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Speak the Word!
by Inez Haythorn
Christian Family Treasures

"The Word of God is living 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

I have always believed the Bible was God's word. I knew as a child that it taught right from wrong. I knew Bible stories and heroes. As I got older, I realized that scriptures were very comforting and pertinent to all my problems and needs. Many times I would be having my devotions and a scripture would seem to jump out at me. I knew God had spoken to me, because it was just what I needed to hear at the time. But I never really thought about it being 'alive'.

A few years ago, I was going through a difficult crisis. Discouragement was beginning to set in, because the answers were not quick in coming, despite my prayers of desperation. One morning, in Sunday School, our teacher reminded us of the fact that the Word of God was alive and powerful. He suggested speaking and reading scripture aloud, because it had power over situations. Even though I had read Hebrews 4:12 many times, I had never thought of it like that before. But even Jesus spoke the scripture aloud to defeat Satan. Satan hates to hear the Word!

So I decided to try this approach. Whenever I felt overwhelmed by my troubles, I would take out my Bible promise book. It had scriptures divided into categories according to subject. I would read the verses and sometimes turn them into prayers. I not only felt calmed and comforted, but gradually the situations did change wonderfully! I began to witness the power of God's spoken Word transforming people and situations.

So the next time you find yourself drowning in difficulties, follow the example of Jesus. Pray fervently and speak the Word!

Inez Haythorn is the publisher of Christian Family Treasures, an online magazine for Christian women.

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