Isaiah 55:11 - The Power of God's Word.

Isaiah 55:11 - The Power of God's Word.

Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV) So shall My word be that goes forth from My 
mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I 
please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.  

Isaiah 55:11 (NIV) so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It 
will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and 
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  

Isaiah 55:11 (NLT) 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.  

Isaiah 55:11 (MSG) So will the words that come out of my mouth 
not come back empty-handed. They'll do the work I sent them to do, 
they'll complete the assignment I gave them.  

   The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is 
in the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every 
command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it 
brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature 
and re-creates the soul in the image of God.  {Ed 126.4}   
   The life thus imparted is in like manner sustained. "By every 
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4) shall man 
live.  {Ed 126.5}   
   The mind, the soul, is built up by that upon which it feeds; 
and it rests with us to determine upon what it shall be fed. It is 
within the power of everyone to choose the topics that shall occupy the 
thoughts and shape the character. Of every human being privileged with 
access to the Scriptures, God says, "I have written to him the great 
things of My law." "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee 
great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Hosea 8:12; Jeremiah 
33:3.  {Ed 126.6}   

   When God speaks, nothing remains the same. At the beginning 
of time, God spoke, and a universe was created out of nothing. God 
followed a pattern when He created the earth: He spoke; it was so; it was 
good (Ge 1:3-4). This pattern continued throughout the Bible. 
Whenever God revealed His plans, things happened just as He said, and God 
considered the result "good" (Php 2:13). God doesn't make suggestions. He 
speaks with the full determination to see that what He has said will 
come to fruition. 
   Whenever Jesus spoke, what He said came to pass. Lepers found 
that a word from Jesus meant healing (Lu 5:13; 17:14). The blind man 
discovered that a word from Jesus meant sight (Lu 18:42). Through a barren 
fig tree the disciples saw that a curse from Jesus meant destruction 
(Mk 11:20). The sinner experienced forgiveness through a word from 
Jesus (John 8:11). How many attempts did it take Jesus to raise 
Lazarus from the dead? Only one (John 11:43). There was never a time 
that Jesus spoke that what He said did not happen. 
   What happens when Jesus speaks to you? Have you been reading 
the words of Jesus in your Bible without experiencing His word that 
transforms? Jesus condemned the Pharisees because they assumed that 
knowledge of the written Scriptures would give them life. They were 
satisfied with having the words instead of experiencing the person who 
spoke the words (John 5:39). How powerful a word from God is to your 
life! As you read your Bible and pray, listen to what God has to say 
to you about His will for your life. [Experiencing God Day by Day 
by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Isa. 55:11] 

   Do you tremble when God speaks? When was the last time you 
were physically affected by the reality that almighty God just spoke 
directly to you? John lost all physical strength when God spoke to him 
(Rev 1:17); Paul fell to the ground when Christ met him on the road 
to Damascus (Ac 9:4); Moses trembled when God spoke to him (Ac 
7:32); and Peter, when he realized who Jesus was, "fell down at Jesus' 
knees, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'" (Lu 
   Have you lost your sense of awe that the Creator still 
chooses to speak to you, His creation? Do you approach the reading of 
your Bible with a holy expectation, listening for the life-changing 
words that God has for you that day? Scripture says that "The fear of 
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Pr 9:10). There are things you 
will see and hear out of your fear and reverence for God that you 
will not experience in any other way.  
   As you study your Bible, you may sense that God has something 
to say directly to you through the verses you are reading. Take a 
moment to consider the awesome reality that the God who spoke and 
created a universe is now speaking to you. If Jesus could speak and 
raise the dead, calm a storm, cast out demons, and heal the incurable, 
then what effect might a word from Him have upon your life? The 
possibilities should cause you to tremble! The next time you open God's Word, 
do so with a sense of holy expectation. [Experiencing God Day by 
Day by Henry and Richard Blackaby re Isa. 66:2] 

Approach this day with awareness of Who is Boss. As you make 
plans for the day remember that it is I who orchestrate the events of 
your life. On days when things go smoothly, according to your plans 
you may be unaware of My sovereign Presence. On days when your plans 
are thwarted, be on the lookout for Me! I may be doing something 
important in your life, something quite different from what you expected. 
It is essential at such times to stay in communication with Me 
accepting My way as better than yours. Don't try to figure out what is 
happening. Simply trust Me and thank Me in advance for the good that will 
come out of it all. I know the plans I have for you and they are 
good. (Isa. 55:9-11; Jer. 29:11) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


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