The Power of the Word
The spoken word, be it from God or by men, is very powerful. Words carry blessings and others carry curses.
Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Matthew 4: 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”
The Fall => Rejecting the Word of our Lord, the Father of true love, and Embracing the word of our enemy; the creator of all evil
After the fall, people’s thought-life suffered greatly, and this was manifested through a chaotic, evil mind and the use of destructive words against each other and against themselves.
(15) So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
Notice the serpent who is the Father of all evil, first attacked Eve in the garden of Eden through suggestions (means through vocal words), and now (in this verse), it is trying to drown this woman who symbolises the nation of Judea again through something spewed out of its mouth, which could be unwholesome thought processes and ungodly talk.
(34) Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
The Salvation Plan: the Good Father’s Offering of his Word
Our kind Lord presented the answer for salvation through his Word, who He sent to save us all, to be eaten and drunk by sinners; despite the inescapable, painful price he had to pay.
Ephesians 2:16-18 “11Therefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to them that were near. 18For through him, we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.“
Jesus’ Words + The Spirit = The Word/the Gospel
After this, He sent the Spirit through his Word. This Spirit, we’re told, dwells in the Gospel.
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.
I believe the words of the Bible aren’t just words that inspire, encourage or trigger the desire for repentance. These words are alive and full of the Spirit. The life in them doesn’t just bring knowledge to the mind, but the real power is in the healing.
Listening to these words (outside of study time), and meditating on them with prayer can, in my opinion, heal the soul, the same way good freshwater can heal a sick, dehydrated body.
Renewing the Mind Through the Word
Moreover, how else are we expected to renew our minds but by the constant hearing of the word of God?
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any 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 thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
Spoken Truth Leading to Salvation
How else can we believe if we haven’t witnessed and haven’t even heard the truth?
A human being is called so, for a good reason. We’re not human ‘has’ been or ‘will be’. We’re a fresh renewable process and so is our faith. Thus, like drinking water, listening to the Word of God has to take place daily, and in great amounts. The more, the better.
(17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
John 8:32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John 5:25(25) Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. (the dead means in the spirit).
Romans 1:16 (16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
Constant Hearing builds Intimacy with our loving Father
How can we get to know our loving Father if we didn’t hear all that He has to say in a quiet and surrendered way?
Can a friend tell us everything about themselves if we are constantly enquiring, arguing or interrupting? … Neither would God.
So, focusing on hearing the Gospel, while resting silently, without mind-chatter, will help to form a bond between us and our Lord.
1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (10) But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. (11) For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. (12) Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
John 10:3-4 (3) To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (4) And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Reading the Word is the Path to Enlightenment and Wisdom
Psalms 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”