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Monday, December 13, 2010
No Word From God Shall Be Without Power
At Christmas time, we often refer to the passages in Luke that tell the Christmas story. The angel said to Mary in Luke 1:37, "For with God nothing will be impossible." The Amplified Version says, "For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment." God works through His Word. He gives us His Word, which is never without power, or impossible of fulfillment. To have God's Word is to have God's power. To have God's Word is to have faith, for faith is the product of hearing God's Word, Rom. 10:17. When the Word of God is spoken, it causes an explosion in the spirit realm. When the word is sown, the first thing that happens is that the devil comes to take away the word that was sown. Luke 8:11-15 is one place where Jesus tells the parable of the sower and the seed. The devil knows the power of the word, and knows that if the word ever gets into the heart of the hearer his power over the individual is gone. So he moves quickly to cause doubt and fear to stop the word from doing its work in the heart of the believer. Following this attack, there will come temptation, and affliction, all designed to stop the word from putting down roots in the heart. Following this attack, there comes the distractions of worry, the love of riches, and the pleasures of this world, all designed to take away the effect of the word. The battle is over the word in our lives. It is the word that bears fruit in us. Protecting and nourishing that word must become the number one priority in the life of the believer. In a noble and good heart, the word can continue to grow, and bring forth a great harvest with patience. This is why the first command given to Joshua as he came into leadership was, "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." One of the greatest leaders in history, Joshua, found his way to success by making the Word of God his meditation day and night. God uses His Word in our lives to bring about His will. We must do nothing less than give it first place in our hearts and minds.