The Word of the Lord. The Bible. What does it mean to you? Do you read the Bible on a regualr basis? If so, why? If not, why not? What does the Word of God mean to you? Is it an attractive decoration for your coffee table that never gets opened? Is it a handy-dandy guide to help you here and there when the going gets too tough for you to handle on your own? Is it simply a blur of stories from long ago that you just don’t feel you can identify with?
The Word of God is meant to be much more than this. Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the Word of God is the “sword of the Spirit”. But what exactly does that mean for you and I? Let’s see what else the Bible has to say about this so-called “weapon”:
Hebrews 4:12 says “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Simply put, you cannot truly know the character of God unless you know His word, because, as John 1:1 tells us, the Word is God.
Revelation 19:13 tells us that Jesus is the Word of God
1 John 5:7 tells us that “there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one”
John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh”
The whole preface of salvation through Jesus Christ rests on the Word of God because Jesus IS the Word of God.
And if we are to truly know and partake in the power of Jesus Christ, we must know Him, therefore, we must know The Word.
The Word of God has many promises of protection, deliverance and guidance for believers.
Jesus tells us in John 8:51 “Most assuredly I say to you, if anyone keeps My word, he shall never see death.”
James 1:21 tells us to “lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the planted word, which is able to save your souls.”
1 Peter 1:23 tells us that we are born again as incorruptible through the word of God.
1 John 2:5 tells us that whoever keeps (has the knowledge in it firmly planted in his heart) the Word of God, that truly the love of God is perfected in him.
I find that often people and even entire churches these days base the power of God off of what they see happening in the world instead of what happened in the Word.
They see sickness, disease and death, so they dismiss God’s healing promises in the Word and accept disease and sickness as part of God’s plan for us, when the Word clearly tells us that “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses. (Matthew 8:17).
They see violence and other terrible accidents happening to Christians, and they accept it as a part of God’s plan, when the Word clearly says “Behold, I give you authority over all the power of the Enemy, and nothing, by any means, shall harm you.” (Luke 10:19)
Now, I’m not saying life here on earth should be perfect. The Word also tells us that “In the world, you will have tribulation”. But if we read a little further, Jesus ends that statement saying “but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
It’s time for Christians to start expecting God and His Word to be the final authority in their lives instead of taking what happens in the world as their final authority.
It’s up to us as Christians, to truly know and understand the victory and the power that Jesus claimed for us when He died on that cross and rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father. That is the truth that Jesus calls us to teach the world in the preaching of the Great Commission.
Colossians 3:16 says Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, signing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
It’s time for the Body of Christ to learn and know and understand what was achieved for us as heirs of Christ, to take our rightful place as children of the Most High God and as the bridegroom of the Holy Jesus Christ, our Lord, because, as Isaiah 40:8 tells us, the Word of God stands forever.
Choose today to commit yourself to a serious and thorough study of the Word of God, and find out for yourself who God really is.