Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Word of God

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Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piecing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

After receiving Jesus as his Lord, Jay was taught about how the Bible is the word of God and God’s word never fails. He learned to search out portions of the Bible that addressed his needs and how to recite those portions until his needs are solved, but to his surprise, this didn't work. One day, in frustration he exclaimed ‘‘the Bible can’t possibly be the word of God! I know that God is Almighty, and I also know that God’s words cannot fail. If these words are His words, why are they not working for me?’’

Many today have found themselves in situations where it didn't appear that their use of the word worked for them. They’ve confessed verses upon verses of scripture, but no result.

To be free from such confusion, you have to know that the word of God is living. Whenever you separate the word from the spirit and life, what is left is literature. Every child of God must, therefore, learn how to use the written word to connect with the Spirit of faith that inspired it. Before a word in scripture can profit you, it must go beyond mere words and letters. It must connect you with the spirit of the word  (John 6:63).

The word is sealed, and unless it is unsealed you won’t get much profit from it. Unless the word is revealed to you, it is not yours, and it may yield no result for you. "…but those things which are revealed belong unto us…’’ Deut. 29:29.  Isaiah 29:11-12 (KJV) reads, ‘‘And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.’’

The Holy Spirit gives life to the word. He is the one who reveals (unseals) it. It is only through the power of the Holy Spirit that written scriptures become the word of God [which cannot fail].

Go into today knowing that situations do not respond to the written word without the Spirit of the word. Situations respond to the word of God which is empowered by the Spirit of faith.

Pray the prayer of David, ‘’ open thou my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy [word]'' (Psalms 119:18).
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—Dr. Emmanuel James

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