The power of God’s word- part 1
The word of God is every believer’s most precious possession. Through it, heaven is revealed, grace bestowed, the mind enlightened, salvation secured, life transformed, virtues and godliness imparted. The Apostles recognised the importance of not neglecting the Word “…and said, it is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.”
Whatever we do must not conflict with the preaching of the Word. Prayer and preaching must take the central place in the church. We must give ourselves to fervent and importunate prayer that moves mountains, opens heaven and solves problems.
In the same vein, we must anchor ourselves on the Word that develops faith, grants salvation, drives out ignorance and takes darkness away from our lives. Most of the things people emphasise in the church today and use their time for are not scriptural. The Apostles did not relent, get tired or compromise their commitment and consecration to this ministry. We must get rid of everything we elevate above prayer and preaching of the Word. The word of God is an inexhaustible treasure. To profit from its revelation, we must read, study, search, believe, obey, share and teach it everywhere we go.
From the time of Christ to this period, the ministry of God’s word remains unchanging. The word of God we receive and believe produces salvation, change of life, mind, direction, character and turns one away from darkness to the light of God. The power in the Word is mighty to recreate the soul, transform the heart, renew the spirit, heal the body, move mountains of problems, defeat the devil, destroy the works of Satan, prepare and qualify us for heaven. The influence of the word of God opens the door to heaven for us, and closes the gate to hell.
We are saved, sanctified, sustained “by the word of God;” we also develop our faith by the Word. The word of God brings conviction that leads to confession of sin, confidence in God, conversion and consecration to the Lord. “Then they that gladly received his word… continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and in breaking of bread and in prayer.”
The Word acts like water: it cleanses, purifies and prepares us for Christ’s return. “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3). Baptism in the Holy Ghost also comes through the Word. Such is the power inherent in the word of God that it solves problems, heals sicknesses and diseases, delivers from the power of darkness and every attack and oppression of the Devil and his agents. It also gives success in all of life’s endeavours, as well as makes us develop mountain-moving faith.
Further Reading (King James Version): Acts 6:2-4,7; 12:24, 8:4,14,25; James 1:18,19,21,22; 1 Peter 1:22,23; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Peter 2:1-3; Act 2:40-42; John 15:3,7; 17:17, Act 20:32, Ephesians 5:25-27; Act 10: 33,44-47; Matthew 8:8-10; Romans 10:17; Matthew 8:13,16; Act 6:4.