Words are destinations. God’s words are His destinations. The word destination is firmly tied to the word destiny. Destiny is a place in the future, your future. It is the ultimate end of a determined course, an expected end.
You have heard many times that God has a plan for your life. That’s true, and the shortest way to find that plan is to understand the power of the word of God to get you moving in the right direction. The plan of God for your life is hidden in the words of life and waiting for your discovery. Discovery is important because all of God’s plans for you are connected to his words.
Words are destinations. Words have cause and effect. Words root out. Words pull down. Words destroy. Words throw down. Words build and words plant. This is what the Lord taught the young Jeremiah as he entered his prophetic ministry (Jeremiah 1:10).
The prophet’s ministry revolves around the use of words. A prophet is a spokesman for God. Three words describe, in simplicity, the prophet’s ministry. Those words are hearing, seeing, and saying. Everything the Prophet does will involve words. Words he hears, words he sees, and words he speaks. You may not be a prophet, but words will play a significant role in your life.
Words are paths, highways, and bridges toward a destination. Words can be received, and words can be sent. Words can be ignored, and words can be embraced. There are carnal words, and there are spiritual words.
Jesus described His words as living words full of spiritual life. He said, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).
Your world changes when you decide to change. The beginning of your spiritual life starts with the transforming power of the word of God to change the way you think. The only way to change the way you think is to change your thoughts.
Words are the expression of thoughts, ideas, and how you see things. To change your thoughts means to exchange lifeless words with life-giving words. By changing the way you think an exchange takes place, you stop thinking like an ordinary man and start thinking like God. You are not God and will never be God, but you can start thinking like God by abiding in his words. As already said, words are destinations to a determined course, an expected end. The process of discovering the power of words starts with this Scripture,
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2).
Process is the necessary action required to achieve a desired result. Not only is the Bible a book of words, it is also a book of instruction. Instruction describes how something is done. Some want sympathy, not instruction. Not you. You’re hungry for change. Obedience to instruction activates the process needed to reach your destination. In other words, the instruction you obey determines the benefits you receive, the experience you have with God, and your course in life.
POWER OF FIRST
Jesus taught his Disciples the importance of putting the Kingdom of God and his righteousness first as the Father’s way of meeting their needs. He said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). God’s word is his righteousness (Psalm 119:160).
Abraham showed us the path of righteousness, “For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness (Romans 4:3).
First is a primary word. First is everything above second. First is before anything else. Nothing ever gets in the way of first. First is first. Some think putting the kingdom of God first was fulfilled the day they were born again. This belief is not true and is unfortunate and limiting. Salvation makes you ready. Salvation is the beginning of your journey as you move from carnal thinking to spiritual thinking. One can be born again and never walk in the daily benefits of their salvation. That only begins by putting the kingdom of God and his righteousness first. That’s why Scripture teaches to change the way you think to “prove (scrutinize for yourself) what is that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
THREE LEVELS OF MATURITY
Let’s take a look at these three words: good, acceptable, and perfect. These indicate three levels of a renewed mind.
“Good” (Greek agathos, beneficial).
In level one, as you change the way you think, you begin to see the will of God as beneficial for personal wellbeing and achievement. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Yet some never consider the value of the word of God for everyday living. It’s the applied word of God in your life that gets you moving in the right direction.
“Acceptable” (Greek euarestos, entirely agreeable, well pleasing, and satisfying).
In level two, you discover the will of God imparting an intense sense of personal satisfaction. At this level, you not only view the word of God as beneficial but have proven it to be increasingly gratifying. At this level your hunger for more of the word of God in your life multiplies.
“Perfect” (Greek teleios, complete, perfect, full age, mature).
Level three is full spiritual maturity. This person puts the will of God above his own. This level consists of the sons (Greek uihos) of God led by the Spirit of God. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). Here you no longer struggle with putting the kingdom of God and his righteousness first. You have discovered the fullness of the will of God for your life is found in the word of God. At this level, it’s not about you anymore, it’s all about Him. At this level you understand that success in life and ministry is found in doing what God has called you to do. Everything else is vanity.
LAW SAYINGS AND SPIRITUAL JURISDICTIONS
The kingdom of God is governed by the word of God and nothing else. The kingdom of God is a domain within a jurisdiction, a jurisdiction throughout the heavens and the earth. Scripture describes the reach of God’s kingdom.
“Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD'S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is” (Deuteronomy 10:14).
“All that therein is” means everything. This is important. Christ’s kingdom is not confined or limited. Some teach His kingdom has not come and is everywhere but here. This is not so. The kingdom of God is all around you, and everything is subject to his word. There should be no debate, Christ is the creator of all and all fall within his domain. Jesus said the kingdom of God is in you (Luke 17:21).
The earth indeed lies within the jurisdiction of Christ. The English word jurisdiction is from two Latin words, juris and diction. Juris means law and diction means sayings. In other words, the kingdom of God is ruled by the law sayings of Christ, the word of God.
All that falls within the jurisdiction of Christ (all creation) is governed by his law sayings. Jesus demonstrated that the earthly realm had no choice but to submit to his words. For example, Christ spoke to a storm, and it gave up and quit.
“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:35-39).
Not only does the natural realm submit to the Word but also the unseen spirit world as seen when Jesus cast out an unclean demon spirit in a man during a church service.
“And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power, he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Luke 4:31-36).
These two examples testify to the supreme authority of the word of God over both the natural and spiritual realm. As already said, the kingdom of God is governed by the word of God and nothing else. To govern is to bring into conformity with the laws of the king.
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Apostle Jonas Clark
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