“The Lord said to me; You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.̓” Jeremiah 1:12

What Scripture in the Bible do you want God to perform in your life?

I left my house at 4:30 a.m. to catch a 6:00 a.m. flight to JFK International Airport. Without any luggage, I picked up my rental car, and drove over an hour to Avenel, New Jersey. I arrived just in time for the Saturday morning check-in at the New Jersey Dept. of Corrections. I was not allowed to bring anything into the facility, not even a handkerchief. Traveling through long hallways and multiple gates and security checkpoints, I was seated in a plastic stack chair in the middle of a basketball gymnasium. Watching the clock on the wall, my longtime friend of over 30 years entered in his prison uniform just after 9:00 a.m. I planned for this day for over a year. My 76-year-old friend was sentenced to 18 years for his crimes. Short of a miracle, he will spend the rest of his life in prison. I love him. Jesus still loves him, too. We hugged and spent two precious hours talking about the Lord. He is a broken man and repentant for his sins. He was a minister and preacher of the Gospel. But he was not exempt from the Word of God. Growing up as a young boy I remember my grandmother always quoting the Scripture “...be sure your sin will find you out.ˮ (Numbers 32:23) Every day, the headlines in the news tell a story of someone who thought they could keep a secret. God’s Word is alive and active. What Scripture in the Bible do you want God to perform in your life? I hope it’s not “...be sure your sin will find you out.”

The Scriptures that we want God to perform in our lives are His promises of blessings. Blessings come from obedience. As a child will hold his father to his promises, we can hold God to His promises.

I believe that praying Scripture is powerful. We are holding God to His word. We are confessing our will with His will. “…so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) When I spent three nights in a hospital after a heart attack, I prayed Romans 8:11 over and over: “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” I was claiming the Word of God as a promise over my life. When we pray the Word of God, we are not using our words, but His words. We know that God holds His Word above His name. “… for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame.” (Psalm 138:2) God uses His Word to accomplish His will in our lives. The more you read the Bible and fill your mind with His Word, His promises will be fulfilled in your life. God has a great vision for you. But it will only be realized if you devote yourself to reading His Word and obeying His commandments. ~George DeTellis, Jr.

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