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God Spoke

God Spoke

01 January 2010

Hapy New Year, Everybody!

This issue of GraceNotes Daily eVotional begins year two. It has been a delight preparing and sending these thoughts from my heart to yours. Please pray for me as I launch a new year of sharing my faith journey in these daily emails. Pray that God will continue to grow the readership and daily add those for whom these words will be a blessing. Now on to the first GraceNotes of 2010!

Grace to you,

Jim Stephens

Scripture:

God spoke: “Light!” And light appeared. (Genesis 1:3 MSG)

And Mary said, “Yes, I see it all now: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say.” Then the angel left her. (Luke 1:38 MSG)

Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true! (Luke 1:45 MSG)

Eight times in the Genesis 1 account of creation the phrase “God spoke” is repeated. The primary agent of creation was God’s spoken word. God spoke, and there it was! God said it and it happened exactly as he spoke it.

Then in the parallel reading from Luke 1, God’s messenger angel Gabriel spoke God’s words to Mary and her response was “Let it be with me just as you say.”

Elizabeth recognized the power of God’s word and the importance of a faith-response and said to Mary, “You’re blessed because you believed what God said would come true!”

I believe with all my heart in the power of God’s word. I believe that when God speaks, power is released to be believed and received with creative, transforming effect in our lives. As we go into a new year, I determine that I will be attentive to what God has said, what God says, and that I will respond in faith. I want to be blessed and to be a blessing through believing and acting on God’s word.

Prayer:

Father, Thank you for so generously speaking your powerful, creative, transformative word to us in the Bible and by your Holy Spirit into our lives. I purpose to believe what you say and respond in faith to your unfolding word to me this year. Help me not to be complacent. Help me not to doubt. Help me to respond like Mary, “Let it be with me just as you say.”

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