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Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13
Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44
Luke 8:19-21

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jesus, the living word, has "full authority" (mt 28:18)

"My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act upon it." —Luke 8:21

The eighth chapter of Luke's Gospel, which we have been reading during the last week, teaches about the authority and power of the Word of God. The parable of the good ground (Lk 8:4-15) teaches that the Word of God will bear an abundant harvest in an open heart which submits to its authority and receives its power. Those who devote themselves to studying the Scriptures receiving the life-changing power of the Word of God, and obeying the Word will receive ever more power (Lk 8:18). They will even be received as members of God's family (Lk 8:21). God's Word has authority over the forces of nature (Lk 8:24-25), evil (Lk 8:32ff), disease (Lk 8:43-48), and even death (Lk 8:54-55).

Therefore, since God's Word has such authority and such awesome power, we should "hear the word of God and act upon it" (Lk 8:21). We should "walk in the law of the Lord" (Ps 119:1), cling to the Word (Ps 119:31), and make the Word of God our joy and our happiness (Jer 15:16).

God gave to Jesus, the Living Word (Heb 4:12), "full authority...in heaven and on earth" (Mt 28:18). Each day, make your home in the Word of God (Jn 8:31) and live under its authority and power.

Prayer:  Father, be it done unto me according to Your Word.

Promise:  "Happy are they whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord." —Ps 119:1

Praise:  The doctors told Joan she would not be able to have children. She put her trust in the Lord and conceived a miracle child.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

(Pray, learn, and love the Psalms Oct. 19-21, in a retreat held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Retreat Center in Adams County, Ohio. Register online at www.presentationministries.com or call 513-373-2397 or 937-587-5464 to register.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 15, 2017

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