Barely three months after I received the Lord Jesus in my life, I was counseled to immerse myself in the Word of God. I had sought our beloved pastor’s advice on how I would receive healing from the Lord and this was what I received: goodly pearls, priceless treasure – the Word of life.
So I did just that. I embarked to read the Holy Bible from Genesis to Revelation and back again. I couldn’t count how many times I traveled that same journey, but always with different revelations from the last. From morning ’til night, it was my constant companion. No TV, no internet, no magazines or any other book – the Word was the only one I held. And it held me.
I never stopped reading the Word since then.
During moments when I went through almost unbearable physical suffering, I would put my open Bible on my face and begged the Lord to let me disappear between the pages, believing that I would find relief in there.
Later on, when my illness got worse, I could no longer carry my big, heavy KJV Bible and prop it on my lap, so I would ask somebody to read for me. In December of 2004, we stayed in a room beside the chapel in the fasting house of San Fernando, Pampanga. It was the most difficult time of my life. I was struggling to live. A preacher from the Central Church sent me a message, reminding me in all urgency to cling to the Word. Read. Read. Read. Believe. Believe. Believe. He advised me to dwell in the psalms, especially Psalm 91. He instructed the sister who was assisting me to read it over and over.
I had wondered at the urgency of his messages. I couldn’t quite understand it then. But after many years of living in the Word, I had proven it’s potent power.
Why do we live in the Word?
The Word is Life
The Word [is] God (John 1:1). When the Lord Jesus said to Martha (when He was about to raise dead Lazarus from the grave), “I am the resurrection, and the life…”(John 11:25), He wasn’t only talking about that last day when He will raise up all His followers that sleep and be together with Him in eternity, but He wants us to know that He Himself is the resurrection – the One who gives life to one that is dead, not only on the Last Day, but even NOW, HERE.
As long as we believe in Him and in His Word, one can receive the gift of THAT resurrection power. He is the Resurrection and the Life, therefore, whoever believes in Him, though He were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25). A believer who is at the throes of death may claim this promise – (or even one who has breathed his last, when prayed over in faith, shall be brought to life, and there have been many amazing testimonies of such in our Church) – and he or she will be raised up again by the Giver of life, and health and strength will be restored.
I am one who has witnessed the resurrection power of God – in my own life – many times.
Most of all, we find the truth and our salvation in the Gospel, so that the spiritually dead (Mat. 8:22) will find and receive life – life eternal.
The Word is Healing
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalm 107:20)
Our bodily healing is found in His Word. If we believe in His Word, we will obtain our healing.
That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. (Mat. 8:17)
To read testimonies of God’s miraculous healings and deliverance, through faith in Him and His word, click here.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
As long as God’s Word is our ultimate guide, we will never lose our way. It is a “roadmap”, which when we follow every sign, every warning, every guidepost – we will reach our destination.
And take… the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Eph. 6:17)
I have learned, that if I neglect to feed on the Word on a daily basis, I find myself weak against the attacks and temptings of the enemy. When the Lord Jesus Himself was tempted by the devil, He fought with the Word of God, and the devil fled. There is no surer way to silence the enemy than a sharp, regularly-whetted Sword – the Word that is daily taken in and digested.
When weaknesses hound me – fears, doubts, helplessness, sadness, gloom, uncertainties, confusion… – I reach out for my holy Bible. David, the man after God’s own heart, meditated on God’s Word and testimonies, wherever he found himself in – whether walking through the valley of the shadow of death or fleeing in the wilderness from his enemies – God’s Word was his companion, comfort and strength.
Everything that we need to know to be able to rise up from our infirmities, we find it in the Word.
The Holy Spirit guides us to and through the Word. When we walk in the Spirit, we must also live in the Word.
If you’re sick or just plain exhausted after a day’s work, you may just listen to the Word of God (KJV Bible) here.
If you want to be comforted, soothed or just want to be inspired, you may listen to encouraging verses (NIV) with soothing background music here. (You can set the player on continuous play).
Related article: The Words of the Lord
This post is linked to Titus 2sdays, Domestically Divine, Raising Homemakers, We are That Family, Women Living Well, Walk with Him Wednesday at A Holy Experience, Proverbs 31 Thusdays, Brag on God Friday, Spiritual Sunday, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home