The benefits of God’s Word Pt. 1 - 1 Thessalonians 2:13

“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the Word of God, which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

God’s divine energy is released in our lives through His inspired Word. The same Word that spoke the universe into being can release divine power in our lives. The Word of God is unique: it is inspired, authoritative, and infallible. If we do not appreciate the Word, then God’s power cannot energize our lives, but we must also appropriate the Word—“receive it.” To “receive” God’s Word means to welcome it and make it a part of our inner being. God’s truth is to the spiritual man what food is to the physical man.

We must apply the Word; it works only in those “that believe.” The angel’s promise to Mary in Luke 1:37—“For with God nothing shall be impossible”—is translated “For no word from God shall be void of power” in the American Standard Version. God’s Word has the power of accomplishment in it, and faith releases that power. We see this truth operating in the life of Jesus - Matthew 12:13; 14:22–33.

It is faith in God’s promises that releases God’s power. His commandments are His enablement. The Holy Spirit wrote down the promises for us in the Word, and He gives us the faith to lay hold of these promises. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20), Niv).