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The Power of God’s Word

African American Studying the Bible at HomeScripture: Isaiah 55:11

…So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (NIV)

No wonder the Scripture says, “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3, NIV).

God’s Word is powerful. Active. It accomplishes. Wherever it is sent, it prospers.

To fulfill God’s purposes, we need more than material things. We need to absorb God’s Word. As we do so, we learn more about the mind of God and open ourselves to receive revelations he wants us to know and enjoy.

Jesus says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, NKJV).

By his Word we are renewed inwardly. His Word is like discovering the treasure of treasures. “For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord” (Proverbs 8:35, NKJV).

This treasure is much better than the mirage reportedly pursued by the conquistador, Ponce de Leon, who searched for the fabled fountain of youth. Paul said, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16, NIV).

The Psalmist said, “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9, NIV).

Only the Word of God can renew us. All other pursuits are in vain if they are being used to substitute the place the Word of God merits in our life.

Peter confirms this, saying, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19, NIV).

Job said that he treasured God’s Word more than his necessary food. David said God’s Word was more valuable to him than thousands of pieces of gold and silver. Jeremiah said when he found God’s Words, he ate them, and they became his heart’s delight! I think there is a message here for you and me to take to heart.

Today, ask yourself:

What place does the Word of God have in my life? If another person looked at my relationship with the Word of God, what would they observe?

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