THE KEY TO EXPERIECNING
THE FOURTEEN BLESSINGS OF THE WORD OF GOD
I was like the Elizabeth of the Gospels who laughed at the word of God for her! I used to be amused at people who quoted the word of God as an argument or proof. But the Lord has in his goodness opened my eyes and ears to hear and see the marvels of His Word!
The scriptures spoke of three treasures, the promises of God, the Temple of God’s presence, and the Law. But Jesus spoke of a hidden and greater treasure as he spoke the Gospel about the kingdom of God. As a minister of his powerful words I am glad to give here below the fourteen blessings of the Word of God. The number fourteen shows the double blessing of the sacred seven.
Know that God speaks to you and has spoken to you. It may be that you were not aware of it or was busy listening to many other voices of the world. The greatest proof that God speaks, is Jesus Christ. Everything that was spoken about him and our salvation in the Scriptures has been fulfilled in Christ. He is therefore, called, the Word of God in flesh and blood. May the Lord open your ears to hear and listen to him and feel the power of his blessings.
Many and marvelous are the blessings he promises through His Word. The greatest blessing he promises, besides the Holy Spirit, is the gift of Him: If you obey what I say, my Father and I will come and live in you.” (Jn. 14: 23) I give, here below, the fourteen blessings of the Word of God as promised by the Lord:
It has given us a new birth in Christ
The word of God has given us new birth and new life in Christ. “Through the eternal word we are born again as children of a God who is immortal.” (1Pet.1: 23) “If you obey my teachings you are really my disciples. (Jn. 8: 31) Our faith is the sign of our rebirth. Without the Spirit we could not even confess Jesus as Lord!
It makes us grow
It has not only given us new birth, it sustains us in this new life as well. ‘Be like new born babies eager for the spiritual milk of God’s word which helps you to grow.’ Apostle Paul, in his farewell address to the elders of Ephesus, said, “I now commend you to the care of God and to the message of grace which is able to build you up and give the blessings God has for all his people .” (Act.20:32) Feed upon his words and you will see the amazing way the Lord lifts you up more than any other human word that you have been feeding upon!
It sustains us in our spiritual life
“Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt. 4: 4); “Whoever obeys my teaching will never die.” (Jn. 8: 51) I have seen people who lose their faith by not using this gift.
It sanctifies us
To sanctify us is to make us holy. The dictionary meaning of holiness is to be good in a moral sense. The morality we have is from the Mosaic Law of love. To be holy therefore, is to love. “Consecrate them by your word.” (Jn. 17: 17; 1Tim.4: 4-5) “The words I have spoken to you have the power to give you Gods life- giving spirit.” (Jn.6: 65)
It purifies us from sin
David is the darling of the scriptures. He had but many weak points in his life. He therefore, wrote, “I keep your law in my hearts lest I sin against you.” (Ps. 119: 19). The Lord told his disciples, “You have been made clean already by the teaching I gave you.” (Jn.15: 3). “He did this to dedicate his church by his Word making it clean… without any spot or any other imperfection. (Eph.5: 25-27)
It enlightens us/ guides us
The word of God is like a light for our journey of life: “Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” (Ps. 119: 105; Ps. 19: 8) “The commands of the lord are just giving understanding to the mind”. “If you wander off the road to the right or to the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, ‘here is the road, follow it.’ (Is. 30:21)
We go to a physician for healing. But there is nothing like healing of our wounds through the Word of God. People have gone through enormous odds in life and were not overwhelmed by them, because of their faith in the Word of God, which are in fact promises of blessings and healing. The Roman Officer expressed his faith in the word when he said, “just give the word and my servant will be healed’. (Lk.7: 7) “Listen to my words. Never let them get away from you. Remember them and keep them in your heart. They will give life and health to anyone who understands them.” (Prov.4: 21-22)
Apostle James has this to say about the saving power of the Word of God: “Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your heart which is able to save you (Js. 1:21) 1: 21). Apostle Paul in turn wrote: “I have complete confidence in the Gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe….” (Rom.1: 16.)
It protects you
As an individual; we have all our support system to meet the different challenges of life. But there is nothing like power of the Word of God to protect us: “Accept salvation as a helmet and the Word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives.” (Eph. 6: 17) The Lord Jesus has put it categorically, “Whoever listens to my words and obeys them is like a man who built his house on a solid rock. The rain poured down, the rivers overflowed, and the wind blew hard against the house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock”. (Mt.7: 24-25)
It sets you free/ that is, brings forgiveness or right relationship with God and one another
“If you obey my teachings you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and truth will set you free”. (Jn.8: 31-32) The gospel has become the rule of life of the disciple of Christ. It sets us free, means that our sins are forgiven. (Col. 1: 14) It in turn means that it put us in right relationship with God and another.
It fills you with joy
Jeremiah was so depressed in life, because of the many rejections and sufferings in his life and ministry, that he lamented,”What an unhappy man I am! Why did my mother bring me into the world?” But he listened to the Word of God and it brought him joy. “I listened to every word you spoke … and your words filled my heart with joy (Jer.15:10, 15) The Lord Jesus told his disciples: “I have told you these things that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete’. It was joy out of this world. Nothing, not even the cross and rejections, could rob him of joy. David wrote: “How happy I am because your promises, as happy as someone who finds a rich treasure. (Ps. 119: 162)
It brings blessings
It brings us blessings and brings lot of goodness and righteousness. (Jn. 15: 7)
It gives us the Spirit
“What gives life is the Spirit and the words I have spoken to you have the power to give you the Life—giving Spirit. (Jn. 6: 63)
It leads to eternal life or union with the Lord
If you keep that message in your hearts, then you will always live in union with the Son and the Father. And this is what Christ himself promised to give us—eternal life. (1Jn.2: 24-25) Peter, ‘you have the words of eternal life.’
The key to experiencing the blessings of the Word of God: To believe is to obey When some believed in Christ’s words, he at once told them to obey or live by those words and that they would, then, know the truth of what he said. (Jn. 8: 31)The last instruction of the Ascending Lord Jesus to his disciples was to go to the whole world, make them disciples or believers, and ask them to obey what he had said. To believe is to obey; or the just man lives by faith. Faith and obedience are the two sides of the same coin. It is the key to experiencing the amazing blessings of the Word.