Monday 2 March 2009

A people of the Word

Glory to the King of kings!

This past week the Lord has been revealing more to us about His Word - both His prophetic Word as well as his written Word. Yesterday the Lord spoke to us about how we need to be a people not only IN the Word but also OF the word! This is what He showed us:

God has placed certain conditions for our prayers to be answered:
  • We must remain in Him (John 15:7)
  • Jesus' words must remain in us (John 15:7)
  • We must produce fruit that will last (John 15:16)
  • Our hearts must not condemn us (1 John 3:21)
  • We must obey God and do what pleases Him (1 John 3:22)
  • We must pray according to his will (1 John 5:14)

The Lord then showed us what it means for the Word to remain in us:

  • To remain is to abide, dwell, live etc. (Col.3:16)
  • The Word is not a formula that is to remain in the mind but rather is to be a revelation that is to remain in the heart (Mat.13:15)
  • We need to understand the Word by the Spirit in the heart (1 Cor.2:9-14)
  • The "knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven" is received through spiritual revelation (Mat.13:11, 1 Cor.2:12)

In order to receive spiritual revelation and understanding we must have "a good and noble heart" (Luke 8:15) which means we need to have:

  1. A clean heart (Ps.66:18,19)
  2. A believing heart that trusts the Word (Rom.4:20,21)
  3. An objective heart that receives the Word as it is (John 17:8)
  4. A teachable heart that allows God to change us (Mat.13:15)
  5. A submissive heart that comes under the authority of the Word and obeys it (2 Tim.3:16)

  • Obedience is the key to releasing spiritual revelation, understanding, knowledge and wisdom! (Mat.13:8,12,23)
  • When we obey God's Word we are set apart so that we are of the Word and not of the world (John 17:14-18)
  • Just as "the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" so are we to be a revelation of the Living Word in us (John 1:14)
  • The believer is in the world but not of the world as he is in the Word and of the Word!

It is when the Word is understood in the heart by the Spirit and obeyed that the Word remains in the heart and the believer becomes a person of the Word.

We praise God for His revelation to us and showing us how to become a people powerful in prayer. Yesterday evening we had another wonderful opportunity to bless the poor and needy at our monthly homeless mission. The Lord glorified His name as He touched people's lives with His healing power as we prayed for them and shared God's Word with them. Hallelujah! God always proves His Word!

Quote of the week:

"If you remain in me and my word remains in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:7,8


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