March 26: Symbols of the Word of God

Scripture gives us numerous symbols for the Word of God, all of which have meaning.  Let’s consider them.

  • The Word of God is a Seed: I Peter 1:23 calls it the incorruptible seed of God’s Word.  In the parable of the sower, Jesus told us that there are four kinds of hearts: 1) Wayside Heart (devil steals the seed); 2) Stony Heart (outward excitement but no root); 3) Thorny Heart (allows cares, riches and pleasures of life to choke the seed); 4) Good Ground Heart (receives with an honest heart and bears fruit).
  • The Word of God is Food (Milk and Meat): Jesus said that “man should not live by bread alone but by every word of God” (Matthew 4:4).  Hebrews 5:12-14 teaches us that God expects us to nourish ourselves and build ourselves up with the Word.  Verse 13 talks about newborn food, i.e., the milk of the Word and verse 14 speaks of mature food, i.e., the meat of the Word.
  • The Word of God is a Fire: Jeremiah said, “His Word was in my heart like a burning fire (Jeremiah 20:9).  God’s Word is a purifier and purger to cleanse and sanctify us.  Like Jeremiah, I have had the fire of God’s Word burn out the dross in me and prepare me for His purposes.  God went on to say through Jeremiah: “Is not My Word like a fire, says the Lord?”  Hebrews 12:29 also tells us, “Our God is a Consuming Fire.”
  • The Word of God is a Hammer: Jeremiah 23:29 goes on to say, “…and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”  If you strike a rock 100 times with no break, and you strike it again and it breaks, was it the one hit or the 101?  God’s Word is like that, always working in our hearts until the breakthrough comes.  Some areas require only a little time of the Word hammering away, but other areas, perhaps a few years.
  • The Word of God is a Mirror: James 1:23-25 compares the Word of God with looking at our natural face in a mirror.  James reminds us that it is easy to forget what we look like.  Begin to see yourself as God sees you, through His Word.  Philemon 1:6 tells us to “acknowledge the good things which are in us in Christ Jesus.”
  • The Word of God is a Sword: As a sword, the Word has a two-fold purpose: 1) a surgical tool to divide spirit and soul and discern the thoughts of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12-13); 2) a weapon whereby we overcome the enemy (Ephesians 6:17).  The Word of God is the only offensive weapon included with the armor of God.  Satan knows the written Word, but he has no revelation knowledge of the Word due to being cut off from God.  When you speak revelation out of your spirit, the enemy has to flee.
  • The Word of God is a Lamp: Psalm 119:105 says, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet.”  God’s Word is our source of direction for living.  Everything that you “feel” that God is telling you should line up to the Word of God.  There’s only one thing that I know is consistent all the time in my life, and that is the Word of God.
  • The Word of God is a Medicine: Proverbs 4:20-22 says that God’s Word is health to all our flesh.  Psalm 107: 20 says that God sent forth His Word and healed them and delivered them from all their destruction.  There is healing power in the Word of God.  Not just physically, but including the physical body.  There is also healing for the heart and mind.

Thank You for Your Word Heavenly Father!  It is forever settled in Heaven (Psalm 119:89).  Give us a hunger for the riches of Your Word and may the Holy Spirit enlighten us with Truth.  Amen.

March 26: The Process of Faith

Our needs touch God, but our faith is what moves God. Consider that Jesus could do no mighty work in His hometown because of their lack of faith (Mark 6). But saying that we need to have faith without explaining what that means from the Word of God, doesn’t help anyone. Faith is a process. Below I will list how faith is received, activated, released and consummated.

1. Faith Comes by Hearing: This is what Romans 10:17 says, “faith comes by hearing.” But let’s look closer. Hearing is in the present, continual tense, meaning that faith comes by “hearing and hearing and hearing…” Not from “having heard.” If you want faith in your heart and life, you need to get into the Word of God and understand its promises for your life. Get in a church where the Word of God is taught and surround yourself with friends who speak the Word.

2. Faith is Activated by Seeing: I’m not talking about the natural eyes, but your spiritual eyes. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). You have to begin seeing your situation changed and seeing your prayers answered. Looking at everything in a negative light all the time will crush your faith. Begin to see your children, your job, your marriage through the promises of God.

3. Faith is Released by Speaking: Mark 11:23-24 says, “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Notice how Jesus keeps emphasizing saying? Make what you say out of your mouth line up to the Word of God.

4. Faith is Consummated by Doing: Here’s where the rubber meets the road! Faith ultimately requires action on our part. Consider some of these quotes from Jesus:

“Take up your bed and walk”
“Stretch forth your hand”
“Go wash in the pool of Soloam”
“Go show yourself to the priests”
Jesus required one to act in faith in order to receive.

This point is made no clearer than in James chapter 2:

17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?

Are you trying to have faith, but skipping one or more of the Biblical components of faith? Maybe it’s time to reset and start over. Or perhaps all that’s left is for you to finally “take up your bed and walk.” Be aware though, the above is not a formula that can simply be outwardly followed. Faith is a matter of the heart. Grab your Bible and get alone with God.

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