THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD
By: Gary L. Rodgers
If I were to ask you to define success, what would you say? Some might say that having a new home is a sign of success. Others might say having a lucrative career is a sign of success. Still others might say that good health and a nice family is a sign of success. All of these things are fine in themselves but in the KJV of scripture the word success is found written only once in all of God’s Word and it is found in Joshua 1:8 which reads, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” The bible tells us that if you want to live a prosperous and successful life that you can achieve that by reading, meditating and obeying the word of God. The world looks at this and laughs, yet they have no true peace in the life that they lead but they try to convince everyone around them that they are a success at life and its many pleasures. And I suppose that by the world’s standards that they are, but by God’s standard they are poor and wretched and blind. No doubt that we live in a Laodicean world where the attitude is that “I’m increased with goods and have need of nothing. (Revelation 3:17)
So often I felt that if I had some money saved ahead of my bills and other obligations that I would feel like I’m going somewhere, yet with the few times that happened I found that I prayed less often and my dependency on God seemed to be somewhat on the shy side of what it should have been. And on top of it all I found that the more that I pursued the idea of gaining more money the less that I read and studied God’s Word, I found little time for meditation and being observant to do according to His will, so while I was working at trying to be a success by the world’s standard I found that I was failing as a Christian. Now don’t misunderstand what I am trying to say here. There is nothing wrong with having a nice home and new cars with a sizeable savings in a bank. There is nothing wrong with that as long as God and His word is still first in your life. When God starts to become a second seat to those things then watch out! You are about to take a tumble.
Do you know why it is easier to win a poor man to the Lord than a rich man? The rich man may be listening but in the back of his mind he is wondering what is this going to cost me? While the poor man is saying I have nothing so maybe there is something in this for me! The poor man is saying “I have nothing to lose, so maybe this is the message that I have been looking for that will give me hope”.
As Christians we have a wealth that the world does not understand. And this wealth is in God and His Word.
My wife likes the idea of taking a trip, I keep telling her to hold on there’s a big one coming up soon, it’s called the Rapture, and believe me you won’t be disappointed.
Another powerful word that is only found once in the KJV is the word Discerner. (Hebrews 4:12) And it is relative to God’s word being the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is a word of true understanding and it tells us that God’s word is so alive and powerful that it is sharper than any two-edged sword. Which not only can pierce and divide asunder the soul and spirit but it also knows the thoughts and intents of the heart. Wow! Can you imagine that? God’s Word can with its keen edge easily separate the soul from the spirit? We as humans generally have a hard time explaining the difference between soul and spirit in our own words. But God’s Word has no trouble with that at all. There is a difference and we are told in scripture that the first Adam was made a living soul and the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. (1 Corinthians 15:45)
If we are walking close to the Lord in His Word we will be able to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart whether those thoughts and intentions were good or evil. So if we study, meditate, and are obedient to God’s Word then we will have the power to use His living Word to discern between what is good and what is evil.
Engrafted (James 1:21) is another word that is only found once in the KJV version of scripture and it carries with it the meaning (inborn, or implanted). So if we would take this word of God and so implant it into our lives it then has the power to sanctify or set us apart and save our souls. Then that must mean that God’s Word is so powerful that it can change the worst of a sinner’s heart into becoming a child of God. (Galatians 4:6) and we will be grafted into the true vine.
Another word that is found only once in the KJV of scripture is the word converting which shows that God’s Word can make a change in us and give us wisdom. (Psalm 19:7) His Word is perfect and His testimony sure.
When we trust in God’s living Word Jesus Christ (John 1:14) we are then converted from being a lost sinner to a saved born again believer in Christ. (John 3:1-21)
God’s Word is so pure that it will enlighten us or open our eyes to the truth, which rejoices the heart. (Psalm 19:8) This is also a word that is only found once in the KJV of scripture.
Five powerful words, each having their own importance that can only be gained through the reading, meditating and obedience to God’s Word!