.
It will be the last Word.
This is God’s Word.


Father, thank you for your Word. May it become my life.  I pray in the name of your Son, Jesus, the Word made flesh. Amen.  


What stands out to you about this past month’s series? How will you take it forward?

P.S. The Seed House has a good supply of the First Word. Last Word. God’s Word. BOOK. Get your copy today. And it’s a great one for sowing with friends, family and even complete strangers. The Word of God never returns empty but always accomplishes the purposes for which it is sent! (And we are working on a wall hanging edition of the Bible Creed. Watch for it). 

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt

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  1. As I survey the season we now find ourselves in, I know the way forward is to live out my life in the power of the Holy Spirit, reflecting both the incarnate and written Word of God.

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