Sunday, February 18, 2007

Word Power – the Sword of the Spirit

Word Power – the Sword of the Spirit by Karin Syren

Copyright 2006 So-lu'shunz Leadership Services

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” - Ephesians 6:17, 18

The Holy Spirit arrested me one day with this: “the Word is as much a manifestation of God as is Jesus, with the same power, two forms of the same Thing.”

I am sure everyone is in agreement, until the words with the same power perhaps. We acknowledge that Jesus is Lord and accept the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But the Word, a manifestation of God, the same as Jesus - that might take some consideration and the Word having the same power as Jesus - - now that may be a real stretch. Let’s dig into the Word together. Follow along with me for a few minutes and see how this comes alive for you.

We must not stand on the interpretation of one Word. Every word is confirmed by two or three witnesses (2 Corinthians 13:1, Deuteronomy 17:6 & 19:15 and Matthew 18:16) and we know that the Holy Spirit will never give a personal revelation that is not confirmed in the written Word. If the interpretation is correct, it will stand the test and a personal Word from God will be born out in Scripture. The Word of God is eternally consistent and the testimony of any Word is confirmed by the rest of the Word.

John 1:1-3 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made”. We know from a careful reading of Genesis 1 that all things were created by God’s spoken Word. Throughout chapter one, God says and then God sees.

The Word was not only with God at the beginning, but we are told they are One and the same, and verse 3 tells us that all things were made by Him. The Word is referred to as Him, which is further confirmation of the oneness of the Word and God. Verse 14 goes on to tell us “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” We know the reference is to Jesus Christ but verse 16 confirms it, grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Jesus assures us that when we have seen Him, we have seen the Father (John 14:9). We can be sure that Jesus is not a watered down version of the Father, and if we had any doubt at all, this scripture dispels it. So we can also be certain that the Word of God is not a watered down version – after all, the Word created everything that is seen. (Hebrews 11:3)

The Word spoken into the womb of a young Hebrew maiden became the manifestation of God as Man. The Word spoken to Lazarus gave us a foreshadowing of its ultimate power over death. And the Word of God spoken by the sinner brings a new birth of the spirit and transformation into sons and daughters of God.

The Word of God has lost no power over the ages – when the Lord Jesus splits the eastern sky and returns to claim the earth in power and glory, there will be no lessening of the power of the Word – they are still One and the Same (see Acts 1:9-11 & Revelation 19:11-16).

Do you long for the power of God in your situation? Then speak the Word He has given you. The Word has inherent power whether as the Creator of all things, as the Son of Man, as the Glorious Lord, or spoken in your mouth – the power is in the Word.

See the power of God operate in your life - make this your personal confession: “Death and life are in the power of my tongue. The words I speak will bring dynamic power into my situation and I will experience the fruit of this power in my own life and in the lives of those I minister to as well.” (See Proverbs 18:21)

Karin Syren, CTACC, is a Strategic Life Planning Coach. Using her EffectivenessCoaching Model for strategic planning, Karin works with those who desire to gain greater leadership of their own lives, increasing personal and professional effectiveness by guiding them through the process of learning to live more powerful and significant lives - right now.

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