Daily Devotion for March 13, 2017

'Living Words'

Acts 7:38 NIV
(Moses) was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words to pass on to us.

Deuteronomy 32:45-47
When Moses finished reciting all these words to all Israel, he said to them, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live...”

Living words”...that phrase caught my attention this morning. In the American Heritage Dictionary, “living” was defined as...

Possessing life...
In active function or use...
Of persons who are alive...
Relating to the routine conduct...of life...
Full of life, interest, or vitality...
True to life...
Realistic...
The condition of action of maintaining life...
A means of maintaining life...

When I applied that definition of living to the “living words” phrase found in Acts 7:38, I was wonderfully reminded that “the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). Moreover, think on this: God's Word...

Possesses “life!”
It is to be in “active function” and “use!”
Those who hold to God's Word—to faith in Jesus Christ—they are made forever “alive” in Christ!
God's Word is to guide our daily “routine conduct!”
His Word is “full of life, interest,” and “vitality”...it's where wellness, satisfaction, and healing is found!
His “living Words” are “true to life!”
His Words are “realistic”...they are real and practical—His Words and His ways are the answer!
His Words protect and MAINTAIN our lives!
Jesus Christ—The Word made flesh—is the One and only One who gives and maintains real “life!”

Fellow Christian, my prayer today is that each of us pay increasing attention to God's invaluable “living Words.” Moreover, may we realize the “vast importance” of our Bibles: “it is not a vain thing, because it is your life. It is not an indifferent thing, but of absolute necessity; it is not a trifle, but a matter of consequence, a matter of life and death; mind it, and you are made forever; neglect it, and you are forever undone. O that (we) were fully persuaded of this, that (God's “living Word”) is our life, even the life of (our) souls!” (Matthew Henry)

Lord Jesus, may Your “living words” increasingly become our daily life...what keeps us alive, what changes us, what satisfies us, what guides us, our “absolute necessity”...

AMEN!!!

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