Friday, December 9, 2016

Seed, Sword, Food and Water

UV 2144/10000 Seed, Salt, Sword, Food and Water
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 55 v 11

The Word we read, meditate and declare as truth is not authored by finite man but by the infinite God. It cannot be annulled. It cannot be amended. It cannot fail. It will develop in the situations where we plant it with faith and water with our prayers. It is the incorruptible and unperishing eternal seed that conceives new life. It is milk and honey, food and drink for the faithful. The Lord takes the faithful through storms and various impossible or difficult situations so that they can verify the truth of the word in practical ways. The Word is also salt that makes life tasty, preserves it and repels the leech of sin that attempts to suck our lifeblood.

The Word performs the perfect, pleasing will of God. It blesses, enlarges, empowers the one who receives it with faith and who hastens to honour and obey it. The word is compared to a sword for like a sharp sword that penetrates the deepest parts of our flesh and bone, that can separate flesh from bone, the word penetrates the deepest parts of our souls and hearts. Like a sword, one needs to have a firm grip on it. Like a sword, we need to keep using it lest it rusts and loses its sharpness. It is double edged- one edge works on the one who speaks and the other edge on the one who listens and receives it as truth. One edge works in the spiritual realm and the other in our physical realm. There the comparison with a sword ends for a sword takes life while the word gives life, enriches, enables the good life in Christ.

The best use of the word is to store it in our minds to quietly influence our thoughts and replace it with the thoughts of God. We need to recall apt portions of scripture and apply it to all of life’s situations to experience the reality of its dynamic power. We should release the word from our mouths so that it will prosper in the things we send it to. The Word is the template through which we understand that we are the temple of God. Our word view will transform our world view. Our perspective will be neither optimistic nor pessimistic but it will always be faithful. The Word is to man what water is to a plant. Unlike a plant that needs watering occasionally or once or twice daily, we need the watering of the word constantly.

Prateep V Philip

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