For years we have being reading God’s Word. We have learned about His promises, and have witnessed them fulfilled in the lives and communities of the past and present. Yet are we in every measure of circumstances willing to trust in the “Word” that goes forth from the mouth of God? “...say the word, and my servant will be healed.”
There is a duality with the word “Word”. In the gospel of John, we have read that “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God...In Him was life, and that life was the light of all men.” In The Word that became flesh was life. The question is, what made this centurion believe there was life and power in the Word of Christ?
Could he have heard that Jesus had healed many? I don’t doubt that. So have we. Could he have heard about Jesus’ teaching and that many claimed He was from God? I don’t doubt that either. So have we. We have heard, we have witnessed, and we have read about our God in Jesus Christ who is able and have done exceedingly and abundantly above all that we could ever hope or think. I dare say also, we have been privy to more of the revelation of who Christ is than the Centurion. Yet he’s the one who has said, “say the word, and my servant will be healed.” What have you and I said?
Jesus said, “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. my Word that goes out from my mouth shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Do we believe in the life and power of the Word of God?
The Word of God according to Ezekiel 37:1-4, “The hand of the Lord was on me, and He brought me out by His Spirit and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them. There were a great many of them on the surface of the valley, and they were very dry. Then He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only You know.” He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”
Empresses, we live in a day in age in which many believe and many more are being deceived into thinking that the Word of God is irrelevant to our time. Some have even gone as far as to say it is a “book of myths” for us to reference. Being that we live in a world that is bend on redefining the intent, value, and truth of God’s Word, many of you can think of other expressions that have been used to speak of or describe the Word of God. Perhaps, the most shocking comment about the Scriptures, I have ever heard was from a fellow classmate in seminary; “the more I read, the more I realize that the Bible does not fit into my theology.”
It has been said that, everyone reads the Bible from his or her personal perspective. Yes, each of us do come to Christ with our own biases. At the same time, I hold firm to the belief that if in deed we are seeking after the Bread of Life, surrendering our being to be molded by the hands of the Almighty God, then those biases become null and void. Why? We have given up authority of our mind, body, and soul to Jesus Christ. Subsequently, even though we have our independent thoughts and ideas, we leave ourselves naked before the Lord for Him to correct our thinking, renew of mind, and lead us in the Truth of His Word, not our own.
It seems today that we have forgotten Who the Word is and subsequently the power thereof. John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” In John 4:24, Jesus said, “God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in Truth.” A little later, in John 6:63 Jesus said “the flesh counts for nothing the Words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are Life” Could this be the reason why so many of our homes and churches resemble the Valley of Dry Bones?
“Son of man, can these bones live?” I replied, “Lord God, only You know.” He said to me, “Prophesy concerning these bones and say to them: Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!” Are there any Ezekiel’s left in our midst who will delivered the unadulterated Word of Life? Are there any hearers left, who are willing to hear the Word of Life?
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