In today’s message we return to Psalm 119. If you’ve never done so, I’d recommend taking time to read through Psalm 119. It’s a well written Psalm about the writer’s love for the Word of God. If we all had this same passion for God’s Word I wonder how much stronger the Body of Christ would be. Even I don’t pretend to be as committed to reading and meditating upon the Word of God as this…but I certainly do my best to make sure I’m one of the 25% or less who reads their Bible every day.
Do you want to know how to make the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart to be acceptable to the Lord? Meditate upon the Word of God, and learn to speak that out. Let the Word of God roll off your tongue when it comes to your situations and circumstances instead of the fear, doubt, and unbelief you normally speak over them.
Instead of speaking that you wonder if God hears you…speak out like Jesus did before Lazarus’ tomb. “Father, I thank You that You hear me…and You always hear me.” Imagine walking around believing and speaking out like the Psalmist that He hears my cry. The Word of God is full of scriptures that verify that God’s ear is inclined and open to His children…but so many doubt even that. If we read His Word more and spoke that out…I bet we’d have better results.
Instead of walking around defeated…what if we walked around speaking out that we have the favor of God. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. God is for me therefore none can be against me. I have victory in Jesus. Those are all in the Word of God. Where? Instead of me looking them up for you…why don’t you look them up yourself?
The Word of God is not just to be read, but it’s also to be spoken. Spoken over our lives, spoken to our circumstances and situations. I was listening to one of Pastor Joel Stockstill’s messages in which he said: “Faith speaks”. But, what does faith speak out? I would like to suggest that the more Word of God you speak over your life, your family, your finances, and more the more God will move in those areas…because God always responds to His Word. The Holy Spirit doesn’t do one thing until He hears the Word of God spoken. The Spirit of the Lord hovered over the face of the deep…and then once God spoke…the Holy Spirit did. If you want the Holy Spirit to do in your life you have to speak…but you cannot speak just any thing you want…speak the Word of God…and the Holy Spirit will do.
What are you meditating upon? What are you speaking? If it’s not the Word of God then I hope you’ll understand that not only is God not obligated to do anything…neither is the Holy Spirit. God is always obligated to carry out His Word…not ours.
- Why are the mouth and heart mentioned in this verse?
- What do you think enables the Psalmist to change in these two areas?
Conclusion & Prayer:
In closing of this message I’d first like to say congratulations. We have made it half way. Sixteen messages down, and sixteen are left. If you’ve been with me all the way then thank you for following along, and congratulations for making it every day. It is this kind of passion and hunger for the Word of God we all need to have, and I’m including myself in that. I need to make sure my appetite for the Lord is never fully satisfied…and that my fire for the Word of God never dies.
So, we see the heart and mouth mentioned in this verse, and that means that I can’t help but to link it to salvation. That’s exactly what we did when we confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. The familiar passage of Romans 10:9-10 tell us that if we believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead for our salvation, and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior then we can be saved. Romans 10:13 says that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
How many of you know that when we call something out we speak it out, verbally, out-loud. Do you not know that we can do that in all situations with the Word of God? We received immediate results when we believed in our hearts and spoke that according to the Word that if we called upon Jesus as Lord we would be saved. So, is the same with healing. If we believe in our hearts that the stripes on Jesus’ back were for our healing, and speak that out we receive healing when we continue to speak it out. By His stripes I am healed.
So, just remember…the rest of the Word of God works the same way. We must believe in our hearts, and speak it out with our mouths. Some things happen immediately, and some may not…but the Bible says that God will always respond to His Word…so put Him to the test. If you’re in the midst of a situation where you need God to move…stop speaking your words over it…and start speaking the Word of God over it…and see what happens.
Lord God, teach us to meditate upon and speak Your Word over situations and circumstances instead of ours. Help us to remember that it’s Your Word that carries the power and victory that we are seeking. Move for us in some form or fashion today as we speak Your Word over an area in our lives that You have never moved before. Make Yourself real to us today in a way You’ve never revealed Yourself to us before…and keep the fire, passion, and hunger for Your Word within us in a way that’s never fully satisfied. Let us desire the sincere milk and meat of Your Word more than anything else. In Jesus’ name…Amen & Amen