Yesterday, I was praying and studying the Word of God, and it came to me that maybe many believers don’t know how to daily approach the Word of God and speak it. I believe most of us know that it is important. The Word of God spoken by the believer in faith releases God’s ability, power, plans, and purposes into the earth (Proverbs 18:21, Hebrews 4:12, Romans 10:13-17, Mark 11:18-24, and Isaiah 55:11).
We understand the importance of speaking God’s Word, but actually developing a discipline and understanding of how to make it personal can be a challenge. So, today, I want to give you a few building blocks for building your house on the foundation of the Word of God so that when trials come, you won’t be shaken (Matthew 7:24-25).
- Get a one year Bible
- Get a Composition book or some kind of journaling mechanism whether on the computer or not.
- Start with the current date in the one year Bible
- To begin with, read only the New Testament and Psalms
- Take specific passages from the New Testament and/or Psalms and make them personal –For ExampleToday is August 30, 2011. The Scripture readings for today are: 2 Cor. 4:1-12 and Psalm 44:1-8.
Some random passages in 2 Cor. 4 say this, “1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
We can take those passages, and in our journals, write them out, making them personal and/or corporate confessions. In your journal change the pronouns to make them personal:
By God’s mercy I have this ministry (job/work/church,etc), and I absolutely DO NOT lose heart. I am encouraged in Jesus’ Name. I am hard pressed on every side, but I AM NOT CRUSHED, perplexed, BUT I AM NOT IN DESPAIR, persecuted, BUT NOT ABANDONED, struck down, BUT NOT DESTROYED. Therefore, I do not lose heart. I am renewed day-by-day, In Jesus’ Name. All of my trials are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs any and everything that I face today, and I remind myself of that regularly. In the name of Jesus, I am encouraged and renewed today.
- Now, take that journal entry, from just 4 verses and read them out loud, several times. Let it get in your heart. Change some of the pronouns and make them about your house, or about your workplace, for example, “my family is renewed and encouraged today, in the Name of Jesus. We will not lose heart.”
- Pray the Scriptures as well as confess them. As you speak them, make them a dialogue with the Father as well. God and His Word are ONE. As you pray the Word, you speak to God His own promises, and He loves to hear His Word coming from one of His Children.
Today, if you’ve never learned how to speak the Word of God and allow it to govern your life, then I encourage you to use this 7 step method. As you pray and confess the Word of God, you will find that your faith level will rise, and that results will become frequent and powerful.
God wants you to learn how to co-labor with Him (1 Cor. 3:9), and the primary way we co-labor with Him is by working the way He works. He works by speaking His Word, and we work by speaking His Word. As we learn this powerful tool, we will become more like our heavenly Father.