“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible)
There is nothing as powerful as the preached Word of God. In my lifetime I have been blessed to hear the best of the best! In this verse, the Apostle Paul was bragging about the church in Thessalonica just a little. They got it; not just the words they heard but the Word produced a powerful effect on both their hearts and lives.
I like how The Message Bible puts it:
“When the message we preached came to you, it wasn’t just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions.”
I’m so glad I heard the message as a child and because of the Word I have conviction of steel! It’s almost impossible to change steel. My house is built on The ROCK!
Prayer: My heritage is so valuable to me, Lord. Thank You for sending preachers my way to help forge my own personal convictions. Your Spirit is what keeps me tall and erect. In Jesus Name, Amen!