Volume 19

INSIGHTS INTO GOD’S WORD
E. Michal Gayer
Volume 19

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“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

“God Backs up His Word”

Devotional TeachingsIn our last devotional teaching we observed that God’s Word is our final authority. Let’s build on that and take note that not only is God’s Word the highest authority, being eternal and never-changing, but God has spoken it forth for a purpose and He intends to see that purpose fulfilled. He stands in readiness to bring to full completion every word He has ever spoken, every promise He has ever made. This means that God backs up His Word with results. In Isaiah 55:11 God clearly states, as recorded in the Amplified version of the Bible, “So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God speaks His Word. He tells us what He will do and what He plans to accomplish and then He acts upon it to perform it. He makes sure that whatever He has spoken will produce and accomplish the outcome He desires. God is ever in readiness to enforce His Word.

Jesus emphasized the importance of God’s Word as recorded in Matthew 4:4 when He said, “…It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Accordingly, we are to live by and have our lives based on whatever God has spoken. God’s Word is to be our personal truth. Since God is the One who created and holds all knowledge and truth, since God is the source of all truth, and since His Word is settled in heaven forever, God’s Word is the final say on all things even to the details of our lives. God’s Word is absolute, reliable and complete offering solid reassurance that the eternal instructions, which God has spoken forth are able to direct us into the very best of life.

A fact that we almost take for granted is that not only has God spoken forth His instructions in righteousness, in salvation, in healing to echo throughout the ages, but He has also graciously seen to it that they have been recorded in a concrete, tangible manner for us to use. God has given us a permanent, reusable record of His Word!

The Bible is an awesome book. It contains two major sections, the Old and New Testaments, or we could say more precisely, the Old Covenant God made with people and the New Covenant He has since ratified. The Old Covenant describes the agreement, which God established with people before the coming of Jesus Christ, and the New Covenant describes the advent of Jesus here on earth, His life, His ministry and the development of the early church. Both Covenants have information and instructional value for all mankind.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 reveals this about God’s Word, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” You see, God progressively revealed more and more about Himself to people over many hundreds of years. Every revelation from Him has purpose and meaning regardless of when it was first revealed.

The Bible, the written record of what God has revealed about Himself and how He relates to people, must be our guide. It is the light to our feet. It guides us along our path of life into the best position in order for us to receive from God. It stands to reason, therefore, that when people are in need of healing from God, they need to go to His Word to learn how to relate to Him in order to receive from Him especially since God is ready, able and willing to back up His Word with results. The Word of God plays an invaluable role in divine healing, but it must be heard, understood and adhered to for its fullness to be in effect.