Thoughts about the Bible (1)
“You received the word.” 1Th 2:13 NKJV
“When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God” (v. 13 NKJV). Here are four things you must believe about your Bible: (1) It is life changing. In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “The seed is the word” (Lk 8:11). You may not understand the power within a seed, but you know that when you sow it in receptive soil, it will spring to life; it won’t just sit there and do nothing, it will produce fruit. Likewise, your Bible is “the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1Th 2:13 NKJV). (2) It works. “My word…will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isa 55:11 NIV). Note the word “sent.” Every word God speaks is on a mission and is guaranteed to accomplish it in accordance with His will, His strategy, and His timing. (3) It is creative. “By God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed” (2Pe 3:5 NIV). God’s Word was powerful enough to create all that exists. He didn’t strive or sweat, He just spoke, and it was accomplished. So speak God’s Word! (4) It is authoritative. “They were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority…they were all amazed…saying, ‘What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Lk 4:32, 36 NKJV). The forces of darkness around you today must recognize and submit to God’s Word, so stand on it!