Summary: Discover the power of the Word of God in your life!
Part III ~ The Power of His Word
I. The Authority of His Word
A. Text: John 1:1-5
B. We can also look at I John 1:1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life…”
C. When we read and study the Word, we need to do so in faith believing every letter of it! You need to read the Bible the way some of you read the newspaper or watch TV…. believing everything you hear! It’s unfortunate, but sometimes God’s people read the newspaper, or watch TV news and believe that junk more than they do the Word of God!
II. The Word Produces Faith
A. Romans 10:17 “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
B. What is the opposite of faith? Fear. So, if faith comes by hearing the Word, from where does fear come? By hearing the lies of the enemy. As Jesse Duplantis says, fear comes by hearing, and hearing by CNN (Continual Negative News)!!!
C. If faith comes by hearing, then we should make it a habit to speak and pray the Word of God! Let’s not go around saying what we think is right, or what we think we know…why don’t we just say what God says!? After all, what He says is total truth! God is not a man that He should lie. We, on the other hand are, and can lie. Satan would like for us to think that our bodies are sick. He would like for us to think that we are in debt and can’t get out. However, as you and I know, anything Satan says is a lie! Anything God says is the truth. So, whom are you going to believe?
D. Think about it, when you pray the Word of God, what is He going to do? Disagree with you? I don’t think so. He is not going to go against His own Word. He said His Word would not return void.
E. James 5:15 says that the prayer of faith shall save the sick. Notice it doesn’t say the prayer of “fear.” Many of us pray out of fear!
F. We may believe in healing but why do we wait until we’re sick to believe for it? Why not wake up every morning and claim healing upon your life in Jesus name? It’s God’s Word after all. And, there’s power in His Word!
G. Some of us won’t pray for healing until we’re diagnosed with some crippling disease and, then, we’re usually just praying out of fear, rather than faith! In other words, saving God’s way until after we have tried everything else!
H. Listen to me! God is not obligated to hear our prayers of fear! He is obligated and will hear and answer our prayers of faith!
III. The Word Made Flesh
A. As our text reminds us, Jesus is the Word made flesh. That’s why we can believe God’s Word in faith! Because there is power and authority in Jesus, in His name, in His blood, then there is power in God’s holy Word also!
B. How can I, a wretched sinner that I am, have the ability to say God’s Word and make it effective? Because, Jesus’ blood washed our wretchedness away…He washed our sins away…He made us worthy!
C. We must know who we are in Christ Jesus! Have you ever noticed the many verses that speak “in Him,” “in Whom,” and “in Christ?” That is speaking of you and I! Who is “in” Him but you and I? I’ll show you some examples:
(1) II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
(a) Incidentally, when it says a “new creation,” the original translation of that statement is
(2) Colossians 1:9-14 “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed (transferred) us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
(a) Praise God, because I am “in” Him, I have redemption!