Power of the Word

James 1: 21-22

E. Shuyler English in The Net 153 Christian Magazine tells this story about the power of the Word:  “Michael Billester once gave a Bible to a humble villager in eastern Poland. Returning a few years later, he learned that 200 people had become believers through the use of that one Bible. When this group of believers gathered to hear him preach, he suggested that before he spoke he would like each person to quote some verses of Scripture. One man rose and said, “Perhaps, Brother, we’ve misunderstood you. Did you mean verses or chapters?” Billester was astonished. “Are you saying there are people here who could recite complete chapters of the Bible?” That was precisely the case. In fact, 13 of them knew half of Genesis and the books of Matthew and Luke. Another had committed all of the Psalms to memory. Combined, these 200 people knew virtually the entire Bible by memory.”

Do we really know what we possess in the pages of Scripture?  The beauty, the majesty and life changing power of God’s Word?  If we did would we not devour it like these young believers in Poland?  James says “…humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.”  The word is powerful… if it is planted in us… and if we do what it says.

Take the words of A. W. Tozer:  

“If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you.  Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience.  It is more than a thing, it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the Living God.” (The Pursuit of God, p. 82.)

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