Food for your faith
Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). With this, we can affirm that the Word of God sees our spirit and consequently, the more we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the greater our faith will be, the more revelation of God we have in our spirits, the greater our faith will be.
We must recognize that the Word of God is food for our faith. However, it is not enough to know the Word, we must believe, act, correctly confess and train our spirit to receive revelation, as well as put into practice what we know.
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
Possessing knowledge of the Word
The Word is worthy of trust
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
If the Word of God is worthy of trust, it has a firm foundation. Everything else may pass away, but the Word will remain forever, because it is not a mere book. More than a book, behind its words written with paper and ink, is a person: God himself. Don’t think of the Bible therefore in terms of paper and ink. Think of God and of what He said. The Word is an expression of God and reflects His character; if He has said something, we can stake our own lives upon it.
Many times, we tend to analyze circumstances and our own experiences and from these we begin to establish a faith-based on what we see and experience, rather than what the Word of God says. Here is an example:
The Word says, “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
The believer says, “I’m sick”.
The Word says, “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).
The believer says, “I am a failure”.
The Word says, “I have been crucified with Christ; therefore, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:19, 20)
The believer says, “I am so weak, a miserable sinner. I always fall”.
Do you see the difference? Whoever acts like the believer above looks at the Word of God in a superficial manner, as if it was speaking of another person, and does not take it as the truth. This such a believer does not see himself through the eyes of the Word, but through his own failings; then he opens his mouth to say what is not harmonious with what God has said. Worse than that: this believer confesses what Satan would like to see in the life of each believer. You must know that God is true. Our feelings can contradict what God has said and Satan can try to close your eyes, but God is faithful. Boldly open your mouth and say “Amen” to everything that God says.
When the Bible declares a truth, do not say: “and if…” or “But …” Expressions like these can give a foothold for Satan to bring doubt and rob that which already belongs to you in Christ Jesus. Since the Garden of Eden, he casts doubt in the mind of man about the integrity of God and His Word. Unfortunately, many Christians are full of doubt concerning many promises of God. And when you doubt the promise, you’ll never have an attitude of faith to claim it. As a result, that which is yours by right of inheritance as God’s child is lost to the enemy.
The Word of God is the Lord Himself speaking. He is alive. Since He is not an abstract idea, do not look to the words of the Bible as something abstract. Jesus declared: the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63). The Word is living and births life, life that brings life to the spirit, the soul and the body. The Word is the power of life, the seed of life, life itself. This is the reason why when someone believes in Jesus, opens his mouth and confesses Him as Lord, they are born-again. It is the Word producing life.
The Word of God is living and active perfect, efficient, powerful, able. The Word of God transforms nature, any situation or circumstance.
For with God nothing will be impossible. (Luke 1:37)
The Word of God is sharp. It brings to light the hidden motives of the subconscious, that which is hidden inside of man. The Word penetrates the most obscure places of the personality. It goes where nothing else can go. It reveals the roots of all physical, emotional and spiritual evil.
The Word of God is a two-edged sword. It operates in the hearer, as well as the speaker. It penetrates all things discerns all things and sees all things. Whatever circumstance the Word encompasses, there will be life, light and victory. This Word is blessed, living and powerful. No one can ever understand its depths or discover its full glory. The Word is the infinite God himself. We can trust in it and follow it whatever the cost!
This blessed Word is the basis for our faith. Our thoughts, feelings, whatever anyone else says, crises and circumstances of life can never serve as a basis for faith. Again, the infallible Word of God is the basis for our faith. If we want to know God or His will, we will have to know His Word, because it expresses Him and reveals His purposes for our lives. He speaks to us in various ways, but the principal way is through His written word.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. (Hebrews 1:1, 2)
Who is the Son, who is Jesus, but the living Word? John declared speaking of him:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:1, 14)
Jesus is the Word and through Him God speaks to us. In the Old Testament, the Word was written on stone tablets, but in the New Testament, we have the living Word, in the flesh, Jesus. And He abides in us by His Spirit. The Word is in us and speaks with in us in perfect harmony with the word on paper and ink. In the Old Testament, it says, “I hid your Word in my heart so that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). What word you may ask? The answer is the written Word of God. However, today the living Word lives within our spirit, not in letter, but in spirit and life. In the Old Testament, they used to memorize the words but did not understand their meaning. Today, the Spirit is inside us, the Word moves inside of us and guides us; God has made it real to us. To deal with the Word of God is to deal with God Himself.
In this matter, many Christians commit mistakes by searching for spiritual guidance in sources other than the Word of God. Many Christians do not completely trust in the promises, nor do they follow the principles of the Word, they run after any and every type of voice in order to ask what the Word of the Lord is for their lives. It is in this way that they may hear a strange word.
The written Word is in their hands and the living Word is in their heart, and God reveals Himself to you in a personal way through His Word, and He will give you sure direction that will never leave you confused. Whenever He wishes, He will manifest Himself in other manners, like through visions, dreams or prophecy. However, you must know that all of these manifestations must pass the approval of the written word, because God never reveals himself in disharmony with the Word. Whatever does not pass through the filter of the written word, is not genuine and must be rejected; because instead of bringing life it brings death.
Take note of this: if you pray the Word of God, it is worthy of confidence, you will be stepping on firm ground. As long as you walk on this ground, you will be successful. However, if you abandon the Word, you will be walking on slippery ground, and will be condemned to fail. Therefore, trust in the integrity of the Word of God and allow it to be your platform of prayer. Remain steadfast upon it and refuse to abandon it. Discipline your mind and allow words in line with what God says to flow from your lips.