Summary: This message focus on the belief that we place in God’s Word. Do we assign to His Word the same value that God does?
Do You Believe God’s Word As He Does?
Do you believe God’s Word as He does? Two weeks ago I stood before you and asked you to stop speaking against your blessings. The focus of that message was to help each us of understand that oftentimes we do not realize that when we speak our words become alive and take on a mission of their own. What give those words life is the faith (our belief) in them. When we speak from our heart, we speak what we believe and that belief, that faith, gives life to those words, regardless of what those words are meant for, either good or bad. Remembering what I shared in that message, I want you to now consider the question I just asked you: “Do you believe God’s Word as He does?” John 1:1-5 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” We know that John was referring to the Word as Christ. Christ was with God from the beginning. So there are two things we need to consider when thinking about your answer to my questions; God’s word as spoken by Him and God’s Word in the form of and spoken by Christ. Remember that Christ said in John 6:38, “…I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” As we read the Scriptures, we find God speaking, but do we assign to His words the same belief that God does? Let me use this example:
Your kids are in their room playing. You yell to them to stop playing and go to bed. When you spoke those words, you meant exactly what you said. You believed what you said and thus you expected that your children who heard what you said would immediately follow your instruction. (If life was that simple they would have, but it is not.) In reality, your kids thought something differently. Your kids heard what you said and gave the correct reply “Yes daddy/mother”. However, your kids did not assign the same belief in your words that you did. In their minds they understood that you would repeat yourself several times before they actually had to act. They knew that they only had to act when the tone of your voice changed and they heard you coming towards the room. Although they heard you the first time, they waited until they “believed” you were serious before they acted. There are many people out there playing the same game with God, they hear what He says but they do not assign to His words the same belief that God assigns to them. Consider the following examples from the Old Testament.
I. When God Spoke
Turn with me to the first chapter of Genesis. The chapter opens by saying “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Now there are those out there that believe that this all happened by accident, that there was a big bang and then the earth was. Well if there was a big bang, guess who caused it to be - God. Regardless of how it happened, God’s hand was in on it. In the beginning, God made everything and as we examine how He did it, you will be able to see my point. Look down at verse three: “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” How did God create everything – He spoke. When God spoke – those things that He said came into being. Now consider this, do you think that at any point during creation or any other time that God spoke that He ever considered that what He spoke would not happen? Imagine God saying let there be light and then wondering if it would happen. Can you imagine God repeating Himself, “Let there be light; I SAID let there be light; I SAID, LET THERE BE LIGHT!!!” and only after He got to the third request that it actually happened? I cannot imagine this happening and I know that it did not happen. When God spoke it the first time, it happened. God did not have to repeat Himself and He never wondered if what He spoke would happen. When He spoke it, it happened because God believed what He said. Throughout creation, when God spoke things happened.
Now jump down to Genesis 1:26. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness….” Have you ever thought about whom the “Us” was that God referred to? It could not have been the angels because they did not have the power to create – that power only rested with the Godhead. God was speaking of Himself, Christ and the Holy Spirit, what we refer to as the Trinity. This confirmed what was spoken in John 1:1-5 concerning Christ being present and totally involved in the creation of everything. When the decision was made to make us in God’s image, God knew what that meant. He knew that once we were given a choice, we would have the ability to decide if we believed His word as He does, yet He gave us a free will anyway. He gave us a choice. He decided to let us decide if we believed His word as He does. I want to impress upon you that when God speaks, there is no doubting on His part. He does not speak it three or four times waiting for it to happen. When He speaks, things are set into motion immediately. That is why part of the Lord’s prayer contain the statement “….Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10b) What this line speaks of is the day when God’s will shall be done on earth as His will is carried out in heaven. When God speaks His will in heaven, it is carried out immediately. There is no prayer session to see if they heard God right. There is no counsel being sought from other leaders to get their opinion on what God said. There is no fasting being done to get one’s flesh ready to submit. There is no vote being taken to decide if what God is saying should be carried out. There is no offering of alternatives being presented to God because someone thinks there is better way. There is no consensus building or time taken to try and convince everyone in heaven that it is the right thing to do. No, when God speaks in heaven, there is no negotiation, there is just action. Only here on earth do we go down the road to “qualify” what God has said to see if it makes sense to us and our own beliefs. We qualify it down to the point that what God actually said is so watered down that the meaning of what He has said is completely lost and we feel good about continuing to live our lives with minimal disruption. Do you believe God’s word as He does?