For sure, every professing Christian believes in the word of God. However, it is one thing to believe with our mind and a totally different experience to believe His word in our heart of hearts. James 2:19 NKJV records for us, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!”
Beyond head knowledge, we need to internalise (inwardly digest) and live out the word of God. As Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct (make smooth or straight) your paths.”
Consider what Jesus has said in John 10:10 NKJV, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Both of these sentences are truthful. But, which truth would we rather embrace?
Would we choose to succumb to the lies or lures of the devil (thief) and let him run amok over our lives by yielding to sinful ways? What kind of television programmes, videos and movies do we watch? What about the books we read? We are what we feed our minds on. Paul in Philipians 4:8 NKJV exhorts us to think on what is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. Also, Proverbs 4:23 Amp. reminds us thus, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.” Not to do the aforesaid would mean that we are allowing the thief to take advantage of our of our lack of will and faith, and deprive us of the abundant life which Jesus has said.
To be fair, most of us would be goody Christian who are trying our utmost to serve the Lord of hosts. Yet, we still sin, albeit in an innocuous manner. We may be like what is recorded in Malachi 3:14 NKJV, “You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God; What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, And that we have walked as mourners Before the Lord of hosts? So now we called the proud blessed, For those who do wickedness are raised up; Yes, those who tempt God go free.”
So, are we on the Lord’s side or on the devil’s side? In Joshua 24:15 NKJV, we read: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. BUT AS FOR ME AND MY HOUSE, WE WILL SERVE THE LORD.”
We can ill afford to be double-minded or lukewarm. Just as we have to choose between God or mammon as our master, we will also have to choose the ways and will of God as opposed to that of the devil, the world and our flesh.
In his book “Financial Freedom” pp 55, Pastor Ulf Ekman wrote: [Say only, “JESUS, I PRAISE YOU THAT YOUR WORDS ARE TRUE. I DON’T KNOW HOW OR WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN, ALL I KNOW IS WHAT YOU HAVE SAID. LET IT BE JUST AS YOU HAVE SPOKEN.” ]
Pastor David Wilkerson in his article entitled “Walking in the Spirit” dated 4 July 2005 wrote: [I have asked the Lord to open up to me the meaning of Paul’s phrase, “Let us also walk in the Spirit.” As I approached this subject, I prayed, “Lord, make it clear and understandable to me.” Here is how I believe the Spirit answered me: the golden key to understanding our walk in the Spirit is not complicated. …. The Spirit impressed upon me these three simple words: “JUST SAY YES!”]
He went on to write that: [It all goes back to a verse that Paul wrote to the Corinthians. The apostle boldly stated, “All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20). According to Paul, walking in the Spirit begins when we give a confident, intractable “divine yes” to all of God’s promises. It means having the unwavering confidence that THE LORD WILL KEEP EVERY PROMISE IN HIS BOOK FOR US. IT’S SAYING, “FATHER, I HAVE READ YOUR PROMISES, AND I SAY YES TO ALL OF THEM. I BELIEVE YOUR WORD TO ME.” …
Now we know what a “divine yes” is. So, what does Paul mean by the “Amen” in the same verse? The word itself means literally, “So be it. You can trust it.” In the context of the passage, “AMEN” MEANS SAYING, “I BELIEVE YOUR WORD TO ME, LORD. SO BE IT IN MY LIFE.”]
Tarry with the word of God, if you will. In his article entitled “WHY WE CAN TRUST GOD” dated 11 October 2005, Pastor Charles Stanley wrote, [The Lord’s plan are always developed according to His perfect, dependable, and consistent love. They are carried out through His infinite wisdom that sees the past, present, and future. Every element of the plan is under His authority. Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me” (John 14:1 NIV). Your trust will grow as you ponder His limitless love, wisdom, and sovereignty.]
The word of God is powerful and will be accomplished. Let’s approach God’s throne boldly to make our petitions according to His word and consider Psalms 33:6-22 NKJV:-
“BY THE WORD OF THE LORD THE HEAVENS WERE MADE,
AND ALL THE HOST OF THEM BY THE BREADTH OF HIS MOUTH.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of His.
FOR HE SPOKE, AND IT WAS DONE;
HE COMMANDED, AND IT STOOD FAST.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.
OUR SOUL WAITS FOR THE LORD;
HE IS OUR HELP AND OUR SHIELD.
FOR OUR HEART SHALL REJOICE IN HIM,
BECAUSE WE HAVE TRUSTED IN HIS HOLY NAME.
LET YOUR MERCY, O LORD, BE UPON US,
JUST AS WE HOPE IN YOU.” Amen.
Let’s quit doubting the word of God and give a heart-of-hearts “Yes and Amen” to all His sure promises. God is ready to perform His word (Jeremiah 1:12). Let’s be like Jeremiah who said, “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV).”
To realise our calling, Pastor Kenneth Copeland has this to say in his article “Living in the Fullness of Love”, BVOV October 2005: [The more you practice obeying the commandment to love, the more rooted and grounded in the love you’ll become. Before long, walking in love won’t even seem like a commandment anymore. It will become a privilege, an honor and a joy. You won’t desire to live any other way. You’ll become rooted and grounded in it. You’ll begin to truly comprehend the love of God … and the God of love.
If you’ll keep on walking in love, every day as you step out your front door, you will be overflowing a little more with the presence of the Lord. Every day you’ll be living more of the life you are called and divinely designed to live – a life that is filled with all the fullness of God!]
Let’s get into the word of God, and let it get into us so that we may be blessed to be a blessing for the glory of God every day. “This is the day which the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24 NKJV).