A word from the Lord

king-306448_640Jeremiah 37:17: Now King Zedekiah sent and took him out; and in his palace the king secretly asked him and said, “Is there a word from the Lord?” And Jeremiah said, “There is!” Then he said, “You will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon!” (NASB)

A word from the Lord saved a nation in a time of famine. The nation was Israel, the prophet was Elisha. The famine had been biting hard after Samaria, the capital, had been under a siege for a long time (2Kings 6:25). Nothing was moving. No one was moving in or out of the gated city.

It was a hard time like never before as things became so expensive and at least one woman killed her son, cooked the corpse and ate. If a situation was dire, that was it.

The king, who should normally have the solution, was helpless and perplexed and at a time tore his cloth in dejection.

But a word from God changed all that. Elisha said: by this time tomorrow, there will be abundance. That prophetic word, that word from God. That was preposterous and one of the advisers of the king publicly declared that it cannot happen. He was walking by sight and not by faith (2Corinthians 5:7). He was so sure of himself, in his spiritual blindness. He died soon after while other enjoyed the benefit of having the word come to pass.

We need to agree with the word and take action in alignment with that belief. The word will not benefit us if it is not mixed with faith in us. That is why the children of Israel who did not believe that God could bring them to the Promised Land did not get there.

From the fear-filled report of ten spies out of the twelve sent by Moses to check out the land, they concluded that God cannot possibly conquer the Promised Land for them because of how powerful the inhabitants were (Numbers 13-14). They heard of the giants in the land. Because of that the whole generation perished in the wilderness. Their carcasses were scattered in the wilderness. It did not have to happen like that if only they are taken God at his word.

There is power in the word of God. Remember that was the tool for God to create the earth. The prophetic word is when people speak the word of God forth (1Corinthians 14:3). And that carries the divine energy.

One woman experienced provision in a difficult situation. She was a widow and he had no source of income. Famine was biting in the land and she was set to eat her last meal (prepared with a little oil and flour) and then wait for death (1Kings 17:8-15). But Elijah came with a word of God for her that the oil will not stop flowing and the flour will not end. That was what happened and she was fed together with her son and Elijah to the end of the famine. She fed on God’s faithfulness.

If you are experienced famine get ready for a word from God, get ready to have the siege broken and your situation radically changed almost overnight.

When God said let there be light in the first chapter of the bible (Genesis 1:1-3), darkness was everywhere, but the word of God changes things and it is that word that will create a reality of light out of the darkness that you are presently experiencing. Get ready for radical and sudden change.

When God speaks what he says gets created. His words carries the divine energy, his creative essence. Of Jesus (the word) the bible says, through him everything was made and without him was nothing made that was made (John 1:1-6). That means everything you see emanates from the word.

A word from God makes dream come true, brings solution to long standing problem. When Jesus healed the daughter of a gentile woman who was grievously oppressed, it was with a word. Almost a non-word. He only told the woman: let what you desire be done. He just agreed with her spoken desire and it was done (Matthew 15:21-28).

A man came to Jesus asking him to heal his servant. And because of his compassion, he wanted to make the trip to his house, but the man stopped him. He told Jesus that he only has to say the word and it will be done (Matthew 8:6-13).

He recognised the spiritual authority that Jesus wields, which is no respecter of time and space. It is virtually unlimited. Jesus then praised his faith, saying that he has not seen a greater faith in Israel. Jesus has the word and the man has the faith and the mixture of the two leads to a miracle.

Jesus said that everything is possible for those who believe. It’s not enough for the word to come, your attitude to it is also important. If you will see a change, you must be an active believer in the word of God. Not just a hearer, but a doer (James 1:22-25), otherwise you will be deceiving yourself, it will be all motion and no progress.

The word only delivers for the believer. The bible spoke of some people who heard the word but since it did not mix with faith in them it did not deliver the reality it contains to them (Hebrews 4:2).

The bible also says that the Lord will do nothing expect he tells his servant the prophets (Amos 3:7) who will in turn declare it on the earth. That activates things in the realm of the unseen to determine what is seen, because what is visible comes from the unseen in the declared word of God (Hebrews 11:3). The declared word bears the divine authority on earth and angels are released to bring it to pass, going all the way giving it everything it takes.

And remember that they excel in strength and nothing can oppose them (Psalm 103:20). As we declare the word of God they carry it out because they have been programmed to act on the word of God. That is their duty.

It was also the duty of man to do the will of God as revealed in his word. The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes puts it this way: it is the whole duty of man to fear God and do his will (Ecclesiastes 12:13). When we do not do his will, we get hardened and his word takes away from our being able to listen to him and hear his word and declare it for it to happen.

Therefore, obedience is key. Jesus said that if we will obey him he and the father will come to dwell in us (John 14:23). He said that if we abide in his word, we will ask whatever we want and it will be done for us (John 15:7). That means we will decree a thing and it will be established for us (Job 22:28).

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