SPEAKING GOD'S WORD

teaching by TrueRevivalFires@aol.com

God have given human beings dominion over everything upon the Earth, in the air and in the seas and over all therein. (Genesis 1:26 )

We are to seek God and His heart and Will about all things and then speak them into manifestation upon the Earth. We are to learn about God's Heart, Mind and Will from His Word as recorded in the Bible. How to hear from Him and to discern and evaluate all matters from His written Word and His Inner Voice through the Holy Spirit. As long as it is in alignment with His Word it IS His Will. That is how you can tell. Of course some are more attuned to God's Will and the move of His Holy Spirit because they have made that their top priority---to spend time attuning to Him, communing and learning how to become more sensitive to His Voice and leading.

We are all supposed to be able to hear DIRECTLY from God----we were designed to have this relationship and intimacy with the Divine---with our Creator. It is not at all difficult it is the easiest thing in the world to attune yourself to God if one wants to and seeks Him with all their heart. It is God who breathed into your nostrils to create your life's breath--so our Spirit IS His Spirit and our Soul was breathed into us by God directly. Our blood and our heart sprang into life in that instant and we became a living Spirit --a SPEAKING SPIRIT made after God's own Likeness to speak His will and plan upon Earth as it is in Heaven.

It is our duty to pray, to take authority IN HIS NAME and POWER over the elements and to perform all the miracles that Jesus performed. To heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demonic spirits and manifest miracles as a Spirit led Son of God and co-equal heir with Christ. ONLY a human being can operate legally upon Earth. Demons cannot because they are spirits without a physical body. That is why they attempt to possess and enter our bodies to operate through us. Spirits are illegal to operate here. This is WHY we are forbidden in the Scriptures to act as mediums and to channel and host out of body entities!!!

We are to host God's Spirit and to speak His Word and Will upon this Earth. He has placed all things under our feet and under our Spirit led authority in Christ. We are Christ's Body here on Earth. God Himself couldn't act directly upon Earth against His own Word and Command (see Genesis1:26 ) until He came clothed in the Form of Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus was the very Image of God upon Earth---that to see Him was to See the Father as they are one and the same. When Jesus returned to the Father He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell us as His living Temples. Thus we --- all who have accepted Him--are His collective Body through which He continues to operate today.

This is God's Will and we must act, pray and seek to know and to fulfill His Will upon Earth. If one is not aware of God's plan and what we were designed to do and what the Divine Plan is---then it is very difficult to act with any type of genuine Spiritual power and authority. Satan is the counterfeiting spirit that always creates a substitution, an imitation to place before us to keep us from knowing and accepting God’s plan. His plan is to keep us ignorant of our power given us by accepting Christ and learning the Truth of the Scriptures---which would free us to do the same things that Jesus did. Satan's plot is to rob, kill and destroy, to deceive, distract and by any possible means to keep us from knowing the Truth which would set us free---and place him under our feet!!!

Satan's lie is to mislead and tempt us to worship anyone and anything but Jesus Christ and YHWH. To follow any man concocted doctrine BUT THE TRUTH -- that JESUS paid in full-- the price for our Spiritual freedom upon the cross. The devil would have us do anything we wish with our mind and body BUT crucify our ego-flesh; and discover that we have DIRECT ACCESS access to God through Christ and His Holy Spirit. His fallen agenda is to entice us to house his demon spirits as their channels, mediums, psychics etc. and become their mouth piece-- spouting their agendas and fallen thought forms---all very enticing to the ego-flesh self. The devil wants us to worship the beings, powers, principalities, rulers, stars, demons and angels, space people, demigods and discarnate spirits that occupy the second heaven, or astral plane.

This is the big lie that is infiltrating and being promoted by the new age philosophy. The new age philosophy is a combination of various humanistic beliefs and philosophies; mixed with a little Biblical truth ( to reassure the undiscerning that this is all OK) -- a lot of secular humanism (ie "truth is relative" so just do your own thing, there is no absolute moral standard, no evil, no sin, everything is just experience, no devil, no hell, no judgment after death, no one God appointed way, no need to be saved or for a Savior, salvation is granted to everyone whether they have accepted Jesus as Savior or not” everyone will go to heaven even if they live like demons from hell--etc.----all these are Satan's lies. Every one of these beliefs goes against the Word of God as recorded in the Bible and taught by Jesus.

“ You shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free, “ “ Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!!” “Therefore choose this day whom you will serve” “Make your election sure .”

I hope that this will clarify a bit more our position in God and the difference between our human devised philosophies and God Divine Plan for us all.

Part 1

God's Word Is A Seed

Most people expect God's Word to work like a stick of dynamite -- but God's Word is like a seed. We know because of what Jesus said.

LUKE 8:11 NKJ
11 "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

The Holy Spirit, through Peter, also said God's Word is a seed.

1 PETER 1:23 NKJ
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

God's Word is alive. Just like a seed -- the Bible is full of unseen life.

JOHN 6:63 NKJ
63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Jesus said His words are alive. They contain life. The words in your Bible may look lifeless and powerless. Seeds do, too. But they are not without life or power.

In Mark 4:30-31, Jesus explained that the kingdom of God works like a seed. So, if we are to understand God's kingdom and how He operates, we need to understand seeds.

 

Seeds

* A seed is alive: it contains life.

Your physical senses are incapable of judging whether a seed is alive or not. You cannot see, feel, hear, smell, or taste the life in a seed. There is only one way to prove a seed is alive -- plant it.

* A seed does nothing until planted.

Seeds do not grow sitting in a sack on your shelf. They must be planted in the proper place.

If you desire the Word of God to produce in your life, you must decide to plant the Word in your heart and mind.

The best way to plant the seed of God's Word in your life is by speaking the Word. Hearing others speak the Word is good -- but will not produce as bountiful a harvest as speaking the Word yourself.

Speaking God's Word with your mouth is essential. As we speak God's Word we are planting the seed in our heart for the harvest of results we desire.

ROMANS 10:10 NKJ
10 For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.

Whatever you need to be saved or delivered from, confession (what you say) is essential.

* A seed is much smaller than the plant it produces.

The problem you face may seem huge. In comparison, a scripture may seem very small. But when planted, that Word will grow in you and overcome the problem.

* A seed always produces after its kind.

GALATIANS 6:7 NKJ
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Whatever you need, or desire, find scriptures relating to that. Then plant those scriptures inside you in abundance. Those seeds will grow up and produce a harvest of what you need or desire.

* A seed is powerful.

As a seed begins to grow, it will push up dirt, rocks, etc. Whatever the obstacles are, God's Word planted in your heart will push them out of the way.

* A seed begins its growth in secret (underground).

The only way to tell if a seed is growing is to dig it up, or wait for a plant to appear. If you dig up a seed, you may kill it.

* A seed takes time to produce.

No one expects a seed to produce a harvest the same day that seed is planted.

Sometimes the Word of God seems to spring up and bear fruit immediately. Yet, if we knew the details, we would understand that the fruit of the Word grew in that person's life over time.

* A seed is persistent.

A seed never gives up, but works day and night. Even when you are sleeping, the seed you have planted is working to grow and express itself in a fruitful harvest.

* A seed is not affected by other seeds.

Whatever happens to other seeds does not make any difference to a specific seed. Each seed sticks to its own task. One wheat seed planted in a corn field will still produce wheat. Seed does not become discouraged, or quit, even if other seeds die.

* A seed will stop growing without nourishment.

Planting a seed is not enough to assure a harvest. Seed must be protected and taken care of until harvest time. A seed which is dug up, or not watered, will not produce.

* More seeds planted produce a larger harvest.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6 NKJ
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Think on these truths about seeds. Allow the Holy Spirit to help you apply them to the role of God's Word in your life.

 

Part 3

The Sword of the Spirit

"Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Ephesians 6:17 NKJV

The Sword of the Spirit is a powerful weapon of spiritual warfare.  The sword is formed by speaking God's word.  When we use the sword properly, God's power and resources are available to us.  In discussing the Sword of the Spirit, it is helpful to first examine the meaning of the Greek words Logos and Rhema, which are often used for the "word" of God.  

Logos - the word of God (see Strong's #3056):  Logos is often used to identify the written scriptures in the Bible, which were given to people under the inspiration of God (Timothy 3:16, 1 Peter 1:10-11).  Collectively, the Bible, as God's "word," is the written, divine expression or revelation of God to humanity.  Jesus completed this expression as the literal embodiment of God's word, logos (John 1:1-5,14).  

Rhema - the word of God (Strong's #4487) Rhema is the spoken word of God.  Strong's concordance says that rhema is "that which is or has been uttered by the living voice."  Rhema carries a spiritual connotation that differentiates it from logos.  It also bears application to the specific context of our lives.  For example, we may be wrestling with an issue in our life and during our quiet time we read a verse that "speaks" directly to the situation we are dealing with.  That portion of the scripture becomes a "Rhema word" from God for us regarding our situation.  We can then stand in faith on the Rhema God has given us and confess it whenever the devil tries to attack us. 

Another way of using the Rhema is to apply specific scriptures (logos) to the situations we are facing.  This is perhaps the most common of way of diffusing temptations.  While we may not have a special or emergent Rhema revelation from God regarding a temptation, we will likely have plenty of scriptures that we can speak that apply.

The Sword of the Spirit:  Rhema is the Greek word used in the Sword of the Spirit passage (Ephesians 6:17 - "..the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God").  Therefore, we use the Sword of the Spirit by:

1) Standing in faith on the word God has given us for our particular situation and confessing it in the face of the enemy's attacks

and/or

2) Speaking or singing scriptures (logos) that apply to the situation we are facing

As with the other pieces of the armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit relies on faith for its foundation.  When our faith is based on the promises of God's word, our sword's "spiritual power link" to God is engaged.  Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23 NKJV).  Spoken in faith, the Sword of the Spirit is the truth that sets people free from the lies that hold them captive (John 8:31-32, Psalm 119:160, John 17:17).

From the very beginning, God has spoken words that have powerfully influenced everything that exists.  For example, God created the heavens and earth by speaking them into existence!  The Bible says, "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the *word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible" (Hebrews 11:3 NASB, *rhema).  Since God created us in his likeness, we too have the ability to release power through speech.   For example, our words can bring life and death (Proverbs 18:21).  They can build people up or tear them down (James 3).   

Jesus used the Sword of the Spirit in resisting Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4).  Jesus responded to each of the temptations by quoting scripture.  The scripture he chose revealed and destroyed the lies of each temptation.   In the same way, we can use scripture to destroy the lies that tempt us.  Other Sword of the Spirit examples:

  • Praying the word (Acts 4:24-31): A group of believers prayed the word and the result was that the place was shaken, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly
  • Preaching the word (Acts 13:38-43)
  • Answering questions with the word (Acts 13:46-48)
  • Singing the word (Acts 16:25-34)

Basic Training:  When using the Sword of the Spirit, we need to ensure that we are using the scripture in the proper context from where it was taken.  In order to understand the context, we'll need to learn the Bible.  Bible study not only familiarizes us with the word, but also builds our faith up (Romans 10:17) and sharpens our discernment skills for spiritual warfare (Hebrews 4:12).  

  • Have daily quiet times:  The best method for learning the Bible is to study it each day in a quiet time with God.  Specifically, you'll want to learn about God's promises to you, your identity in Jesus Christ and the guidelines for holy living.  
  • Memorize key verses:  As you study the Bible, you'll also want to pick out verses to memorize.  Scripture memory helps improve your swordsmanship in rejecting temptations.  It usually requires persistence and effort, but it is well worth it.  

NavPress offers a great product called the Topical Memory System that is very good for scripture memory.  You can also devise your own system.  For example, I write down verses that I notice during my quiet time readings on 3 X 5 note cards.  On the card I include the reference and the topic.  I review the cards throughout the day as often as possible.  After I have mastered twelve cards, I start a new group.   The key is to keep the scripture in front of you as much as possible each day.  You are basically programming your mind with God's word.  

  • Practice:  As you face temptations each day, try to recall the verses you have learned that apply to the temptation.  You can ask the Holy Spirit to help you remember them.  One of the Holy Spirit's functions is to remind you of the word (John 14:26).  The more you have memorized, the more verses the Spirit has to help you with!  The more you speak the scriptures that come to mind, the more you reinforce them in your memory.  

Part 4

The Speaking Voice

An intelligent plain man, untaught in the truths of Christianity, coming upon this text, would likely conclude that John meant to teach that it is the nature of God to speak, to communicate His thoughts to others. And he would be right. A word is a medium by which thoughts are expressed, and the application of the term to the Eternal Son leads us to believe that self-expression is inherent in the Godhead, that God is forever seeking to speak Himself out to His creation. The whole Bible supports the idea. God is speaking. Not God spoke, but God is speaking. He is by His nature continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking Voice.

One of the great realities with which we have to deal is the Voice of God in His world. The briefest and only satisfying cosmogony is this: `He spake and it was done.' The why of natural law is the living Voice of God immanent in His creation. And this word of God which brought all worlds into being cannot be understood to mean the Bible, for it is not a written or printed word at all, but the expression of the will of God spoken into the structure of all things. This word of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality. The Voice of God is the most powerful force in nature, indeed the only force in nature, for all energy is here only because the power-filled Word is being spoken.

The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. `The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.' The life is in the speaking words. God's word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God's word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written Word all- powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book.

We take a low and primitive view of things when we conceive of God at the creation coming into physical contact with things, shaping and fitting and building like a carpenter. The Bible teaches otherwise: `By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. ...For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.' (Ps 33:6,9) `Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.' (Heb 11:3) Again we must remember that God is referring ere not to His written Word, but to His speaking Voice. His world-filling Voice is meant, that Voice which antedates the Bible by uncounted centuries, that Voice which has not been silent since the dawn of creation, but is sounding still throughout the full far reaches of the universe.

The Word of God is quick and powerful. In the beginning He spoke to nothing, and it became something. Chaos heard it and became order, darkness heard it and became light. `And God said - - and it was so.' (Gen 1:9) These twin phrases, as cause and effect, occur throughout the Genesis story of the creation. The said accounts for the so. The so is the said put into the continuous present. That God is here and that He is speaking--these truths are back of all other Bible truths; without them there could be no revelation at all. God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years. God breathed on clay and it became a man; He breathes on men and they become clay. `Return ye children of men,' (Ps 90:3) was the word spoken at the Fall by which God decreed the death of every man, and no added word has He needed to speak. The sad procession of mankind across the face of the earth from birth to the grave is proof that His original Word was enough.

We have not given sufficient attention to that deep utterance in the Book of John, `That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.' (John 1:9) Shift the punctuation around as we will and the truth is still there: the Word of God affects the hearts of all men as light in the soul. In the hearts of all men the light shines, the Word sounds, and there is no escaping them. Something like this would of necessity be so if God is alive and in His world. And John says that it is so. Even those persons who have never heard of the Bible have still been preached to with sufficient clarity to remove every excuse from their hearts forever. `Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while either accusing or else excusing one another.' (Rom 2:15) `For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.' (Rom 1:20)

This universal Voice of God was by the ancient Hebrews often called Wisdom, and was said to be everywhere sounding and searching throughout the earth, seeking some response from the sons of men. The eighth chapter of the Book of Proverbs begins, `Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?' The writer then pictures wisdom as a beautiful woman standing `in the top of the high places, by the way in the places of the paths.' She sounds her voice from every quarter so that no one may miss hearing it. `Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of men.' Then she pleads for the simple and the foolish to give ear to her words. It is spiritual response for which this Wisdom of God is pleading, a response which she has always sought and is but rarely able to secure. The tragedy is that our eternal welfare depends upon our hearing, and we have trained our ears not to hear.

This universal Voice has ever sounded, and it has often troubled men even when they did not understand the source of their fears. Could it be that this Voice distilling like a living mist upon the hearts of men has been the undiscovered cause of the troubled conscience and the longing for immortality confessed by millions since the dawn of recorded history? We need not fear to face up to this. The speaking Voice is a fact. How men have reacted to it is for any observer to note.

When God spoke out of heaven to our Lord, self-centered men who heard it explained it by natural causes: they said, `It thundered.' This habit of explaining the Voice by appeals to natural law is at the very root of modern science. In the living breathing cosmos there is a mysterious Something, too wonderful, too awful [i.e. `awesome'] for any mind to understand. The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, `God.' The man of earth kneels also, but not to worship. He kneels to examine, to search, to find the cause and the how of things. Just now we happen to be living in a secular age. Our thought habits are those of the scientist, not those of the worshipper. We are more likely to explain than to adore. `It thundered,' we exclaim, and go our earthly way. But still the Voice sounds and searches. The order and life of the world depend upon that Voice, but men are mostly too busy or too stubborn to give attention.

Everyone of us has had experiences which we have not been able to explain: a sudden sense of loneliness, or a feeling of wonder or awe in the face of the universal vastness. Or we have had a fleeting visitation of light like an illumination from some other sun, giving us in a quick flash an assurance that we are from another world, that our origins are divine. What we saw there, or felt, or heard, may have been contrary to all that we had been taught in the schools and at wide variance with all our former beliefs and opinions. We were forced to suspend our acquired doubts while, for a moment, the clouds were rolled back and we saw and heard for ourselves. Explain such things as we will, I think we have not been fair to the facts until we allow at least the possibility that such experiences may arise from the Presence of God in the world and His persistent effort to communicate with mankind. Let us not dismiss such an hypothesis too flippantly.

It is my own belief (and here I shall not feel bad if no one follows me) that every good and beautiful thing which man has produced in the world has been the result of his faulty and sin-blocked response to the creative Voice sounding over the earth. The moral philosophers who dreamed their high dreams of virtue, the religious thinkers who speculated about God and immortality, the poets and artists who created out of common stuff pure and lasting beauty: how can we explain them? It is not enough to say simply, `It was genius.' What then is genius? Could it be that a genius is a man haunted by the speaking Voice, laboring and striving like one possessed to achieve ends which he only vaguely understands? That the great man may have missed God in his labors, that he may even have spoken or written against God does not destroy the idea I am advancing. God's redemptive revelation in the Holy Scriptures is necessary to saving faith and peace with God. Faith in a risen Saviour is necessary if the vague stirrings toward immortality are to bring us to restful and satisfying communion with God. To me this is a plausible explanation of all that is best outside of Christ. But you can be a good Christian and not accept my thesis.

The Voice of God is a friendly Voice. No one need fear to listen to it unless he has already made up his mind to resist it. The blood of Jesus has covered not only the human race but all creation as well. `And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.' (Col 1:20) We may safely preach a friendly Heaven. The heavens as well as the earth are filled with the good will of Him that dwelt in the bush (Ex. 3). The perfect blood of atonement secures this forever.

Whoever will listen will hear the speaking Heaven. This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen, for listening is not today a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there. Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God. But we may take heart. To a people caught in the tempest of the last great conflict God says, `Be still, and know that I am God,' (Ps 46:10) and still He says it, as if He means to tell us that our strength and safety lie not in noise but in silence.

It is important that we get still to wait on God. And it is best that we get alone, preferably with our Bible outspread before us. Then if we will we may draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak to us in our hearts. I think for the average person the progression will be something like this: First a sound as of a Presence walking in the garden. Then a voice, more intelligible, but still far from clear. Then the happy moment when the Spirit begins to illuminate the Scriptures, and that which had been only a sound, or at best a voice, now becomes an intelligible word, warm and intimate and clear as the word of a dear friend. Then will come life and light, and best of all, ability to see and rest in and embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and All.

The Bible will never be a living Book to us until we are convinced that God is articulate in His universe. To jump from a dead, impersonal world to a dogmatic Bible is too much for most people. They may admit that they should accept the Bible as the Word of God, and they may try to think of it as such, but they find it impossible to believe that the words there on the page are actually for them. A man may say, `These words are addressed to me,' and yet in his heart not feel and know that they are. He is the victim of a divided psychology. He tries to think of God as mute everywhere else and vocal only in a book.

I believe that much of our religious unbelief is due to a wrong conception of and a wrong feeling for the Scriptures of Truth. A silent God suddenly began to speak in a book and when the book was finished lapsed back into silence again forever. Now we read the book as the record of what God said when He was for a brief time in a speaking mood. With notions like that in our heads how can we believe? The facts are that God is not silent, has never been silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second Person of the Holy Trinity is called the word. The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God's continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind for us put into our familiar human words.

I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking. The prophets habitually said, `Thus saith the Lord.' They meant their hearers to understand that God's speaking is in the continuous present. We may use the past tense properly to indicate that at a certain time a certain word of God was spoken, but a word of God once spoken continues to be spoken, as a child once born continues to be alive, or a world once created continues to exist. And those are but imperfect illustrations, for children die and worlds burn out, but the Word of our God endureth forever.

If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing, it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God. Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, `Speak, for thy servant heareth.' Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy Voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking Voice. Amen.

 

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From the Desk of  GraceWatcher
Dr. Paul E. Jones M.Div. D.D.
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