"In the beginning the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn't make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."
…John chat 1 vs. 1-5 (NLT)
The word of God has been a lot of things to me in my lifetime. When I was a child, it was an interesting novel that I would hungrily devour in order to add to the numerous books I had already consumed; but also like the other novels, as soon as I closed the page, I forgot it existed. As I grew older, it became almost a horror story (I always skipped the book of revelations) foretelling destruction that would come upon me if I did not change my ways (change them how?) From there it became a chore!I would open it every night grumbling under my breath at how tedious this book was and how I could be doing more fun things at this time.
Then came salvation and the realization of what it was knocked me out completely…
I think Paul explains it better when he said:
“Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.”
…1 Corinth. 13 vs. 12
Before I was saved, I only knew the word in part, I rightfully knew it spelled destruction for those who didn’t know Christ and I also knew that it was something I should read daily but the part I was missing was the LIFE it gave.
Let me try to channel this into something understandable…
God’s word is Christ and Christ is alive; therefore Christ is the living word. The words we hold in our hands in the form of the bible are the verbal words that God sent in the physical and human form of Jesus Christ. If we understand this fact, we will understand the power we are privy too. When we speak scripture, we are speaking life itself.
I recently learned the action of praying the scripture and it has been a powerful experience. I get the chance of speaking the words my savior spoke and as I pray them to him, my heart is renewed because God said
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.”
…Isaiah 55 vs. 11
“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”
…Psalm119 vs. 89
If this is as true as I know it is, when I pray the word of God, I am in accordance to his will and if I pray according to will; it will definitely come to pass. That’s why memorizing scripture is invaluable to the Christian walk. When temptation comes your way and you speak 1 Corinth 10 vs. 13, understand that it is his words and not yours because of this fact alone, you can receive help through it; after all he said his words won’t be void. When in times of sickness, praying Matthew 4 vs. 23 gets our lord’s attention. This is not to say that our simple words do not yield results (our Father hears every prayer) but just that we should not overlook the multifaceted blessings the word of God represents in our lives.
“Make me understand the way of your precepts; so shall I meditate on your wonderful works.” …Psalm 119 vs. 27
…musings from atop the potter’s wheel