(Part 2B – continued from same day; part 2A here)
As we allow the richness of the Word to have its home in us as this says, giving place to it and allowing it to permanently reside in us, fill us, and have its way in our lives, its wealth will begin to eradicate one area of lack after another until all our needs are supplied. Our entire lives will be affected by the limitless resources we have inherited in Christ.
So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free. John 8:31-32
I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit. You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you]. Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. John 15:1-8
“…Study this Book of Instruction (Teachings) continually (Let its words be always on your lips). Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey (live by) everything written in it. Then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity]. Psalm 1:1-3
We recently heard a testimony of a woman that was healed who said she just got so full of the Word that there was no longer any room for sickness in her body. She had allowed the Word (and Jesus Himself – the Living Word) to have His home in her, and He was not willing to share His home with disease. The Word evicted that lady’s disease and drove it out. It is ALIVE and ACTIVE, PENETRATING and DIVIDING ~ not just in our spirits and souls, but even in our bodies (between joints and marrow – Hebrews 4:12) ~ it knows exactly where to go in our bodies, and can penetrate every cell, tissue, organ, system, muscle, nerve, and bone and flawlessly perform Holy Spirit surgery there.
But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63
Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivers them out of their distresses. He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction. Psalm 107:19-20
My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22
Just as physical wealth contains power to accomplish things, God’s Word contains within it the power to ACCOMPLISH and ACHIEVE what it is sent forth to do.
For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Luke 1:37
Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it. Jeremiah 1:12
Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]? Jeremiah 23:29
So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Just as with physical wealth, when the Word is dwelling in us in all its richness and we learn to access and administer these riches of our inheritance in Christ, not only are all our needs supplied, but we’re also able to give of the overflow from these riches to others. We should be so full of the riches of the Word that we’re able to generously lavish “charitable donations” to others who are in need on every occasion!
to be continued… (part 2C here)