Words Of Truth - April 6, 2011

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"God's Saving Communication"

God's Word
“I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

1 John 2:14


         A former park ranger at Yellowstone National Park tells the story of a ranger leading a group of hikers to a fire lookout. The ranger was so intent on telling the hikers about the flowers and animals that he considered the messages on his two-way radio distracting, so he switched it off.  Nearing the tower, the ranger was met by a nearly breathless lookout, who asked why he hadn't responded to the messages on his radio.  A grizzly bear had been seen stalking the group, and the authorities were trying to warn them of the danger.
         God has given us His Word to shield us from the attacks of our enemies.  The world, the flesh, and the devil are stalking us every minute of every day.  The only defense that we have is to listen to the instructions that come from above.  God had provided His Word to us, and He has showed us how to effectively use it against our enemies.  “As it is written” is what Jesus spoke to the devil as He resisted him in the wilderness.  “A sharp two-edged sword” that divides the soul and spirit and the joints and morrow is the effect the Bible has on our flesh.  Jesus said that He set us apart from the world through the truth of His Word (John 17:16,17).  So it is God’s Word that delivers us from every enemy, and provides us with daily victory.
         Reading the Bible daily, and hiding it in our hearts, and listening to it taught and preached will keep us out of the jaws of our adversary.  Don’t be a victim of distraction. Life must not get too busy, or too enticing to cause us to shut off the message that God want us to hear.
         Any time we turn off the messages God has sent us, we put at peril not only ourselves, but also those around us.  How important it is that we never turn off God's saving communication!

Study verses:  John 1:1-5;  Matthew 4:1-11;  II Sam 22:3; Ps 119:114; Prov 30:5 

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Previous devotions

"Integrity" - March 30, 2011
"The Entertainment Shepherd" - March 23, 2011
"Striving With God" - March 16, 2011
"The Simple Things" - March 9, 2011
"A 'Yes' Face" - March 2, 2011
"Praying for the Laborers" - February 23, 2011
"The Blessing of Burdens" - February 16, 2011
"Living In Death" - February 9, 2011
"A Loving Church" - February 2, 2011
"Unnecessary Burdens" - January 26, 2011
"A Greater Love" - January 19, 2011
"Investing In Time" - January 12, 2011
"Making It Right" - January 7, 2011
"Forever Faithful" - December 29, 2010
"Pondering the Christmas Miracle" - December 22, 2010
"The First Christmas Carol" - December 15, 2010
"An Unspeakable Gift" - December 8, 2010
"The Big News" - December 1, 2010


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