The Living Word

by Karen Porter

Someone asked me, “What are you reading right now?” I laughed because my answer consisted of the titles of five different books. I keep several books going at one time, strategically placing them in various places around my house. One in the bedroom to read before I fall asleep. One in the den so I can multitask while my husband watches a football game. One next to the back door so I can take it to the patio with my morning cup of coffee. I read literature, fiction, non-fiction, and classics. Many I treasure and often re-read. But no book, poetry, or story has affected me in the same way as reading the Bible.

No matter how many times I read a passage in the Bible, I find a new thought or new insight—and another new blessing when I read it again! I’ve heard this idea expressed from other believers too. They usually say something like, “the words jumped off the page.” I always chuckle when I think of the words leaping around. But it is a good way to express the surprise we feel when we see a new principle or application in familiar verses.

The author of Hebrews wrote about the power of Scripture when he said, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT) The Bible is a living book, wrapping itself around our current life situation and speaking the truth of God into our worries, anxieties, and fears. I believe the living nature of the Bible is one of the major reasons for us to believe that it is, in fact, the Word of God. While there may be interesting quotes and creative use of language in the classic works of Shakespeare and C.S. Lewis, nothing penetrates my soul and challenges me to life-change like the Word.

One of the reasons the Word speaks to us in a deeper way today than it did a year ago is because our needs are constantly changing. For example, in the weeks after my mother passed away, I needed God to speak words of comfort and peace. I read, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT) As I read those words, His peace (His gift) washed over me. My beautiful mother was with Him and no longer ill or crippled. He sent peace in a fresh and tangible way as He promised He would in Psalm 94:19, “When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” (NLT)

Because His Word is living the Holy Spirit uses the language to fill my empty places and confront the dark places in my heart.

Today, you and I may need to be challenged and inspired to take on a new task or stand strong in a tough situation. Perhaps you need to take control of your choices so you will be healthy. Perhaps you need to strengthen your emotions so you can forgive someone. His Word is the place to find what you need.

Warren Wiersbe once said, “The Gospel is simple enough for an illiterate pagan to understand, believe and be saved. But it is so profound that the most brilliant theologian cannot fathom its depths.”

Have you ready your powerful, living Word today?

“God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.” Revelation 1:3 NLT

karen-porter-About the author: Karen Porter is an author, speaker, coach and successful businesswoman. She coaches aspiring writers and speakers and is co-owner of Bold Vision Books. Most days she pursues her life-long goal of finding the perfect purse.

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Join the conversation: What words have “jumped off the page” for you lately?

 

 

 

38 thoughts on “The Living Word

  1. I love this thought, Karen. God’s Word gives us exactly what we need. Today we may need peace and comfort, as you described above, or it may be strength, wisdom, or endurance. Whatever the need, God’s inspired Word fills us up to overflowing! Thank you for this encouragement today:)

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    1. Hi Kristine. You are so right. The Word speaks to us right where we are — today. Even when I follow a pre-planned list of verses to read, somehow it is exactly what I need right then. Only God! Thanks for kind words and blessings to you.

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  2. Our needs change…so true! God reveals His truths to us in layers, building on what He’s already shown us, and where we are in our faith journey. I love this! There is always something new and a way to go deeper in God’s Word.

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    1. Oh Susan, I am so sorry you’ve had a difficult week. I’m glad you are reading the Arise Daily devo and I pray you will be encouraged and comforted. May the Lord of peace fill your heart and mind today.

      Karen

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  3. I am struggling to find quiet time during the day to read and soak up His word. This gave me that gentle nudge to make sure I make time for Him and His word every day! Thank you very much. This one really touched my heart.

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    1. Hi Vicky, Thank you for your honesty and especially for you desire to get into the Word. I know it is so difficult to find time in our busy schedules, but when we do the time with Him is so sweet. I pray you will get away with Him today! Blessings, Karen

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  4. Wonderful reminder Karen! As seasons in our lives change so do our needs and our reception of God’s Word. Without it, not much makes sense!

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  5. ‘Because His Word is living the Holy Spirit uses the language to fill my empty places and confront the dark places in my heart.’
    Such a comforting truth.

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    1. Hi Beth. And oh how we need both of these aspects of Him in our lives….. filling up the empty barren sad places and confront the rooms we would like to hide. Thanks so much for sharing. Blessings and joy Karen

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  6. Corrie Ten Boom (who was very very familiar with the Bible, said she went to read it each morning to said what it had to say to her TODAY.

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  7. My college Linguistics professor taught us this definition of a word: the smallest unit of communication that can stand alone.

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  8. Loved this devotional. I am right theee with you. I have a stack of books yet to read. Love historical fiction that goes with the stories in the Bible. I feel like I know people in the Bible now. I have a devotional in one bathroom, Discovering Hope in the Psalms on the living room table with colored pencils, Bible by my favorite chair, and alway at least 2 bible study books on my computer fest in the office. Over Christmas break from studies I read a whole commentary book Kingdom of Priest. The words do dance on the pages of all biblical books I read also. I feel so honored and grateful that the King of the all the World would give me so much wisdom at my fingertips to read. I can’t help but devour book after book if it’s about him. I would love to read your new book. Thanks Pam Farrel for sharing Karen with me. .

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  9. Love your post today!! The words from Matthew have been jumping off the page at me lately: “….but with God ALL things are possible…..” I know this in my head, but literally removing the block and the limits of my own thinking…..to allow this to truly resonate in my heart is what is rocking my world lately!

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  10. Thanks for writing such an intimate peek into your closet-time with our Lord. What time we spend with Him ripples through all our relationships, especially our written words which echo through the future with our readers.

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  11. Karen, what a meaningful and helpful devotional! It is one that will inspire many to take in the wonders of God’s Word. You tied everything together in a beautiful way. I especially liked your choice of John 14:27 NLT

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  12. So good, Karen! I was walking and working on memorizing Romans today and came to Rom 3:3 & 4 and as I memorized it, I said, “Whoa! Where has this verse been all my life!” In the ESV it says, “What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means! Let God be true though everyone were a liar…” I hear people say they can’t trust God because they see the sinfulness of believers. This verse is the answer to that! “Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God? By no means!” Thanks to Vicki that I saw this on Facebook!

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