Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Daily devotional: God's Word is powerful

Scripture
Let the prophet who has a dream tell his dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD. “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”
Jeremiah 23:28-29 NIV

Observation
God's Word is powerful. His words are not empty like straw, but nourishing like grain. It burns within us like fire, and can penetrate even the toughest heart.

Application
Because I have the tremendous gift of being able to spend time in God's Word, to read it for myself and hear it and learn from it, I can start to take it for granted. Instead, be thankful, draw nourishment from it, and be bold in using, applying, and sharing God's Word. As God said through Isaiah, His Word will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.

Prayer
Lord, thank you so much for blessing me with freedom to live out my faith in You. May I never take this freedom for granted, and may I never take Your Word for granted. Please keep Your Word on my lips and in the forefront of my mind, with applicable verses always at hand. When I see circumstances contrary to Your Word, or when I sense You leading me to share it with others, empower me to share it boldly. Help me to rest firmly in the truth of Your Word even when it is countercultural, or when others doubt or oppose it. And I pray that You will allow me to see its power time and time again. I love you!

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