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Gods Word Works In You (2 of 2)

Mike Connell

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For example, just a simple truth: I'm redeemed by the blood of Jesus. For most people, the word 'redeemed' has no meaning whatsoever; for a lot of Christians - it's got no meaning at all.

Or the blood, covered by the blood. Now you see that's a lovely church term, but what does that mean inside? If I don't have a way of engaging with what that means, it won't mean anything except: oh, we're redeemed by the blood; and the person's thinking: yeah, we are, we're redeemed by - let's sing about it! Well singing about it is good, but it's not a substitute for embracing the truth in your heart - I am totally ransomed. Everything that needs to be paid, has been paid; so I can belong to God, and walk close and intimately with Him, and stand in His presence, totally free of any corruption, disease or any decay in my life! I stand there now, totally clean before God! That's what it means.

So imagine that, and ponder on that; let that get into your heart, and wrap around yourself the truth of: standing before God, absolutely innocent and free. Let that truth change you on the inside. It takes time for truth to come settle in, because of a lot of other things we believe in our heart - so the beliefs of the heart are shifted by putting in the truth; and breaking free, or renouncing, or letting go, the things which have been dear to us, which we have believed.

See a lot of people don't pray. I'll tell you why they don't pray. It's not because we don't know how to pray, but because in our heart, one of two things is happening: one, we're overwhelmed with problems; or two, we don't believe if we pray, that anything will happen.

So I don't think I'll go to prayer. Why? Because I do not believe that "the fervent effectual prayer of a righteous man will avail much". Or putting it more personal, I do not believe that when I pray, something will happen.

Because we've had disappointments and setbacks, and we haven't processed them; we haven't meditated and engaged with God to keep our heart in faith; so keeping our heart in faith. You did not receive it as the word of men, but as in truth it is the word of God, which energises those who believe it!

So we begin to build these disciplines into our life, then we need to learn to speak or declare the word of God. There's nothing more powerful than speaking the word of God.

Bless the Lord all my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord all my soul - you start praying that, your life starts to come up. I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul will make its boast in the Lord.

Start to speak the word of God: Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scorners; but who's delight is in the law of the Lord. In His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like the tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth fruit in season, who's leafs shall not wither.

I like to get in the spirit when I'm praying; and see it, and picture it. If you memorised it like that: one, you can pray it; two, you can pray it and then personalise it. The word of God is powerful - and I've got to get it into my heart by repetition, meditation, confession. I've got to get it out of my mouth, speaking.

The Bible says: the world we see was framed, or created, or formed, by the words God spoke; that if I give voice to His words, I shift the spiritual atmosphere around me, and I begin to shape my world.