STOP AND LISTEN - Friday, May 18
(Let The Word Produce In You What It Talks About)
TO THE BIBLE Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
“Martinez, why do you get so restless when the message is just about to start?” the youth pastor enquired, “I see you when you stand up to go outside the church halls during the Word. What’s going on?”
“Um, I don’t know,” Martinez began, “sometimes, I get a call that’s very important and I’ve got to receive it. Some other times, my friends online want to video chat with me, and at other times, I need to use the public convenience.
“Hmm, these aren’t valid reasons to miss out on what the Lord wants you to hear. The Word is your life! Without it, your faith won’t be built up, Martinez.”
“I’m sorry, Pastor; I’ll behave next time,” Martinez said.
“It would seem contradictory to think that some people who go to church don’t have time to listen to the Word. Some of them love the music; they enjoy the music ministrations, after which they leave the church service. They don’t wait for the message, because they have no value for the Word. The Word of God is too important.
To value the Word is to value Jesus, for Jesus is the living Word. When the Word of God is taught in church, it’s not only so we can learn it or just for us to believe and act upon it, but it’s also for the Word to reproduce itself in us. It’s the greatest benefit we derive from the Word of God. Hallelujah!
As you listen to, and believe the Word, the creative power therein comes into effect and transforms your life. That’s the mystery of the spoken Word! The ministration of God’s Word produces in you what it talks about. God’s Word has the divine power to do what it says, unlike man’s words. Anyone can say anything, but when it’s the Word of God, it has the power to affect our human spirits. “There’s a miracle power about it that works.
Psalm 107:20; Joshua 1:8; Hebrews 4:12
Dear Father, I thank you for the wonder-working power of your Word; it heals the sick and raises the dead. The Word works in and for me always, producing the results of what it talks about, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
John 8:31-47, 1 Kings 22
Mark 11:1-11, Numbers 21
Write down what the Word does in you when you study these scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Psalm 119:67, Proverbs 4:20-22, and Luke 10:38-42.