The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.Charles Spurgeon
Matthew 4:4 It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
God’s Word is a living thing. This phrase might cause some of you to wonder why I will call Jesus, the Word, a “thing.” If I said the Word of God is a Person, that would be correct. His Word has been revealed to us to be Jesus, through Whom the Father created the world. When Jesus spoke to the Jews in John 6:63 and said the “words that I speak unto you are spirit and life,” He was not saying that His words are a person, and that person is Me. No! God’s word is a spirit. In fact, His Word is called the spirit of His mouth( Ps 33:6, Isa. 11:3).
The verse above begins with the fact that the Word of God is living. It is a living spiritual entity by itself. There are two interrelated meanings to the word “living.” The first is that the Word has or possesses life. By this feature, it can impart or give life. In fact, the scriptures teach us that the Word does not only possess life but it is life itself. The second meaning is that the word God speaks exercises life. A key characteristic of living things is that there is movement. The Word moves and can cause things to change! That means God’s words are not some dead letters. They are able to interact with your situation, assess what is wrong, bring to life what is dead, fix what is broken, give you direction when you are confused, subdue your enemies, etc. His word is living and active! We therefore have to become passionate about his word.
Be more obsessed with living by His every law and principle than you are with the dream. If you love the dream more than you do his principles you could easily miss the dream. It is for this reason that Matthew 6:33 admonishes us to seek first the kingdom of God (his presence) and his righteousness (laws and principles) and all other things shall be added to you. Living by His every word attracts the favour and blessings of God and the favour of God will do for you in one day, what money, education or the right connection can never do in a lifetime.
When you think about it, one of Joseph’s strongest character traits was that he lived by God’s every word. How do we know that? The scripture repeatedly said throughout Genesis 39 that the Lord was with him: that meant he was favoured by God. We know that to attract God’s favour continuously you must live by his word. That is what Joseph did and God prospered him evident by his speedy rise to overseer of Potiphar’s house. Even though he was falsely accused and found himself in prison because he remained obsessed with God’s laws and principles, God’s favour allowed him to walk into an opportunity that resulted in him moving out of the prison and into the palace in one day. It is your decision to live by his principles that will take you to your palace. Become obsessed with His principles.
Life Application: Make adhering to His principles more important than everything else in your world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to become obsessed with your word and your principles. Help me to live by every word that proceeds from your mouth. There are times when I have neglected to read your word. I ask that you give me a passion for your word and to live by your principles. In Jesus name, amen.