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Day 18: Know Whom You Believe Part 2

The Benefits of Trusting God’s Word

There are beautiful benefits to trusting in God’s Word.  It increases faith, is effective, brings peace and joy, and produces a harvest when sown.

God’s Word Increases Faith

One of the greatest benefits to trusting God’s Word is that it increases your faith. God is not insulted when the fruit of His past faithfulness is inspected for credibility. God created the Bible so you could see real-life people receiving real-life answers to promises thousands of years ago, and to see prophecies that have come to pass. This attests to His Word and His character. When He makes up His mind on a matter and speaks it, He follows through.  

God’s Word is Effective

Another benefit is that God’s Word is effective. When God speaks, He speaks as the God of all faithfulness and power. His words are life because He is life. They have power because He is power. They are faithful because He is faithful. They are eternal because He is eternal. They create because He is the Creator. They establish things because He is established and is the author and finisher of His people’s faith. His words are seeds because He is a multiplier, not an “adder.” When He sends a word, it is so there can be a harvest. His words do not return to Him empty, as Isaiah says:

As the rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
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 55:10–12, NLT

If God has told you He will heal your family, bring you into ministry, have you write a book, or put your kids through college, then He will do it. The point of speaking His promise to you is to send His Word out to produce what He intends to happen. The only way to get a harvest is to sow a seed!

In Romans, Paul said God “calls into being that which does not exist” (Rom. 4:17 NASB). He intends to create something new in your life that does not yet exist and does this through His Word. Every time God speaks, His words literally go out and produce exactly what He intends them to produce. They never return empty, void, and without action (Isa. 55:11). His Word is effective in changing reality to match His God-ordained will.

God’s Word Brings Peace and Joy

Additionally, God’s Word brings unspeakable peace and joy. When God’s words come to pass in your life, there will be joy and peace. The psalmist David said that when the desire comes, it is a tree of life (Prov. 13:13). I remember when God spoke to me about a house for our family. I knew He would do it. And when it happened, I was filled with joy and peace. I felt like I was eating the fruit of my prayers, faith, and confident trust. Consider Isaiah’s words:

You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! The events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of His power and love.

— Isaiah 43:12–13, NLT

Look at Isaiah 46:11 which says, “Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Don’t you love the I’s? It means God will do what He spoke—not you. So, the pressure is off, isn’t it? You do not have to be faithful to accomplish God’s Word—but God does. If He gives you instructions, follow. If not, settle down in faith and trust with confidence in your great and amazing God. He has a great purpose in every single area of your life and in every single season of your life. His words have a purpose behind them.

God’s Word Produces

Finally, God’s Word produces. Consider Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a young man and prophet of God set apart for a purpose even before he was placed in his mother's womb. God orchestrated Jeremiah’s birth at a time when God knew His beautiful people would be turning away from Him to worship other gods, breaking His heart. Jeremiah was young and scared by the task ahead of him. But God assured Him through the image of an almond branch:

 Look, Jeremiah! What do you see? And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree. And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching, and I will certainly carry out all my plans.”

— Jeremiah 1:11–12, NLT

God was teaching Jeremiah something using a picture he could understand. The vision was a parable, a story if you will, that told of God’s faithfulness. Almond trees, also called Watching Trees, were the first tree to awaken in spring. Their buds announced spring was on the way; Spring never failed to follow the blossoms of the almond tree. God was letting Jeremiah know He was aware of events, heralded and announced them before they came to pass, and watched over them to see that they were performed. Interestingly, the word for “almond” is almost identical to the word for “watching” in Hebrew. God wanted Jeremiah to trust Him that He was more faithful than the almond tree that Jeremiah had seen growing up in Israel year after year, spring after spring. What He announced would go forth first, and he could “watch” the reality of it follow without fail, producing exactly what He intended. And it will do the same for you.

Learning Takes Time

Real victorious belief can be hard at times, but it may be because you are still learning to more fully understand His unfailing love and excellent character. The more you learn about His character, the more you will know Him like a close friend, and the easier it will be to believe. Learning takes time. Knowing how the Holy Spirit is working when God speaks His power-filled words will help you believe, even when can’t see the outcome with your eyes.

 Reflect with the Holy Spirit

  1. What do I need to allow You to teach me regarding forgiveness and mercy?
  2. Does understanding Your character help my faith? How does it help me believe You?  
  3. How does it affect my next steps of obedience in my destiny and calling?

This teaching devotional is part of a series based on Tyrelle Smith's book: From Double-Minded To DestinyEach week we will publish more on how you can remove doubts, insecurities and fulfill God's plan for your life in a greater way.

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