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The Power of His Word
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As I talked with a group of friends, the topic of the economy and financial difficulties came up. In a matter of minutes we were all complaining, blaming the hard times on numerous things. The conversation turned sour and hopeless and, in a way, I felt defeated, down and low with many questions about the uncertain future, things I couldn’t control. 

Then, the Lord put His words and thoughts in my mind. I told myself (and later shared with them): “wait a minute, let’s go back to the beginning”. My mind went back to the very beginning, actually, to the books of Genesis and John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). The Bible says that all things, all tangible artifacts, were made by the intangible, invincible, incorruptible Word of God.

The Word was so powerful that from absolutely nothing He said let there be something and atoms and molecules formed matter and it began to come together at the instruction of their Creator.  All of a sudden trees, earth, sun, rocks, moon and stars responded to the voice of the Word—nothing but the Word, not a hammer, not a nail, not a knife, not a saw. He just said the Word and it became what He said. 

Waves Laid Down

His word is so powerful that the disciples woke Jesus up one night on a boat when the wind and the waves were tossing the boat back and forth. Jesus just said: “peace, be still” (Mark 4:39). The wind heard the voice of who had created it and lay down and so did the waves.

When God wants to change something He speaks to it. That’s why when they rolled the stone away from Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus didn’t have to go in the tomb and give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He didn’t have to go into the tomb, He just said His Word: “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43) and Lazarus came out! He called him by name. Had He just said: “come forth” it would it provoke the resurrection of every dead man in the world. That’s how powerful His word was. For King David, the Word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his path (Psalms 119:105). Paul recognized that the sword of the Spirit was the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). 

When the Spirit is ready to fight and protect, He does it through the Word of God. And for Jesus Himself the Word was more than bread, in fact, He said that in order to have life we have to have the Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

In these tough times we are living in right now, I invite you to once again trust in the Word. He still speaks now as He did in the past. The Word that He spoke thousands of years ago is still holding the sun in place, and as long as the sun has not gone down I don’t have to go down either, for the same thing that holds the sun up, is holding me up.

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