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The Powerful Impact of God’s Word

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our God whom we serve is able…and He will deliver us… 

Daniel 3:17 NKJV

When God does His mighty work in the midst of His people, several truths must be recognized:

  • God has always desired to work through His people, but they have not always recognized His initiative in their lives, or His activity around them.
  • When God does a great work in and through His people, those involved desire to share humbly the wonderful works of God with other Christians.
  • In the process of sharing, it is apparent that all God did cannot be included or adequately communicated.
  • In the sharing, there are always those who respond in diverse ways.

People in the churches of our day seem to be at a crossroads. Many truly desire God’s presence and activity and are praying for a great touch from God while others seem somewhat afraid to release their lives to God.

Throughout the Scriptures, God has always spoken to His people. When He speaks, it is to reveal His past, present, and future activities in their lives. What He is doing is always far more important than what His people are doing for Him.

God works through His people–the churches. Believers need to be taught how to walk with God. They need to know how to hear Him speaking. They need to be able to identify things only God can do. Why? Because God chooses to work through the entire body, not just the leadership.

A church is the Body of Christ. Each member is vitally important to the body. A body functions as one unit with spiritual leaders and members. All are interdependent–they need each other. Each leader and member of the body needs the others to fully know God’s will. Each member has a role in the body (Gal. 6:1-5) and each leader has a responsibility to the body to equip the members (Eph. 4:11-13).

Because of all of this, we must spend time in God’s Word daily! We must spend time in God’s Word individually and as a body of believers. Make sure you spend time in personal devotions but also take time to study God’s Word with others under the guidance of a godly leader.

Remember, “…our God is able [to teach us]” what we need so that we know how to respond to Him!

4 Comments

  1. jamesonmk2 on September 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

    So good Kerry–thank you!!

  2. Frank Speer on September 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Kerry,

    I love the way you write and your passion helping others to know God. We often say God spoke to me. You stated above to hear the voice of God. Can you provide more clarity around how we hear the voice of God?

    • Kerry Skinner on September 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Hearing God’s voice is not physically hearing God speak, rather it is hearing Him speak to us through His Word. God speaks through His Word! Prayer, circumstances, and godly wisdom from others is a way God speaks but anything from these later three must be in accordance with His Word.

  3. Alan Downey on September 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Unfortunately there is a significant number of Christians in churches, who as Galatians 6:3 states, deceive themselves into thinking they are something in the Body of Christ when they are really nothing because of not offering themselves in service in some capacity to the Body. For example I didn’t feel part of the Body until I submitted myself to service as a Biblical Counselor. Our Lord & Savior said He came to serve, not to be served. Because He sacrificed everything for me I can at least serve the Church with the spiritual gift(s) God has given me & bring Him the glory He deserves.

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