The Power of God’s Word (2)
1) ‘The commandments of the Lord are right…’ When people like Plato and Shakespeare speak, the effect of their words on us depends on what we bring to the process. Some of us may be informed and entertained, while others may be indifferent or bored. Their words could be described as intrinsically neutral but this is not so with God’s words: they radiate! Like heat and light, they are sources of spiritual energy. They possess a dynamic power that produces change wherever it goes. Likewise, God’s Word is dynamic. It radiates transforming power that changes anyone who lives in its ‘environment’!
2) ‘…The judgments given by the Lord are trustworthy…’ (v. 9 NET). The Hebrew word for ‘trustworthy’ comes from ‘certainty, honesty and faithfulness‘. With absolute confidence, you can stake your all on the reliability of God’s Word. It guarantees you that God says what He means, and means what He says. You can stand secure on every syllable of it. In other words, you can ‘…live…by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God’ (Matthew 4:4 NKJV).
3) ‘By your teachings, Lord, I am warned; by obeying them, I am greatly rewarded’ (Psalms 19:11 CEV). God’s Word is more than just a list of ‘dos and don’ts’. It’s like radar that signals to you when you’re in danger of straying off course and getting into trouble. Your conscience alone is inadequate. ‘How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults…Don’t let them control me’ (vv. 12-13 NLT). By obeying God’s Word, you will be ‘greatly rewarded’!
‘The commandments of the Lord are right….’ Psalms 19:8 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 139; Lamentations 3:25; 2 Chronicles 15:2, 7; 16:9; Hebrews 11:6
O Lord, you have searched me & known me! You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book! Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed!
I awake & I am still with you! The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. If you seek him he will be found by you! But if you forsake him, he will forsake you! But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded! For the eyes of the Lord run to & fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him! For he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him!
Every day of your life was written before you ever live even one of them! Wow! That is amazing! God longs for each of your days to read; my child sought my face & found me! He longs for your obedience & love seek Him today & you will be amazed! Never delay!