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    by Carmen Schroeder

IMMERSED in The Word!
Date Posted: September 7, 2007
All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living; thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 There is a blessing that Jewish people say before their study of Torah. It goes like this: Baruch atta ADONAI Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kiddeshanu bemitzvotav, vetzivanu la’asok bedivreo Torah. Translation: Blessed are You YAHWEH our God, King of the universe, Who sanctifies us in His commandments and commanded us to engross ourselves in the words of Torah. I have simply been enamored with this blessing! Why? Because this is exactly what He expects that we do with the Living Word He has given us. The more we study His Word, the more we realize what a depth of Treasures It actually is. The more we search out His Word by His Spirit, the more He unveils Truth, connects all the holy dots and shows a greater portion of His purposes and plans for all humanity - and because of this, we are also able to put the problems of this world into an eternal perspective even as the wild winds of life beat against us. Look at the word la’asok. It literally means ‘to immerse oneself’. It sounds an awful lot like ‘soak’, doesn’t it? In fact, that is precisely the way it can be read - we are to ‘soak ourselves in the study of Torah’. And we know that anything soaked in something else will inherit the properties or flavor of whatever it was soaked in. Now, let’s look at another Hebrew word - Torah. It means ‘precept or statute’ and comes from the root word yarah which means ‘to flow as water’; transitively ‘to throw’ as in an arrow; figuratively ‘to point out, to teach, instruct, lay and shoot’. Torah (an archery word) is God-breathed and is the process of aiming toward a very specific target. In the Redemption Story, to hit the target our LORD has eternally purposed is to ultimately look like or have the flavor of His Son Jesus Christ. Paul explained to the church at Corinth that we are New Covenant ministers not of ‘the letter’ or written text that kills, but of the Spirit Who gives life! In other words, without our total surrender to The Holy Spirit, we are just a bunch of aimless arrows wildly flying in an attempt to hit a target we cannot even see! It is worth noting that the Hebrew word for sin is an archery word as well - chata - and it means to ‘miss the target’! The evidence that we are hitting the target manifests itself as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control in the believer’s life. Are you on-target by His Spirit’s precise aim? Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the Universe! I pray we each wholly devote ourselves as arrows in Your mighty hand, Faithful Father. Aim us according to Your good pleasure and be magnified in Your servants’ lives today-in His Name. Wise Words: Knowing the Living Word is the key to understanding the written Word. - Croft M. Pentz Knowing God’s sovereignty and unconditional love imparts a beauty to life...and to you. - Kay Arthur

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Biography Information:
Carmen Schroeder is the stay-at-home mother of one son, Caleb, and three daughters, Bethany, Kaitlyn, and Kierstyn (ages 6-12). She is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they serve the LORD in Missouri.

Carmen enjoys encouraging other women with the life-changing Word of God through teaching, mentoring and song in conferences and workshops.

Carmen's testimony is one of victory as 1 John 5:4,5 (AMP) says: 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]?

Her message is that this Christ is the One Who generously gives heavenly wisdom for victorious living.

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