Sun, 2020-02-16 20:58
God has been impressing Psalm 51:10 on our heart since the beginning of the year.
Psalm 51:10 (KJV) Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
A quick summary of the main points we have discussed so far:
- Prophetic word for this year: 2020 – a Year of Plenty
- Success or failure in 2020 will not only be determined by what we do (or not do) – it will be determined by our attitude
- In the parable of the sower (soils), Jesus teaches us that only the 4th type of soil produces any harvest from the seed that is sown into it
- God designed the Seed of His Word to meet our need
- The condition of our heart determines the level of plenty we enjoy in 2020
- God’s Word has inherent power within itself to produce what it promises
Last week we spoke about making the Word of God final authority in our lives.
- The implanted Word of God is able to produce things in our lives
- God’s Word needs to be acted on to release its power into our lives
- The Word of God ‘travels’ a hazardous journey before it gets from the pages of the Bible to the human heart
- The Word of God is like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces
- We mix the Word of God with faith by believing
1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV) For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonian believers and commended them for:
- Receiving the Word of God when he proclaimed it to them
- Welcoming it as truth
Then he told them:
- … the word of God … effectively works in you …
God’s Word is, and has, supernatural power to work effectively in us.
Romans 1:16 (NKJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …
… effectively works – Gr. energeo – to bring about, to produce, to bring results
The Word of God works and produces and brings forth results in our lives if we:
- Receiving it
- Welcome it
- Believe it
- The Israelites did not believe God’s Word that was preached to them
Hebrews 4:2–3 (NKJV) For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest …
The Bible tells us that the gospel (the Word) was preached to the Israelites. However, the Word did not profit them because they did not mix it with faith.
- They heard it, but they didn’t believe it
- They spoke against it and (in essence) rejected it
- They did not unite in faith with those who did believe the Word
Hebrews 4:2 (AMP) For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).
- We must get the Word of God on the inside of us
… the word of God … effectively works in you who believe
The Word of God doesn’t work outside of us while it sits on the pages of the Bible or in digital format on electronic media – we have to get it inside of us.
Psalm 119:130 (NKJV) The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
NAB Translation: … the revelation of your word …
The revelation of God’s Word in our heart is the germination of the Seed.
Once we receive a revelation, we also receive illumination and light.
Proverbs 2:1–5 (NKJV) My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2 so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
Proverbs 2:10–12 (NKJV) When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.
When we put the wisdom of God’s Word into our heart, it speaks back to us throughout the day and guides us out of trouble and into God’s glorious liberty.
Proverbs 6:20–22 (NKJV) My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck. 22 When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, they will speak with you.
- Meditation on the Word of God gets it on the inside of us
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
God spoke to Joshua about the written Word of God, and told him the method of depositing it deep inside his heart.
- The “Book of the Law” is the Word of God
- Do not let it depart from your mouth (speak it)
- Meditate in it day and night
- Observe to do what it says
- Then you will be prosperous
- Then you will have good success
The word “meditate” is a broad cover term for the following:
- to murmur
- to ponder
- to mutter
- to roar
- to imagine
- to speak
- to talk
- to utter’
In other words, preach the Word to yourself!
Tell yourself what the Word of God says.
Prophesy it to your heart.
Declare it out aloud over your life.
Eventually it will sink deep inside of your spirit and take roots in the soil of your heart.