July 24, 2009
The Living Word
The Bible is the most amazing book ever written. God used human beings to record His thoughts and words on paper so that we could know Him (2 Peter 1:20-21). The One who spoke the universe into existence still speaks just as powerfully through the pages of the Bible that you hold in your hands.
At the moment of salvation, believers receive the Holy Spirit, and the lines of communication with the Lord are opened. Whenever the Scriptures are read, the children of God are capable of hearing His voice, and the Spirit enables them to understand and put into practice what they have heard.
The Lord says His Word is so effective that it always accomplishes the purpose for which He sends it (Isa. 55:10-11). The Bible is not just a good book with comforting verses. It is active and alive and “performs its work in [those] who believe” (1 Thess. 2:13). The Word of God has the power to change our lives if we will believe Him and do what He says.
God uses Scripture to transform us from the inside out. His Word has the quality of a sword that cuts through our hearts and judges thoughts and intentions, delivering light to the darkness hiding in our souls. This Book tells us not only who God is, but also who we are.
Sometimes life’s concerns can deafen our spiritual “ears.” Before reading Scripture, ask God to help you hear and understand what He’s saying. As you believe and obey, your spiritual hearing will become more acute, and your time in the Word will be an intimate conversation with the Lord.
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