Devotion – January 27, 2016 – Born of the Word

1peter1_23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
—1 Peter 1:23

Sometimes we think of words as unimportant.  “Sticks and stones may brake my bones, but words will never hurt me!”  But the truth is that words are important.  They have the power to heal or wound, to build up or tear down.  Words can inform us and give us wisdom.  When spoken by people, words can be very powerful, but they do not compare to when God speaks.

God’s Word is powerful and creative.  He spoke the very universe into existence (Genesis 1).  His Word became flesh (Jesus) and dwelt among us (John 1:14).  His Word creates faith in its hearers (Romans 10:17).  God’s Word sustains us (Hebrews 1:3).  You, having heard the Word of the Gospel and received it by faith, have now been born anew through that very living and enduring Word of God.  Unlike your earthly body which will become frail and perish, this new life is imperishable for you have received it from the eternal and imperishable Word of God.

Praise the Lord!!

Heavenly Father,

You have made us a new creation through Your Word.  Remind me as I struggle through the frailty of this earthly body and even face death, that You have given us a life that will never grow weak and will never end.  Help me to endure faithfully until that day when the perishable is raised imperishable and we dwell with You forever and ever.


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