The Topic Room: GOD’S WORD – A DANGEROUS POWER
When I start my morning, I encounter a palpable joy by deciding which Bible verse I will meditate on for the day. In a world where voices and opinions are a dime a dozen, I encounter a sweet assurance and impenetrable peace when I choose to shut the noise out and focus on the one voice and opinion that has never changed and has never been diluted. The Word of God has stood the test of time, and it is still as potent as it was since the earth first heard it on the first day of creation.
True, God’s Word is refreshing, but there is another side to it that not many of us contemplate. If there ever was a dangerous, living and breathing organism, it’s the Word of God. It operates with an unequivocal mandate, and like the most skilled of military snipers, it can pinpoint and hit its target with mind-boggling precision. We should crave God’s Word, but we also should respect, revere and yes, we should fear it.
In Jeremiah, Chapter 23 (In my opinion one of the most sobering yet frightening chapters in the Bible. Seriously, you should read and re-read this chapter, especially considering the atrocities we see in the church today), God calls out false prophets and reprimands them on how they have peddled lies in the form of dreams and prophesies, in place of God’s true Word. God urges us to leave false prophets to their fake dreams and instead speak the true Word of God ourselves. God is livid here! And which choice of weapon did He choose to threaten these false prophets with? Not lightning, not brimstone, not even death. He chose His Word!
Jeremiah 23:29 – “Is not My word like fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”
We would do well to heed that the Word, which we sometimes take for granted, is described as a tool for destruction in this verse.
The Word of God builds, nurtures, and soothes us, but inherently, it can also do a great deal of damage. God’s Word is diametrically opposed to our flesh, and if applied correctly, it is lethal in the enemy’s camp.
When I was pregnant with my first child, a debilitating dread crept over me, the likes I had never experienced before. At times I would find myself on the floor, crying. I became physically weak, crippled with an unhealthy fear of the birth of my child going horrifically wrong. I knew it was an attack of the enemy, but I could not for the life of me find a way out of the haze of evil thoughts flooding my mind. Thankfully, my husband saw exactly what was going on and told me to switch off the TV and read nothing but the Bible while listening to ministrations on cassette (yes, I’m that old, y’all!) from morning till night. And that is exactly what I did. I would wake up in the morning, take a bath, have some breakfast, then lock myself in the room all day, feeding on nothing else but the Word and ministrations from trusted men and women of God. After weeks of drowning out the jibber jabber of the world and homing in on God’s Word, I found that the enemy’s arsenal had been torpedoed into oblivion by the endless stream of God’s Word! My peace had returned; I was joyful and now looking forward to the birth of my child. The Word is a blessing, and it is powerful!
Friends, God’s Word is the most powerful force we have at our disposal. But I fear that it is also perhaps the most underused weapon in our armoury.
At creation, God breathed His breath into us. And If God used His Word to create life, then we can do the same. Similarly, we can build up our communities and pull down strongholds. We can send weapons of mass destruction into the camp of the enemy! If our Father does it, then we, His children, should do it too!
Finally, let us not forget the personage of God’s Word. Christ Himself.
John 1:1 – (1) ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…(4) In Him was life and the life was the Light of men.’
Christ came to renew our minds and recalibrate our mindsets. The Word of God personified physically demonstrated the nature of God’s Word. Christ came to show God’s love, but He also came to set the cat amongst the pigeons. He came to set the captives free and proclaim liberty, but He also came to kill off certain mindsets and shut some people up!
Do not be afraid to shake things up. If you’re not yet a danger to the enemy in your life and your community, then I urge you to immerse yourself in God’s Word and go out there, armoured with the most powerful and dangerous force known to humanity – God’s Word.
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