Devotion for July 23, 2023

“He chose to give us birth through the word of truth.” (James 1:18, NIV)

God uses his Word to give you a fresh start in life. But it’s not just any fresh start — it’s a total transformation! He wants to transform your life so that you can become the person he created you to be and live a fulfilling life.

The Bible is unlike any other book. It can make the impossible become reality in your life, because it has supernatural power. It is the Word of God.

What kinds of things does the Bible do for you? Without God’s Word, you could never be saved. You wouldn’t be headed for heaven. You wouldn’t know about Jesus’ death on the cross. You wouldn’t know about God’s purpose for your life.

Without the Bible, you wouldn’t know God. God wants to give you all of these things — and all of this starts with his Word.

Through the Bible, God recreates our lives. When you feel like you’re at the end of your rope, God uses the Bible to give you a fresh start, a do-over. The Bible calls it being “born again.” James 1:18 says, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth” (NIV).

How does that happen? The Bible is often compared to a seed. Once the Bible takes root in your heart, it begins to sprout, grow, and bear fruit. It produces in you a character more like Jesus and a heart for the things God loves. As you know God’s Word better, God changes your life for the better.

Jesus said this about his Word: “The words I have spoken to you — they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63, NIV). God’s Word isn’t just words on a page. It’s spirit and life. It’s spiritual power. His Word can transform society and history. It can do the impossible. It can change your life!

Think about your own life. How do you need your life changed today? What part of your life do you feel powerless to change?

The Bible says the Word of God can change things that you cannot change on your own. Make study of God’s Word a regular part of your life, and get ready for what seems like the impossible to become reality!

Prayer

Lord, let Your Word fill me and change me so that I follow the path You would have me follow. Let Your Word transform my human nature to be more Christ-like in my dealings with the rest of the world. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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