Monday, 24 November 2014

God's Word Part 1

10 Minute Daily Retreat  (no.21)
By Susanne Timpani
The bible is the word of God. It doesn’t just contain the word of God, but it is the word of God. The bible has power; it has the power to change lives. It’s a living word. When we read it, it stirs something within us. It strengthens our faith and it draws us into God’s presence.

God’s word reveals our true selves because God knows every layer of our being. Most important of all, God’s word has the power to transform us and make us more like Him. The more we read God’s word prayerfully, the more God is able to change us to become better people.  The more deeply we read God’s word, the more deeply we will know Him and love Him. This is God’s promise to us.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
 and do not return to it without watering the earth
 and making it bud and flourish…
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)

5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you
Susanne Timpani