Purpose and power in God’s word

ear-of-the-wind-89470_640Proverbs 13:2: From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good, but the desire of the treacherous is for violence.

Words are powerful. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things that are seen are not made from the things that do appear (Hebrews 11:2).

That means the raw material for creating the seen, is derived from the unseen, the word of God. The bible says that where the word of the king is there is power (Ecclesiastes 8:4). By the word of power, Elijah declared that there will be no rain in Israel except according to his word (1Kings 17:1). He also called fire down from heaven.

God said let there be light and there was light (Genesis 1:1-3). God told Jeremiah: “I have put my words in your mouth (Jeremiah 1:1-10)” and he was meant to speak to the nations, to pull down and to plant, to create changes that will not be achieved otherwise.

God does nothing, said Prophet Amos, except he reveals it to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). And when the prophets declare it on the earth, they were expressing the dominion mandate that God has given man.

God created man in his image and since God exercises his creative dominion by the word of his mouth, therefore the same is the possibility of man (Genesis 1:26-28). Samuel was established as a prophet in Israel because God did not allow the words of his mouth to fall down to the ground without being fulfilled (1Samuel 3:19).

The bible says that God’s word is like rain which does not return to him void but will accomplished the purpose for which it is sent (Isaiah 55:10-11).

The word of God carries the anointing of the Holy Spirit, it is called the word of life. That is the seed from which all functioning is derived. Words represents both the thought and intent, the word of God conveys his thought and intent, the power and purpose of God.

Power

Through the word of God, the ability of God is set in motion. God sent a message to Gideon: “go in this thy might and deliver Israel,” while he was down and almost out, full of fear and with a defeatist mentality (Judges 6).

But he was empowered by the word of God to overcome his limitation and become what God wanted him to be. He rose up and led a band of men to free Israel from her oppressors.

So also was Moses. After forty years in the wilderness herding the sheep of his father in law (having run from Egypt to escape the fate that usually befell a murderer, with possibly on the cloth on his back) God appeared to him, asking him to go back to the place from which he ran away in fear for his life, and bring life to the nation of Israel, bring them out of bondage by the power of signs and wonders as he acted on the word of God, saying what he asked him to say.

Paul told Timothy that God has not given him the spirit of fear, but of love, power and sound mind (2Timothy 1:6-7). While the words of the devil convey fear, the word of God conveys love, power and impacts soundness of mind, soundness of thought, victory.

The word of God carries his creative power, it was the tool used in the creation of the world. When Jesus walked the earth he manifested the power of God through the word of his mouth. A man asked him not to come to his house but just say the word and his servant will be healed (Luke 7:7). That was what happened. A woman said that Jesus needed to help her daughter who was oppressed by a demon. Jesus said it was nothing, and her child was freed at once.

When Peter heard the words of Jesus and acted on it, making one more effort at catching fishes after an all-night of fruitless effort. He had a miraculous catch (Luke 5:1-10).

Purpose

The words of God clean us of the wrong purposes and inputs the right purpose of God in us. Many have strived to grow in holiness and even power to the neglect of the purpose. But when purpose is lost then everything is about to be lost. When King Saul lost the divine purpose which is attached to do obedience to God, he lost the presence of God, which stands for his power and he eventually lost his life in a battle.

God spoke to Adam about his purpose in the Garden of Eden, what he should eat, what he should not eat. When he eat the wrong fruit he lost out of the purpose and therefore of the power of God. The bible says whatever is not done in faith is sin, and faith is derived from the word of God (Romans 10:17).

In the word is revealed the divine purpose we should align with. It unveils the way of God, his wisdom; and the church is meant to communicate the manifold wisdom (purpose) of God to principalities and power (Ephesians 3:10).

With full understanding of the purpose of God, we act and move with conviction. John the Baptist was a man of conviction and he derived his purpose from the word of God (John 1:19-27).

People asked him: are you Elijah? He said I am not. Are you the prophet? He said no. Eventually, he let them know that he is the voice of one speaking in the wilderness, make straight the way of the lord.

He picked his purpose from the words written by Prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament. And that was exactly what Jesus Christ did when he showed up at a time in the synagogue at the beginning of his public ministry (Luke 4:18-19).

He read from the same Isaiah, saying: the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to do many things. He derived his purpose from the word of God, and that guided his daily action. He was careful not to derail, telling the disciples: I must do the work of him who sent me because the night comes when no man can work (John 9:1-5).

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