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Enhancing Your Cultural Intelligence: CQ-Drive

Review CQ Drive on page 95 from Expand Your Borders by David Livermore

  • What is your motivation for this upcoming cross-cultural experience?
  • What can you do to increase your CQ Drive?
  • Consider having coffee with someone from the region you will be visiting.
  • Visit a restaurant that serves foods from this region.
  • Are there any churches in your area that serve this people group that you could visit? 

The Lord identifies areas of our lives that need to be cleansed, and He is there to help clean and purify those areas. This is an ongoing process: we’re always called to go back to this intimate place with Christ, so He can reveal to us the things we need to be working on.

The Lord identifies areas of our lives that need to be cleansed, and He is there to help clean and purify those areas. This is an ongoing process: we’re always called to go back to this intimate place with Christ, so He can reveal to us the things we need to be working on.

Spiritual Foundation: Build on God’s Word

Our primary reason for reading the Bible is to know God better. As we come to understand Him and His ways, we will naturally grow in our love for Him. As we grow in love, our desire to be near Him and obey Him grows. By His Spirit, we are also being slowly transformed into the likeness of Jesus. The time that we spend reading and meditating on the Bible helps produce the closeness with God we so desperately need if we are to have any impact in the world.

The Christian faith is founded upon the word of God which is ‘living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. It discerns our thoughts and intentions’.

Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:11–13

In order to become mature believers, God’s word is essential in order for us to know how to live as Christ- followers here on earth. The Bible tells us to treat the commandments of God as a treasure.

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:1–5

God’s Word saves and heals. 

People in desperate situations need more than just human reassurances to receive healing in difficult circumstances. If they are unbelievers, they need salvation from sin. Unbelievers and believers alike need healing from brokenness and victory over Satan, the enemy who threatens to destroy us all. We offer what we have received: the salvation, victory, and healing which have come to us through God’s Word.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
1 Peter 1:23

God’s Word increases faith and blessing.

Through meditation on God’s Word, we can build our faith and gain blessings which help us reach out to others. Listening to stories of human suffering and tragedy can bring great discouragement, but God’s Word encourages our hearts and helps us to see the big picture: in the midst of today’s pain, God loves us and is for us.

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Romans 10:17

God’s Word has power to destroy the attacks of Satan.

The enemy accuses and lies to each of us every day, but God’s Word will give us the strength to resist him and it will bring victory to our battles. To be truly effective, we must shut the enemy’s lying mouth, and nothing sends him running away like the Word of God.

The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4:3–4

God’s Word has relevance and meaning for every believer.

The Bible was written for you: to encourage you and to give you hope (Romans 15:4). So no matter how you choose to study the Bible, remember to always read prayerfully, personally, and obediently. Ask God to give you understanding (Psalm 119:18), and then allow His Word to become personal. Take time to reflect on it and apply it to your own life.

Using God’s Word with a Person in Crisis

Be Led by the Holy Spirit.

When somebody in crisis comes to you, ask the Lord what He wants to say to this person. Listen. If verses come to mind, trust that the Spirit is leading you. The enemy would not suggest you speak God’s truth to somebody who would be helped by it! The Holy Spirit will lead you with compassion and sensitivity. Through the written Word of God, the Holy Spirit brings many things, including conviction, hope, healing, peace, and encouragement.

Be Sensitive.

God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). A lamp illuminates the darkness; it does not need to be used as a spotlight for interrogation. Let God’s Word show the person the way to go, and do not give in to the temptation to shine the light in a person’s eyes just to reveal spiritual blindness. God’s Word is also “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). When used with skill, a sword can keep an enemy away, but when handled carelessly, it can injure the person you’re trying to rescue. God’s Word is a powerful tool for fighting Satan, but it must be used gently and skillfully with people.

Conclusion

God has recorded His words for us in the Bible. Therefore, we rely on them to give us everything we need in our relationship of love and faithfulness with Him, in our personal lives, and in ministering to others. As we are led by the Holy Spirit to speak the encouragement, correction, and hope of God’s truth, we anticipate falling more in love with the One whom the Scriptures reveal, as well as extending His love to others.

For Reflection

How is the “Build on God’s Word” Spiritual Foundation important to becoming a life-giver? Why is it particularly necessary to any life-giving ministry? How is God using His word to prepare you for your upcoming trip?