For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. (1 Thess. 2:13 KJV)
God’s Word works. It is active, powerful, and able to produce the results it promises. The Thessalonians in the scripture above fully cooperated with the Word and saw results in their lives.
Generally speaking, there are two major steps of operation of God’s Word in our lives. I categorize them as “Word in” and “Word out.” “Word in” is the process by which we receive God’s Word into our hearts, while “Word out” is releasing the Word through our words and actions. My greatest struggle, which is also the most common error I see in many believers, is that we try to make the Word work for us before it is first in our hearts. We receive His Word when we understand, believe, and submit our lives to what we hear or read. Be diligent, and carefully take God’s Word into your heart continuously.
The cornerstone for taking God’s Word into your heart is meditation. As you ponder and mutter (speaking under your breath), you give your heart time to process His Word. Meditate on our main verse above!
The best prayer you can ever pray for your life is for God to give you a desire to receive and do His Word constantly.
ACT ON THE WORD!
Take a step today to bring God’s Word into your heart and to release it by doing. Keeping the Word only in our heads (minds) will not produce results. The Word you have not understood, believed, and submitted to, is still in your head and not yet in your heart. And the Word in your heart that you do not act on remains dormant. What results are you looking for today? Have you received the Word in your heart about it? Are you acting in faith to release that Word in your words and actions? His Word requires our active participation for results.
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