I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His word. It is an honor to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today we are continuing our series on fellowshipping with God by discussing the topic “Fellowshipping with the Word of God”. Before we go on with the discussion lets listen to this lovely song.
Song Title: Your Word
Scripture: Proverbs 2:1-5
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Thank you once again for staying tuned to the program Building on the Rock with Pastor Murphy. Last week we started looking on what it means to fellowship with the Word in continuation of our series on fellowship. We explored the nature and characteristics of the Word. Specifically we showed how the Bible reveals to us the word God and that the word of God is living and powerful. The Word of God is actually Jesus hence, every single promise God has made to you in the word actually represents the Lordship of Jesus and is backed by His eternal throne so you can cast all your confidence on it and it will definitely produce the required result. We also introduced the ways each of us can fellowship with the word in other to get the most of the word.
I heard a teaching by Kenneth .E. Hagin, our Father in Faith on how to build up your human spirit, and what He said captures what fellowshipping with the Word is all about. There are 3 things he mentioned in the teaching which are the ways we fellowship with the Word, they include:
- Giving the word first place in our lives,
- Meditating on the word and
- Putting the word into practice.
These three activities are equally important and we must engage in all of them in order to effectively fellowship with the Word of God.
First let’s look at what it means to give the word first place in our lives.
Proverbs 7:2 admonishes us as children of God to guard God’s words or teachings as the apple of our eyes. Most of us understand what the terminology apple of my eyes means. It connotes something that you highly esteem and you do not take lightly. It is something that you will not let anybody tamper with and only a few people can have access to it. This is the attitude that God wants us to have about His word. This is an attitude that places maximum importance to God’s word in our life and decision making.
In a practical sense we can know if the word has the first place in our lives. For instance what is your first response to a bad news that comes to you suddenly, maybe a financial need? How do you react? Sometimes when we are in such situations as Christians and the word of God is presented to us as a solution we tend say with our words or attitude that “let’s face the real world”.
I have come to understand that Christians that react this way towards God’s Word hardly experience God’s hand in their lives. Because when you give God’s word first place in your life, it is the ultimate honor you can give Him. If the word has first place in our lives, it will govern our decision making process and we will always be eager to find out what God says about every circumstance we find ourselves and when we do that, we always turnout better.
I remember once I was travelling in a bus and I got a very comfortable seat. Then a couple who wanted to sit together came to me and asked if we could exchange seats. The seat I was asked to move to in the bus was not as comfortable as the one I was seating on. In my heart I was moved by God’s word to do it. You know the bible says we should love our neighbors as ourselves, and it also says that Love is kind and does not seek its own good only. So I decided to be kind to the couple and move to the not so comfortable seat. However the seat turned out to be more comfortable for me. It turned out though we were meant to be three people seating on that particular row and I in the centre but one of the passengers did not come on that row so it was just two of us that occupied the row. It turned out to be my most convenient road trip ever. It always pays to make your decisions based on the word.
When we give God’s Word first place in our lives we put ourselves in a position to get the best God has for us. Making a conscious decision that God’s Word will always be the basis for every decision we are going to make whether big or small, will release the flood gate of God’s favor on our lives. It will cause a free flow of revelation from the Word of God, motivate us to do whatever it takes to get it into our hearts and it will make practicing the word an enjoyable thing in our lives. It is the key to getting our prayers answered. It may be interesting for you to know that God is not asking us to do what He is not interested in doing.
The Bible said God has exalted His Word above His name (Psalm 138:2). God’s name connotes His personality, Character, majesty, power, authority, and every other thing that makes Him God is captured in His name. This means every decision God makes is based on His Word. He has tied Himself to fulfill whatever He has spoken. So when we take His Word like that and base our every decision on His Word we are having Fellowship with Him, we are partakers of His very nature, we are sharing things in common with Him and His favor will surround us as with a shield. All these come when we consciously make living by the word our conscious decision no matter how we think it will turnout. We will be walking in a higher realm of Life if we adopt this and be a marvel in this world.
This doesn’t happen overnight so don’t be discouraged when you find yourself acting contrary. Just make the required adjustment whenever you act contrary and God grace will continually flow into your life and enable you to live completely for Him. As you take it step by step, your trust in God will continue to grow and with time your profiting will be evident ton all.
Next week we will be looking at meditating on the Word, the powerful principle for a victorious life.
The Bible is the primary way God has given us to have access to the Word. So fellowshipping the Word first starts with an individual getting the word into His heart by reading the Bible, reading Bible based books, or listening to Bible based messages. None of these is mutually exclusive, you need to do all.
The next way you fellowship with the Word is to meditate on the word. Meditation simply means studying and thinking on the word i.e. turning the word over in your mind by the power of the Holy Spirit. Meditation on the word is the actual interaction with the Word of God. It is in meditation that the Word speaks to you.
The final way we fellowship with the Word is by putting the Word into practice in every area of our lives. That is, as we receive instructions in the Word, we quickly implement it in our lives. This is how we fulfill the goal of the Word with Him, which is the Building up of the Body of Christ.
My dear listener, as you fellowship with the Word of God, your life can never remain the same. Dedicate at least 30 Minutes every day to study and meditate on the Word of God and you will become a champion, I guarantee you of that.
Thank very much for listening and it has been an honor sharing the word of God with you. I believe you are blessed by our program today. I will like to hear from you please send me a mail, let’s share in your miracle.
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