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The Power is in The Word

The Power is in The Word
Not The Volume of Our Voice

A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself talking really loud at someone who speaks a different language in an attempt to get him or her to understand you better?   I know I have a few times.  I have often wondered what they were thinking at the time.  I mean you have this 6" 250 pound guy who appears to be raising his voice at you.  Its a wonder that someone hasn't kicked me in the knee or shot some mace into my face at some point.  

I started to think about this and I wondered if that isn't what some non-believers seem to think when we talk to them about our Lord and Savior Jesus.  We can think that we are doing a good job witnessing, but they don't seem to understand what we are trying to say.  They may even refute some of the things we are sharing and we respond by simply raising our voice and trying to communicate what we have already attempted once unsuccessfully - it's as if we think by raising our voice, they might better understand what we are saying.

And then there are the times where someone might not have any Scripture to help support what they are trying to share.  This can be frustrating because it seemed to make so much sense when their Pastor gave the sermon last Sunday, but they failed to take any notes and can't remember where the scriptures are.  Again, this person might find himself or herself frustrated or even anxious when they can't communicate what they are hoping to share, and without knowing it, they can begin to talk louder in an attempt to make their point.  And unfortunately, there are times when that person who was to have the Gospel message shared with them now wants nothing to do with it, or Christians.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

We are told in 1Peter 3:15 that we are to "Sanctify" the Lord God in our hearts.  Sanctify means "Set apart." So in the context of this verse, we are to make God the focus of our thoughts and the way we approach whatever we are facing.  We are then told to "Always" be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with "Meekness" and fear.  

So if we were to put these two together, we would live our lives in such a way as to cause others to want to question us.  In today's world, it may sound something like this,

Q:    "What makes you different?  Why aren't you bothered by what is going on economically?" 

And with that question, we would be prepared to give a simple answer for our hope.  And that answer might sound something like this,

A:    "Because I place my hope in God and His plans for my life.  The bible tells me in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has a plan for my life, plans for a future and a hope.  And I am told in Proverbs 3:5-6, to not lean on my own understanding, but in all of my ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make my path straight."

The fact is that there are thousands of promises in the Bible to us, and each one is designed to bring us comfort and assurance that God is in control!  There is an incredible "Power" that is within the written Word of God, and we must never forget that.  Listen to what we are told in Hebrews about it.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

We are told in Romans 12:2 that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind - this is done as we read the Bible and meditate upon it - contemplating what it means to us, and how we can apply it into our life.  

Hey Christian, we have been given a valuable resource that springs forth life - and life more abundantly.  We will be blessed if we gave time each day to rightly divide the Word of God.  We would be able to properly communicate and to share the things that God has given to us - His wisdom and guidance for every good work (See 2Tim 3:16-17).

I would like to encourage you today to sanctify some of the time that God has given you.  Give this time back to God by meeting with Him and spending some time in prayer and in reading His revealed Word, the bible.  God will honor this commitment and will redeem the time that has been given to Him.  You will be blessed beyond measure.  Remember, the power is in the Word, and not in the volume of our voice.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about God's Word and it's power by the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to give God back a small portion of what He has already given to you?

APPLICATION: Make a time each day to meet with the Lord and to prayerfully read His Word.  Ask Him to show you everything that He wants you to know.  He is God - this is easy for Him, and it is what He wants to do for you.

Father, Thank You for giving me Your written Word to guide my life, and to transform it.  Help me today as I read it to understand everything that You have desired for me to know.  Show me how to use these things to change my life to be more like Jesus, and to be able to give a defense of the Gospel message, and to share the hope that I have in You.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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