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"God's Word is Power"

October 11, 2003

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"My Word ... will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

There are many fascinating forces at work in nature. The staples of our lives -- food, clothing, and shelter -- are the result of these forces.

The greatest power, however, is the Word of God. It created the world. When God spoke in the beginning, our world came into existence out of nothing. That Word is still active and powerful today as God speaks to us through the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit accompanies that Word and is active through that Word. As the Law this Word stirs the guilty conscience. As the Gospel it creates faith in the Lord Jesus as personal Savior. It changes the lives of people. It makes them alive to God. It glows with peace, joy, and hope in the many dark corners of life.

When God gave this Word to our world, He wanted it to produce these blessings. We may read our Bibles out of a sense of duty and be bored by the process. When we read it, however, as the Word of God to us, it becomes a power for our lives. The promises that God makes to us will accomplish that which pleases Him. God's promises are deserving of our trust.

PRAYER: Lord, strengthen us with the power of Your Word so that we may more firmly believe in You and do Your will. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Micah 1-3    Acts 21:1-17

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