How to Activate God’s Word – Part 1
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Making the right decisions and choosing the right actions are the crux of living successfully. If you are the source of your own wisdom, or you’re looking to others, your odds are not good. Paul writes, ‘Let Christ’s word with all its wisdom and richness live in you.’ If you do, you’ll have the winning strategy for your life. But you must: 1) Read it. You don’t have to understand it all; it’s not an intellectual exercise. Reading it prayerfully brings power and wisdom because ‘…the Word that God speaks is alive and active… [penetrating] to the place where soul and spirit meet’ (Hebrews 4:12). 2) Meditate on it. That means ‘chew on’ it. Let your spiritual digestive juices process God’s Word until its nutrients become part of you: strengthening, energizing and directing you. 3) Believe it. ‘My word…always produces…It will accomplish all I want it to’ (Isaiah 55:11). There’s only one thing that can short-circuit God’s Word—unbelief. ‘The message…did them no good, because they only heard and did not believe as well’ (Hebrews 4:2). ‘Hearing’ opens the door; ‘believing’ walks through it and activates the promise. 4) Receive it. No matter how strongly you believe in God’s promises and His intention to give them to you, they’re not yours until you receive them by faith. ‘Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours’ (Mark 11:24). So believe your answer is on the way, and keep your faith strong until it arrives.
Heavenly Father, help me not only to read Your Word but to believe it and act on it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen