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7 Pictures Of The Word

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By Pastor QT Nyathi

Pictures are powerful. From still photos to motion pictures, they paint gripping images in our minds. God’s word is likened to many things in the Bible. Here are seven loaded metaphors of the Holy Scriptures.

Picture #1: Water

Husbands love your wives…that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…
Ephesians 5:25-26

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Bible water for washing represents the word while drinking water represents the Holy Spirit.

The word of God is a powerful detergent that removes every stubborn stain of sin from our lives, thus ensuring that we become sparkling clean.

When was the last time you refreshed your weary soul by standing under the shower of God’s word?

Jump into the Jacuzzi of jets of heavenly water by allowing the word to massage your battered spirit, soul, and body. Don’t let a day go by without taking a bath; if you skip your bathing time you’ll soon offend many by emitting an unpleasant odour.

There is a freshness that only those that bath consistently exude.

The water of the word plays a vital role in our sanctification process making us more like Jesus in our character, conversation, and conduct.

Picture #2: Lamp

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

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With the bright lamp of God’s word in our hands, we don’t stumble over things in life.

God’s precepts are a reliable guide in the maze of life. As long as we hold fast to the lamp, confusion will be dispelled from our lives.

It’s interesting to note that a lamp doesn’t show you too far ahead; you always have to carry it with you in order to benefit from its illumination.

Since light travels in a straight line a word-filled life ensures that we live straight lives (as opposed to crooked lives) not straying from the narrow path of the kingdom.

With our lives crammed full of the light of the word we are the most switched on people on the planet.

Picture #3: Fire

Is not my word like as a fire says the Lord?
Jeremiah 23:29a

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Fire had five main purposes in the ancient world.

It was used to cook food, provide warmth, scare off wild animals, for smelting in tool making, and as a purifier in mining.

When we come to the Lord we are raw and have to allow the heat of the word to cook us and make us edible to the hungry world.

The word also warms us up our lives making people love to be around us. As part of the melting process the word softens our hearts thus allowing the Holy Spirit to shape us into the image of Christ.

Wild animals or demons are scared of fire; so the bigger the fire the more secure we become. Finally the word as fire turns up the heat in our lives and removes all the dross leaving us as pure gold.

Allow the fire of the word to complete its cleansing work in your life.

Don’t move an inch, no matter how intense the heat gets if you want to reap the five-fold benefits of the word as fire.

Picture #4: Hammer

Is not my word like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Jeremiah 23:29b

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A hammer is power tool used for driving nails, hitting hard materials and breaking tough substances.

God’s word breaks our hard or callous hearts, giving us a soft heart of flesh that God can easily touch and shape.

A heart that has been hammered by the word is moved by the needs of the community.

It also breaks our rigid attitudes, prejudices and stereotypes leaving us with the all-embracing mind of Christ.

The hammer gives the enemy a severe pounding tearing him to pieces; no wonder why he fears the twelve pound hammer of the word.

Jesus hammered the devil into submission with the word when he tempted Him three times in the wilderness.

Use the hammer for heavy duty tasks in your life.

Picture #5: Food

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.
Jeremiah 15:16a

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Just as natural food sustains us, so does the word which is our spiritual food. Without it we live weak and ineffective lives.

Once we stop eating the word we die spiritually.

Under the broad category of foods the word is also likened to honey (Psalm 119v103), meat (Hebrews 5v12-14) and milk (1 Peter 2v2) showing us that it offers all the variety of nutrients needed for us to live healthy lives.

Word-eaters are balanced people not given to extremes.

Isn’t it amazing that one of the last things people on death row are allowed to do is to have a sumptuous meal of their choice?

Why?

There is nothing that releases joy and happiness like a good plate of food- the idea is to allow the person to experience joy one last time.

People’s faces light up and they chat nonstop when they are having food at home or at their favourite restaurant.

If natural food does all this, how much more spiritual food?

Take sumptuous bites of heavenly food and enjoy at your leisure.

Picture #6: Sword

And take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17b

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A sword is a lethal weapon that pierces through the enemy’s defence lines.

The word is the sword of the spirit world.

The sword was the Roman soldier’s primary weapon without which he could not dare step into the battlefield. A soldier without a sword was a toothless and useless civilian.

A modern day equivalent would be to have a soldier face the enemy without a gun-it’s unthinkable.

Similarly a believer without the word in his heart cannot hurt the enemy in any way.

As a soldier of Jesus Christ wield your sword always thrusting it deep into the enemy’s vital organs. It’s instructive that a sword is a very personal weapon; no one can carry your sword for you, you have to carry it yourself.

No one can take the word and use it on your behalf all the time, you have to bear that responsibility yourself.

Strike the enemy with your sword again and again until it cleaves to your hand like Eleazar the son of Dodo; that way you will win many great victories for the Lord. (2 Samuel 23v10)

Picture #7: Seed

Now the parable is this; the seed is the word of God.
Luke 8:11

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Oh the amazing power of a single seed.

One seed can produce a forest.

A single seed can produce countless edible fruits. One small seed can grow into a big tree. In short a seed speaks of great productivity.

God’s holy word results in productivity in every area of a believer’s life. Note however, that a seed only works its magic when it is sown.

A seed in your lap or pocket won’t do you any good until it is sown.

Sow the word by applying it in every area of your life. If you do so you will reap a massive harvest that will amaze many.

While a natural seed rots, the supernatural seed of the word is incorruptible and will always germinate and produce results no matter how long it stays on the ground.

So don’t be discouraged if you have been sowing precious seed and it seems as if nothing is happening.

Your seed will eventually pierce the ground because supernatural seed never fails.

All these amazing pictures can be summed up this way; the word is everything in the life of a serious believer.

So whatever you do child of God get into the word, you’ll reap the benefits and your progress will be obvious to all.

Become a word-addict.

If you do, you will become a fascinating movie of God’s goodness in the world.

Pastor QT is a published author, copywriter and speaker. His sincerity, wit and candid style have endeared him to many hearts. His book DELIVERANCE UNPACKED has been warmly received globally. He conducts spicy marriage and singles seminars with his feisty wife Bonani.

Email:pastorqt@gmail.com

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Are you making yourself sick?

 

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Psalm 38:3 (NIV)

Because of your wrath there is no health in my body;
    there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin.

How are you feeling today? Are you sick in body, mind or soul? If so, look up and talk to God. Look inside yourself and see if there are any resentments, anger, fears, worries or doubts that you are harboring towards others or yourself. Really look at how you are feeling and be honest with yourself.

Every single day we must turn our problems over to God’s hands. We must forgive everybody and every situation that has hurt us – including ourselves. If you don’t know how to start then go to God in prayer, ask him to show you and to take the burdens from you. We must walk in faith.

When we hold on to negative emotions we make our mind sick-  then our bodies become sick – this sickness shows up in high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and numerous other illness. Most illness is a result of long –term wrong thinking, which causes us to make wrong decisions – like eating the wrong food, smoking, drinking, not exercising, lashing out at people, over-work, and so many more bad habits we fall into and accept as part of who we are – this is not true. We are so much more than our habits; we are children of God with a purpose on this earth to serve Him. When you give into negative emotions, you kneel at the devil’s feet – you lose your faith. Your faith is what helps you overcome all things, so this it is crucial it is not lost.

1 Samuel 16:12 (NIV)

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.

Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” 

Equip yourself well so that you may fight off negativity each day. Use the Word of God as you defense against these negative emotions. The Bible is full of weapons we must learn to use – these weapons are in the form of words – His WORD is our SWORD. There is a bible verse for every situation you are going through. We must release negative emotions as soon as we are aware of them. Life will never be fair or free of trouble. Our troubles make us strong, they force us to turn to God for help, and he wants our dependence to be on Him – not on the world. The more troubles we have, the more He is trying to get our attention. He is asking us to turn to Him and let Him take them from us. So be obedient, let go and be free.

Study the scriptures daily, pray often; find a church family for support, and you will be prepared for your troubles before they happen. You will be amazed how quickly they dissipate when your weapons are at the ready beforehand. Keep faith in God, he will not fail you. Life may not always go your way, but one day you will look back and realize that God had a plan for you and that’s the reason you had to go through the hard times – He needs you to be strong enough to carry out His mission for you. Stay strong in Christ and be healthy and happy.

By: Arlene Price

1 Samuel 25:6 (NIV)

Say to him: ‘Long life to you! Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours!