If we really want to be touched by God’s Word, it’s not just an intellectual endeavor, it’s also a spiritual surrender. God’s love draws us to surrender to Him. Then, our heart is drawn to His Word like our body is drawn to water in the desert. We run to it with all of our might! When our heart belongs to God, we long to know His ways. It changes the way we read His Word. Would you describe your desire for God’s Word like the Psalmist did? “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.” (Psalms‬ ‭119:129-131‬) Until my life was surrendered to Him–I never felt this way about the Bible. Reading it was a chore. Surrender changed that!

Surrender to His will and His ways draws me into His presence. In His presence, His Words leap off the pages and into my heart–as if He is reading them to me! You see, God’s Word touches our heart when we come to Him with a heart ready to be touched. When we’re surrendered, God’s Word gives us joy; refreshes us, moves us to be excited about life, drives away hopelessness, brings peace, imparts wisdom and reminds us we’re loved! Wow!!! Being surrendered to God is obedience to His Word. He is the Word. (John 1:1-3) Our obedience is the best evidence of our love. It is love that makes His Words leap off the pages and into our heart. Think about it: “I love you” is most significant based upon the relationship between those speaking the words. It means nothing from a stranger. The closer the relationship, the deeper the meaning and significance. When we are surrendered to God, then His Word has a much different effect upon us as well–it becomes alive, empowers, revitalizes, comforts, wizens, emboldens—and—fills up everything that is missing in our lives! His Words to us are His love story which touches our heart as only love can do!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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