Receive the Word

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How do you receive the word of God? It is an awe-inspiring truth that God speaks to us through the pages of the Bible. Those words were breathed from the mouth of God by the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, were penned by servants of His great grace, and have been protected and preserved now for thousands of years so that any time you and I want a message from God, we can encounter Him through his written word. It has been said that if you want to hear God speak to you, read the Bible. If you want to hear him speak audibly to you, read the Bible out loud.

“This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the word of God which also works effectively in you who believe.”
(1 Thessalonians 2:13)

People have much to say. In November of 2007 John Mayer released a song titled, “Say.” The chorus repeats the phrase “say what you need to say” about 148,273 times (ministerially speaking, of course). Every time I hear it, I feel like telling John to take some of his own advice. Some people have a way of saying a whole lot without really saying anything at all. But not God. When the Thessalonians heard God’s word, they received it not as a human message, but as it “truly is” – as from the very mouth of God. Humans will never be able to fully exhaust the value of even a single word that has come from the mouth of God.

The words from people’s mouths are sometimes good and sometimes bad. Sometimes true and sometimes false. Sometimes relevant and sometimes untimely. But the words that are from God are always good, always true, and always relevant. And these words “work effectively” in all who believe. Isaiah 55:11 says the words from God’s mouth never return void; instead, they always accomplish His intentions. When you receive God’s words like the Thessalonians did, they change you from the inside-out.

Is God’s word changing you? Is it “working effectively” in you?

How do you receive the word of God?
Rarely? Begrudgingly? Pridefully? Regretfully?
Regularly? Enthusiastically? Humbly? Willingly?

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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