The Word of God - Part 5
“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and His statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12,13).
God gives us His word for our good! Every commandment of God is for our benefit. That’s why the word must become our daily bread. Every benefit of God toward His people is directly tied in to His word. Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7). Answered prayer is dependent on God’s words abiding within us. His abiding word keeps us in righteous relationship or oneness with God so that God’s will becomes our will and God’s desire becomes our desire. We then ask God according to His will and desire and He does it.
The most important facet of the word of God is that it is life. It produces both physical and spiritual life as we walk in obedience to it. God tells us that we cannot live apart from God’s word. “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”’” (Matthew 4:4). All scripture comes from the mouth of God. We are to live our lives by every word of God.
“He said to them: ‘Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe; all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess’” (Deuteronomy 32:46,47).
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
The word ‘life’ is the Greek word zoe which refers to divine life. The word of God possesses God’s power to produce life within us as it is anointed by the Holy Spirit. Paul said, “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” (Romans 1:16). True salvation is the impartation of divine life.
“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it. See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess” (Deuteronomy 30:14-16).
The quality of life we live is directly related to God’s word and our obedience to it. God’s blessings of life and good are the result of knowing His word and walking in it. God gives us a choice between life and blessing or death and evil based on our keeping His word in our heart or not. God’s life is in His word for us to search out.
“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life” (Psalm 119:50).
“I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life” (Psalm 119:93).
“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:20-22).
With God’s life comes God’s healing. The word of God is health to our bodies. Much of the sickness and disease in the body of Christ today can be directly attributed to the lack of a healthy diet in God’s word. We are commanded to give attention to His word, keeping it continually before our eyes. This is what it means to abide in the word. We must find the benefits of God’s word by searching it out daily.
“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20).
As we search out the word of God with all of our hearts, God opens His mouth and gives us wisdom and understanding – the Rhema word of God. And as the Psalmist declares: “For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psalm 33:9). When God speaks it is finished! Whatever God says it shall be done. With His word He can even create something out of nothing, bringing the visible out of the invisible: “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3). Whatever need you may have, God merely needs to speak the word and it is taken care of. But we must set our hearts and minds upon His word in order to hear His voice of power.
Our success in this life and especially in fulfilling the will and purpose of God for our lives is directly tied to the word of God.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8).
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-3).
He reiterates again the necessity of abiding in His word, meditating on it day and night, so that we might walk in it. We spend a lot of wasted time and money pursuing the ways of the world, studying success courses of men, and attending prosperity seminars when all we really need is to meditate on the word of God to find all of the success and prosperity we will ever need in this life. God’s word contains more wisdom than all that of man’s put together.
“Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts” (Psalm 119:97-100).
Our very life and all of the benefits of God are intertwined with His word. Every promise of God is ours through His word. Notice what Peter said:
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3 NIV).
“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).
The dunamis(supernatural, miracle working power) power of God necessary to give us everything we need for life and godliness is ours through the knowledge of Christ. God has put all of His blessings and benefits in His Son. They are there for the taking for all those who will diligently seek them out in the Word of God by the Spirit of God. He is not talking about head knowledge or knowing about Jesus. He is talking about an intimate experiential knowledge that can only come through a revelational understanding from the mouth of God given to those who seek Him like a pearl of great price. As Jesus explained to the disciples: “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew 16:17). The Rhema word of God brings an impartation of His power which produces the results of that word within us. The true riches of God’s kingdom are reserved for the diligent, those who have made it their supreme purpose to know Him, and therefore have given themselves to His word of self-revelation.
“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly” (Proverbs 2:1-7).
Paul made this His life’s supreme calling and thus became the greatest saint of the New Testament spreading the gospel to the whole known world.
“But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (Philippians 3:7-11).
The supreme importance of God’s word cannot be fully expressed and yet it is the most neglected area in the lives of His people. The result is seen in the desolate condition of the church. It is incumbent on every believer to begin right now to make the word of God his daily bread. It is incumbent upon every believer to begin right now to study and meditate on the whole word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, over and over again as a life’s work of abiding in it and in Him. We have been given the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all truth, but He can only do His part as we partake of God’s word day and night. There is no higher calling than to know God and there is no better way to know God than through the word and Spirit He has given to us. Of all the peoples on the face of the earth, those in America have more Bibles available to them than any others. Yet how many will stand before the Lord shame-faced as they hear the words from His lips, “Depart from Me, for I do not know you,” because they have not taken the time to know Him?