At His Word

What is the Lord speaking to you today?  May your ears be inclined to His voice that will cause your heart not to harden. 

“God means what he says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one can resist God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.”  (Hebrews 4:12 MSG)

Jesus’ disciples had to learn in their journey with Him that whatever He said must come to pass.  They witnessed the power of His Word and the authority that He has when He spoke.

You and I are no different.  We have been invited to meditate in His Word day and night for BLESSED is he who does it.  FRUITFUL is he who does it.  PROSPEROUS is he who does it.  And nothing can come against His Word spoken to us when we believe.

“BLESSED is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”  (Psalm 1:2-3)

Peter himself tried and tested Jesus’ Word. 

“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying,  “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

So He said, COME.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 

I don’t think Peter would have dared to get out of the boat without heeding to what Jesus commanded him to do.  But when he obeyed Him, he supernaturally experienced something that surely catapulted his faith to a different level.  Though he may have sunk when he took his eyes off Jesus, but still, he walked on water.

What about Jesus saying to the fig tree , “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And the best part for me was that His disciples HEARD Him and later on SAW how His Word became flesh.

“Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.  And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.  In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”

And His disciples heard it.  (Mark 11:12-14)

 “Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:20-24)

On this account, the disciples not only witnessed the fig tree’s response to Jesus’ Words, but He actually demonstrated what it means to have faith in God. He did not say, “Because it’s Me, it obeyed.” Instead, He made the disciples see the potential, the seed of greatness that they have and the possibilities that they can do if they have the God kind of faith. They can say and see what they say. They can decree a thing and it shall be established.

How about finding money in a fish’s mouth because Jesus said so? I could just imagine the reaction of the disciples when Jesus told them to go and catch a fish and find a coin that would be the provision for their taxes.

“Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free!  However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” (Matthew 17:27 NLT)

When Jesus turned water into wine in a wedding celebration in Cana.  He did not even speak directly to the water in the jars.  Mary told the servants, “Do whatever He tells you.”  And this miracle of Jesus exemplified how He offers us the BEST answer to our needs.

“Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled,  He said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed His instructions.” (John 2:6-8)

 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” (John 2:9-10)

At His Word, the winds and the waves obeyed. Hmmmm … the disciples marveled and even said, “What manner of Man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:41 KJV) Mind you, they did not say, “What manner of God is this?” Jesus walked here on earth as the Man anointed by God with the Holy Spirit and power that He may go around doing good, healing all who are oppressed by the devil for God was with Him. He was fully obedient and yielded to the will of the Father that He only did what He saw the Father doing and only speak what He heard Him saying.

On this account, Jesus showed us who we are and what you and I can do when we have a revelation of our heavenly identity. We are created according to His image and likeness and predestined to be like Him, speak like Him, walk like Him, not by our own might nor by our own power, but by the Spirit of God resident in us.

I love how The Voice translation is written with this account.

 “The same evening, Jesus suggested they cross over to the other side of the lake. With Jesus already in the boat, they left the crowd behind and set sail along with a few other boats that followed. As they sailed, a storm formed. The winds whipped up huge waves that broke over the bow, filling the boat with so much water that even the experienced sailors among them were sure they were going to sink.

Jesus was back in the stern of the boat, sound asleep on a cushion, when the disciples shook Him awake.

Disciples (shouting over the storm): Jesus, Master, don’t You care that we’re going to die?

He got up, shouted words into the wind, and commanded the waves.

Jesus: That’s enough! Be still!

And immediately the wind died down to nothing, the waves stopped.

Jesus:  How can you be so afraid? After all you’ve seen, where is your faith?

The disciples were still afraid, slowly coming to grips with what they had seen.

Disciples (to one another): Who is this Jesus? How can it be that He has power over even the wind and the waves?

How about Lazarus? At Jesus’ Word, he came out of the grave! Even death lost its sting and submitted to the LIVING WORD of Jesus, Who is The Resurrection and The Life. His Words are Spirit and Life that dislodged and overcame the deadness of Lazaruz’s body.

 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:38-44)

There are countless evidences and manifestations written in the Bible of how powerful His Word is when spoken in faith.   His Word never fails.  Not a tittle nor a jot will fall to the ground without it being accomplished.  This is the secret of our Master Jesus’ life.  His prophecy never fails.

Mary received a word delivered by the angel Gabriel and when she said, “Be it done to me according to your word.”, she conceived.

When Jesus said to the fishermen, cast your nets at the right side of the boat, they caught a net-breaking, boat-sinking catch of fish in spite of toiling all night and caught nothing.

When the Centurion said, “Just say a word and my servant will be healed.” What great faith he had that Jesus saw. He said to him, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

When He said to the lame, “Get up and walk!”, don’t you think every fiber in that man’s limbs trembled in submission to His Word?  Hmmm … think about it.

I was reading Smith Wigglesworth’s Devotional when I came across this story in the Bible that opened my eyes to this new revelation.

“And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.  Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.”  (Luke 22:10-13)

After Jesus had given that wonderful command to Peter and John, those disciples were walking into the city, no doubt in deep meditation, when suddenly they cried out in amazement, “Look!  There he is!  Just as the Master had said.”

According to Smith Wigglesworth, when he was in Jerusalem where the donkey was tied, he saw at least 150 women going down with pitchers and then carrying them back on their heads, full of water.  But he DID NOT SEE one man.  However, Jesus said that it had to be a man, and so it was, for NO ONE COULD CHANGE HIS WORD. 

Some said to Smith that Jesus had it all arranged for a man to carry a pitcher of water.  Smith said, “God does not have to arrange with mortals to carry out His plans.  God has the power to hear the cry of some poor needy child of His who may be suffering in England, Africa, China, or anywhere else, saying, “O God, You know my need.”  And in New York, Germany, California, or some other place, there is a disciple of His on his knees, and the Lord will say to him, “Send help to that brother or sister, and do not delay.”  And the help comes.  He did not need to arrange for a man to help Him out by carrying a pitcher of water.  He works according to His Word, and Jesus said a man would carry water.

What did those disciples do as they saw the man?  Did they go forward to meet him?  No, they waited for the man, and when he came up, they probably walked alongside of him without a word until he was about to enter the house.  Then I can hear one saying to him, “Please sir, the Master wants the guest chamber!”  He answers, “The guest chamber?  Why, I was preparing it all day yesterday but did not know whom it was for.”

Truly, all things are possible to those who believe and God is the unfolder of the mysteries of life Who holds the universe in the hollow of His hand. What we need to know now is that the Lord our God is in our midst and He is mighty and He works according to His Word.

I had this desire to study how to sight read piano music sheets although I can play by ear. I just would like to improve and enhance my piano skills. I prayed, asked and declared that a door of opportunity will come, for the Lord promised that He will give us the desires of our hearts.

Last year, when my laptop crashed, I prayed for a replacement. Because God is so mindful of us, He powerfully moved and put in one person’s heart and mind to bless me with one. Here is the link to my testimony.

Exactly three months later, someone blessed me with a brand new laptop on my birthday. Hallelujah! Then, I thought, what will then be the use of the other one that I received first? Hmmmm … He knows, I don’t. He goes before us to straighten our paths and level our ways so that we may have a highway in our walk with Him as we heed His voice and follow Him.

Last month, I decided to take piano lessons, not knowing who will teach me.  But again, the Lord orders our steps and He busies Himself with our every step.

I invited a friend of mine to come over and fellowship in my house as it was her birthday.  In the course of our celebration and conversation, I suddenly asked her if she knows someone who teaches formal piano lessons.  Lo and behold, she introduced me to one.  Hallelujah!  Isn’t the Lord awesome in every way especially when we pay attention to the deep yearnings and promptings from within us?  Who would think that one invitation of a friend will lead me to a place of rich fulfillment in the area of my desire to read music sheets?  In addition, my piano teacher and I  share the same dialect, same favorite pianist, but most of all, she hit the nail on the head on how to maneuver and hone me to put on blinders so I can focus on sight reading.

Guess what my requirements were to start with? One smartphone, one tablet and internet for zoom. Smartphone – check! Internet for zoom – check! Tablet – none!!! But we know that the Lord paves the way for us. He knows and prepares us for what is to come.

One day, I suddenly remembered that the first laptop that I was blessed with was one that can be converted into a tablet. I just did not know how. So, right away, I googled and searched on how I could separate the screen from the keyboard, and guess what? It was just connected by a magnet! Praise the Lord! Then, my new journey began.

In my case, this “At His Word” revelatory experience this time was for me to know that someone out there said “YES” to His promptings!  Nothing just happens. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. 

Our obedience, submission and yieldedness to His Word is not limited to the spectacular displays of the supernatural. It also includes the deep impact in our lives and the lives of those when we say “Yes” to His Word to bless them. By this we become living epistles of the Word, read and known by those around us. Our very presence in someone else’s life is to be a manifestation of God’s presence diffused in and through us. This is when His Word becomes flesh, tangible and experientiable. We do things not according to our strength but according to His Word that produces God-kind results.

Back to my question, what is the Lord speaking to you today? Know that the Lord is up to blessing someone somewhere out there. Your prayers, your declarations, your kindness and generosity, your touch, your smile, your financial help, your encouraging words, your being at the right place at the right time, doing the right thing with the right heart or any act of intercession matter. When we send up the fragrance of our prayer and worship, God sends down upon us and through us His acts of intervention. We are His mouthpieces, His hands and His feet on the earth fueled by His unfailing love, indwelt by His Spirit, to make a difference and to make known His goodness and glory throughout the whole earth as the waters cover the sea.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Word and became flesh so that we can take part of who You created us to be in Christ Jesus. Thank You, Jesus, for saving us by the Power of Your Precious Blood. Our being holy, blameless and pure that comes from being washed and cleansed make us SEE You and Your Kingdom at work in our lives. As we abide in You and Your Word abiding in us, we are defined to be Your living epistles, anointed, filled, flooded and empowered by Your Holy Spirit in us to do what You have called us to do. Holy Spirit, our greatest Teacher, grace us to hear You speak that Your Word become our daily bread and sustenance for man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from Your mouth. Open our eyes to continually see the light of Your word that illumines our every step as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds according to Your Word, called to be the salt and light of the earth. Amen!

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