We had a discussion at small group last night about whether or not God’s word still has effect if we don’t follow through. For example if you go into Sunday service just to be there and then walk out the door and do whatever you want, did it even matter that you were there? It was interesting listening to the different views and hearing the discussion. There was a few who believed it was pointless if you were not listening but I believe that any time God’s word is read or spoken it has impact.
I believe this because in John 16 Jesus says, “I have said all these things to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you.”
Jesus seemed to be continuously telling the disciples to hear him. He would continuously ask them why they didn’t believe or why they were questioning but Jesus knew that when all the pieces came together they would understand it, so he spoke the words so that they would remember.
God’s word is powerful. His word became flesh, in Jesus. I don’t understand it all but I can tell you that it doesn’t matter why you are speaking it but as soon as you crack open that book you’ve made the demons tremble. As soon as you utter the first word, you have chased the enemy from the room. These words have healed the sick, raised the dead, parted the ocean, released captives. These words have spoken prophesy and seen it come true. These words have been spoken from a flaming bush, the mountaintop, through a crowd of tens of thousands. These words have caused people to turn from sin to Jesus. These words…. they are your lifesource.
Don’t be afraid to use them, read them, hear them because they have power and everytime they are spoken they will leave an impact. Especially don’t be afraid to read them to your children from infant to adult. Declare the scriptures over them. Sing them in songs, speak them in your prayers, conquer their life challenges with scripture because right now they may not understand but when the big picture comes into focus, they will remember.
Have a wonderful weekend filled with joy and blessings…. and if you also got 6″ of snow last night, take a carrot and rejoice in the wonders of snowmen.