"..Yet in My Flesh I Will See GOD" [Job. 19.26]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why the Spoken Word is LIFE

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Spoken Word is Spirit and Life--so get the spoken Word! I mean, SPOKEN. It can't be overemphasized (no one can say I'm giving this too much importance)--the spoken WORD is LIFE. Often, we treat God's Word as a mere book we bring to church on Sundays so we'd look Christian. Or a textbook to base our denominational doctrines on. But the Word is something else.
63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing (zero). The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. [John 6]
Jesus himself stressed the extreme importance of the spoken Word. In effect, he's saying that anything outside the spoken Word is flesh, and they count for nothing; they produce zero result in God's eyes. Zero. Pfft. Nothing. Nada. Only the spoken Word is Spirit and Life.

What God speaks from his mouth to us comes from his heart. That Word should impact our mindset and go down and settle in our hearts, so when we speak from the heart, that same spoken Word issues from it and gives life to the hearers, even to the dead---like what Ezekiel saw in the vision of the valley of dry bones.

Spoken Word is the breath of life. It is the breath that gave life to Adam in all perfection.

It is the breath of spoken Word that created the earth and the universe, and now sustains them. It is all-powerful! God gives it to us freely! But we must never take it for granted---or abuse it. It is free for all yet not easily available. You have to meditate the Word day and night to access it.

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Word Becoming Flesh

Giving flesh to the spoken Word (obeying and living it) is what matters. All others are garbage---church activities, programs, titles, degrees, etc. Even evangelism and missions if they are motivated by the flesh. Some lost souls may benefit from them, but a lot of them will remain carnal and of Ishmael's spirit. Faithful church attenders but still entirely lost.

These are all carnal works  and they count for nothing in the Spirit world. Zero. If they did, then Jesus and the apostles would have devoted great time and energy for them. But they didn't have "programs" as we have them today. They were led by the Spirit on the spot, each moment, everyday. This is what the Spoken Word does.

They didn't sit down and plan how to hit Antioch. "Okay guys here's what we'd do. We're going to Antioch and start work there." God allowed a great persecution and the Holy Spirit led some of them to Antioch, preaching the Word to the gentiles. That's how it happened. They were led by the Holy Spirit. It was through the spoken Word speaking to their spirits.

The devil knows the printed Word. He knows it very well. He's been around for centuries, studying the written Word (and he studied in the best universities in the world under the best professors ever). Remember how he quoted Scripture when he was trying to trick Jesus in the desert?

How long have you studied the written Word? Say, you got born again when you were 20 and now you are 60---that's 40 years. And you feel proud and powerful having studied it in depth for 40 years.

Well, sorry to disappoint you--but the devil has been studying it for centuries. That makes him more powerful than you are with the written Word, doesn't it. But what was the difference between Jesus and Satan? Why was Jesus able to defeat him in the wilderness when they both knew the Word.

Because what Jesus had was the spoken Word, which is Spirit and Life. Satan only had the printed or written Word. The flesh counts for nothing. The printed or written Word feeds only the flesh. What feeds spirits re-created after Jesus is the spoken Word from God's Mouth. This Word is Spirit. Therefore, meditate this Word day and night, not the printed Word or the letter of the Word, which kills.

We can't simply say that Jesus defeated Satan in the desert because He was God. Well, Jesus was and is indeed God, no less. But he faced Satan then, not as God, but as man, though his being God remained intact. Jesus had to be a man to save humans---God's anointed man, that is. The Christ. The Son of Man. Satan was goading him to prove that he was the Son of God (If you are the Son of God turn these stones into bread...) to disqualify him---because Jesus shouldn't operate as God but as man while doing his ministry to save man. Only Jesus as man (though God) could save us from sin.

How to Defeat Satan

When he defeated Satan in the desert, Jesus was both God and man--his deity never left him. But he didn't think being equal with God was something to be grasped (Phil.2.6). He made himself nothing, being found in the form of a servant (a man). Jesus never used his God-ness to defeat Satan, showing us that anointed man can easily defeat the devil, as long as the spoken Word is made flesh in him! Man cannot defeat the devil by using man's ways (even if the ways are "bible-based") but only by the spoken Word. The spoken Word is Spirit and Life. The devil is hurt so much by the Spirit and Life in man, as in the case of Jesus.

Hence, Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness because: first, Jesus was and is the Word of God. And second--listen to this--the Word was made flesh in Jesus! That's the key! Satan knew the Word but it never was made flesh in him! Can you see this? Spoken Word made flesh in you is the key! This should take place daily because man should not live by bread alone.

The devil fears, and is defeated, ONLY by the spoken Word made flesh. Nothing more, nothing less. All others are trash! Only the spoken Word is Spirit and Life, remember that. The flesh counts for nothing! I don't care how good you are in the bible, what titles or degrees you hold or how good you are at memorizing or theologizing the Word. I don't care how nice your church building and facilities are and how rich and peopled. If the spoken Word is not made flesh in you, you are nothing. Zero. Pfft.

Covenant is Centered on Word Made Flesh

Our covenant with God is hinged on the spoken Word made flesh in us. Exodus 19.5 says what God spoke: If only you obey me fully and do my covenant, out of all the world you will be my treasured ownership. Of course, the whole earth is mine, but you will be my kingdom of ministers and also a holy nation. God spoke that. Spoken Word. Got it?

Obeying God fully and keeping his covenant means we have the spoken Word made flesh in us. Only through this, by God's grace, can we become his treasured possession. And no devil can touch God's treasured possession.

Worship Should be Grounded on the Word

Most times we think we ought to worship first before the Word can come to us. Well, in a way, yes. But everything really originates from the Word. In the beginning was the Word...and nothing was created without the Word. God sends his Word first for a revelation, then we worship. Worship should always be a result of God's revelation of who he is. Without revelation (the revealed spoken Word) worship is garbage.

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Some say worship precedes the Word. Even if this were so, who urged the worship? Of course, the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit speaks and urges us to worship, that is the spoken Word. So the spoken Word still precedes worship. And the spoken Word is Spirit and Life.

People may indeed worship even without the Word, even without revelation. This eventually leads to idolatry. When church worship just imitates the latest trends in music and what singing styles are plausible to the world, it falls into idol worship. Worship can never be compatible with the world's ways. Worship should always be grounded on God's revelation, power, and timing.
You must never worship the Lord your God in human ways, in their way (Deu.12.31).
Accuracy all depends on the spoken Word being made flesh in us. When the Word is not lived out, no accuracy is possible. Accuracy is not mere precision in syntax or literacy. It is accuracy in living the life of Jesus. The spoken Word is Spirit and Life---and life accuracy in Christ.