Since being free by the Word means putting the Word to work, I’ve been focused on doing just that. Knowing the Word and using it effectively are two very different things…just ask the Pharisees and Sadducees! So then the question is, “How?” How do we do this effectively? First, let me say that one of the things God ministered to me was to not get bogged down with strict formulas and rituals. God said that He would write His new law in our minds and in our hearts (Hebrews 8:10-11). Since He is not just with us, but in us, He will speak to each of us individually to guide us. That being said, there are many scriptures in the written Word that, if adhered to, will position us to receive His rhema (spoken) Word for us.
Now for me, just like most, the matter of positioning is mental, not spiritual. Remember, our faith is not the problem, but our belief! We have faith that God is who He said He is and that He can do what He said He can do. But will He? That’s the question our mind poses to our spirit. How loudly our mind speaks this message depends on how much conditioning or renewing-of-the-mind work we’ve done. That’s where the written Word comes in. We must know what it says about us and about our situations so that other voices can be measured against it. If it doesn’t sound like the Word, dismiss it! Free yourself from it! See, I told you there is Freedom in the Word!
So, back to putting the Word to work…right now, I’m finding it completely reassuring to know that God has given me everything to meet my physical needs and to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:3
). It’s a scripture that I know pretty well, and one that I recall when I’m concerned about a need. Then I took the time to read the entire chapter and was reminded of my role in acquiring the promise of met needs and all the other promises of God…the ultimate spiritual pep talk
Peter is the writer, and he first reminds us that God’s grace (undeserved favor) and all-encompassing peace will be multiplied to us and will always be more than enough for us as we continue to “know” Him. As we remain consistent in our quality time of reading the Word, praying, and being aware of and subject to His presence in our everyday lives, we will experience His favor, perfect well-being, all thing needed for life, and spiritual wealth. He then goes on to say that positioning ourselves to receive this grace and peace is how He in turn blesses us with promises that essentially provide us with more than we will ever need or desire and cause us to escape the effects of this world that has been corrupted by greed. So, the broken financial system, education system, social system, court system, etc. don’t have to have any effect on you or me! Peter then goes on to encourage us, therefore, to work our faith in the Word and make gallant efforts in our quest to be more intimate with Him. For this is how we will develop the characteristics needed to be fruitful, even unto the foundation of the new law He gave us: to love one another as He loves us. We will avoid becoming spiritually stagnant and without His divine projection for our life. We will avoid being distracted and bound by our difficult circumstances and less-than-wholesome past and will remember who we are in Christ. We will no longer stumble and fall in our spiritual journey with God. Instead, we will live in the “eternal kingdom of God”. This kingdom is not heaven but the place where God’s grace and peace flow freely through His system or way of doing things: loving, caring and in every way providing for those who love, honor, and obey Him.
Yep, I’m putting this Word to work for me today! Now, all I have to do is keep reading it, speaking it, and believing it. Sometimes we all need to be reminded and encouraged. So, I echo Peter (in verses 12-13) and say to you…12 So I intend always to remind you about these things, although indeed you know them and are firm in the truth that [you] now [hold].
13 I think it right, as long as I am in this tabernacle (tent, body), to stir you up by way of remembrance