The word of God is mighty. History has shown us the immense power this word holds as religion has weaponised it for carnal warfare and political gain. The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence but the light of Christ shines on our past in hopes that we embrace a better way. The way that takes us from debts to blessed and translates us from death to life.
“Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.”
Great falling away
In the book of Kings, there lived this mysterious man that walked with God. The power of God was such in him that it caused King Jeroboam's hand to wither as he reached out against him. The man of God was faithful to God's word and as such the power of God manifested strongly through him.
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
Incredibly, this man of God would later fall victim to just a regular man. He fell victim to a man who claimed he was just like the man of God. He claimed he had a message from God and the man of God trusted in what he heard above the way in which God had instructed him. The consequence? The man of God was slain by a lion.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.”
When we trust in man above what the word of God says, we too risk being cut off. Physical relationships will not guarantee you spiritual blessings. Treasure your relationship with the one who can sustain you when all else fails.
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
What is rightly dividing the word?
Consider a fruit. There are some fruits that can only be eaten once we peel back the layers of skin. Peeling back the surface layers, take the fruit from inedible to edible. From unprofitable to profitable. The word of God is like that fruit. Simply receiving the word on surface level gives us some gratification but not the fullness that God desires to provide. We are required to peel back the layers of the word to receive all the treasure that God has in store.
“Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
If the word of God is unprofitable to us, the fruit we bring forth will be unprofitable to God. The word itself is not unprofitable but what we choose to do with it may be.
“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance”
How do we rightly divide?
The word of God teaches us to pray, humble ourselves, seek the face of God and turn from our wicked ways. If the answers we come to, contradict his word, we are no longer rightly diving the word. We are now rightly dividing our words. We are placing our heart's desires into the scriptures based on our own understanding. Our own hearts can snatch the blessings we so greatly desire if we don't obey the leading of God.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Search the scriptures to come to the revelation of Christ. As we abide in him, let the Holy Spirit guide you through the scriptures and reveal to you his wisdom and understanding. To come into God's presence we must first believe that he is. Then, we seek to know who he is. You can't find something you're not looking for.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
So, who is God? To breakdown his infinite majesty to us would probably take our entire lifetime. He did however portray his righteousness in the Ten Commandments to keep us from destroying ourselves and each other out of his love for us.
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life”
No more than four years ago, I was ignorant to the word of God aside from a few Psalms and Proverbs. Confirming in my heart who God is by his righteous law, served as a guide as I proceeded to study his word. As I peeled back the layers of his word, his word peeled back layers of myself in the process. I continue to learn everyday how to walk with him.
“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
By his Spirit, did I gain the understanding that our religious ideologies have little to no biblical foundation. When the enemy roams in, he devours false foundations at will. In the law arena, a common question asked is: "On what grounds?". Failure to produce the desired answer could end your case right there. One day we will all face the mightiest judge of them all. The question is: On what ground do you stand?
“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.”
The Lord our God is one Lord
You are holy and for your holy name do you do all things
The earth is full of your goodness and mercy
For thy word is truth
May your words resonate within our hearts and our minds
May your wisdom and understanding increase in your children as our righteousness exceeds the doctrines of men
May the fruits of joy, healing and peace be established over our lives according to your divine will
For thy word is truth
I am broken before you but you impute perfection onto this imperfect vessel
Your righteousness overwhelms my sinful nature as you cover me and make me the righteousness of God
As I live a life of repentance and you are faithful and just to forgive
For thy word is truth
When anxiety may arise and the walls close in, may I take all things to you in prayer with thanksgiving
In the face of unbelief, your word has declared I will never be ashamed
As the spirit that began this work continues on by the grace of the author and finisher of our faith
For thy word is truth
Teach us how to love and how to forgive
Give us the mind of Christ that it may guide the way that we live
Strengthen your remnant to continue in the labour so that we may all rejoice together
For you have declared that we are conquerors
And thy word is truth
Blessed be the Lord our God forever
In the name of Jesus Christ Yehoshua HaMaschiach we pray