Andy Hollifield 7-10-17
Luke 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
Psalms 107:2 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psalms 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak anymore in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
His word. There is just something about his word. His word is like no other word. There is comfort in his word. Truly there is power in his word. Nobody else’s word can heal the sick and afflicted and deliver them from their destructions. I have no hope outside of his word. Just like Jeremiah, I cannot contain his word. Matthew 8:16 says that Jesus “cast out the spirits with his word.” Solomon declared in 1 Kings 8:20 “And the Lord hath performed his word that he spake…” The term “his word” is used 32 times in the bible and all but two of them are talking about the Lord’s word. The term “my word” is found 14 times with all of them speaking of the Lord’s word. One of my favorites is Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” What a promise! All we have to do is get his word out to a lost and dying world and he will do the rest. His word says in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” We just have to lift him up and his word will do the drawing. We cannot save anyone but we can point them to the one that can. All they have to do is believe his word. Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Hebrews 11:3 says “through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Through that same faith which comes by hearing. In six days in Genesis he framed the worlds by his word. The phrase “by the word” is used 21 times and all but 3 are referring to the Lord. John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” There is no word quite like his word.
In Mark 4:39, his word made the wind cease and the sea to be calm. In John 11:43, his word woke the dead and Lazarus came forth out of the grave. In Luke 2:46 he astounded all that heard him with his answers to the doctors. In Luke 23, while he was dying on the cross, everyone was hanging on all of his words. Also in Luke 23, the thief believed his word. In Mark 5, his word gave deliverance to a wild man who couldn’t be tamed and put devils into two thousand pigs. In Mark 5, his word brought life back to a young girl. In Mark 10, Jesus word caused the blind eyes of Bartimaeus to see. In Mark 9, with his word he cast a devil out of a little boy who was apparently prone to seizures. In John 5, his word caused a cripple of thirty-eight years to rise up and walk. In Matthew 8, just a touch from Jesus and his words; “be thou clean” healed a man of his leprosy. In John 4, a nobleman’s son was cured of a fever by the word of Jesus to the boy’s dad when Jesus wasn’t even with the boy. In Matthew 14 and 15, five thousand and four thousand men respectively were fed when Jesus blessed bread and fish with his word and brake it and gave to his disciples to hand out. That was not counting the women and children. John 20:30 says “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book.”
I have highlighted a lot of instances where winds and seas were calmed, people were healed, fed, and even raised from the dead just by the word of Jesus. And I didn’t even start on the Old Testament such as the time where his word gave a cloud and a pillar of fire to guide the Israelites or when through both Moses and Joshua, waters were rolled back and a dry path made for God’s people. There is also a couple of times when he spoke to ravens and they fed his prophet. And also when that same prophet was hiding in a cave, just a still small voice asking “what doest thou here?” made the prophet humble himself before the Lord.
I have covered a lot of scripture but the rest of it you have to fill in. What about all those times he has spoken peace to your soul in the midst of trouble? Or those times when it was your child or family member desperately ill and he has spoken and gave their body healing and rest. What about those times when you didn’t know what to do and he said, “don’t worry, I do.” I know I am not the only one that can recount times like that. And like it said in John 20:30, Many other signs did Jesus… I hope that I have been able to “stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance.”(2 Peter 3:1). I hope this will help you realize that whatever you are facing now….God’s got this one too. All he has to do is, as the centurion said in Matthew 8:8, speak the word only…” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 7-10-17