March 31, 2012

What is God saying?


The word ‘proclaim’ is derived from a Latin verb which means ‘to shout forth’ or ‘to shout aloud.’ It means essentially to declare something with great boldness and strength. 

"The Lord gave the word:
great was the company
of those who proclaimed it..."
Psalm 68:11

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

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 

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.


Kristin said...

That is so true, what you are writing. I am feeling an increasing yearning after more and more of Gods Word myself. I pray for the same to happen all over the Christian world. Amen!

Maria Egilsson said...

Kristin, I too pray for this to happen more for others and I thank Him that He is stirring you as well as I. Blessings to you, Maria