The power of God’s word is not only undeniable but also accessible to all of God’s people. Such a gift his word is.
Words have linguistic significance as they embody a meaningful message and contribute to grammatical structures— amongst others. Fundamentally, they are able to convey a simple idea that could go on to define a person and/or shape his or her future.
If words are this functional and powerful, How much more are the very words of Yahweh?
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Is the word of God powerful?
God’s word is powerful. Hebrew 4:12 says of God’s words;
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.Heb 4:12
That’s talking about the effect of the power of God’s word in a believer. Hebrew 11:3 goes on to inform us that Jesus, the Living Word of God sustains all of creation.
Is there power in the word of God?
Emphatically Yes. There is power in the word of God.
Two illustrative bible verses about the power of God’s word are Jeremiah 23:26, and Isaiah 55:11. A person could think of God’s word as a fiery bulldozer traveling through creation that has a 100% success rate at accomplishing the assignment.
In this article, we would be torch-lighting the power of God’s word written in biblical scripture.
7 abilities of the Word of God
1. The power of the word of God in Divine leading.
One of the ways God leads us is by speaking to us through His word. In God’s word, we find instructions, divine counsel, and clarity based on the wisdom of God able to usher us to a desired destination.
Have I not written for you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth.Proverbs 22:20
God’s word is also disciples and trains all who are God’s faithful servants (you and I) just as doing the will of God.
Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire.Deuteronomy 4:36
(See also 2 Tim 3:16-17)
2. Able to influence and transform
One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to use the word of God in the heart of a believer to sponsor transformation. When the word of God resonates within us, something happens. By the ministry of the Spirit of God, the word of God comes alive in us and transforms us for the better.
The word of God is also powerful to improve your prayer life and influence your day-to-day decisions and actions(Phil 1:27).
3. Expose, and Overcome the devices of the devil;
Anchor text: Matt 4:2-10
It is often believed that the greatest wars are fought in the mind. One weapon of warfare effective against the devices and machinations of the devil is the word of God (2 Cor 10:4-5). By the scriptures, Jesus overcame the temptations of the tempter.
When we make prayer affirmations based on what God has spoken over us, we fight the devil with God’s word which vanquishes him.
4. Power to create and effectuate
God Almighty chooses to be known to His people and all of mankind as Yahweh creator of the universe. In the opening pages of the book of Genesis, we discover how God created the universe through His Word.
The word of God is powerful to effectuate the desires of God in the physical world. Not only is God able to speak worlds into existence, but he can also, by his words, forge the future.
The documented prophecy of the Messiah by prophets of old was later fulfilled in the time of Jesus Christ. If He says it, consider it done.
But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”Matthew 26:54
That he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.1 Corinthians 15:4:
5. Reveals the mind of God
This is one importance of God’s word: it reveals the mind of God. Through the words of the Bible, we see the mind of God on different matters. Just as reading a book is like journeying through the mind of its author, the written word of God is able to reveal the mind of God.
You can know God’s disposition to matters (such as sin, marriage, leadership, godliness, etc) when you accurately look through the lens of scripture.
6. Able to strengthen God’s relationship with His people
Great words aid understanding between the parties involved. The word of God fosters a thriving relationship with God’s people.
It would be a monotonous relationship with God if all communications came solely from us during prayers. But the gift of God’s word is a source of communication that makes our interactions with him bilateral.
Pertaining to our relationship with God, the power of God’s word renews our mind to know God’s will(Rm 12:2), stirs up faith (Rm 10:17) and strengthens our convictions.
7. The power of God’s word for liberation and enlightenment
Anchor texts: Psalm 19:8, Ps 119:105
The power of God’s word is shown in the liberation of minds that were once held captive by limiting beliefs or ignorance. The Bible is all about the story of God’s salvific plan for mankind through His Messiah Jesus and the Gospel ushers in this reality for the person who believes it (2 Tim 4:15).
God’s word has enlightened us and given us a perspective to peer the world. In the LIMA award-winning song of the year, You I Live for, Nigerian gospel artist, Moses Bliss, writes thus;
In a world where everyone’s talking, Lord, I delight in your precious Word. Only You matter, only You Make sense.Moses Bliss
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As we have seen, there is power in the word of God to lead, empower, liberate, create, transform, and much more. The Bible, the written word of God, is a gift to every member of God’s kingdom. Leverage the power of God’s word by studying, practicing, utilizing, and teaching the written word of God.