It was once said that cursed was the man that made flesh his arm. The arm of man signified his power. Man had given all glory to his flesh and trusted in himself above God. What was the solution? To point the man back to what created his flesh. God made his word come alive.
“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.”
The people of God have have often desired to lift up the man over the message. From Apollos in the days of the first Apostles to modern day men of God, we exalt persons when that's not our job. Charisma and scriptural memory will only get you so far. The same ones we lift up often require guidance themselves. Without God's mercy to guide them, they become unraveled for all the world to see.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”
Worthy is the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Worthy is Jesus Christ and it is he and he alone who should be lifted up. When we lift up Jesus, we are lifting up the word of God. We are warned not to idolise a vessel in the way the Israelites did. A vessel on its own has no power. All power belongs to God. When we lift up the living word, we lift up life, love and God's creation. As we lift up his word, his word lifts us up.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Teach a man to fish
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. As the word grows in us, our faith in God solidifies. We learn to seek God first, and believe that he will provide the answers. He may provide answers to questions we don't even ask as often times we ask for less than what God desires for us. We may ask for something immediate while his solution is to make long term provisions for us.
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
Jesus made his early disciples fishers of men to draw all unto him as in him we find every good and perfect gift. If a word was used to bring forth life, a single word can change lives as well. A good word doesn't take much. It's free of charge. Our mouth is a powerful instrument that should be used for righteousness. Jesus marvelled at those who understood just how mighty his word is.
“For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Most of us, have an appearance first mindset in that we look outside in. If you place the words that God spoke to Adam and those the serpent spoke to Eve side by side while removing God and the serpent, one may find it difficult to decipher which is good and which is evil. This is our daily challenge. Spiritual things may not be seen but they determine much our lives.
We must get back to the simplicity of Christ. His word was hidden from the prideful and made known to the humble. If subtle differences began the slide towards our demise, subtle changes may be the end of us. The word was made flesh, witnessed to many of his Father in heaven and fulfilled every prophecy of him upon his first coming. Jesus Christ is the living word and if he lives in you, you too shall stand forever. Live in grace, walk in peace and be blessed.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
Verses to read
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”
1 Timothy 6:3 - 5