James 1:18 - In the Bible We Find Salvation and Sanctification.

James 1:18 (NIV) He chose to give us birth 
through the word of truth, that we might be a kind 
of firstfruits of all he created.  

James 1:18 (AMP) And it was of His own 
[free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by 
[His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind 
of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of 
what He created to be consecrated to Himself].  


The Bible Does the Impossible in Your Life
   God uses his Word to give you a fresh 
start in life. But its not just any fresh start 
- its a total transformation! He wants to 
transform your life so that you can become the person 
he created you to be and live a fulfilling 
   The Bible is unlike any other book. It 
can make the impossible become reality in your 
life, because it has supernatural power. It is the 
Word of God.  
   What kinds of things does the Bible do 
for you? Without Gods Word, you could never 
be saved. You wouldnt be headed for heaven. 
You wouldnt know about Jesus death on the 
cross. You wouldnt know about Gods purpose 
for your life. 
   Without the Bible, you wouldnt know 
   God wants to give you all of these things 
- and all of this starts with his Word. 
   Through the Bible, God recreates our 
lives. When you feel like youre at the end of 
your rope, God uses the Bible to give you a fresh 
start, a do-over. The Bible calls it being born 
again. James 1:18 says, He chose to give us 
birth through the word of truth (NIV). 
   How does that happen? The Bible is often 
compared to a seed. Once the Bible takes root in your 
heart, it begins to sprout, grow, and bear fruit. 
It produces in you a character more like Jesus 
and a heart for the things God loves. As you 
know Gods Word better, God changes your life 
for the better. 
   Jesus said this about his Word: The 
words I have spoken to you - they are full of the 
Spirit and life (John 6:63 NIV). Gods Word 
isnt just words on a page. Its spirit and 
life. Its spiritual power. His Word can 
transform society and history. It can do the 
impossible. It can change your life! 
   D. L. Moody, a famous 19th-century 
Chicago pastor, said, The Bible was not given to 
increase our knowledge; the Bible was given to change 
our lives.  
   Think about your own life. How do you 
need your life changed today? What part of your 
life do you feel powerless to change? 
   The Bible says the Word of God can change 
things that you cannot change on your own. Make 
study of Gods Word a regular part of your life, 
and get ready for what seems like the impossible 
to become reality! [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Focus on Gods Word
   In addition to focusing on Gods 
character, we must also focus on Gods Word in order 
to resist temptation. Sometimes we dont 
understand the importance of the Word and the fact that 
it is alive and active. We view Scripture like 
the Queen of England: She holds the top position 
in the country, but she has absolutely no 
power. She cant pass any laws or enforce any 
decrees. Many of us hold Gods Word in high esteem, 
but it has no power in our lives. The Bible 
wasnt meant to decorate your coffee table or be 
held under your arm at church. The Word of God 
was written because of what it can do in our 
lives. James 1:18 explains that we were brought 
forth by the word of truth; the Word brought us 
spiritual life. 
   The Word saved us, and it can also 
sanctify us. Gods Word works in the spiritual 
realm. Temptation exists in the spiritual realm, 
and only Gods words have power and authority 
in that arena. When the Devil tempted Christ in 
the wilderness, he told Christ to command 
that these stones become bread (Matthew 4:3). 
He offered a physical temptation to meet a 
physical desire for food. But Jesus resisted the 
temptation by calling on the Word of God. He said: 
Man shall not live on bread alone but on every 
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God 
(Matthew 4:4). This is a direct quote from 
Deuteronomy 8. Jesus knew the Scripture so well that He 
could employ it to resist the temptation the Devil 
was throwing at Him. He stood on the authority 
of Gods Word to recognize that He would 
trust in God and Gods Word. 
   Gods Word is our sure guide to weather 
the clouds of life, no matter what our senses or 
emotions tell us. [Alternative View with Dr. Tony 


John 17:3 - A Supreme Relationship with 
Jesus Christ is Eternal Life. 


Romans 1:16, 17 - Power of the Gospel.


John 17:17 - Holiness from God's Word.


1 John 5:11, 12 - ETERNAL LIFE IS A