God speaks to us, and we can access His voice in various ways. First, He speaks through the Bible, which is His written Word. He also speaks through our senses, by the inward witness of the Holy Spirit, in creation, dreams, visions, or gifts of the Spirit, i.e., prophecy, word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and various tongues and their interpretation. When God speaks, His Words always line up with His written Word. Today, we are going to look at how He speaks through His written and spoken Word.
God’s Word has the power to create. In the beginning, God spoke, and the heavens, earth, and man were created (Genesis 1:1 – 31). Psalm 29 describes the power of the voice of the LORD, which can break the cedars, divide the flames of fire, shakes the wilderness, etc. God calls those things which do not exist as though they did (Romans 4:17). Jesus is the living Word (John 1:1-4, 14; 1 John 5:7), and the Words He speaks are spirit and life.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
I will never forget Your precepts, for, by them, You have given me life. Psalm 119:93
The written Word of God or the Bible is where we discover the life of which Jesus speaks in John 6:63; the very life of God Himself, released in believers. That’s because the Word is like a seed. It carries within it the power to fulfill itself, and it goes forth and returns to God, fulfilling what He sent it to do, and it never fails. So when you plant the Word about healing, provision, or whatever you need in your heart, then believe, confess and act on it, that Word will release God’s power in you to affect that circumstance (Matthew 13:3 – 9; 18 – 23).
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10 – 11
My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20 – 22
The Word of God is part of the Armor of God that we put on so that we can stand against the devil’s tricks, deceptions, and strategies (Ephesians 6:11). Most of the armor pieces are for our defense, but the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word, is an offensive weapon (Ephesians 6:17)!
The written Word of God is the number one weapon He has given us to live a victorious and abundant life; therefore, we must learn to be effective in wielding it correctly. We have this weapon at our disposal as a child of God who has asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. But if you don’t learn how to use it, it will be useless to you. But it isn’t hard because His Word gives us the answers! So you can’t fail, but you have to take out His Word and learn to use it.
The Bible is a supernatural or spiritual book written by a Spiritual being and can only be seen or understood through spiritual eyes after salvation. Therefore, the natural man can’t understand it, and it is foolishness to him because it is spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:13-14).
It is God-breathed, eternal, infallible, truth, alive and powerful, light, wisdom, health to your flesh and releases heaven on earth. It has life in it! (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119:89; Numbers 23:19; Romans 3:4; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:105, 130; Psalm 119:98; Proverbs 4:20-22; Matthew 16:19; 18:18). The Word of God brings healing and deliverance, and it confirms, guides, and establishes us.
He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:20
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
There is power and authority in the Word of God. God’s Word is the foundation for freedom and success because it contains God’s instructions to us, His promises for us to stand on, the solution to every problem man has, and wisdom to find the answers.
But for the Word of God to be successful in your life, you first need to have a relationship with Him through Jesus so that you can hear His Words (John 8:47; 10:27; 1 Corinthians 2:14). Then there are three things you need to do according to Joshua 1:8: 1) speak the Word, 2) meditate on the Word, and 3) obey or act on the Word. Finally, remember to ask the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to what you are reading and show you how to apply it to your life.
There is power in praying the Word of God. You can’t go wrong with praying His Word over your life and situation. Ryan LeStrange is currently doing a series of videos on his Facebook page about praying the Word to show you if you don’t know how to do that. (#PrayTheWord)
Our faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). In this verse, the Word of God refers to the Rhema or anointed spoken Word from Christ. Faith in God can only be based on what we have heard from Him. Jesus walked in faith because of the Word the Father spoke to Him and lived a lifestyle of living by the voice of God. Hearing is the foundation for faith, and faith is the foundation for expectation. We need to go to Him and commune with Him in every situation. We must not have presumptuous faith based on good intentions and reasoning rather than revelation. We can’t believe God for a specific situation if we haven’t heard from Him.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16
First, we pray, then confess what we hear the Lord telling us. There is power in prayer when we recognize that apart from Jesus, we can do nothing and pray in His name (John 15:5). In John 14:13, Jesus says, “I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” We need to hear from Christ first before we start confessing. Therefore, we must hear from Him every day and be led by the Spirit daily. When we listen to the voice of God in our lives, we will thrive no matter what season we are going through and no matter what circumstances we’re facing!
A few years ago, I was dealing with a debilitating back injury, and I sought the Lord for a Word from Him to apply to my situation. I read, meditated on, and declared many healing scriptures over my life, but I needed to hear His Word for me in that situation. So He gave me Psalm 18:29, which says, For by You I can run against a troop, By my God, I can leap over a wall. The Holy Spirit quickened that Word to my spirit, and it became a Rhema Word that I then started declaring and decreeing over my life.
The Lord told me to start walking even though I was in a lot of pain. But I heard Him speak the Word, so I obeyed. As a result, I soon began to experience less pain with walking and in other activities of my life. Then, one day as I was walking, I heard the Lord’s voice tell me to jog. After a conversation with Him about why I thought I couldn’t do that because of my physical condition, I decided to say, as Peter did, “nevertheless at Your Word,” I’ll do it (Luke 5:4-5). I knew in my spirit at the moment that I began jogging that Jesus healed my back. As a result, I have been able to resume my normal activities without pain while increasing strength in my body through exercise.
When we’re reading the Word of God or encountering a situation, it is essential to ask the Holy Spirit to breathe life on the Word and ask Him how to proceed. The Rhema Word is that quickening of your spirit by the Holy Spirit as you read the written Word, hear a prophetic word or when He speaks to you as you wait upon Him in prayer. We must also come out of agreement with any lies we have believed before applying the truth from God’s Word. Otherwise, we are empowering the enemy in our lives. The Holy Spirit can reveal any lies we have believed and show us the truth to replace them.
God and His angels move on our behalf at the sound of our voice when we declare His Word. Therefore it is vital to pray, decree, and prophesy the Word! When we pray the Word of God, the answer to our prayers manifests.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7
Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His Word, heeding the voice of His Word. Psalm 103:20
You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you, so light will shine on your ways. Job 22:28
The Bible is a book of breakthrough, victory, and overcoming. So, Father, we thank You in the name of Jesus for our breakthrough and victory that will happen. God’s Word frames the world, but our world is framed by our words and what we speak. So, let God’s Word frame your world by speaking in faith God’s Word out of your mouth until you see His will come to pass in your life. Activate the power of God in your life by declaring His Word!
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My Word.” Jeremiah 1:12
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