Thursday, September 13, 2007
This Thursday I am filled with thanksgiving for the life-changing Word of God.
We had Revival services at our church this past week. It was so moving to see people respond to the simple message of salvation. When I think of the way I so often let doubt and outright unbelief cloud my vision, it is so refreshing to see people who are hearing for perhaps the first time the good news that Christ died for their sins and made a way back to the Father for them - accept Him with simple child-like faith.
When the invitation was given, and dozens of people stood and then walked down the aisle something happened I have never experienced before. Everyone began to applaud, and then we all stood to our feet in a standing ovation. At first I felt a little uncomfortable, and then I thought about all of heaven rejoicing over the souls that were being saved, and I clapped all the harder. What joy! What victory! What a miracle! I couldn’t hold back the tears. People who had walked into that service with no hope were leaving with new life. I never want to get blasé about seeing people receive Jesus as Savior. I pray so hard for God to do miracles, and I was witnessing the greatest miracle of all. Thank You Jesus.
Bible Study has started again, and I am so thankful. I love to study the word. I have been to a good many Bible studies through the years, but there is always something fresh and new to learn. If I will let the word get from my head down into my heart, it will change my life – every time. I never ‘arrive’. Just when I think I’ve pretty well got it all figured out, God is ready to teach me something new. There is always that next thing to begin working on.
We’re doing a study I’ve done once before, but I know the Lord has something different for me this time around. That’s the amazing thing about God’s word. It is living. The same words can speak in a totally different way according to what the Spirit is doing in my life. A verse I may have read casually a dozen different times suddenly pierces my heart with a truth I hadn’t seen before. It is miraculous.
I am so deeply thankful for the Living Word.
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