Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The written word of God is active and lively in all of its efforts. It grabs the conscience of a sinner and cuts into the heart to divide right from wrong. The word gives discernment to our thoughts and shows the intentions of our heart.
In Isaiah 55:11 God says, �It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.� God�s word will always prosper when it is heard. It will move the hearts of people to understand things they did not know. It will cause them to realize their faults and to make corrections in their life.
For years I have written devotions using God�s word from The Bible. I started writing my devotions as a way to encourage a friend who was dealing with depression. It became obvious after a while that the words I read from The Bible were just as much for me as they were for my friend. The words of The Bible became encouraging, uplifting, inspiration, pointed out my faults and showed that I was not alone in the world with my problems.
Over the years I expanded the list of people I sent devotions to. People would tell their friends and they would ask me to place their names on my email list. Then I started placing the devotions on websites for others to read.
There have been many times over the years people would write back to me and ask, �How did you know what I needed today?� Or they might have said, �I was struggling with an issue and the Bible verse you used gave me the answer I needed.
Let me stop right here and say, when I write, I am not spying into people�s lives. I also do not direct my devotions towards a particular person. I usually start with a Bible verse and expand my devotion from there. And most of the time I am writing to myself. So don�t get paranoid if it sounds like I am talking to you.
Let�s go back to the verses I referenced above. God�s word cuts into our heart and shows us the intentions of our heart. God�s word produces fruit in our lives that we can use to live out our life. We prosper when we hear God�s word and it moves our heart to follow the will of God.
So when you are touched by words in a devotional, God is the one using His word to touch your life. His word is filling your heart and telling you what you need to hear. His word does not come back void but produces fruit in you that you can use to live.
So my friends meditate on God�s word that you may enrich your life. Let it give you wisdom and discernment. Let it teach you the things God wants you to know.