“He chose to give us birth through the word of truth …” (James 1:18a NIV)
God wants to use his Word to give you a fresh start in life.
Without God’s Word, we could never be saved. We wouldn’t be headed for Heaven. We wouldn’t know about Jesus’ death on the cross. We wouldn’t know about God’s purposes for our lives.
Without the Bible, we can’t know God.
God wants to give you all of that — but it starts with his Word. Through the Bible, God recreates our life. When I feel like I’m at the end of my rope, God uses the Bible to give me a fresh start, a do-over. The Bible calls it being “born again.” In James 1:18, the Bible says, “He chose to give us birth through the word of truth …” (NIV).
The Bible is often compared to a seed. Once the Bible takes root in your heart, it begins to sprout and grow and bear fruit. As God’s Word does that, God changes your life for the better.
Jesus says this in John 6:63 about his Word: “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life” (NIV). God’s Word isn’t just words on page. It’s spirit and life. It’s spiritual power. His Word can transform society and transform history. It can do the impossible. It can change your life.
D.L. Moody, a famous Chicago pastor from 100 years ago, said, “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge; the Bible was given to change our lives.”
How do you need your life changed? What part of your life do you feel powerless to change?
The Bible says the Word of God can change things that you cannot change on your own.
Make God’s Word a regular part of your life, and get ready for the impossible!
Talk About It
- Have you been a Christian for a long time? How has your life born fruit because of your relationship with Jesus?
- Why do you believe God’s Word can change lives?
- What impossible thing do you believe God can do in your life?
Learn how to be a DOER of God’s Word.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.