“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Carrying on from the previous post Why Satan Hates You, we can renew our mind to God’s Word by reading it, hearing it, studying it and doing it.
The word hearing in the above verse in the original Greek actually means rhema – the spoken Word of God. So when you give of yourself to God’s written Word, He speaks to you and confirms that written Word – the Bible – thereby helping you apply more of “the measure of faith” that He has already given you.
Remember, the Word of God is one the weapons in your spiritual armour. It’s the sword – you can wield it to defend yourself and others from Satan. You can also use it to attack and take the fight to the Enemy, because attack is often the best form of defence. But to be able to wield any sword effectively, you must practise using it. How much more, then, the Word of God! And when you practise enough, you will develop a reputation of being a ‘commando for Christ’ working for his Commander-in-Chief, the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ!
“Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.” (Ps. 118:27)
I was watching Daystar the other day when Pastor Tom Deuschle began preaching on crucifying the flesh. In the Old Testament days, he said, there were hooks that would bind the flesh of the sacrificed animal to the altar.
The altar speaks of God, The flesh speaks of worldly desires that consist of lust of the flesh, lust of the eye and the pride of life. (1 John 2:15-17)) With so much of stress-inducing factors around us and temptation to consume in the hope of being ‘happy’, people miss out on real joy (read Happiness vs Joy). True joy comes from crucifying the flesh and being in communion with God. And the key to communion with God is to be rooted in His Word. His Word is the hook that binds us to Him. The flesh is naturally inclined to get swayed away from God. But the Bible helps us stay centred in God.
Unlike the sacrificed animal flesh, our flesh has life in it. Keeping it hooked requires an act of will. Standing on the promises of God’s Word is the surest way to bring our flesh into subjection to our will and in line with God’s Word. The Bible holds the key. God has magnified His Word above all His name. (Psalm 138:2) Praise the LORD!
“The words of the LORD are pure words,
Like silver tried in a furnace of earth,
Purified seven times.” – Psalm 12:6