Renewal Begins With A Word

Jana Carlson

Jana Carlson

How do we experience the renewal we so desperately need yet feel so powerless to initiate? Renewal simply begins with a Word!

All it takes for renewal to begin is a word.

Is there an area of your life that needs reviving? Maybe you feel like your marriage is all but over. Maybe you have a prodigal son or daughter who is so far gone, it seems impossible for that relationship to be restored. Maybe you’ve been blindsided by a health condition without a known cure.

I’ve been in that place of helplessness – needing something to change, some kind of breakthrough, some glimmer of hope to cling to. I’ve been to the end of myself, surrendered to the knowledge that my circumstances were way beyond my control, yet certain I couldn’t survive another day without change.

Sometimes it’s not that extreme. Sometimes, we’re just apathetic. We’ve become numb, going through the motions without any emotion. We lack passion for our faith, the things of the Lord. Even if we can muster up the motivation to do something, it just feels empty.

We All Need Renewal

The truth is… we all need renewal.

We need renewal every day when our bodies are weary from our work.

We need continual renewal of our minds to keep our thoughts in alignment with Truth instead of conformed to the ideas of this world.

We need spiritual renewal to keep us alert and strengthened in the spiritual battle we fight continually, whether we’re aware of it or not. The enemy of our souls is constantly working to discourage us, deceive us and defeat us.

Newsflash #1: Spiritual Renewal Is Possible!

How Renewal Happens

So how do we experience the renewal we so desperately need yet feel so powerless to initiate?

Newsflash #2:We don’t make renewal happen. Renewal begins with a Word.

The Power of God’s Word

Think back to Genesis 1. God created our world by His Word. He spoke and life came into being. God’s Word has power!

Now, the creation account in Genesis is not renewal. It’s creating something from nothing. It’s the beginning of all things. But the Bible is full of examples of God’s Word causing the dead to come to life. When God speaks, restoration and renewal happen.

The Word of God Can Resurrect the Dead

No matter how dry and lifeless your spirit may feel, God’s Word has the power to revive you. In Ezekiel 37:1-14, the Word of God revives an entire valley full of dry bones – an “exceedingly great army” that was once dead rose to its feet and lived. This is an incredible depiction of the resurrection power of God’s Word!

The Word of God Can Rebuild What’s Been Destroyed

In the time of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, and Zechariah, the temple in Jerusalem was in ruins. This meant that God’s people were unable to worship Him. The temple had to be restored before the people could enjoy right relationship with God again. With the temple in ruins, worship was dormant for decades. (Can you relate to dormant worship?)

Can you guess how the rebuilding finally began?

In Haggai 1:8, God said to His people, “Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified.” And the rebuilding began. (See also Ezra 5:1-2.)

What We Can Do

We don’t have the power ourselves to create something from nothing, revive what’s dead, or rebuild what’s been destroyed with a word. But while we’re waiting for God’s Spirit to do His renewal work in our lives, there is something we can do.

Read the Bible.

The Bible is God’s Word. It is God’s Word TO YOU. Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is actually alive and active! Your Bible has power to impact and change your life!

We don’t have to helplessly sit around waiting for God to speak our renewal into being. He has spoken. We have His Word. He has promised that His Word will accomplish that for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11).

Live It Out

Today, open Your Bible and read it. If you don’t know where to start, try Psalm 23. Or look up the verses referenced (and in bold text) in this post.

If you have more time and want a little more encouragement about the power of God’s Word, read the following posts:

The Living Word of God

20 Exciting Reasons to Read the Bible

What If I Don’t Feel Like Reading the Bible?

Father, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that Your Word is living, active, and powerful. And thank You that we have access to it so freely today. Open our eyes to the Truth in Your Word today, encourage our hearts and begin a work of renewal.

8 Responses

    1. I agree, Ashley. The hard part is actually doing it. So often when we’re struggling, we’re least motivated to dig into the Bible. I’ve never regretted taking the time, though, even when it’s hard and I don’t feel like it.

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