His Word Accomplishes His Purpose

Friends,
The Word of God is miraculous. And because it is, I sure do wonder why people, especially those who say they believe it, hardly feed themselves with it. If some “miracle pill” was out on the market, masses would be scrambling to give their hard-earned money for it, they would be exclaiming over its wonders to everyone who would listen, and they would be taking the prescription diligently. The Creator of the universe, the Mighty, Powerful God who rules the galaxies, who loves this planet –though it be a mere speck of dust compared to Him, and who stoops to listen to those who humbly cry out to Him, has given us a book –a book that gives supernatural healing, guidance, wisdom, joy, peace, endurance, love, etc. to all who read it in sincerity. Yet incredulously, most will not bother to take its “prescription”. But… then again, who ever said that humans –in and of themselves– are wise…?

Well, for the few who do love the Scriptures enough to read them, let me remind you, for your encouragement, to meditate on Isa. 55:11. There God says that just as rain does not return to heaven without watering the earth, “so is my Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Have we noticed the importance of every word in this verse? –Because I have often heard this verse slightly misquoted. God is not merely saying that His Word will accomplish what He desires as it “goes out”, but as it “goes out from MY mouth.”

Does God’s Word not often go out from unholy vessels –even from the devil himself? It does. But that is not the same as it going out from God’s mouth… for it can be misapplied, diluted, or twisted. For just as Satan does this, false teachers also use God’s Word to deceive (both others and themselves), to create a following after themselves, and to rationalize their own sin. They also seem to so badly want to even rationalize other’s sins! Why? Two reasons (at least): 1. Because to be liked is a powerful motivating force –and tolerance achieves acceptance. 2. Because if others are sinning, then their own sins don’t make them feel quite so guilty… –the “everybody’s doing it” rationalization.

So how does God’s Word not merely “go out”, but “go out from HIS mouth”? It does so through the mouths of those who have been crucified with Christ and are no longer alive to the “old man”, but are alive “in Christ” –living as Christ’s Spirit Himself lives in and through them. (Gal. 2:20) –Through the mouths, writings, and words-in-action of those who have died, whose born-anew lives are “hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3) –Through those who “no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them.” (2 Cor. 5:15) –Through those who are controlled by the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9) and who live by the Spirit. (Gal. 5:16) –Through those who have His words as a fire in their mouths (Jer. 5:14), who have repented that they may be His spokesmen (Jer. 15:19), and for whom He made their mouths to be “like a sharpened sword.” (Isa. 49:2) Yes, for “the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow [deep and strong, in other words]; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

And who are those described above? It is, or SHOULD be, all those who claim to be in The New Covenant with God. “‘As for Me, this is My covenant with them,’ says the LORD. ‘My Spirit, who is on you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth…'” (Isa. 59:21)

Therefore, we see that God’s Word will go out from His mouth through the mouths of His people who are filled with His Spirit, abiding in Him and His Word, and are walking according to the Spirit. Through this type of individual, God’s Word will go forth and accomplish the purpose for which He sent it.

I want to point out one more thing about Isa. 55:11, specifically the words “to Me” in “It will not return to Me empty…” When we pray God’s Word BACK TO HIM, it will do its purpose. Isn’t that comforting? Isn’t that something to be excited about? There are so many promises in Scripture, and when we are filled with His Spirit, and we then find some promises we want to activate for ourselves or our loved ones (or anyone He has burdened us for), then the miracle of the power of God is in sending it forth BACK TO HIM. This is amazing and wonderful!

Let’s soak ourselves in God’s Word so that we can use it, appropriate it, at a moment’s notice. When we need encouragement, we remember a verse from the mouth of the Most High God –found in The Book He has given us. When we need hope… or comfort… or healing to our souls… or peace of mind… or guidance… or wisdom… or love… or forgiveness… or endurance… or freedom from anxiety… we go to His Word and read it. We repent of all known sin. We confirm our covenant with Him by reminding Him that we are His servants and if He would please speak to us, we will obey. We tell Him how appreciative we are for who He is, that He has promised to listen to our petitions, that He is a compassionate God, slow to anger, abounding in loving-kindness and faithfulness. Tell Him, “I know where Your Word says that too. Just a couple of places are Ps. 86:15 and Ps. 145:8,9.” Speak to God like this. He upholds His Word and wants us to use it — to return it BACK TO HIM. In fact, this is sweet pleasure to our LORD.

This also infuses into us more faith. Do we not believe the Bible? We do. We know He does not lie. We know His words in there do not lie. A counterfeit spirit is often lurking in the background ready to deceive us. But if we use the objective Word of God, and we’ve submitted our mind, body, and spirit to Him, and we are with repentant, humble hearts praising Him, there will be no room for error. We WILL hear from God. For God longs to speak to us, to commune with us. And we will be given assurance that His Word returned to Him through our praying, will accomplish what His Spirit in us does send back up to Him.

It is the good way. It is the right way. And in doing this, you will find great peace… His peace… that which passes all understanding… (Phil. 4:7) And your prayers, powerful and effective, will accomplish that for which it is sent.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on December 7, 2009.

 
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