God’s Word Has Creative Power – Week of December 9, 2019

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 15:4-6

God’s words are for your encouragement. That is why they were written. That’s why the Holy Spirit inspired them. For you. Just think about that. The Father who speaks words, the Spirit who inspires words, the Son who is the Word, are all for you. For you.
God’s word also has power. In the beginning of St. Paul’s letter he calls the gospel “the power of God” (Rom 1:16). In particular, God’s Word has creative power. He said “Let there be light” and there was light. His words of forgiveness actually forgive sins (John 20:23). His words create faith (Rom 10:17) in dead hearts.

Let’s put those two things together: The power of God’s words and the fact that these words are for you. From the beginning of time God thought about you. “She needs to hear this message. He needs to be taught this lesson. She is going to have a rough day on December 29th 2019 so I want her to hear this gospel right now. He is going to get sick when he is 74 and I want him at peace. And my words will get the job done because my words have power.”

He knows. He knows you. He knows your classroom. He knows your students. He knows their parents. He knows. And his words are for them and you. So that you may have hope. A hope in Christ. Your sins are forgiven. Your work matters. Heaven is secure. Here are God’s words for your encouragement. They were written for you.

Prayer:
Jesus Christ, your life and death have granted us eternal security in the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Continue to encourage us and our students with these powerful words. Amen.

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