The Power of a Scripture (or Two)

This morning, my husband read these words to me out of our devotional book:  "Remember this:  It's the Word that does the work, not the one holding onto it."  I needed this!  I knew that God's Word is like a sharp sword...powerful and effective, but sometimes I act as though victory depends on MY strength rather than the power of God's Word. 

Signs like this advocating silence on the Abbey of Gethsemani property ensured that the atmosphere would be conducive to prayer and meditation.  Even on dining room tables there were signs saying, "Silence Spoken Here".  In that silence, I read--books and the Bible.  My journal contains several  specific Bible verses through which God "spoke" to me in the silence.  Here are a few.

Numbers 24:13 "What the Lord speaks, that will I speak."  (This in relationship to an upcoming speaking appointment I have.)

Numbers 33:55  "But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be as barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell."  (This is respect to a few lazy habits I have.)

Deuteronomy 1:6-8  "You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey and go to the hill country....Go in and take possession of the land."  (Turn being the word that was significant to me.)

Deuteronomy 4:7  "For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the Lord our God is to us...?"  (God is near!)

Psalm 111:10  "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding."  (Practicing the fear of the Lord brings understanding.)

Oh, dear!  I  realize it would be too long a post to recopy all the Scriptures I copied into my journal.  But I'm challenged to keep this Word in my mind and on my lips.  No matter what the world, my flesh or the devil tries to tell me, I will reply with what "is written".  I will let the Word fight its own fight.


  1. You're so right. It's the Word that
    does the work and is full of power,
    not us. I enjoyed this post today,

  2. So true my friend, "let go and let God" comes to my mind. I have to give him everything, it is who I am and without being able to do this I am not sure that I could of survived the wonderful yet challenging life.....:-) Hugs

  3. I realize that this comment really doesn't have anything to do with your post Rebecca. But I just had to tell you when I first saw the sign at the beginning of your post it brought back a fond memory of my mom. If her and I were together, and saw that sign, we probably would have had a giggle fit together! This would also happen often while we were in church together. She usually was the instigator! So I just wanted to thank you for the sweet memory as I am tearing up! This is one of the reasons that it is still a bit difficult for me to go to service however it is getting easier!
    Just for the record, I did enjoy the verses that you copied down. Love Di ♥

  4. I am so thankful for God's powerful, living Word and for the many times He's placed a Scripture before me at just the time I needed it. Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 43:1-3 are just two examples.

    I was really struck by your previous post and the thought that's it's sentences - not books - that speak to us. I had never thought of that; but it's so true.

  5. Me, again! Just wanted to let you know that I found your blog through Carla's post "Bedroom Epiphany," where I read your comment and clicked! So glad I did!

  6. Such wonderful scriptures, Rebecca! The Lord certainly DID speak to you in the silence...He is so good...And I'm so happy for you that your time there was so fantastic! Love, Janine XO


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)