His Words Are Good Enough

I was informed of a recent terrorist attack not too far away from home this morning by my sister. After some time, I sat to process the news, its impact on the society, especially the one around me, my family, and me of course. It wasn’t such a nice thing to hear. I also thought about my reaction to the news. I remembered lightly telling her that even if the terrorist were to storm my estate, nothing would happen to us and then brushed off the issue. It seemed a very nonchalant response to the news, but then, not one without a cause.

There’s some saying around here that when you hear a man boast confidently, he is sure of his backing. A man’s backing could be finances, physical protection, some supernatural powers etc. as the Bible confirms in Psalms 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses…” And no doubt my quiet and peaceful response was not without a backing. It was much founded on one of many great promises God has given His children, the promise of protection, one of which can be found in the Psalms, 27 and 91. The 27th Psalm starts out beautifully, The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? –Psalm 27:1

The promise of protection and a lot of other promises from God are part of the life giving power of His Word to those who believe in Him. Indeed it might seem a mystery how people could place so much confidence and trust in words. But the Word of God has a reputation that exceeds mere words. Paul writes about it and says it is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). Jesus Himself in John 6:63 says the Word is spirit and life. And God has clearly stated that He never takes His words for granted (Psalm 138:2). We can rest in the fact that He never lies, has no mood swing that nothing could make Him change His mind at any time.

Many of us have been disappointed many a times by promises made by men. Greater disappointment has come from broken promises from those we held in very great esteem who include even spiritual leaders. As a result many have seen words and promises as a mere waste of time and patience. The words I write about are words from God Himself offering life, hope, healing, security, provision etc. through our faith in Him. All those who have at one time or the other trusted in them have never been disappointed. These are the only words that have stood the test of time. It is incredible that through the years, the same words have stood sure, have never reduced their standard, have never had a single exception and have proven true time and time again. David boldly attests to that by declaring “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”

Many Christians have heard of victorious life in Christ but many a times wonder what this is and how to access it. And many believe the power of God is primarily demonstrated from the pulpit through powerful men and women of God. But that’s not necessarily true. Victories living and the demonstration of God’s power is open to every believer. Most people think the best of things require the largest of formulas. But the key here is the simple truth from God’s words. Every one of His promises to us gives us the front-row opportunity to witness a demonstration of His love and power and gives us a chance to live victorious lives every single day of our lives. How we so often devoid ourselves of these opportunities!

I was thrilled this morning while reading the testimony of Kenneth Hagin as he took personally one of these promises. His life changed when he encountered the promise of Jesus as stated in Mark 11:24, “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. He was dying on a sick bed when he stumbled on this piece of scripture. By believing and then acting on it, he was completely healed. Personally I have lived without medicine for over ten years now since I encountered the promise of health. And not just in the area of health, these experiences have also been encountered in provision, finances, ministry and other areas of life. This indeed is the point where we see the Word becoming flesh and dwelling in us, this is the Word living and active, sharp and strong enough to change us and the circumstances surrounding us.

The Lord is my Shepherd. The Lord is my strength. The Lord is my salvation. The Lord is my shield and buckler. The Lord is my glory. The Lord will never leave nor forsake me. The Lord will guide my going out and coming in. The Lord will provide for all my needs. By the wounds of Jesus I am healed. I am the head and above only. I have love, joy peace longsuffering, perseverance, meekness, patience in me. I am more than a conqueror. I am an overcomer. He is faithful to forgive. He will deliver … awesome! I can’t help but feel like bursting at all these.

These might seem like mere words, but they are words which live and are very much active because they come directly from a God who never lies, who never sleeps or slumbers to loose guard over us, a God who is the definition of love and who truly cares. It doesn’t matter what is going on out there, how bad the economy is, how terrible the report – we can trust Him with our total lives.

One area we really need to be children as Jesus charged is in that of receiving and accepting the Word in its simplicity. We do ourselves the greatest favor to know His promises, keep them in our hearts, constantly speak and remind ourselves of them, and then act in them. That is when we truly live the victorious life He so freely offers!

Do you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation? Why not look up what God says about that situation, speak His words to it and then act on the word! It’s a sure step to victory!!!

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