Signs & Wonders (Sunday, February 14, 2016)
Signs & Wonders (Sunday, February 14, 2016)
Engaging the Breakthrough Power of the Word!
By David O. Oyedepo
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-3).
According to scriptures, all that God is, is all that His Word is. That is, anything that cannot stop God, can’t stop His Word from having its way. For instance, God is the Creator and His Word creates solutions. During the first appearance of the Word, in the story of creation, it created solution to a battered world. As it is written:
In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (Genesis 1:1-3; See also Hebrews 1:3).
Likewise, God’s Word still creates solutions today. This is why when we believe Him, His Word continues to create solutions in our lives.
We also understand that God is Spirit and so is His Word. That means God’s Spirit is domicile in His Word. The Bible says: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth(John 4:24).
Jesus speaking on the potency of the Word said: It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63; See also Ezekiel 2:2).
God’s Spirit dwells in His Word which we engage in battle. Thus, when we say, ‘It is written,’ the Spirit of the Word goes forth to challenge our challengers, confront our challenges and bring us victory. As it is written: So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19).
For instance, when Jesus went on the mountain for a 40-day fast in preparation for His Messianic mission, the devil was all out to bring Him down. However, when Jesus engaged the Word, the Spirit of the Word went forth, set up a standard against satan and the Bible records: Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him (Matthew 4:11).
The Spirit of the Lord in the Word levels every mountain of the wicked on our paths and empowers us to win the war. Therefore, when we engage the Word in battle, our triumph is guaranteed (Zechariah 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 2:14).
It is also important to note that God’s Word carries sanctifying virtues. We understand from scriptures that God is Holy and so is His Word. Thus, it cleans up and perfects the lifestyle of God’s people. The Bible says: Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalms 119:9, 11; See also 1 Peter 1:16).
This is why when the Word of God comes alive in us, we become naturally sanctified. As it is written:Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth (John 17:17).
It is also written: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you (John 15:3).
Furthermore, God is light and so is His Word. It is written: …God is light, and in him is no darkness at all(1 John 1:5).
The Bible also says: In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:4-5, 9).
When God’s Word is put to work, the powers of darkness are shattered. Let’s recognize that the dominion of light over darkness is instant and unquestionable. For instance, when we turn on the light in a room, darkness gives way instantly. Likewise, when we turn on the light of the Word on the powers of darkness, they surrender to the authority of the Word.
God personifies breakthrough and so does His Word. Every Word received, believed and engaged becomes as unstoppable as God. Remember, from the story of creation, we understand that the earth was without form and void but at the instance of God’s Word, it took shape and colour. Also, after the Israelites left Egypt, they were stranded at the Red Sea; meanwhile they were being pursued by Pharaoh and the host of the army of Egypt. Then, God commanded them to go forward. When they obeyed the Word of the Lord, the Bible records: The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs (Psalms 114:3-4; See also Genesis 1:1-3; Exodus 14:14-15).
In the same way, God’s Word is ordained to thoroughly furnish, beautify and decorate us when it is received, believed and engaged.
Let’s examine the Word as a weapon of war.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).
God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit that raises a standard against all satanic uprising. This makes the Word a weapon of war in our hands. When we launch the defensive weapon of the Word in faith against the offensive forces of hell, we become more-than-conqueror. For instance, we saw how Jesus Christ, after a 40-day fast, engaged the sword of the Spirit against satan and He conquered (Matthew 4:1-14).
This is why we need to develop the required skill in engaging the Word of God. The Bible says: For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5:13-14).
It is so important for us to know how to engage the Word of God in battle against every satanic uprising of the wicked targeted at our lives and destinies (Isaiah 59:19; John 6:63).
But, what is in the Word that wins the war?
- The Word of God is fire that consumes all satanic stubbles: It is written: Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
Remember, our God is a consuming fire and all that God is, is all that His Word is. Thus, God’s Word carries consuming fire and when it is launched against any situation, it consumes every opposition of the enemy on the path of our glorious destinies (Deuteronomy 4:24; 1 kings 18:38-39; Hebrews 12:29).
- The Word is the stone in Zion: The Word carries divine stones that grind into powder all oppositions to God’s glorious plan for our lives. Jesus said: Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Matthew 21:42-44).
That rejected stone is Jesus and He is the living Word of God. When we invoke the Word in faith against any situation or adversary, they are grounded into powder, thereby destroying everything resisting our redemptive heritage in Christ.
The Word does not only carry divine stones but it also makes believers lively stones on the earth. The Bible says:
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:4-5).
This means, we can develop ourselves in the Word so much that we are turned to lively stones.
- The Word is light that shatters all gang-ups of the powers of darkness: And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (John 1:5, 9; See also Isaiah 60:1-3).
Every man is ‘lightable’ and when we are ‘Word-lighted’, we become ‘unassaultable’ by the powers of darkness. Remember that darkness has no capacity to contend with the authority of light. This is why when we engage the light of the Word in battle, our unquestionable triumph is guaranteed. However, it is important to understand that we can graduate from the revelation of the Word (light) to being illuminated by the Word.
Let’s recognize that the gang-up of darkness against the believer is simply because of the absence of light; but when we graduate from revelation to illumination, the assault of darkness ceases because it cannot stand the power of light.
In conclusion, it has been prophetically declared in this year of ‘From Glory to Glory’, that every winner is entitled to minimum four remarkable change of levels. That is, one every three months after the order of Obededom. However, this is only possible as we walk in and engage the light of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 3:18).
This is because it is the Word of God we receive, believe and engage that delivers our desired turnaround. One way we engage the Word is by speaking it boldly against every situation of concern in our lives. When we speak God’s Word boldly, He confirms it openly. As I have often said, ‘A closed mouth is a closed destiny,’ and one cannot be oppressed and afflicted except with a closed mouth. Therefore, it is time to boldly engage the breakthrough power of the Word against every ‘fig tree’ mocking our glorious destiny in Christ (Isaiah 53:7-8; Mark 1:19-22; Luke 21:15). As we do so, I see God’s prophetic agenda for us this year delivered with speed in Jesus’ name! Remain ever blessed!
Jesus is Lord!
- I decree the end to every assault of the enemy upon your life!
- Whatever evil seed the enemy has sown in your life goes back on their heads!
- Every force that won’t let you go, goes down in the red sea of vengeance!
- No matter where the captivity on your life emanated from, your day of rescue has finally come!
- From today, you will become dangerous for the enemy to confront!
- The end has come to all satanic manipulations in your life!
- Every opposition in your life is brought down speedily!
- Everywhere you appear, you will triumph!
- This is your year of total turnaround!