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December 16, 2015

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Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas: The Word works

by Dave Malnes

Words are important. They convey feelings, opinions, and facts.

Words are powerful. They hurt, implore, and inspire.

Out of love, God sent His Word to bring salvation.

The Word became flesh so that we may receive the Truth and the Life. It is that powerful. It is that important.

During Christmas, we ponder and marvel at the beauty and the significance of the Word lying in the manger. We stop our busy lives and the myriad of problems that affect us to receive His Word.

In the first of a three part series, we prepare our hearts for Christmas by trusting that God’s Word works.

God’s Word is His message to the world.

They are texts from the heavens above — instant messages to our suffering world.

His Word encourages, rebukes, commissions, and restores.

During times of anxiety and persecution, the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostle Paul to offer words of comfort to the new Christians in Thessalonica. With one knock on the door – one accusing finger pointing in their direction, they were risking their lives and all their material possessions. He wanted to remind them of the promises associated with God’s Word.

“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)

Words meant for our comfort are difficult to receive when we are so comfortable.

In these times of material wealth and plenty, contentment can be fleeting. With stomachs full and savings secure, words filled with worry and strife tend to dominate the conversations in our heads. They are words produced by our flesh that seeks to serve Self. When our pantries are full and threats are minimal, we tend to ignore God’s pantry that produces fruit that satisfies. We tend to turn away from the Living Water that quenches our thirst.

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Our human flesh dwells on our words rather than go to the Word.

The Word became flesh and saved us from our sins.

The Word produces faith through the power of its message and produces faithfulness so that we may remain in Him.

The Word made flesh now dwells in every believer’s heart. It is at work, so that we may produce fruit, receive comfort, and be renewed through the power of His promises.

The new Christians in Thessalonica clung to these Words during times of great difficulty. It is these same words that believers cling to today during this Christmas season.

The Word became flesh to dwell among us.

The Word is Spirit that dwells within us.

The Word works. Trust in him.

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