Words from the Heart for Saturday August 27th, 2016

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

Accepting God’s Word

The word of God is powerful! Consider how God’s Word has changed your life. How have your attitudes and actions been shaped by the Scriptures? Ask God to keep changing you so that the Word of God dwells richly in your thoughts and is seen in your choices!

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

A report in Global News back in January gives some interesting information about how refugees fare once they arrive in our country. Within five years, 57 per cent of government-assisted refugees, 65 per cent of refugees who claim asylum once they’re in Canada and 70 per cent of privately sponsored refugees reported employment income. The figure for all Canadians in 2013 was about 73 per cent). And the percentage of refugees earning employment income rises the longer they’re in Canada. At the same time, newcomers’ reliance on government assistance decreases the longer they’re in Canada. New Canadians’ median employment incomes also rise precipitously in the years following their arrival in Canada. Overwhelmingly, people who came to Canada in 1993 were earning more than the median Canadian by 2013. That includes refugee dependents and privately sponsored refugees.

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The first question in the Bible is an interesting one. It is asked by Satan of Eve in Genesis 3:1: “Did God really say?” Satan is forever putting questions in the minds of God’s people about the reliability and authority of God’s Word. If he can get people to doubt that the Word of God, the Bible, is inspired and completely trustworthy, he has won a major battle in the war for truth and godly living. The war continues today. There are many who doubt the infallibility of the Bible, and therefore its authority in both the lives of God’s people and in our society generally. The Lord knew that in every generation there would be those who doubted that God really did inspire the writers of God’s word, and therefore feel free to dismiss the Bible. In 1 Thessalonians 2:13 the inspired apostle Paul wrote: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” The Bible is the word of God. And when we receive it as such it can do its work in us. When we trust that what the Bible teaches is Truth, and allow it to be the foundation of our lives, we will become the people that God desires us to be. Read the Bible today and trust it. It is God’s word.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley