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The Authority of Our Message

1 Kings 17:1

After encountering the prophet Elijah King Ahab may well have thought, “of all the nerve! Who does this guy think he is?” Bursting onto the scene as if out of nowhere Elijah confronted Israel’s wicked king with a message that would soon disrupt life throughout the region.

The validity of the prophecy rested with the Source not the mouthpiece. Elijah was a man of great faith who spent time alone with the Lord and listened to Him carefully. The prophet could pass the message on with boldness and authority because he knew and trusted the One from whom it came.

We can’t expect our Father to communicate with us in exactly the same way that He spoke to the Old Testament prophets but the process of receiving His message hasn’t changed. It starts with being alone in His presence and listening as He speaks through His word. But it shouldn’t end there.

Prophets had the responsibility of telling the people what the Lord revealed to them. Similarly we’re to share with others what we learn from God’s word. Devotional time with the Lord is not just about our own interests and needs. The Father reveals His truths to us so we can share them with others.

Begin each day alone with God in His word and in prayer listening as He speaks to your heart. Believe what He says in Scripture apply it to your life and then share with someone else what He has revealed. Be bold and remember that the authority of your message comes from Him.


The Effectiveness of Prayer

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James 5:16-18

When you face a problem, is prayer your first response, or do you spring into action mode? God works powerfully through prayer, yet too often we look at it as a last resort: After we are at the end of our rope, then we start praying.

Using the example of Elijah, James reminds us what the effective prayer of a righteous person can accomplish. In today’s passage, the subject is healing, but that’s not the only prayer God will answer. Every aspect of life can be impacted by the power of prayer.

Temptation. Jesus told His disciples, “Keep watching and praying that you may not come into temptation” (Mark 14:38).

Praise. After being beaten and thrown into prison, Paul and Silas prayed and praised God, even in the midst of their pain (Acts 16:25).

Spiritual Warfare. Paul teaches us to access God’s power by “pray[ing] without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17).

Anxiety. We aren’t at the mercy of fear if we pray about everything (Phil. 4:6).

Transformation. When we pray according to God’s desires, He transforms our mind, attitudes, character, and actions (Col. 1:9-12).

Witness. Through prayer, we ask that the Lord open doors for us to spread His Word (2 Thess. 3:1).

Protection. God is faithful to answer requests that He strengthen and protect us from the evil one (2 Thess. 3:2-3).

The next time you face a challenging situation, remember that prayer is more powerful than all your self-efforts. Pray, and watch God work.

The Value of God’s Word

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2 Timothy 3:14-17

From the opening verse of Genesis to the final words of Revelation Scripture is divinely inspired every word has purpose. In today’s passage we are told that the sacred writings are “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be…equipped for every good work.” In other words, they offer preparation for whatever we will face in life. No other book holds such value for living.

The Old Testament introduces us to God’s nature ways and power it lays the foundation for us to understand the Lord’s holiness and humanity’s desperate need for a Savior. The New Testament explains that Jesus sacrificially became our “bridge” to the Father. Its writings clarify why we must trust Christ for salvation how to live as God’s children and what to expect in this life and after death.

Ephesians 6:13-17 compares the Word to armor and for good reason. In the battle of life we have a real enemy who wants to destroy us. But God’s power is greater and dressing in war gear prepares us for the temptations lies and decisions we will encounter daily.

We should be excited about the Word of God for it is our hope- and the only instruction that leads to victory, in life and after physical death.

The Bible predicted that many people would reject the truth and a glimpse at our world today shows that to be the case. Don’t let yourself fall into the same trap. Life without His truth is destined for failure so meditate daily on Scripture and ask God to speak to you.

God’s Word to Us

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2 Timothy 4:1-5

Most everyone in our society has easy access to a Bible yet far too often this book is left unopened. If only people grasped its true worth they would prize God’s Word above every other possession.

All of Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit. While He used man to pass each line every thought and word in the Bible orginated with God Himself.

Consider how we treasure letters from people we love. Our response to Scripture should be even stronger. The Creator of the universe – the God who holds eternity in His hand – recorded all the truth that is necessary for His children to live fully and joyfully both before and after death. God reveals Himself through His Word which is alive and so powerful that it can transform our lives.

What’s more Romans 10:17 explains the great importance of our love for the Bible: “So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.” Scripture then is the very means by which saving faith is possible.

How could such a book become so commonplace in our heart? So taken for granted? It is vital that we realize the preeminence of its author and Scripture’s potential impact on our life today. Think about the last  time you saw a Bible. What was your reaction? Did you finger the pages with awe or did you pass it by with barely a glance? Next time you open this precious book read the words savor their meaning and ask God to help you apply its lessons to your life.