Hello friends, thank you for joining me today. I want you to know that it is my joy to know that your fellowship with God is a lot better having gained more understanding. My posts here are aimed at giving you a more specific perspective to daily Christian living and focusing your gaze on the definite possibility of living as Christ did and would in our days.
Today we are talking about what the word of God does to “me”.
I totally agree with Oswald J. Smith when he said in his book, “The man God uses”, that praying is you talking to God and studying your Bible is God talking to you. Not to say that God doesn’t talk to us through other means but the scriptures are the primary means and also the foundational way He speaks to us. As a matter of fact, whatever He would rather speak to you through other means is hidden somewhere in the scriptures until the eyes of your heart are open to them. I would even opine that any instruction received from any other means should be searched out in the scriptures without any seed of deceit in your heart or the heart of the communicator.
Now, the Bible says that God’s word doesn’t fall to the ground, it doesn’t return to Him unfulfilled. So we must understand that every word spoken to you in and through the Bible has come to do something in you. It is therefore important to actively have it in mind that the word of God does things in you when you give yourself to it. There are so many things the word of God does, it gives wisdom, it gives knowledge of real historical events, it gives hope, It points out your wrong beliefs and actions and many other benefits. Ultimately, it must lead you to the word of life, the living word, the Person, The Word of God himself.
Knowing that the word of God has come to achieve something in you will make you intentional about it and expectant of what it brings, for if a man be a hearer of the word only and not a doer, he lives in deception.
James 1:22 (KJV)
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Like I earlier said, the word of God does many things but for the sake of simplicity and focus, I chose to speak about 3 categories that have eternal relevance.
1. The Word Becomes Flesh
John 1:14 (KJV)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth”
The first thing the word of God does to a man is to save him. We were saved when we heard and believed the gospel of Jesus Christ as saviour and if this is not what brought you to Christ, you are not saved (I’m sorry if it’s harsh but it’s true). You might be so engrossed in religious activities, you might be a preacher, you definitely are reading my blog, but ask yourself “How did I get here? How did I become so active? Where and what is the foundation?” . To boast of being in Christ, being saved, you must have heard and believed the complete gospel of the first coming of Jesus to die and resurrect to save you from your original sinful state and iniquity and turn you from living a life that is pleased with sin, to buy you over from the forceful rule of the devil and evil and give you the very life of God. Search yourself then and know where you stand. It’s never too late to call on Him. I give you a 100% guarantee that if you believe that the power to deliver you from the old ways is in Jesus’ sacrifice and victory and you are willing to forsake the love for sinful ways, He will hear you and answer you and save you. What must you do? Say a prayer to Him from your heart, no matter how scattered they come out, He always knows what you mean.
Do it now, not later.
Maybe you were once upon the foundation of Christ, but you continued in your love for sin, the things of the world, satisfying every pleasure, without the fear of God. Then you should return to Him by turning away from the old ways, confessing them to Him and choosing to please Him in all.
Having done this, He breathes His Life into you. Hence, the word becomes flesh…. A newborn baby.
2. The Word Changes Our Character
2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV)
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Let me explain using this analogy. Water can be made pure by a simple boiling method, right? It’s nature becomes changed from impure to pure because that’s what water should be, pure. Using that same simple method of boiling, when the water is allowed to remain on the fire for a long period, it changes it state from liquid to gas. (I feel so intelligent right now… Ah ah ah).
The same way the gospel changes your nature by making you born again, it works in you to change the mindset that formed your character, decisions, dispositions etc. The word of God really does help you grow (along with prayer and fellowship with other believers as we have discussed in previous posts).
When you give yourself to the word, you begin to learn and receive understanding and grace to live as the new man that you are. For it is not enough to be called out of darkness, you must be in the light, you can’t be lukewarm.
So we understand there’s a way a believer lives his entire life, we learn it and live it by the word and (as the scripture above divinely includes) “even as by the Spirit of God”.
We are changed and transformed (literally) by the word and by the Spirit.
3. The Word Makes us Responsible
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
Many times, when inheritance is spoken of, it is spoken of from an irresponsible perspective, now, where this demonic idea came from, I do not know but today you will be delivered from it.
There is a reason a good and responsible father will not… pay attention to my words… hand over (not will over)… his estate to a child. Though good, though obedient, though kind, though excellent in all manner of approach and character… He is still a child!!!… So inheritance is only given when responsibility has been taught and learnt.
The word of God, as Acts 20:32 says, doesn’t just change our character and mindset, it builds us up for the inheritance… It teaches us responsibility. You say how?? I say “start reading your Bible and you will experience it”
Listen, even Jesus though anointed, learnt that his anointing was because of his responsibility. He said “The spirit of the Lord is upon me… Why?… He has anointed me TO…..(Luke 4:18)” RESPONSIBILITY!!
The word of God teaches us and graces us to be faithful and responsible. As simple as understanding that you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world and praying, asking God what this means and how you can walk in it is a major step towards responsibility.
Wheeewwww…I’m really enjoying myself here but let me wrap this up.
James 1:23 says you shouldn’t be a hearer/reader of God’s Word only, there must be a strong passion and resolution in your heart to walk therein that you will be pushed to pray and receive instructions on the aspects of your life to address, wisdom on how to deal with matter and grace to do accordingly. This, brethren, is the maturity we attain every time we fellowship with God.. Hallelujah!!
For the past 4 weeks, we have talked about the word of God and this is the last for now about the word of God, subsequent posts will deal with practical Christian living by the grace of God. However I want to sound a note of warning. Andrew Murray said and I believe it that’s why I’m quoting him “Let not the Bible which should point you away to God take you away from Him” . It is possible to be so excited about what you find that you do not recognize that it ought to bring you to submit to God, even in prayer. Be careful!!!
God bless you for joining me on this 5 weeks series on the word of God (although it wasn’t planned to be a series). I hope you’ve been blessed. If you’ve not read any of the previous posts, you can do that here. Remember to share with someone you want to be blessed.
Have a wonderful and blessed weekend. Amen. Can’t wait to write to you next week.
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Mehn… I’m so blessed by the simplicity of these words yet the profound nature of its truth. God bless your gifts more and strengthen you to do more. It’s totally worth sharing.
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Amen. Thank you greatly
was blessed, thank you sir!
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Glory to God
Wow. I love this. I celebrate grace
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