Lo this, we have searched it out, so it is; hear it, and know it for your good.
The bible talks about the Berean Christians, how that when they heard the apostle Paul preach, received the word gladly, studied it and when they found it to be so, practiced it (Acts 17:11, 12). The word got down into them and many believers were added to them. There is absolutely nothing the word cannot do.
The question is do you dish out THE WORD or do you feed your people with your own words? When you give the WORD it becomes effective, it transforms, it brings healing, it gives joy, it sets one free from the bondage of sin, it puts the devil where he’s supposed to be – underneath our feet. What is the state of your flock? Are they malnourished spiritually? We must make every effort to always give the WORD. For the Word of God is living, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The WORD enters deep into the bone marrow. When we give the WORD, the foulest sinner cannot remain unconverted. It penetrates deep inside him /her. It performs a spiritual surgery that makes the sinner see his sinfulness and to have the craving to allow the Holy Spirit do His perfect work. Whatever you do, always strive to give the WORD.
Jesus sat by the well of Samaria when He encounters a Samaritan woman who comes down to fetch water. She’s had a lot of unresolved issues in her life. She’s had lots of problems. She’s had six men yet they couldn’t satisfy her. She had an itch that the men in her life couldn’t quite scratch. She had a thirst that the men she related with couldn’t quench. But when she encounters the seventh man – the number of perfection, she had rest. God created heaven and earth in six days through the power of His Word. This woman wanted to create a world for herself fooling around with six men. God rested on the seventh day. When this woman encountered the 7th man, she had rest. It’s wonderful to note that the 7th man who touched her life differently is THE WORD. In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. And the word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth (John 1: 1-3, 14).
For when this woman had a full grasp of who the Word is, her whole mentality changed. Initially, she was like “how it is that you being a Jew asks me for a drink knowing full well that I’m a woman of Samaria?” The Bible gave us further information of the strained relationship between the Samaritans and the Jews. The Jews claim superiority over the Samaritans, and for this, the Samaritans deeply resented them. But at the end she didn’t say, “Come see a Jew.” No. She said, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did.” The racial barrier was broken. He was no longer a Jew to be held in contempt but a man worth listening to. When we don’t preach the word, how can the people behold His glory?
Let’s not bring a curse upon ourselves by declaring anything other than the Word of God. (See Galatians 1:8, 9). The only way we can dish out to the people a balanced diet of the Word is when we ourselves feed from that word. Let’s not preach our word. It’s dangerous. Let’s declare in truth, with all boldness, the undiluted, unalterable, eternal, and life-changing word of God. A man cannot give what he does not have. Except the word of the Lord fills your heart, you may be teaching them to offer a strange fire to God. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Let us conclude from where we started. We started with the word; we’d end with the word all to God’s glory. Having searched it out, and having seen it to be so, how necessary it is to be saturated with the word, let as many as have ears hear what the Spirit is saying to you and I. For if we know and teach the WORD it will be for our good and it will work for our benefit.