If you read last weeks post, you will have no doubt about what the Bible says about the power of our words and how even recent psychological research confirms that. Words are powerful things.
What is even more powerful is God’s Word. His Word to all of humanity is given to us in the Bible. Most of us know that. We know and believe God’s Word is true, even if we don’t understand it all. We know that when God speaks, things happen, things change.
However, we sometimes overlook God’s desire for us to take hold of His words and apply them to our own lives and circumstances. Jesus said in Matthew 4.1 that man does not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. He spoke those words when tempted by Satan. In fact, Jesus used God’s word to resist every line of attack from the devil.
It’s not only Jesus who is given God’s word to use as a weapon. Paul says in Ephesians 6.17 that the sword of the Spirit is the word of God. The word translated “word” is the Greek word rayma. It is also used in Matthew 4.1. Although the distinction between rayma and logos (the other Greek word used to translate “word” – I know it gets confusing!) is not as pronounced as some think, nevertheless the use of rayma does draw attention to the spoken dimension of the “word”.
Why am I saying all that? Firstly, because the word is our weapon in spiritual conflict. Of all the spiritual armour, it is the only offensive weapon. Secondly, when we talk about the word in this context we are not simply talking about the whole Bible. This is a word from God that is specific and appropriate to our situation.
How do we receive such words? By asking the Spirit to open our eyes as we search the scriptures to find what God is saying. Often those words come in the form of promises. Philippians 4.6-7 is a good example of a promise from God: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Bible is packed with promises. Promises that we can claim. Promises that we can speak out in prayer. Promises that we can use like a sword as we engage in spiritual conflict. And they are all there in the Bible. Just waiting for you and me, with the help of the Holy Spirit to discover them.
In 2010, Haiti experienced a massive earthquake. To the appalling poverty which had come to symbolise Haiti was added further devastation and disruption, along with untold suffering. Two years ago, however, a Canadian mining company discovered a seam of gold and precious metals in the mountains in the north of the country. The deposits of gold are estimated to be worth about twenty billion dollars. A whole nation was and is living in abject poverty, yet all the time there was and is a twenty billion dollar fortune waiting to be discovered.
There is a wealth of divine promises for you and me in God’s Word. They are just waiting to be mined. Let’s get digging.