I find myself stirred once again to share that there is no other way around it, our Christian life MUST be built up on the foundation of God's word. As I look back over the many years I have been a Christian, the word of God has been a vital part of my daily life yet today I sense an ever greater need than ever before.
Maybe this is because we are coming into the last days where God's Spirit will move more and more upon this earth and yet at the same time spiritual warfare will increase as the evil one knows his days are shortened.
We are called to "wrestle" against principalities and powers (Ephesians 6) and one of our offensive weapons is the "sword of the Spirit", the spoken word of God. Jesus Himself used this weapon of the word as He was tested by Satan during the 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.
Maybe, this stirring is also a "clarion call", like a trumpet sound, alerting the hearer to the need to dig into the word of God. To begin to read it, meditate on it and then PROCLAIM it.
Declaring, or proclaiming, God's word aloud is powerful. It has the ability to change circumstances and to shape them according to God's will.
I don't mean in "presumptuous" faith, or "hyper-faith" but "faith (does) come by hearing and hearing by the word of God." It will build up our faith. It will align our actions and thoughts to God's.
There is another element that is underscoring this stirring:
Revelation 12:11 NKJV
There is power in the blood of Christ and there is power in our testimony of what Christ has done and is doing in our lives. It is in the declaration of these two components that we can defeat the voice of the accuser in our lives.
BUT, "and they did not love their lives to the death." Did you know that this was how the sentence ended? Commitment is costly.
We need to open the word of God in order to get to know the Author.
We need to read the word of God in order to live our lives through meditation and application and yes, proclamation.
Every one of us, as believers, has the privilege and the responsibility to proclaim God's word.