There is power in God’s Word
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How much do we really believe God’s Word?
How much weight, value or honour do we give to what He says?
This week’s readings from Luke begin with one person taking Jesus at his word (Luke 7:7). An ungodly Gentile, a Roman oppressor, a violent soldier was able to see something in Jesus. Yet throughout this week’s reading the Jewish leaders, the priests and teachers and many others failed to understand or see God’s Word in the right way. Luke 13:34 ends with Jesus declaring to Israel that they are under a curse, under judgement for their lack of faith.
How can this be?
Luke 8 reveals the key mindsets that either enable or short-circuit our faith – the parable of the sower!
- The Word works! It has life in itself. Whether it falls on rocky soil or shallow soil, weedy soil or good soil – it grows! The only limiting factor is the soil.
We need to trust the Word whether or not we understand it.
- The Devil steals! We have an enemy who constantly works against us, seeking to take away God’s gift. That enemy never takes a holiday but harasses, lies and distracts us.
We need to recognise his tactics and be actively led by the Holy Spirit.
- Our Heart decides! Whatever outcome we see is due to the condition of our heart. Testing times will come (v13), life pressures and financial issues are normal (v14). How we respond is key.
We need to meditate on the Word and keep it in focus.
- Good results will come! Trusting God actually works and produces measurable results. 30/60/100 fold results are a great return on the investment.
We need to focus on the relationship with God, loving obedience guarantees great outcomes based on God’s abilities.
We can see the outworking of this parable in the following:
- The Centurion recognised the authority of the Word was not distance limited (Luke 7:1-10)
- The people of Nain recognised God had come among them – Immanuel (Luke 7:11-17)
- The ”sinful” woman recognised Jesus’ authority and received forgiveness but Simon, the “righteous” Pharisee, was rebuked for the things he didn’t do(Luke 7:36-50)
- The disciples were rebuked for letting their sailing experience have more authority in the storm than God’s Word that told them that they would get to the other side (Luke 8 22-25)
- Jairus’ family, friends and neighbours missed seeing his daughter raised from the dead because of their unbelief (Luke 8:40-56)
- The 12 and the 72 were able to see the same miracles as Jesus because of their obedience to Jesus’ Word of instruction (Luke 9:1-9 and Luke 10:1-24)
- Mary was able to receive from Jesus but Martha was distracted by activities (Luke 10:38-41)
What else do you see as you read this week’s scriptures?
What is your heart response?
Remember, Jesus calls you “good soil” so you will produce a good return as you allow God’s Word to take root in your heart (John 15:3-4).