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The Power To Change Lives

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)

I remember a few years back receiving an email from some good friends, Vern and Teresa Egli, who live up in Idaho.  Teresa shared how the home they had just moved into had no cable and limited television channels to choose from.  She said,

I kept running across this station where a guy reads from the King James Version in a monotone voice and the words go across the screen so you can read along. I always just skipped past it as fast as I could because of his monotone voice and corny old music and such.  One evening Vern was asleep on the couch with the remote in his hand.  He had "changed" the channel in his sleep and it fell on that station.  I was sitting in the chair with my feet up on the ottoman covered in a blanket and I was too tired to get up, pry the remote from his hand and change the channel so I just sat there.  The guy was reading from Revelation and I started following along with him.  The next thing I knew I was totally into it.  The music, the monotone voice and all didn't bug me because God's Word had come alive and captured my attention.  Revelation was thrilling me more than any thing the world had to offer on TV, even with all the vials poured out and the plagues in the last days.  I was amazed!”

She went on to say, “I guess the point of my story is that God's Word is so alive.  It's not just words on a page and even when read in a monotone voice in an older "language" with accompanying old music it still stirs me and captures my attention, even when I've heard the words before.  God is so good to give us such an amazing gift.”

As I read their email I felt compelled to put it into a devotional, because I don’t think I could have written or stated it any better.  God’s Word is alive, and it will change our heart and our life if we will listen to it, meditate upon it, and apply its wisdom.  You see, it’s not about the music at our church, the pitch of the pastor’s voice, or even his funny stories.  Those things are fine and they can add to the message, but the power will always be in God’s Word. 

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon this today.  Choose to remember God will always be faithful to feed, strengthen, and transform you through His Word if you will simply be faithful to give Him your time and attention.  It contains the power to change lives.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Hebrews 4:12 what can we learn about the Word of God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to spend time with God each day to prayerfully read His Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Take time each day to prayerfully read God’s Word and to meditate upon what you have read so you can apply it to your life.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER: Thank You Father, for Your Word.  Thank You for feeding and strengthening me as I rightly divide it.  Thank You for transforming me to be more like Jesus.  Help me to understand and apply it to my life today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott 

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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