(a two minute read)
The Holy Spirit shook me awake one night to teach me about something in the fourth chapter of Proverbs. It reads:
20 My son, attend to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their body.
Here’s what He said about it: God’s word is powerful and sovereign. His word was powerful enough to create the heavens and the earth and everything in them, including you and me. He didn’t form the universe with His hands, but with His words.1
His word is authoritative and always accomplishes what He declares it will do.2
What He says, goes. One might say that God always gets the final word.3
That all-powerful and creative Word of God was made flesh in Jesus Christ.4 The Word was made flesh in Jesus, and by God’s Holy Spirit, the Word is also made flesh in us.5 What God the Father spoke, His Word, came alive in Christ and walked the earth to save you and me from our folly.6
When a Christian claims (and appropriately uses) the spiritual authority God gave us, what we see is the action of someone who is steeped in the Word, steeped in Jesus.
When she prays or teaches or makes a declaration and quotes Scripture it’s clear she knows the Word. She knows Jesus.
You’ll know that the Word is written on her heart. You’ll know that it directs and guides what she knows, says and believes. It means that an intimate relationship with Jesus is present, directing and guiding everything she knows, says and believes.
Jesus is the Word. The more we know the Word and live the Word, the more we personify Jesus and live His life through our own. This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1. Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26
2. Isaiah 55:11
3. Revelation 22:13
4. John 1:14
5. John 14:15
6: Mark 10:45