TOPIC: THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD – PART 1
Text: Hebrews 4:12
We are living in the days people of God value, respect and obey the word of men, more than the word of God – Himself. Most worshippers spend their time going from place to place in search of a powerful “man of God” who will prophesy over their lives, and tell them what message God has for them. This attitude by most, has produced in the church a large number of spiritual babies whose lives are solely dependent upon what others said to them, instead of what God has said in His word. This behavior, has also made demi-gods out of some preachers, who equally take advantage of the people’s ignorance to exploit them financially, materially, sexually etc, even to the point of bondage. Today, very often, we hear, “God said this or that to me”. God said I should tell you, “this or that”. Such ones who parade themselves every where with “God told me” are popularly seen as the super spiritual men and women of the hour. It is true that God still uses human instruments to speak or minister to man in our present day, but principally, He speaks to us through His written word. Note, the faith of a true child of God is not built alone on visions, dreams, revelations, prophecy and what have you, as we see happening now, but on the written or spoken word of God.
The great apostle Paul said to the Corinthian church: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God”. (1 Corinthians 2: 2-5). The faith of many is standing on the clever and persuasive words of men rather than on the word of God. The power of God is made manifest through His word and Spirit. The Word is God speaking to you each time you encounter it. Search through the scriptures from Exodus to Deuteronomy; you discover that, “Thus said the Lord or Jehovah” is repeated over two thousand times. So, to prefer or ignore the voice of God in His word for other voices may lead one into error or confusion. No preaching, teaching, revelation or prophecy should stand independent of the written word of God. In fact, the true test to determine whether the mind of God is being declared to us in any situation or setting is whether it corresponds to the written word.
The scriptures teach that prophecy or revelation by anyone in a church setting is subject to vetting or evaluation by others (1 Corinthians 14: 29). No prophecy, message or revelation should ever be elevated above the word or to the point of inerrancy – not subject to human error. The written word of God must always stand in judgment over every ones experiences and utterances no matter how wonderful or terrible they might appear. In the church of today, personal spiritual experiences are most of the time exalted above the word of God by individuals – including those who should know – “men of God”. “To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8: 20) KJV. “Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark” (NLT).
God brought the world and everything in it into existence by his spoken word. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth… And God said, Let there be light, and there was light” (Gen. 1:1,3) “for this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:5-7). “Through Faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, So that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrew 11:3).
The apostle John told us that the word God used to create all things was Jesus Christ. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1: 1-4). It is for this reason that Jesus Himself is called “the Word of Life”. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, of the word of life” (1 John 1:1).
The word of God has power to sustain all creation. God uploads “all things by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:1-3). The word of God has the power to impart new life to a repentant sinner. In fact, we are saved or born again by the word. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives the and abide the forever” (1 Peter 1:23) “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” Paul said to Timothy. ( 2 Timothy 3:15). There is power in the creative word of the Most High God to meet your every need. Start to taste the power of His word from the point of Salvation, if you have not yet done so. With Jesus in your life, you can begin to build a meaningful son or daughter relationship with God, your Heavenly Father. (John 1:12). With this relationship in place, you will begin to experience in a new way the power and blessings of His word.
The power of the word PART 2 is to continue next publication. God bless you real good as you read on.