For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12 NLT
Like my parents before me, I attempted to instill in my
children a love for God’s Word. Our nightly devotions weren’t as regular as
when I was growing up. Life was hectic and busy at the time. Fitting in a
nightly devotion was a challenge, but we read Bible stories often.
I carried on the same tradition with my firstborn grandson. Obviously,
the need to digest God’s Word stuck despite my less-than-best efforts. Like
me, my daughter and son both had their periods of rebellion. Both stopped
attending church and involved themselves in questionable activities. Despite their wanderings, they still knew God’s Word and the right path—whether or
not they chose it.
Some question the validity of God’s Word.
They discount the traditionally agreed-upon authors, the
miracles, the scientific and historical accounts, and even Jesus’ divinity.
Rather than avoiding discussions with those who doubt, we can use the occasion
to share our faith and why we believe God’s Word is profitable and accurate.
Some use God’s Word to teach legalism.
In addition to moral laws, the Old Testament contains
ceremonial and civil laws. Both related to the nation of Israel and God’s
interaction with the Jewish people. Some attempt to bind us by what Christ has
freed us from. Grace brings liberty. Legalism majors on the things we can’t do
rather than on the things we can do because of our newfound liberty in Christ. It
repeats the mistakes Jesus rebuked the religious leaders for. We’re bound only
by the moral laws the New Testament reiterates. We don’t have to keep bringing
the old sacrifices.
God’s Word has the power to change lives.
Believing it changed me from a condemned sinner to a forgiven
sinner. By reading it, we learn doctrine—the “whats” we need to believe as Christ's followers. We’re encouraged by the promises and corrected by the
commandments. Like a knife, God’s Word slices into our consciousness. God’s Spirit
then gives us the power to make the necessary changes.
Is God’s Word having a lasting effect on your life?
Father, turn me toward Your Word so I can follow Your path
with joy and confidence.
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