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‘When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick.’ – Matthew 8:16 NIV

The same authority and anointing power displayed by Jesus to heal the sick, by His spoken word, is available and accessible to us through the quality quiet time we spend with God in His word and prayer. In the Gospel of John, chapter 1, we see Jesus described as the Word who was in the beginning, with God, and was God. Faith challenges me to believe that same authority and anointing power through the spoken word of Jesus then is operable in my life today. If I believe God is the same today, yesterday, and forever, then this positions me for the miraculous and impossible on the subject of healing and the power of the word of God.

‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.’ – Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV

God explained to the prophet Isaiah to tell His people that His word is like water and snow, having the same impact in the lives of those who receive its authority and power, just as the water and snow has an impact in the earth. God emphasizes that He has a purpose when His word is sent and is trustworthy in its ability to accomplish what He planned for it to. So, in essence, if God is not having impact and influence in the earth, then we have to question whether we are doing our part to share it and apply it.

Father, bless us and help us to allow the authority and anointing power of Your word to affect change in, through, and around us as You desire so we may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’  – Hebrews 4:12

There is an internal unseen work of God occurring every time I invest quality, quiet time reading His word. The word of God is described as living and active. I would describe the word of God as medicine for the soul. Whenever I sense a stress induced headache about to begin, or some type of physical pain (usually my back) I rely on Advil. My body responds well to Advil and it consistently provides me the relief I need from the physical symptoms of pain. The word of God is described in Hebrews 4 in the same way I have benefitted from taking Advil.

Anyone who has spent any significant time reading the word of God can attest to what happens when we fail to spend that consistent quiet, quality time allowing the word of God to fill our heart, soul, and mind with the transforming agent of God’s word. The word of God has the way of bringing relief, comfort, affirmation, healing, joy, peace, strength, courage, encouragement, confidence, assurance, hope, stability, and closeness to God in the midst of dark, difficult moments.

The word of God is not just food for the soul, but fuel for my spirit to help me draw from the Spirit of God to live for Him and strive to walk by faith. The greater my daily intake of the word of God is what inspires, motivates, and moves me to stand firm against what seeks to overcome and prevail against me. Pains from my past and the present inner turmoil I encounter as my inner man wrestles with the war of good and evil raging within me is managed and mastered by my self-discipline in the consistent time devoted to reading the word of God. The less time I have for the word of God, the less I am able to live victoriously and experience the healing power God supplies by the authority and anointing power of His word. When I am feeling disillusioned, disappointed, discouraged, or even defeated by life’s troubles, the word of God is the remedy!

Father, bless us and help us to demonstrate the necessary self-discipline to devote consistent quiet, quality time with You in Your word to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. 

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