The final post in The Word Works Series! I’m so thankful!
Over the past two months, some amazing, gracious guest bloggers have written to encourage, exhort, and testify to the power of God’s Word at work in their lives.
God Himself testifies to the abilities of His Word.
For example, Scripture tells us that the Bible:
- Divides the lies of sin from the truth (Hebrews 4:12)
- Judges the heart (Hebrews 4:12)
- Proves Him true (Psalm 105:19)
- Sows in the heart (Mark 4:15)
- Teaches us to praise (Psalm 56:10)
- Endures all circumstances and times (1 Peter 1:25)
- Helps us to proclaim Christ (Romans 10:8)
- Protects us (Ephesians 6:17)
- Is our delight (Jeremiah 15:16)
I can testify to the work of God through His Word, too.
So many stories to choose from…let me just tell you about 3 ways the Lord’s Word has worked in my heart and my life.
The Word Has Worked in Me:
By Anchoring Me in the Truth
No matter how much time I pour into reading Scripture and participating in fellowship, I am forgetful. Charles Spurgeon explains that Christ told us to have communion in remembrance of Him because we need to be reminded to remember Him! Spurgeon encourages us to “tie a heavenly forget-me-not around our hearts for Jesus.”
Deuteronomy 11:18 echoes:
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.”
After really regretting that I did not remember to turn to God throughout several days, I was convicted to take this charge more literally.
I began writing a verse on a small slip of paper each morning. That little note from the Lord is tucked into my pocket for the day. It comes out every time my cell phone or my wallet does.
That way, the Word is bound to me the same way my clothes or my other daily possessions are.
I am anchored, bound, held, by the truth.
When I pull my phone out to communicate with someone, I’m reminded to listen to the Lord first. If I reach in to spend, His Word has a say. I have His word to think on when I’m sitting, waiting. As I go about my day, His Word is accessible enough to constantly comfort, challenge, and correct me.
It’s a little bit harder to accidentally stray from the truth when the truth is literally on my person.
I value that anchor which fixes me in my place- before the Lord!
By Drawing Me Nearer to the Lord
Why is it that when we’re angry or hurting or doubting, or even happy, we don’t just reach for the Bible? It seems like reaching for the Bible, for most us, is something we tend to do just because we know we should.
How ironic that we often feel we’re not hearing from God or like the truth is unclear! Humbly and sincerely turning our hearts to the Word results in us drawing near to our Lord. This brings us nearer to Him, where His words are audible more clearly. This is where He speaks directly.
2 Peter 1:3 tells us that:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
A godly life is a life connected and obedient to God! One of the greatest gifts He has given us- and one of the most powerful- is His divine revelation recorded in Scripture.
As an avid reader, the Bible is a very personal gift to me from God and one I easily enjoy.
Not so for everybody. If just reading through Scripture is tough for you, consider:
- Praying through Scripture
- Listening to it on audio CDs or the web
- Participating in Bible Studies that walk directly through Bible passages
- Studying with a partner so that you hear it spoken
- Posting verses around your spaces
- Memorizing verses
By Making Faith Personal to Me
Fact: Scripture can seem impersonal. God can too. Part of sin is distance- between us and our God. Christ bridges that gap for us. But often we still feel the expansive gulf beneath our feet when we step out in faith along the narrow way.
The narrow path opens at my feet and promises safe passage. I see that it is my path, ordained by the Lord. He has gone before me, as His Word describes.
I try to remember as I open the Word that God didn’t just give it as a rule book or to speak to people long ago. He speaks through it today. To me.
When I get into the Word, believing it to be alive and active, His word grips me.
In His Word He has anticipated my questions, doubts, and needs. Just like He did with those He spoke to back then.
Have you visited His Word and listened? The time with Him is precious.
Get into His Word, get near to Him. As so many can testify- and God Himself says- there is no better, no more secure a place to be.
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