The Word of God is powerful! It has the ability to change any situation or circumstances. The Word of God is Jesus. He has forever established His Word and it will never change or fail. Why then do so many of us interact with His Word and remain changeless, unaffected and unaltered in the course of life? Why is it that life can go by year after year, day by day and curtain strongholds, habits, limitations reign supreme over a Christian’s life?
We know from scripture that God has made it possible for our lives to be “transformed” by interacting with His Word. Even though, we as three part beings, spirit, soul and body, have been saved spiritually, our minds and bodies often need to come in line with God’s Eternal Word. (Romans 12:1,2; Ephesians 4:22-23).
Isn’t it interesting that at the point of salvation, we received a new spirit? A spirit “born again”? We didn’t receive a microchip or a computer program that manipulates and controls the rest of our lives. No, God has given us a precious gift, that being of our own “will”. It is yours, nobody elses. And as wonderful as it is, the sooner we learn to lay our will down at the foot of Jesus, and accept His Word as a source of daily and necessary sustenance, will we begin to realize the freedom, the liberty, the absolute victory, the joy that our salvation brings. God wants to have us live in a loving relationship with His Word not just merely obeying a list of commands. That’s the point! A loving relationship with God is what makes the Word of God come alive in your life and you experience true power to change.
When we interact properly and sincerely in the Word, there are certain results that you can and should expect. The Psalmist lays out certain effects the Word will have on our lives when we lay our will down and accept His Word through a loving relationship with God. I want to just look at some of the results listed in Psalms 19:7-14
:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
- (There is a rest, a restoration, a healing of your mind, your will and emotions)
:7 The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
- (There is an increase of confidence in His Word and Wisdom begins to guide your life as you receive instruction to live differently)
:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
- (The mark of a person that has received from God’s Word is Joy!)
:8 The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
- (Light is significant to understanding. The Word will not just give you knowledge, but understanding.)
:9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
- (There is a reverence and awe toward God, having experienced His power working in your life as it produces purity and holiness. There is also a revelation that our God is an everlasting God.)
:9 The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
- (God’s Word produces a steady, consistent life. A way of life that does not shift and sway to the storms of life but remains sure. A way of life that is “right” before God.)
:10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than the honey from the honeycomb.
- Interacting with the Word properly, creates a desire for His Word more and more.
:11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is a great reward.
- (There is warning when evil is at the door and reminds us of His great rewards, believing that He is, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.)
:12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.
- His Word corrects, reproves and instructs us. The fact is we do not see what is wrong with our own decisions, motives, words, ambitions. But our relationship with God through His Word reveals things hidden from our own eyes that do not line up with His nature and His way of doing things.
:13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
- What great hope of change that brings victory over struggles and weakness that many have thought could never be changed. It doesn’t matter what has caused you to act the way you do. What you did in the past. It doesn’t matter how strong of addiction or stronghold you may have controlling your life. Get into your relationship with God by loving the Bible. Read it. Study it. Think on it. Let it roll over and over in your thoughts until it gets down in your heart. Be familiar with the book of promises and believe that through Jesus the promises are for you. God’s Word is power to change!
The end goal is found in the last verse of this opening:
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. – Psm 19:14