TOPIC: THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD – PART II
Part One of this write-up pointed out that the word is God speaking to you. The word is man’s contact with God, because God and His word are inseparable. Anyone desiring to have a meaningful relationship with God must first seek it through His word. It is through the word we are born again or recreated. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever (1 Peter 1:23). “Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures” (James 1: 18).
Eternal life is imparted to us through the word. The spiritual life is nourished through the word as well. Just as food nourishes physical or natural life, so, the word is food for the soul. “Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies and envies, and all evil speakings, As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:1).
The believer’s mind is renewed by the word. “I beseech you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12: 1-2) KJV. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind he will find acceptable.
This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (NLT). “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your creator and become like him” (Colossians 3: 10) NLT.
The mind of a true child of God is renewed as he or she studies the word, and acts upon it. It is important to read, study, and listen to God’s word, but it is much more important to obey and do what it says. The apostle James exhorts, “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way and straight way forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed”. (James 1: 22-25) KJV. “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it” (NLT).
The effectiveness of our Bible Study or knowledge can be measured by the effect it has on our behaviour and attitude – the result it is producing in our lives. Most Bible students and preachers are merely deceiving themselves in today’s church because they are not acting or living out the word they study, teach and preach. The word they read or study has no transforming effect upon their lives. Jesus said, “Every tree is known by his own fruit” (Luke 6: 44) KJV. The word has the answer to every need in your life. Do you put into action the word you hear or have studied? May God grant us more grace to be doers of His word, so that His blessing might rest on us always.
To be continued with Part 3 in next publication. Remain blessed as you follow along in Jesus name.