Our attitude toward the Word of God – the Bible – determines the place that God holds in our daily life.
The WORD should always be the Father talking to us. The WORD was designed to replace Jesus in His absence!
John 1:1: “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God and the WORD was God.” God and His WORD are ONE!
John 14:23: “If a man love Me, he will keep my WORDS; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” THEY will come and LVE with you!
Hebrews 4:12: “For the WORD of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart.”
God’s only means of reaching man is through His WORD. The WORD, therefore, becomes a vital thing.
Matthew 4:2-3 “When Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, He was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these sones be made bread….”
Jesus was hungry! You are hungry the first few days of a fast, then that ‘hunger’ goes away, but at 40 days, your stomach begins to ‘eat’ itself. The Tempter KNEW when Jesus was at His weakest. and he tempted Him with FOOD!
Jesus answered (Verse 4) “It is written, Man shall not lie by bread along, but by every WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
The Tempter tried again… and again… and in verse 11, we read: “Then the devil left Him, and behold angels came and ministered unto Him.”
The devil LEAVES! He cannot stand against the WORD of God! That is why it is so important for us to use the WORD, stand on it… stand with it…!
Romans 10:8 “…but what saith it? The WORD is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the WORD of God, which we preach….”
It is the WORD that gives birth to faith in the Believer. It is God’s faith expressed. You see, God is a FAITH God and ALWAYS uses WORDS to do things!
Examples: Geneses 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26… Each of those verses begins with “AND GOD SAID….”
Jesus said, “It is written….” … what is written? WHAT GOD SAYS!
Look at John 14:23-24 “If a man love Me, he will keep My WORDS; and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. He that loves Me not keeps not My sayings; and the WORD which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.”
Everything Jesus said was from God. God’s WORDS are ALIVE! Jesus was a part of all God said; He and His WORD were one! Jesus is just as real now as He was the last day He walked this earth! His WORD is just as real now as it was then.
Look at Hebrews 13:8 :Jesus Christ the same, yesterday and today and forever.”
He doesn’t change … and neither do the words He spoke.
As Christians, we have a right to stand on the Word of God in our everyday life.
Let’s look at some examples of what God says about us:
We say: I can’t…. GOD SAYS: Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do ALL things through Christ Jesus Who strengthens me.”
We say: I’m afraid…. GOD SAYS: 2 Timothy 1:7: “God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
We say: I’m not strong enough… I’m weak…. GOD SAYS: Psalm 22:1 “The LORD is the strength of my life.” Daniel 11:32: “The people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”
We say: I’m worried…. GOD SAYS: 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all my cares upon Him who cares for me.”
We say: Oh, I remember how I was before I accepted Jesus… GOD SAYS: “Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.” 1 John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world.”
This world operates on a ‘word’ system. If your word is of no value, you will reason that the Word of God is likewise of no value. But when it comes to the Word of God, we MUST feel that “God said it and that settles it!”
We MUST have faith in what God says!
Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE SAYS!” (emphasis added)
The ‘mountain’ can be any obstacle in your path from finances to health.
You say: Well, Pastor, I’m certainly not going to speak or talk to a mountain….
You already do… practically every day! Example: your car won’t start… you say: Oh come on, START! Maybe you trip on a curb… you say: dumb curb! Or maybe you are stopped at a traffic light… you say: Oh, c’mon now… are you going to stay red all day?!
We must get in the habit of SPEAKING THE WORDS OF GOD!
Remember the parable about sowing on good ground?
The very moment you use the Word, the Tempter comes to test the ‘ground.’
Jesus said in John 10:10: ‘The thief comes not but for to steal and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life and that they might it have more abundantly.”
In order to have that abundance, we must learn to act on the Word. The same way we act on the word of a doctor… or lawyer in some crisis in our life, etc. We have faith in what they say and we act on it… TODAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE FAITH IN WHAT GOD SAYS AND ACT ON IT!
How do we act on God’s Word? We believe what it says and DO what it says. We CONFESS the Word.
Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, LET US HOLD FAST OUR PROFESSION (CONFESSION)….” (emphasis added)
The choice is mine… I can act on what God says… or I can ignore it. My choice.
As a Believer, you belong to Jesus. He paid the price for you… Speak God’s Words with FAITH in what you are saying. Speak the Word of God and put the Law of God into motion in your life… and POWER is released.
Learn to release the POWER OF GOD in your life by confessing – in FAITH – the Word of God!