“Renewing our minds to these truths in His Word and promises, letting the richness of His Word dwell and abide in us, and acknowledging all that we have through Him are vital parts of receiving this rich inheritance He has supplied (John 14-15, Colossians 3:16, Romans 12:1-2, Philemon 1:6). The more we meditate on the truths that Jesus lives in us and on the full implications of all He has purchased and provided for us, the more we can begin to access and administer the glorious riches of our inheritance in and through Him.” (excerpt from 1B)
The Lord continues to emphasize the incalculable wealth He’s given us and the vital role of the Word in accessing it. The day after I wrote the first note, He gave this powerful confirmation from the KCM devo.
Make Those Faith Deposits
Thy word have I hid in mine heart. – Psalm 119:11
Whatever you do in life, whether you’re a surgeon, a garbage collector or a schoolteacher, spending time with God and keeping your heart full of His Word is your No. 1 priority. … The most important thing you’ll do each day is to make those faith deposits. Don’t just make them in times of crisis. Make them before you need them. …proclaim the things that belong to you by faith every day.
I remember a letter Ken and I received from a family whose child drowned in their swimming pool. When they came out and found the baby in the pool, he had already turned blue and quit breathing. But because they had made deposits of the Word of God before that time, the moment it happened, they were ready. Nobody said, “Go get the Bible and look up a scripture.” (Sometimes you don’t have time to get your Bible. That’s why you’d better get the Word in your heart. It will save your life.) Immediately that family began to pray and rebuke death and command the spirit of that baby to come back. As a result, that child is alive and well today.
Do you have enough faith in your heart to handle a situation like this? If you don’t, start making big deposits of God’s Word in your heart now. Start speaking the Word day and night…not just when you’re praying or being spiritual, but all the time—at the office, at the dinner table, over your coffee break, even in your bed at night. The words you speak either work for you or against you. They are either words of faith or words of doubt.
Frankly, I think it’s time we quit being so focused on our financial accounts and turn our attention on the account that’s ultimately responsible for all the rest. We need to become spiritual tycoons, with hearts so full of faith that we foil the devil’s every scheme. If we’ll do that, we will be able to buy back every piece of ground he’s ever stolen from us. We can enjoy the riches of our inheritance at last! Scripture Reading: Psalm 18:20-30 (Copyright © Copeland Ministries)
Colossians 3:16 (cited above) refers to our need to allow Christ’s Word to dwell in us in all of its richness.
Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
When we continue daily in the Word, making deposits of it in our hearts as Gloria said (daily planting and watering it in our hearts/drawing continually from the life of The Vine), we are depositing its richness in us. The more deposits of this treasure we make, the more we are able to access the riches we have been given in Christ.
I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure. Psalm 119:162
And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. Psalm 12:6
My son, if you accept my words and store up (and treasure) my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. Proverbs 2:1-11
The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes. The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
to be continued… (part 2B here)