SPEAK THE WORD FAITHFULLY - PART 2
TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2023
To attain the perfection of God's knowledge, we are to learn to speak the Word faithfully with all spiritual wisdom and understanding. When we sincerely and earnestly desire to speak after the conformity of God's will, we register a clear point of view, namely, the Word of God, in which His divine attributes and authority are clearly and fully made manifest.
Reference: Jeremiah 23:28 Amplified Bible (AMP) "The prophet who has a dream may tell his dream; but he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat [for nourishment]?" says the LORD.
Speaking the Word God gives, has to be done according to dictates of His will. Jesus said, "For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak" (John 12:49). That means, Jesus spoke according to God's will, not on His own initiative. In John 14:10, Jesus affirmed, "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father residing in me performs his miraculous deeds" (Net Bible). Beloved, this is an expression which properly refers to speaking God's Word faithfully.
Imagine that Jesus Himself, being God, acknowledges that, with all His wisdom, He never speaks of His own, but from the perfection of His Father's authority. In a more striking light, remember that Jesus is the Son of God, the brightness of God's glory, the express image of His person, and God made manifest in the flesh. In a deeper sense, He is the Word made flesh, yet the Word is acknowledging and confessing that He verbalises Himself by divine accord and glory of God.
Why should we learn to be careful to speak what the Lord has spoken to us or concerning us? God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 KJV). Therefore, in line with speaking the Word God gives, he in whom is the Word, let him voice the Word faithfully. In your vocal expression of the Word, speak according to the accurate understanding of the dictates. But you see, you can only bring forth or speak forth what you have inside of you. No wonder the Bible says, "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks" (Luke 6:45 NKJV).
According to Oxford reference regarding this Scripture, it implies that an overwhelming feeling of what the inward man is made of, will usually express itself in speech. In another instance, if you buy a bottle of wine, and it pops open, what will spill out or flow over the edge of the container will be wine, and nothing but wine because that's the content. This is why it's important to study Paul's prayer for the Colossians. In Colossians 1:9 (NKJV), he says, "For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." Got it? When you are filled with the knowledge of God's will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, what will proceed from your mouth, in both suitable and challenging situations, will also be the knowledge of God's will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.
Therefore, to speak the Word of God faithfully, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...(Colossians 3:16 ESV). According to this very Scripture, you might ask, "What is the difference between the word of Christ and the Word of God"? My answer is this: But we earlier read in this very article that Jesus spoke according to God's will and authority, not on His own initiative, meaning that He spoke the Word of God. Simply put, the gospel of Christ is the Word of God. Another versified view about this truth is found in John 17:8 (NKJV), where Jesus said, "Now they understand that everything you have given me comes from you, because I have given them the words you have given me. They accepted them and really understand that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me." Stay tuned for part 3. Shalom!
Scripture Reading - Numbers 23:12; 1 King 22:14; Jeremiah 23:22; Matthew 10:20.
Exuberant Declaration: The Word of God is a wonderful light in which divine goodness is expressed, true wisdom is embodied, and supreme power is executed. As I conspicuously declare it in a faithful manner, I experience a wonderful life and lasting prosperity. Hallelujah!