Do you think when the bible uses the phrase “the word” that this only means scripture? I used to think that until I could really hear God’s voice. His word is living and active and he wants to speak directly to us – today.
I ran across this verse recently.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16 NKJV)
This reminds me of our worship choir. We don’t just sing. We read the word together, pray together, build each other up and then worship together. The presence of God shows up in our midst and He speaks to us and through us. In choir miracles happen. People are healed. Lives are changed. Strongholds are Broken.
“The word” used here in Greek is logos. This word by definition means a word spoken by a living voice. This same version of the word is also used in John to describe Jesus.
So lets elaborate… Let the word – the scriptures, a prophetic word, the very voice of God and presence of Jesus himself dwell in you abundantly….
The word “let” here is what we call an active imperative, where we need to be continually allowing his word to dwell in us. He continually speaks to us. And that by hearing His word we grow in our faith. I don’t believe this can be done on our own.
I believe this can only be done through supernatural means of the Holy Spirit.
I ran across another verse Paul writes in the book of Ephesians.
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:18, 19 NKJV)
Paul gives the same instructions for those filled with the Holy Spirit and those where Christ’s word dwells.
Could there be a parallel here? The effects of one filled with Holy Spirit and one where Christs word dwells richly are the same.
Which tells me there is a supernatural element to knowing Jesus. We can study the bible our whole life and NEVER have a revelation from God. Never really experience a close, personal relationship with Him. If we are trying to get to God only through our reason and intellect we will fall short and never have the supernatural experience of the empowering Spirit in our lives.
Many of us have read the bible but do not understand it. (that was me for a long time). Because we are trying to understand it from our minds not our spirit. Did you not know that the Holy Spirit dwells in you upon salvation? And His power is available to you if only you would ask and receive?
But I think for many believers the Spirit stays dormant and we work out our salvation with great striving
instead of through the supernatural power that resonates within us.
Paul tells us as an ongoing basis we should be filled with the Spirit. Walk in the Spirit. Yield to the spirit.
Being filled with Spirit is not some scary thing, it is this beautiful place where Christ tears open the veil between our physical world and the spiritual realm to which we belong.
And we see ourselves as a part of a His kingdom, where He brings the supernatural into our earthly experience.
We are not of this world, we are apart of the Kingdom of God. A kingdom where there is no pain, or sickness, or sorrow. Where His glory dwells. Where there is power and wonder and pure joy. God wants to bring that kingdom to earth NOW through us.
By being filled with the spirit and hearing His voice, we are able to speak life to others.
How do I be filled with the Holy Spirit? Ask. Ask Jesus. He promised you a helper. A comforter. A friend. It’s His gift to give. And He will give freely to those who ask. But don’t take my word for it. Jesus talks about this in John chapters 14-16.
Are you at a place right now where you could use a word from God? A word spoken just for you. He has one.
Jesus, fill me with your Spirit. May your presence flow through me. Speak a word to me today.