Return to the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus.
The most common statement I’ve heard over the many years of walking with the Lord is this. “Not all biblical promises are literal and true because we know that in life, there can be situations where no amount of prayer and fasting seem to be working. It’s just God’s will and that He has a greater good planned in everything we go through”. Really? I have never been comfortable with that statement because that raises so many questions with regards to the words of Jesus.
So, when the bible says, “Jesus Himself took ALL our sicknesses and by His stripes we are healed”, are you now saying that isn’t true all the time? Did He leave out some? When Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”, are you now saying that He sometimes leaves you? When Jesus said, “Whatsoever things you ask for when you pray, believe that you have received it and it shall be yours”, are you now saying that is not true? I am sure you agree there are lot more promises which could fall under this category. Jesus did say that He is coming back again. Going by this standard, how do we know that He is going to return?
This is because many of us have wrongly learnt to validate Gods word with our “feelings”. We let our “feelings” tell us what is true and what is not. If we “feel” sick, then our feelings override the truth in the word of God. If we asked for something in prayer and we didn’t’ get it when we wanted it, we begin to doubt. Now we let the doubt override the truth in the word of God. Many such instances in life become something called “life experience” and we let life experiences determine what is true and what is not in the word of God.
No, my dear brothers and sisters, one cannot pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe in God’s word. One must never read “into the bible” based on life experiences. All the above might have been your experience in life as a Christian, but that doesn’t make it the truth. Gods word is the truth, and nothing changes it. Not even your life experiences.
But the real truth is this. God’s word has POWER to change your life experience.
One of the key reasons why many of us don’t really experience the promises spoken of in God’s word is because we underestimate the power of “words”. The words we speak are often contrary to the word of God. We pray and ask God for a healing or a miracle or a provision, but our words immediately after the prayer are always contrary to the prayer we just prayed.
The bible says in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made what was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. “
Did you see that? The Word was God and all things that were made was made through Him. Through the word. Creation happened through the word.
This is why in Genesis 1 we see, God spoke words, and it became. He spoke “Let there be….and then there was”. Such is the power of the “spoken” word. Not a “thought” word or a whispered word, but a “spoken” word.
John 1:14 –says “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….”
Wow! The Word of God became flesh. In other words, the word of God was Jesus Himself. Jesus said “The words I speak to you are spirit and they are life”. – John 6:63
A lot of times, we agree with God’s word when we hear it. We agree with God’s word when we read it. We say “Yes, its true”. We read “By His stripes we were healed”, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, etc and we agree. We read the bible and say “Halleluiah Amen!”. We even quote it but agreement with the word is very different from “using” the word in our daily lives. God gave us His word to use it, not just to agree with it and say, “we believe”. Many of us agree with the word of God but do not know how to use it and hence do not see it manifest in our daily lives.
Agreeing with the word and not seeing it manifest in our day to day life is mere religion. We must learn how to use the word of God to see it manifest in our lives.
Jesus always ministered with words. He opened blind eyes with words. He said, “Be opened” and there it was. He made the lame walk with words. He said, “Arise, pick up your mat and walk”. He raised the dead with words. He calmed the sea with words. He fed the hungry with words. He cast out devils with words. The most important part of a Christian’s life is the ability to use Gods word. A born-again Christian’s life is defined by the words he/she speaks. How much of Gods promises manifests in your daily life largely depends on the words you speak. You are no greater than the words you speak. Watch your words. No man ever got better than the words that came out of his mouth.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”.
When the multitudes listened to Jesus, they went back and said, “No man ever spoke like this man”. Multitudes thronged around Jesus. They came from near and far just to hear Him speak. In one instance, they even forgot they hadn’t eaten for three days. They were with Jesus listening to Him speak. When they heard Him speak to the wind and calm the sea, they said “Wow! What manner of man of this that even the winds and the waves obey Him”? His words had power. The tree that withered out overnight couldn’t resist the power of His words. The devils couldn’t resist His command to flee. Mark 1:22 says, “The people were astonished at His teaching, because He spoke with authority”.
He has now given us (His children) the same authority. This is why He said, I’ve given you authority to overcome all the power of the enemy. Nothing by any means will harm you. Jesus also said that we would be able to lay our hands on the sick and heal them. We would be able to cast out devils in His name. He also said “Ask what you want in my name and it shall be done for you for the glory of my Father in heaven”.
If we really have been given so much power, then how is it that we ourselves are struggling with sicknesses and oppression and lack often times? Isn’t something wrong with that picture?
No, my dearest brothers and sisters, let us learn to speak the word. Out loud. With boldness and confidence because we are children of God. We are not ordinary people of the world. We are His children with direct access to God our Father. Do not just whisper and definitely do not just close your eyes and “think” a prayer. Jesus said, “When you pray, SAY and not “think” because “words” are powerful.
It is said that a scientist once performed an experiment. He had 2 plants. He spoke nice words to one plant every single day. He spoke out words like you are beautiful, you are awesome. You will bear much fruit. You look so beautiful and healthy and so on. But he spoke harsh words to the second plant. He spoke out words such as “You are ugly. You are fruitless. I don’t think you’ll stay alive. You are miserable, etc. After a few weeks, he noticed that the first plant grew beautiful, flowered very well and looked very healthy, but the second plant withered and died. Such is the power of your words. Imagine then what your words can do to your life.
The truth is that when we were born again, we were born of the Word of God. He gave birth to our new born-again self. His word gave birth to us. So we have His word living in us. We have the life of God Himself in us. We cannot be sick, and we can never be condemned. We can live guilt free and with divine health.
1 Peter 1:23 says, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Now since we have the life of God Himself in us and since we have His word in us, let us also ensure that only His words come out of our mouths. His words will always be full of power, will be full of selfless love and will always build people up and not tear them down. His words bring healing and His words set people free.
This is what I do every day, at least once. Often more than once. I speak this out loudly all by myself every single day.
“I am a child of God. I was born of the Word of God. God Himself gave birth to me. I was born of an incorruptible seed. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed me from all my unrighteousness. I cannot sin, because I do not have the sin nature in me. When God gave birth to me as I was born again, He didn’t impart the sin nature into me like Adam did. Therefore, I cannot sin. Sin has no dominion over me because I am not under law but under grace. I have the life of God in me because He birthed me. Therefore, I cannot be sick. I have his divine health in me. As He is, so am I in this world. I am not of this world. I am a citizen of the kingdom of God. It is impossible for me to fail because God is my Father. He owns all things. I am His son and I am a success. Because I am His son, I only speak His words and I only do what I see Him do. The Holy Spirit is with me. I am never alone. He will guide me through this day and provide for all I need today. I thank you Lord for my new life. I thank you for my family and for your Lordship over my household.”
After several months/years of doing this, it has become who I am now, and I have learnt to look at myself through God’s eyes. Speak this over yourself every day for 2 weeks and let me know if you notice a difference in your walk with God and in your personal life.
Let me remind you again. Watch your words. Speak God’s word over your lives. Do not speak as any one else of this world. Be different. Speak differently.
For example: When you feel sick, don’t say “I have this problem or that problem….” Instead try speaking out “I am a child of God. It is impossible for me to be sick. I have the life of God in me. I refuse to let this sickness in my body. I command you (name the sickness) to leave my body now in Jesus name. Keep saying it. Don’t stop. Keep saying it.
When there is discord and arguments in your home and there is no peace, don’t be discouraged and sad. Instead, speak out and say “Jesus is Lord of this house. I command the sprit of disunity to leave now. “
Ask God for wisdom. Dear Lord, grant me wisdom. Wisdom to discern spiritual truths. Wisdom to prosper and make money. Wisdom to be generous and to live a godly life. In Jesus name. Amen!
Let me pray over you right now. Dear Lord Jesus, help my brothers and sisters find revelation in this blog post Lord. Let them realize the power of their words and convict those who have been experiencing curses in their lives due to lack of knowledge. May your Holy Spirit teach them to speak YOUR words going forward Lord. Bless them in their households. Fill their homes with your peace. Heal those who are seeking health and provide for those who are seeking provision. But teach them to walk in victory going forward Lord. For this purpose, you came, that they might have abundant life and that we all might be one with you. I thank you Lord for granting me this request. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!!
I was radically transformed by the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ back in 1997 in a most unusual way and unusual place. Read my testimony here. Over the years of my walk with God, I have come to realize a few basic truths that have altered my life.
True freedom is freedom from self-centeredness. Dying to yourself, your wants, your desires and to what gives you pleasure for the sake of others is more liberating than you think.