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Warranted For Life

Warranted For Life
Never Void

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)

If you are like most folks, then chances are you've purchased something new only to have the warranty expire just when you needed it.  It could be a costly car repair, or a number of electronic devices we all have in our homes.  It can be frustrating to know we possess something once valuable to us but now it is worthless.  Warranty periods are only for a certain amount of time and then they become void.  

Thankfully God's Word is not one of those things.  You see, He has given us a warranty within His written Word saying, "My Word shall not return to Me Void."  God's Word is not something that had an affect on mankind during one particular century but then flopped horribly on its face the next.  It is timeless, it remains constant, and it never changes.   We see this truth being spoken of in the Book of Isaiah.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)

Not only will God's Word stand forever, but also it will achieve God's desired affect on every ear that hears it.  That's right, every ear hearing His Word will process it and the Word will prosper in the very thing for which God sent it.  

This is pretty cool stuff when you think about it because it takes all the stress and pressure off of us.  We no longer have to worry about whether we are articulating it right, or feel pressured to close the deal when presenting to someone the Gospel message.  We can be assured the message will have the desired affect intended by God.  

Q:    How come some people don't accept God's Word when we share it then?  Does this mean it didn't have any affect on them like it was suppose to, or that it didn't prosper in the thing God sent it for?

The answer is that God has given man freewill as to whether man will accept God and His Word, or refuse to accept it and deny Him.  This does not mean His Word didn't have its desired affect though.  In fact, it has done exactly what God intended even when a person refuses it.  Not everyone will accept God, or His Word, and yet God is still faithful to make sure these people have had an opportunity to hear His Word.  The fact they have heard it will be a testimony against them on the Day of Judgment - they will be without excuse.

For others who hear the Word of God and don't respond right away, it may take time to root and spring forth fruit within their lives.  Messages that people have heard from decades earlier are still doing the work God intended.  Also, there are times because of various circumstances within our lives, the Holy Spirit through our memory brings up God's Word and it begins to produce His desired effects.  

Jesus spoke of this principle of the sewing of the seed of God's Word (See Matt. 13:3-23).  He likened the condition of the heart receiving the Word, to the condition of the soil receiving the seed - it is either good soil, or it is bad.  Therefore when it comes to God's Word, the seed is never the issue.  God's Word is the most powerful seed available, as it contains life.

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 can see how the Psalmist spoke of the Word's affect upon his own life.

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. Psalms 119:11,105 (NKJV)

Q:    What does this mean to us as believing Christians?

A:    It means we need to continue to share God's Word and not worry about how it is received.  Love the person and sow it as unto the Lord (Col. 3:17).  

Hey Christian, let's let God do the figuring as to how the Word will affect those who hear it.  He already knows who is going to receive it and abide in it, and who will deny its saving power (Rom. 8:29).  We just need to be willing to sow.  So sow!

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to God's Word?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to sow God's Word into the lives of those around you?

APPLICATION: Read God's Word, apply it to your own life, and then share it with others.  Tell them how it has affected your life and how God is changing you.  Your testimony is a powerful tool people can't argue with results.

Father, Thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for allowing us to have it to guide us and to transform us by the renewing of our mind.  Help me to remember what I have read in Your Word, and show me areas where I am not applying what I know to be right. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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