A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement


The Miracle of the Living Word

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Martha Williamson believes that the miracle of the Living Word is what happens when you and the Bible and the Holy Spirit meet to create a new truth meant just for you.



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flowernthesnow

posted May 21, 2010 at 8:10 am


Martha you have so very capably summarized the timeless ageless miracle of the Bible. I too have experienced of that which you speak. Beautiful indeed.



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Melinda

posted May 21, 2010 at 9:23 am


I agree with Martha! It’s very true…..reading God’s word has different meanings at different times in our lives. God knows the words we need at each stage in our lives, but it’s up to us to have a relationship (choice) with God and let the miracles happen! I love to read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young and each day I read what God has to tell me and then I go and look up in the bible the scriptures that pertain to that day. God’s word has gotten me through so extremely tough times in my life and helped me to be at peace and be still while God is at work when I cannot understand why things are happening in my life at that time. It is in these times that I have been drawn closer to God and it helps to increase my faith and trust in God. I have faith that God knows me more than I know myself. Having more wisdom now, I ALWAYS ask for God’s will in my life and surely not my own! May God richly bless you and your family!!



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Dexter

posted May 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm


I agree Martha. Each time I read the living word, God’s Holy Spirit speaks right to my heart.



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Rod L. Landreth

posted May 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm


Very good Martha,
God is so good and meets us right where we are and stays with us through all that we go through with that simple choice on our part of opening the door to our heart and allowing Him to come in and dine with us. Through the victories and through the failures God does not let us down but stays true to His promise of comfort, peace and never ending desire to call all people His own. His word will not fail!
In my new book titled “The Sword and the Spear” I discuss the differences of applying God’s Holy word to our lives compared to staying subjected to the fatal blow of Satan;s spear.
Check it out,
here is the web page to find out more.
http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/TheSwordAndTheSpear.html
God Bless,
Rod



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SuzanneWA

posted May 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm


Martha – it never ceases to amaze me how similar we are in our “reading” of the Living Word!! Only MY experience with it led to a nervous breakdown when I was 20 (42 years ago). A friend had given me “Good News for Modern Man” (the acceptable Bible written in American vernacular) in the late 60s. I opened it quite at random, and the words literally “jumped out at me!” Without consciously realizing it, there were the words of Jesus speaking DIRECTLY TO ME!! They mirrored what I was going through, or thinking, or not even being AWARE of. I tried it several times over the next week – and the same thing happened again! I carried my copy wherever I went, and began sharing it with perfect strangers on the train to my trip to the Senate, where I was working at the time. I didn’t know it, but what I was experiencing was a “manic high,” or the opposite of Manic Depressive Illness. At that time, I hadn’t heard ANYONE who had gone through the same thing with the Bible, and, thus, in my spiritual “delusion,” believed that God was talking just to ME. This led to the “mistaken identity” that I was the “Daughter of God,” or “Jesus as a woman,” a delusion I was to experience two more times in my life when I was hospitalized in a manic episode. For this reason, I have hidden my “Good News for Modern Man” away, and only read certain chapters allocated in Sunday School. I don’t go to Church, or even Sunday School anymore, and am afraid to read the Bible in ANY translation, for fear of the delusions coming back again. You are not the only one who feels this way about the appropriate-ness of Biblical passages to our lives. I was “hooked” on the pastors on TBN in the 90s, because they “got it” and I didn’t feel so alone. I don’t watch TBN anymore because of my bipolar disorder and the fear that once I go back to the Bible, my old “feelings” will surface again, and I will get “sick” again. However, I DO agree with you as to the conjunction of “you,” the “Living word,” and the “Holy Spirit” conjoining to answer questions or give solace just by opening the Bible and reading what is there. I look back on when I was “reading” the Bible, and remember what comfort it gave me…I just can’t be allowed to “go back there” anymore…



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Jeanne Rawlings

posted May 22, 2010 at 2:07 am


Dear Martha,
Thanks so much for your heartfelt words. These thoughts are shared by all of us and remind us that we experience the Holy Spirit and Word so similarly.
When you say, “…something spiritual happens and the words I’m reading seem to practically jump right off the page and say, ‘This is what you need to know, right now!’…” I don’t think the experience could be explained more clearly.
Also, your point that “the person we are becoming needs guidance” is so very, very true.
Yes, we are connected, and your video chats are a delight and a comfort!
Jeanne



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Natalie

posted May 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm


Dear SuzanneWA….
It is VERY important for you to keep on your medications and keep every appointment with your physicians and/or psychologists and/or psychiatrists.
May God bless you, my dear.



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skilledhelper

posted May 22, 2010 at 10:28 pm


The Word of God that is spoken just to you for that moment in your life is called “Rhema.” It is when the Word comes alive to you for your situation. It brings the peace of God, although there are many kinds of situations a “Rhema” Word from God might address. When looking up the word “Word” from the Bible using a concordance, it will either translate “Rhema” or “logos” and will give what each word means. Thank God for His Presence and His Rhema Word to our hearts letting us know that He knows right where we are and there is nothing that takes Him by surprise. God is good!



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Angie

posted May 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm


Hi Martha
Again you touch my heart with your great insight, Its the Bible, and every day I try and read a page or two. I think I have read it through a few times and still today when I am raading God,s Word, I always see new things in the scripture,s there always something to understand, that I did not do before!!!!!Its a wonderful thing Gods Word.He is are Lord
God Almighty and with out him in are lives we dont have much!!!!
Thank You Again Martha God Bless Angie



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