Joyce Meyer — How Does the Bible Apply to Me?
The Word of God has power in it. The words that we're speaking when we speak God's word, they're not just ordinary words, but God's Word has power inherent in it, that means it comes with little power bullets that have the ability to change our lives. And so, we're gonna start first by talking about the creative power of the Word of God.
Genesis 1:3, "And God said--" isn't it amazing that the Bible starts out with God saying something? And the good thing is what He said came to pass. "And God said, 'let there be light;' and there was light."
Words contain power just like this glass has water in it, words have something in it and if the words are God's word, they're full of creative power.
If they're nonsense words, or useless words, or vain words, or evil words, then they're also full of power but they're full of destructive power. We all know that if people say right words to us, it can just do wonderful things on the inside of us and if they say wrong words to us, it can be crushing and sometimes start a whole lifetime full of devastation.
So, words have power and God has given us His Word, and He wants us to believe the Word, to meditate on the Word, and to speak the Word of God. There's nothing that can be any more important to us in our walk with God than learning how to speak the Word of God out loud out of our own mouth because angels, now listen to this, angels harken to the Word of God.
They don't listen to my complaining, they don't listen to your complaining, they're not moved by our grumbling, but they are moved to action on our behalf when they hear the Word of God. The word God is the sword of the Spirit. It is a weapon against forces of darkness.
"Let him who has My Word speak My Word faithfully"
Isaiah 55:10 and 11: "For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it might give seed to the sower and bread to the eater..."
Now, let's think. Let's don't just read, let's think. Rain comes down from heaven and it doesn't go back up. It comes down and it does something. It waters the seed that's in the ground and we get a harvest. So, we got a word picture first here.
"So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, or useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." So, God is saying, "When My Word is spoken, something is gonna happen."
Things are happening in here as the word is preached. Do you know that Psalm 107:20 says, "He sends His Word and He heals them and delivers them from the pit and from destruction."
And I tell ya what, I have had my faith out for years on that scripture that when I speak the Word of God, it's not me, but the Qord of God, that people are healed physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, financially, socially, and in every way that they can. And I believe that and I think that I've got my part right, and I want to talk to you today about being a better receiver.
When you go to church, don't ever think you're just going to put your time in. Go expecting. "I'm excited to hear the Word. When I hear the Word today, something is gonna be released in my life. Something good is gonna happen in me. I'm gonna change. Circumstances are gonna change."
And go in and be attentive like it is the most awesome thing that you could ever hear in your life. Let's have a greater respect for the Word of God and God is gonna do greater things in our lives.
The word that goes forth out of my mouth. Now, I've kind of decided that if my mouth is His mouth, then the word that goes forth out of my mouth will have the same effect as what's talking about here in isaiah 55.
So, I believe when we confess the Word of God out of our mouths, don't look at your kids and say, "You are never gonna change." Don't ever look at anybody and say, "You are never gonna change." That is the worst thing in the world that you can do to somebody.
Don't sit at lunch with your friends and say, "My husband's never gonna change. My kids are never gonna change." What you need to say is, "I'm praying for them and I believe that god is working right now in their lives."
You know what? It does us no good at all to sit in service after service and have shelves full of christian books and all these things that we have if we're not going to stick with the word in hard times and hold fast our confession of faith when things look like it's never going to change.
But let me tell ya something, your miracle may be right around the corner and the devil wants nothing more than for you to give up. When God's Word is spoken, it produces an effect, something happens. It convicts. It convinces. It encourages. It saves. Six hundred and twenty-two people gave their life to the Lord last night. Something happened.