[Column] Be Armed With the Powerful Word of God

Be Armed With the Powerful Word of God

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

 

God’s Word is His thoughts. For us to accept the Word is synonymous with embracing His thoughts. When we impress upon our hearts God’s Word, which is His thoughts, there arises faith and God reveals to us dreams and visions. That way, we proclaim, acknowledge, pass onto others God’s Word in the language of the fourth dimension. It is important for spiritual leaders to draw close to the Word.

When we read, meditate on, and study the Word, wisdom and understanding overflow in our lives. In the 119th Psalm are recorded all the benefits of the meditation on the Word. When raising children, we have to instill in them wisdom rather than worldly knowledge. Understanding is the ability to comprehend and discern matters or phenomena on a deeper level; Wisdom is the power to solve problems.

There is a well-known neurosurgeon named Ben Carson. He gained a notable reputation from his book Think Big and became a prominent African-American physician. He attributes his secret of success to daily reading of the Book of Proverbs. He finished reading Proverbs in a month by reading each chapter daily. Billy Graham also confesses in his book that he reads Proverbs and Psalms everyday. Proverbs and Psalms are the Word that gives us wisdom. If we meditate on the Word of God intimately, we are conferred upon a blessing of wisdom and understanding. As we yearn for the Word and continually inscribe it in our hearts, we do not walk in evil paths but walk in uprightness.

There is an entrepreneur who started out at a young age as a mere clerk and later built the biggest department store in America. John Wanamaker, one of the pioneers of the department stores and also a postmaster general under President Harrison, is known as king of merchants and king of the department stores. He possessed prudent judgment and effective administrative skills. The products he purchased and invested in returned enormous profits. All his investments generated highest values. In an interview, a news reporter asked him, “What was your most successful investment so far?” After pondering for a moment, he answered in a clear tone of voice, “My properties, just buildings and lands alone, are worth over 20 billion dollars. Of all these, the most valuable is the Bible with red leather cover I bought for $2.75 when I was an 11 year old country boy. This Bible made me who I am today.”

Wanamaker nurtured his dreams by reading the Bible as a poor boy. He did not just stop at reading the Bible but he went beyond that by practicing the teaching of the Bible thus becoming one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the world. Using the Biblical principles, he started earning money at thirteen as a butler at an attorney’s house and an apprentice at a printing shop. One day, he brought in the handkerchief he had purchased for his mother as a gift for an exchange. The clerk at the store coldly refused. Learning from this experience, he was determined to exchange merchandises if he becomes merchant. Later, he contributed greatly to commercial ethics. During his time, commerce was just a simple business transaction designed to maximize the profits only. Against such malpractice of commercial philosophy, John Wanamker protected and served consumer welfare by establishing the new order of commerce.

While suffering from a breakdown caused by ill health at 19, he worked for three years as a director for an organization of Christian youths by the recommendation of the pastor of the church he attended with his mother. Christian ethics he had already grown accustomed to and the Biblical values he had been immersed in from the age of 11 served as the foundation of his successful business.

A recently discovered announcement posted in the New York department store in 1854 clearly demonstrates John Wanamaker’s religious convictions.

“Announcement to all employees. No work on the Sabbath(Sunday) under any circumstances. If you smoke cigars, shave at a barbershop, or visit dance halls and other places of entertainment, please submit a letter explaining the reason. All the employees shall donate over $5 to their church. Attend the Bible study every Sunday.”

The secret of his success was the Word. Those who hold onto and proceed with the Word do not fail. Remember. Only those who let God stand in the center of their lives and govern their lives according to the Word will fully enjoy success in God. 

We must impress the Word upon our hearts and use it as a means to nurture faith. The most effective method of armament with the Word is the application of a five-finger model: meditation, memorization, study, reading, and listening. We must read, listen to, meditate on, study, and memorize the Word. We must absorb each verse into our inner self and our hearts so that it becomes our flesh and bone of our inner self. A parallel can be drawn from cattle, which have one stomach with four digestive compartments. After ingesting grass, they continue to chew and regurgitate to absorb all the nutrients and maintain their massive figure. 

It is said that the human brain has over 14 billion neurons, which store everything we glance through in our subconscious. Although we may not remember it, it is stored in our subconscious. Therefore, the kinds of books we read determine what we store in our subconscious. When I read spiritual books, I underline and even circle some important pages because these devices enable speed-reading when I reread the book. As I continually read the book that I “edited,” I fully digest its content well enough to transmit it to others. The meditation on the Word of God serves as a powerful energy of faith.

Also, we must strive to memorize the Word. The Word we committed to our memory greatly helps us when we are attacked by the Satan, when we advise or counsel others, and when we affirm His promise. Furthermore, we must make effort to study the Word we have meditated upon and memorized.

The most advanced of the Bible training is listening to the Word and Voice of God. If we draw close to God’s Word, He at some point resonates within us as the living Word. In the Old Testament, “And the Word of the Lord came unto me” appears 3,830 times. For us to exercise the fourth dimensional spirituality, we must make the Word ours. Within the Word of God is contained His thoughts and is hidden numerous instructions and resources to awaken our faith. Even Jesus Christ took the Word at face value. When He was tempted by the Satan after forty day fast, He secured victory over Satan by quoting the Word.

The Word that comes to our hearts as the resonation of the Holy Spirit is called rhema. If Logos is the merely recorded Word, rhema can be considered the living Word, the Word in the present, and the Word that is being declared now. If the Word comes to us as rhema, all fears, anxieties, worries, and discomforts disappear. Therefore, we must pray, “Father. Grant me Logos and Rhema.” Belief in the recorded Word generates power but if the Word comes to us a present reality, it generated even greater power.

There was a very depressing and difficult time in my college life. One day as I was walking the streets, God gave me the Word from Philippians. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). When these verses came upon me, my soul regained strength, peace, and power to see my problems no longer as my worries. The Word healed, softened, and revived me. We must nurture our faith by loving, continually studying, and listening to the Word.

Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word. He was the walking Word. We who desire to imitate Christ must become “lesser Jesus” and also the walking Word.  We must be filled with the Word. 1 Peter 4:11 says, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.” When we become the people of the Word, the Word of God emanates from us. To emanate the Word from our mouths, we must be filled with Rhema.

I learned from Rev. Yonggi Cho the following prayer, “Father. Grant me Logos and Rhema.” We must nurture the fourth dimensional faith by yearning for the Word and replenishing our souls with the Word. May each and every one of you be filled with the blood of Christ, anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God and become a leader of strong faith. 

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