APRIL 2016: TRANSFORMED BY THE WORD

What can turn a desolate land, a land of drought, dryness and deep darkness into fountains of water? What can turn a stubborn, hardened and insensitive person to a gentle, kind, and amiable person? What has the power to change the ordinary course of nature like make the rising sun stand still, create a passage right in the middle of the sea for people to walk through, or keep a burning bush completely unaffected by the flames?

If you have a Bible, you don’t have just another book to add to your collection. The Bible isn’t ordinary. It is filled with living words that have great power to transform any person, situation, or place. The Word of God can bring something out of nothing, it can give hope to the most hopeless situation, and it can inspire and empower you to climb heights you never imagined you could reach.

In Matthew 8:5-13, a centurion had a servant that was paralyzed and suffering terribly. The centurion was convinced that there was something that could change his servant’s situation. The centurion was convinced about the transforming power in the Word of God. He believed the Word of God had the power to end his servant’s days of suffering. He was so certain that the Word could travel faster than lighting and hit his servant wherever he was and bring about an instant change. This was why he told Jesus, “Just say the word, and my servant will be healed” (Matthew 8:8).

How about you? Is there any area of your life where you have been experiencing some form of pain and suffering? Have you spoken the Word of God to that situation? God says in Jeremiah 1:12 that He is watching to see that His Word is fulfilled. God is watching out to see those who would declare His Word so He can fulfill His Word. Unfortunately, most times when we are faced with challenges and difficulties, what we do is grumble, complain, or just keep discussing the problem.

The centurion understood that when you have a problem, you bring that problem under the authority of the spoken Word so you can experience a change or transformation. If there is a demon behind that problem, the spoken Word has authority over principalities and powers. It can render all evil powers against you weak and useless. If it is a person or people behind that problem, the spoken Word can like a needle pierce their hearts until they take a decision in your favour. And if you are the one responsible for your problem, the Word like a clear mirror can show you your true self, it can like a bright light expose what you are doing that has put you in the situation you are in.

The Word of God transformed Paul, a hardened and ruthless persecutor of the church, to a great preacher of the Word. It transformed Jacob, a dubious and conniving man to a great leader in Israel with a great future and hope. It transformed Peter, an unstable and unreliable disciple, to one of the pillars of the early church. The Word is still transforming lives and situations. This month, make a personal commitment to start giving more time to God’s Word. Don’t treat the Word of God lightly, create time each day for the Word so you can be transformed from the inside and out, so you can experience the power in the Word to shatter to pieces every problem and obstacle before you. Let your testimony be that “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…” (Jeremiah 15:16)

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