THE EFFECTUAL WORD OF GOD

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty; but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:10-11)

God’s Word has power attached to it, simply because it it God breathed (inspired):  “All Scripture is breathed out by God, and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The writer to the Hebrews says:  “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thought and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  The Word of God is powerful and authoritative because it came directly from God.  The Holy Spirit breathed the words He intended to the writers of Scripture and ensured that what they wrote was precisely what God intended:  “For no prophesy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21).

Because the Bible is God’s Word it is powerful and able to accomplish what God intends:  “So shall My Word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty; but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (v. 11).  When God created the heavens and the earth, He spoke and what He said came into being:  “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).

When Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the wilderness, His offensive weapon was the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-11).  The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17), our powerful weapon to fight against the schemes of the evil one.

God’s uses His Word to convict us of sin, to show us His will, to encourage our hearts, to comfort our souls, and to guide us in the path of righteousness.  For these reasons, we must be men and women of the Word.  There is no substitute for spending time reading and meditating upon the words of the Bible.  God’s Word is powerful and effectual.  It accomplishes the purposes for which God sent it.

Lord God, Your Word is powerful and effectual.  It always accomplishes the purposes You have in mind for it.  As I read the Scriptures and meditate upon them, open my eyes to the truths You have for me.  Let me learn what you have in mind for me and help me to apply what You teach me through the Scriptures.

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