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What is the Good Word
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Sep 1, 2000, 13:10

You may have had the chance to share your faith at some point or perhaps you were talking to someone about Jesus. They may have said back to you with a smug smile or sneer “That is all well and good, BUT, I don’t believe the Bible.”

In that moment, many don’t know what to do. If you have ever felt that way, let me tell you a story. If someone were to break into your home, and you heard them, you might hide. As you were hiding you remembered you had a .357 magnum in your closet. You decide to get it, walk out and catch the burglar in the act. As you point the gun at the robber he says with a smug smile or a sneer, “It’s all well and good that you have that gun, BUT, I don’t believe in that gun!” So what do you do?

You put the gun away, and let the person rob you blind. . .right ? WRONG! Whether or not someone believes in the gun does not change the reality of it.

The same is true with the Word of God. Whether Joe Pagan or Cindy Cynic believe in God’s word or not does not change the fact it is true. There is power in the word of God and as a result we must not be afraid to use it and live by it!

In 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 we are reminded that the Word is powerful. Let’s take a moment and be reminded of how it works. .

The first thing I want you to notice is that God’s Word Separates. In verse 13 we read, “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.”

In the Greek the phrase means that you accept with ALL YOUR BEING. When people hear the word of God they either react by saying, “Wow, that makes sense” and they accept it -or- they hear it and say “No Way, that is not for me!” and they reject it. There isn’t a great deal of room in the middle of the road when it comes to believing God’s word. It sounds simplistic, but it is the truth. . .you either believe it or you don’t. God’s Word separates.

The next thing I want you to see is that God’s Word Energizes. In the second part of verse 13 we read, “the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”

Again the Greek meaning is important. The phrase “at work” is “energio” which means “energy or energizes.” There is an explosive energy to God’s word within us. There are moments in our walk with Christ when we feel like we don’t have a lot of energy. I have found that personally my spiritual energy is directly related to the quality of the time I have been spending in God’s word. If you are running slow and low on energy, perhaps you need to get back into the word of God.

A pastor said one time as he spoke. “If I miss one day in God’s word, I know it. If I miss two days, my family knows it. If I miss three days, the whole world knows it.”

Whether Joe Pagan or Cindy Cynic believe in God’s Word or not

does not change the fact it is true.

Next notice that God’s Word Duplicates. Back in the text in verse 14 we read, “For you brothers became imitators of God’s churches in Judea.”

Now that verse does not mean that they are stamped out of the same mold, but it does reflect that when the Word of God is studied, used, and applied we become imitators of Him. When God works, lives are changed. When we allow ourselves to become good students of God’s word, then there is a change that will happen within each of us.

Last let me point out that God’s Word Causes Reaction. You can read the entire passage and see this. There is something about God’s Word that does cause a reaction. It always has, it always will.

A gem dealer was strolling down the aisles at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show when he noticed a blue-violet stone about the size and shape of a potato. He looked it over, then as calmly as possible, asked the vendor, “You really want $15.00 for this?”

The seller, thinking that perhaps he had placed it in the wrong bin, and that it wasn’t as good as the other specimens there, lowered the price to $10.00 if the man wanted to buy it right then.He did.

The stone that was purchased that day has since been certified as 1,905 carat natural star sapphire. That would make it about 800 carats larger than any other stone of it’s kind. The value of the stone is $2.28 million.

It took a lover of stones to see it’s real worth. It took The Lover of Souls to see our real worth. And the One who loves us so much gives us His Word to separate, energize, duplicate, and bring reaction within us. We must believe it and behave it.

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