Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer.”
God puts much emphasis on the power of the word. Every created thing or being came from His creative word, (Genesis 1). God’s word is creative and we are made in the image of God. Proverbs 18:21 declares “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” When God speaks, He fulfills His word and He expects that of us. We live our lives firstly to God, and then to people. When we have given a word, we should make sure we fulfill it. A man that is as good as his word displays honesty and integrity, characteristic of the Indwelling Christ.
John’s gospel, chapter 1:1 declares of Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
3: All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4: In him was life: and the life was the light of men.”
Why was Jesus called the Word? Jesus said to Philip, John 14:9 “….He that has seen me has seen the Father, and why do you say then, Show us the Father?” Jesus walked in all truth and was totally transparent, thus He was a vessel and carrier of the pure word of God. There was nothing in Him that blocked or opposed the Father’s words insomuch that He was the Word, thus the words He spoke were the Spirit and Life of God and creation flowed through Him.
Matthew 21:18-22 is the record of Jesus cursing the fig tree because it bore no fruit. He did not dig it up or break it down, He just spoke to it and it withered. He spoke a word. The account continues as Jesus teaches His disciples the value of faith in God when speaking to the “mountains” in our lives. When Jesus spoke, there was nothing in Him to inhibit His Father’s word. He himself declared that He only spoke the words His Father gave Him, and He only did the things that pleased His Father. His only agenda was to do His Father’s will and please Him. “Thy will be done,” to His Father, was His lifestyle and demonstration to us of how to live a peace controlled, surrendered life.
As we often state, we are all on a journey in the School of the Spirit. There are things in our lives that the Holy Spirit is addressing to bring God’s order to for change. When the devil came to Jesus, he found nothing in Him because Jesus was the embodiment of all truth. God is seeking to bring us, incrementally, to that place of transparency that we become a vessel fit for divine purpose, for the glory of God, not for our glory. We will never reach sinless perfection whilst on this earth, but as we daily surrender to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we should mature as time goes by in our Father’s ways. The resurrected life of the Indwelling Christ should manifest in the fruits of the Spirit in us. The fruit is to be given away, not kept to ourselves. As our lives become ordered under God’s mighty hand, surrendering where He points, we will become vessels fit for His divine purpose, and His creative word spoken through a surrendered vessel “will not return to Him void.”
God is after reality in our lives. Do I say one thing but do otherwise? Do I keep my word? Do I confront/address people who visit and blaspheme in my home, yet compromise when watching television programmes using bad language or displaying worldly, ungodly values? God sees.
Matthew 12:36-37. Here Jesus teaches that we are accountable for every idle word we speak. “…Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account of in the day of judgement. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.” The Lord wants us to be people of integrity where His beloved Son is comfortable to tabernacle with us. Integrity is birthed from humility “under the mighty Hand.”
When a baby first begins to crawl on hands and knees, the parents are so pleased. However, what a tragedy it would be if the child continued to crawl, instead of walk, as an adult! Selah.
Our loving Heavenly Father is ever seeking those who want His royal exchange in our lives….His beauty for our ashes. The One who never changes, who is eternally faithful to completing the work He first began in us at Salvation, will bring His sons and daughters to the goal: Christ in us, the hope of glory! “…Till we all come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:13, as we daily surrender to Him.