And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)
Receiving Your Word
I want you to be able to do your work in me. I don’t want anything I do or don’t do to hinder your work in me. That’s good. It sounds to me like you already know what will hinder my work in you. By the way, that is not a guess on my part. Yes, I know that you know my thoughts even before I think them. Yes, I do. Nevertheless, it is my joy to listen to you. I like to hear your thoughts. So, tell me your thoughts. I value your thoughts and words. When I say, I value them, I mean that nothing is of higher value to me than your word. I hope my life demonstrates my belief. How so? Well, I am richly receiving your word into my heart and mind and life on a daily basis. I have set aside a time and a place to meet with you in your word. I am allowing your word to dwell in me richly. You have my full attention. I am listening very carefully to everything you have to say to me. Yes, you are and that is very good. Your life does demonstrate that my word is of the highest value to you. For that, I am very thankful.
Does it trouble you knowing that many of my followers spend very little time in my word? Does it concern you that many of my followers are not allowing my word to work in them? Yes, it does. I think it is a trick and trap of the devil to try to convince your followers that receiving your word is not all that important. What is most troubling and concerning to you about my followers not spending time meeting with me in my word? You use your word to mold and shape. You use your word to guard and guide. You use your word to teach and train. You use your word to strengthen and empower. You use your word change hearts and transforms minds. I don’t know how you can do these things apart from your followers receiving your word. Although, I do know that with you all things are possible. That’s true. I wouldn’t want my life with you to be short circuited by my not meeting with you and receiving your word. I would not wish that to be the case in anyone else’s life either. No, you wouldn’t and that is very good. Keep on praying. Keep on writing. Keep on proclaiming my word. Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I want you to be able to do your work in me. I know that one of the most vital and important tools you use to work in my life is your word. Therefore, I will make sure I am richly receiving your word into my life day by day as I love, follow and serve you. Amen
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