Living with the Word of God
The Word of God about our Lord Jesus Christ as written in the Bible is God’s testimony about His Son Jesus Christ. When you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour by believing His Word of deliverance and blessing found in the Bible, you testify with God that the Gospel of the Glory of His Son Jesus Christ is true.
The Gospel of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ is not based on dreams and visions. It is based on the Word of God. In Heb. 1:1, 2 the Apostle Paul teaches that, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.”
In these last days God speaks to us Christians through His Son Jesus Christ, and not by means of the ways He employed when He spoke with the House of Israel. Included in the various ways that God used to speak with Israel are dreams and visions.
The Name of the Son of God is the Word of God (Rev. 19:13), and the Word of God is also known as the Word of Christ (Col. 3:16). When the Apostle Paul teaches that in these last days God speaks to us Christians through His Son, it means that God speaks to us through His Word, the Word of Christ.
Dreams and Visions versus the Word of Christ
The Apostle Paul also teaches in Col. 3:16, saying, “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.” It does not say that we must let dreams and visions dwell in our hearts. Nor does it say that we must teach and admonish one another in dreams and visions.
In Jer. 23:25, 26 the Word of God says, “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart.”
In Jer. 23:28, 29 the Word of God continues, “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
When you come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through a dream or a vision, then your faith is compared to chaff that is blown away by the wind of deception. When your faith in dreams and visions is strong then your faith in the Word of God will be diluted.
On the other hand, if you come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by hearing of the Word of His Gospel, then your faith is based on a sure Word of Prophecy (Rom. 10:17; 2Pet. 1:19). Then His Word will be in your heart and in your mouth like a fire that devours the every attack against you, and like a hammer that smashes every rock in your path before God (Jer. 23:29).
Your Gift From God
In 1John 5:10 (EMTV) we read, “He that believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; he that does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony which God has testified concerning His Son.”
To believe in the Lord Jesus Christ is to believe everything that you read about Him in the Bible. Not everyone can believe, so if you believe then you should realize that your faith in your Lord Jesus Christ is a precious gift and a calling from God unto you. For no one can completely believe everything good about our Lord Jesus Christ, except it is given from the Father above (John 3:27). Therefore, you do not need to fear the criticism of others about your faith in Jesus Christ.
In Mark 10:15 our Lord Jesus Christ explicitly says, “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” This simply means that anyone who questions the authenticity of the existence of God and any of His works as written in the Bible will not get to know the Glory of God and of His Son Jesus Christ. A person who is sceptical about the Word of God cannot enjoy a full reward of faith in Christ, and will not enter into the Kingdom of God.
Living with the Word in Your Mouth
Dan. 7:13, 14 recounts how God gave His Glory and dominion to His Son Jesus Christ, saying, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
The “night visions” refer to visions of God, and not to those common dreams and visions that we usually dream and experience. Visions of God appear with the “heavens opened” by the fiery cloud of the Glory of God (Ezek. 1:1, 4).
When you believe the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ, the Glory which He received from God His Father, God honours you by putting His Word in your mouth.
Because of your faith in your Lord Jesus Christ you will find that His Word that you found in the Bible will dwell in your heart and mind. Eventually His Word that is in your heart will manifest in your mouth when you speak it. And when you persistently speak and pray His Word in faith, He will fulfil His Word unto you. Col. 1:5, 6 tell us that the word of the truth of the gospel bears fruit in us since the day we heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.
The word of the truth of the gospel will bear fruit in you when you speak, pray, and profess the blessings of the Word of God for your circumstances.
The Apostle Paul instructs in Heb. 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.”
When you profess the Word of God for your life, you acknowledge that God is true and that He actually exists. And Prov. 3:6 (GW) promise, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.” Thus, the Word of God which you professed will bear fruit in your life.
The Two Spiritual Streams of the Word of God
When you are living with the Word of God it is important that you know that there are two spiritual streams flowing from the Bible. In Deut. 30:19 the Word of God says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live.” The one stream is known as the stream of life and blessing, while the other is known as the stream of death and cursing. These two streams are also known as the way of life and the way of death.
When you start to believe and profess the Word of God for your life, it is crucial that you differentiate between the blessings and curses found written in the Bible. The blessings found in the Bible are known as the covenants of promise, and the curses are known as the curse of the Law of Moses.
In Gal. 3:13, 14 the Apostle Paul says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
Gal. 3:13, 14 are quite clear – as a believer in our Lord Jesus Christ you have absolutely no part in any curse and condemnation found written in the Bible. Therefore, you need to study the Bible so that you can know all the promises of blessing and deliverance that there are in the Word of God.
The Precious from the Vile
In Eph. 2:11-13 the Apostle Paul also says, “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Eph. 2:11-13 teaches that because of our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ we are now spiritually circumcised, and are now spiritual Jews. Therefore, we are also spiritual heirs to every promise of blessing and deliverance God made to Israel.
Moreover, we are told in Rom. 15:5 that God is a God of consolation and patience. This means that whenever the Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ ministers unto you, it will always be words and thoughts of encouragement, and faith, and hope in God’s promises of blessings and deliverance.
Satan, on the other hand, will minister unto you with thoughts and words, as well as dreams and visions of discouragement, and fear, and doubt, and condemnation – to the extent that you will question your faith and doubt your prayers, and even be sceptical about some Scriptures.
The Word of God is clear, “…if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth (Jer. 15:19). When you walk with the Bible in faith in Jesus Christ then you have to separate the vile curses and condemnation from the precious promises of blessings and deliverance in the Bible. You will then also be able to confidently profess and pray the Word God until it brings forth the fruit of your faith.
Meditating on the Word of God
The Word of God says in Josh. 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” You can apply this verse of Scripture in your life. This verse of Scripture clearly instructs us Christians to use the Bible, and not dreams and visions, as our guideline for the Will of God for our lives.
Meditating on the Word of God can be defined as constantly thinking about it and to profess it. Therefore, you need to study the Bible so that you can use it as a guideline for your life. As you study the Bible you will find both blessings and curses in the Bible. The blessings are for you and the curses are for the enemies of our Lord Jesus Christ.
When you meditate on the Word of God you should continuously think about and speak the blessings and deliverance and encouragement that the Word of God prophesies about you and your loved ones, and also about your circumstances. Prov. 4:20-22 is the Christian’s guideline for how to meditate on the Word of God.
When you read the Word of God and you believe it, you invite our Lord Jesus Christ into your heart – for His Name is the Word of God. (Rev. 19:13)
You cannot love the Lord Jesus Christ without an unwavering belief in His Word. In John 14:23 (LITV) our Lord Jesus says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word, and My Father shall love him. And We will come to him and will make a dwelling place with him.”
The Holy Spirit’s Way to Fellowship with You
When you invite the Word of God into your heart, the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ will fellowship with you by reminding you of the promises of blessings and deliverance that His Word says for whatever adversity you may face. This ministry of the Holy Spirit is done through thoughts about the Word of Christ and not through dreams and visions.
When the Holy Spirit of God speaks to us through His Son Jesus Christ, who is the Word of God, He speaks to us through the Bible. The Bible is known as the Word of God, and also as the Word of Christ (Col. 3:16; Rev. 19:13). And when God speaks to you through His Word, it is by the Holy Spirit who will remind you of the Word of Christ through thoughts in your mind.
The Apostle Paul says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom. 10:10). You believe the Word of God and you confess it with your mouth. This is the essence of meditating on the Word of God. You think on the word of God in faith and then speak the Word of God in faith, even if just in a whisper.You #meditate on the #Word of God by thinking on it in #faith and then speak it in faith. Click To Tweet
Demos are Cast Out by the Word of Christ, and not by Dreams and Visions
In Matt. 8:16 we learn that our Lord Jesus Christ cast out the spirits with His Word, and healed all that were sick. The word “word” is translated from the Greek word “logos” which implies a word spoken that is based on a thought. When you believe and speak the Word of Christ in faith then you are not speaking an idle word.
For example, when you are discouraged, you may remember a verse of Scripture like, “For the LORD thy God is a merciful God; he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee…” (Deut. 4:31). This is one of the many covenants of promise that you inherited by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:12, 13). When you are reminded of this verse of Scripture, you first thank God for this verse of Scripture. Then you would persistently speak and pray this Word of encouragement for your circumstances. His Word will bear fruit and consume and destroy your adversities and your fear of destruction.
The Apostle Paul teaches in Heb. 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” When you speak the Word of Christ in faith, your faith will grow, for His faith is from faith to faith. The more you believe; the more faith you will have. The more that you read, believe and meditate on the Word of Christ, the stronger you will grow in your faith in the Word of God.
Keep Your Heart Pure
If you mix your faith in the Word of Christ with faith in dreams and visions, your faith in the Word of Christ will be diluted. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). Therefore you have to keep the Word of God pure in your heart, and we are taught to sanctify the Lord God in our hearts (1Pet. 3:15).
Just like the faith of God is from faith to faith, so also, Satan’s doubt is from doubt to doubt – the more that you doubt; the more sceptical you will become, and the bigger your doubt will grow.
When you meditate on the Word of God, you do exactly what the Holy Spirit did in Gen. 1:2. That is, when you meditate on the Word of God in faith, you move upon the Word of God in the same way the Holy Spirit of God moved upon the waters in Gen. 1:2. And as you contemplate the blessings and deliverance that the Word of God promises for you, the Word of God will open up to you and encourage you and ultimately bring forth the fruit of your faith in the Word of God.
In John 15:16 our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” Therefore, there is no such thing as a failed crop when you persevere as you sow the Word of Christ Jesus by faith in your heart.
A More Sure Word of Prophecy
Furthermore, the Apostle Peter says in 2Pet. 1:19, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
What 2Pet. 1:19 means, is that when living with the Word of God you have to keep the Word of God in a pure heart. This you do by revoking those usual dreams and visions by professing and praying the Word of Christ with His blessings and deliverance for your life without ceasing. Only then will the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ come with His Cloud of Heaven and shine in your heart and confirm you as His own with the Light of the Glory of God.
God bless and guide you.