CLOTHED IN THE POWER OF HIS WORD
By Dan Luehrs
"By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible" (Heb 11:3 NAS).
The spoken word of God is the very substance of all things seen and unseen in the natural and spiritual realms. We literally live in and through every spoken word of God; we are surrounded in Him, this is why nothing is impossible to those who believe in His power. All He has to do is speak a word and it manifests itself in the natural realm. When Jesus told Peter to go fishing and there would be a gold coin in the fishís mouth, it was done because of the power of His word! Over and over we see Jesus speaking a word of manifestation and it was done. "But the centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the word, and my servant will be healed" (Matt 8:8 NAS). And the man was healed by the word of the Lord!
Some would tell us that all things were created out of nothing, but according to Hebrews all things came out of God Himself because He is the substance that makes manifest all things. Everything that is built from the atom to the universe must have a structural system of some kind that holds it all together. A building must have a foundation that goes into the earth and keeps it stable and strong even as the human body has a bone structure that keeps us upright. If a leg bone breaks we can place no weight upon it because the skin and muscle cannot hold our weight.
The same is true of the earth and the heavenly realms. "Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands" (Ps 102:25 NKJV). The word of God is like a foundation and a structure system that upholds all things that are seen and unseen by His power. His word is the building block of all things, including the planets floating around in the universe so perfectly! The word of God is a person, the Lord Jesus Christ Who made all things and Who holds it all together in Himself, He is the Logos or the expression of God the Father. The word logos comes from the Greek word legos, which means, "To lay forth." God Himself is the building block of the earth and the universe and they cannot be destroyed by the power of man. When we know Who our foundation is and Who we are founded upon, then we are capable of doing anything through the power of His word. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us, and because of that, no spoken word of God is impossible to us!
ABIDING IN JESUS
"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5-6 NAS).
Jesus must be our everything! When He fills us with the Holy Spirit we are immersed in Him and now our mind must be renewed daily and our body must put on the immortality of God. Jesus not only wants our heart; He wants to saturate every part of our being with His presence so that He can be manifested in through us. This is the high calling of God in Christ Jesus; His glory [likeness] will be manifesting through us!
God has already spoken our destiny into being through His word, all we have to do is claim His revealed promises to us and then we must walk it out in faith as we rest in His spoken word to bring the fulfillment. This is what Abraham had learned in his years of wondering in the desert, God was faithful to all that He had spoken to him. We are the carriers of Godís word even as the Ark of the Covenant carried the word of God within it. But now Jesus the living word lives and abides in us, Who alone posses the word of God. If we believe in Him and the word that He has spoken to us, we can trust that there will be a manifestation of all that He has promised. His promises may not come to pass as we may think or even in our allotted time on earth. We can see this in the life of Abraham; Godís word did come to pass in its own time. As in the life of Joseph our trials only purify Godís spoken word in us, His word will burn away all that is not of Him. Our trials are only working for our good so that we can give more of ourselves to God in the midst of the fires that we go through. We must understand that these purifying fires are perfecting us for the fulfillment of His word in us, which is where the real battle takes place. If we do not get offended at God in the process we will pass the test and receive Him as our reward.
BEING CLOTHED IN THE WORD
"But put on (be clothed in) the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts" (Rom 13:14 NAS).
Adam and Eve lost their spiritual covering [clothing] of light when they disobeyed God and found themselves naked and grasping for fig leaves to cover themselves from their sin and shame. God knew that they needed more then leaves to cover their sin so He made garments of skin that had blood on them to cover their sin. Just as God instructed Moses to sprinkle the children of Israel with the blood of the sacrificial lamb (See Ex 24:8). This was a shadow of things to come representing the perfect blood of Jesus that washes away all our sin and does not just cover it. We must keep on the garments of Christ and keeping them clean from the stains of sin or we too will be found naked before Him.
We must chose daily to put on the likeness of Jesus by spending time in His presence and being cleansed of any sin that would defile us. We can then ask Him to fill us with His Spirit and His power to live a holy life. This is the only way that we will ever be an overcomer and come to know Him in His fullness, because every Christian has been given a white garment to cover their shame of sin. If we do not understand this truth about our ongoing purification with His blood and word, we will be overcome with guilt and condemnation rather than trusting in the power of His cross to forgive our sin. The white garment that we have been given is the exact likeness of Jesus, which we are covered in. (See Rev. 3:18, 19:14). We are covered with the word of God because we are clothed in Him! There is nothing in the entire universe that can overcome His word. Therefore nothing can overcome us as we are staying pure and close to Him everyday in His will. This is the power that we have been given!
After preaching one Sunday a lady came up to me and said, "As you were speaking I could see the word of God imprinted upon your garments and you would just speak them forth." This word began to resonate in me for days because I knew that this was right. I then began to pray about this word and this message was birthed in me. These verses of Scripture were given to me to solidify the word of the Lord in my heart.
"And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. -- And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:13, 16 NAS).
The name that is written in His garment proves Who He is, King and Lord over all. Nothing can, nor, will be ever able to stand in the way of the Word of God that is riding on a white horse with His chosen ones. The same white garment will be on His bride and they will be riding together in the likeness of King and Lord of all because they carry His likeness. Once the bride has the full revelation of His word written in their heart and mind, they will then have full access to all the power of His word that is available to them. Great care and great caution must be mixed with great humility and grace for us to weld the power of God and not to stumble over our pride.
CLOTHED IN WHITE
"He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments" (Rev 3:5 NAS).
Letís say I gave you a white shirt that you could never take off and you had to wear it until you died. What kind of condition would that shirt be in? And how long would it take you to get it dirty? I have worn a brand new white shirt for several hours and it was filthy from sweat around my collar and the under arms in a matter of minutes. Now just think what that shirt would look like and smell like if we had to wear it everyday? There would be nothing left of the shirt because it would fall apart after a short while!
Now the real question herein lays, why would God give us a white spiritual garment in a sin filled world with us having sin in our bodies and expecting us to keep it clean? He doesnít! That answer may shock you, but if you think about it who could keep it clean but Jesus alone?
Our white garments have been given to us to cover our shame and nakedness from the man of sin that lives inside of us. We all have darkness and evil lingering in our being and if we focus on it we will be overcome by it. If it were not for the grace of God we all would be living a wicked life of sin and death. But we are covered! "Ö And white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealedÖ" (Rev 3:18 NAS). When we do not put on the garment of the Lord Jesus Christ and are living like the world with no restraints to our sin, we are living naked in the spirit realm for all to see our sin and the darkness that is inside of us. This gives the enemy an open door and the right to attack our shortcomings with his evil horde.
The word of God never tells us that we will not get our garments dirty, but that we are to keep them clean in the blood of the Lamb. "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of lifeÖ" (Rev 22:14 NAS). It does not say, blessed are those who do not get their garments dirty, but it does say, blessed are those who wash and keep their garments without spot or wrinkle. In order for this to come about we must come to Him daily or by the minute if we have to be cleansed in His blood, by asking for His forgiveness and pardon from our sin. Jesus comes back riding on a white horse with His garment dripping blood. (see Rev. 19:13). Why is His garment dripping with blood you ask? Because He is coming back, to not only forgive the nations of their sin and shame, but also to deliver them from the power of sin.
When we wear a garment in public that we have recently stained we try to hide it from other people seeing it because we think it will cause us shame in their eyes. Shame means, "A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness." When I was a child and did something really bad my mom use to rub her two fore fingers together and say, "Shame, shame on you!" Even though I did not understand what that meant, I still knew I had done something wrong and would have to pay for my transgression when my dad came home. Many of Godís people live in a shame based lifestyle, never being free from sin and shame when Jesus paid the price for it long ago.
All the stains of sin on our white garment have been washed away by the blood of Jesus if we will come to Him daily. Many people let satan cram the stain back into their face every time they try to draw closer to God. "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:1 NAS). We are now washed and we are now clean, so do not let another minute go by without claiming your rightful place in Jesus, because you are clean in Him!
PARTAKING OF THE WORD
"For [it is] impossible for those once enlightened, having tasted also of the heavenly gift, and partakers having became of the Holy Spirit, and did taste the good saying of God, the powers also of the coming age, and having fallen away, again to renew [them] to reformation, having crucified again to themselves the Son of God, and exposed to public shame" (Heb 6:4-6 YLT).
When we receive the word of God by revelation into our heart, we have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and of the living Word of God, which will change us into His likeness. And as we obey Him we are changed into the same likeness and glory of His character little by little through the experience of the Word in us. If we choose not to obey the revelation given to us, that very Word will judge us as unfaithful in the end. Being enemies of the cross of Christ because we have refused to follow Him and to pay the price. As truth is being revealed in us we are being fully clothed with the experiential revelation of His glory. We must live and feed on the Word Himself, He becoming our spiritual meat in due season to give us strength. No longer does the dead letter of the word [religion] appeal to us because we have partaken of fresh meat from the throne of God and are now eating from His banqueting table continually.
Those who live by the word that proceeds out of the mouth of God become life-giving people to give the bread of life to all those who have ears to hear. We can receive the word of life from each other by the revelation of His Spirit that is in His people, this is what I call heart to heart ministry. It may come from a conversation, a book, or some other media venue that God uses to speak to us. Life begets life and death begets death so we must find where the river of God is flowing and get into it and drink from the living waters of life there.
As I was writing this article the Lord began to speak to me very clearly with this word.
"There is a great contradiction in My church, now the great separation will take place among My people like never before. Most will chose the letter of the law because they do not know me. Death will overtake them until they see the life of My living Word in My chosen ones. Then they too will come to life and love the revelation of My Word. You must love the revelation of My Word because it is the revelation of Jesus. The revelation of My Word is the revelation of My power within you. Is not My Word the power to break the hard rock of the human heart?"
"The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear" (Matt 13:41-43 NAS).
Take notice to what He said, the angels would take out all the stumbling blocks in HIS KINGDOM. He said nothing about the kingdoms of men be judged first, but we know that judgment comes to the house of God first, then to the world. His word created all things and in the end it will judge everything in the human heart; His word is a furnace of fire that will melt every hard heart.
THE UNVEILING OF JESUS
"Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness" (Gen 1:3-4 NAS).
The greatest privilege of my life is to know and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He will always be the first and foremost revelation of God to the earth as when the Father revealed Him in the book of Genesis. Jesus is the only true light of the world and when the earth was in the vacuum of darkness Jesus was revealed as the light of the world. We know that Jesus the Word is the light of the world because He reveals the darkness of sin in us through His word, so that we are not ensnared to the sin of this world. Godís word is truly a light unto our path that we are to follow, but so many of us get sidetracked because we do not remain close to the Light in our everyday walk.
Before Adam and Eve sinned they were covered with the light of Godís Word/Jesus was upon them as their protection from sin. "He wraps himself in light as with a garment" (Ps 104:2 NIV). But they rejected the light of Godís Word by not to eating from the tree of life, which was Jesus and they chose to walk in the path of darkness and the nakedness of sin. We know that Adam walked with God in the cool of the day before his fall and we guess that he walked with Him after the fall when he saw how the enemy beguiled him. Godís presence and word was the only safe harbor for him from the enemyís plan. Adamís son Cain fell into this trap by killing his brother, even though God had warned him not to give into the enemyís plan for his life.
In these times that we live in the full revelation of Jesus is not only coming to deliver His people completely from sin, but to be manifested in and through them so that they to are the light of the world. "You are the light of the world" (Matt 5:14 NAS). What a calling, what a destiny that He has for us! Even though the darkness is over the face of all people on the earth, a great light is about to shine into all the recesses of darkness and our enemy will have no place to hide. We know that we have that garment of light as our covering from sin and death because Jesus has shined His great light in us. "The people who were sitting in darkness saw a great light, and to those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned" (Matt 4:16 NAS). Hallelujah!
The word is made flesh, Emmanuel, God is with us. This is what the world is about to see in the people of God as He manifests His glory through them. We along with the world will be in awe and wonder of the great works of our God.
GETTING READY FOR THE POWER
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints" (Rev 19:7-8 NAS).
By us walking with Jesus daily and our garments being clean and white, we are prepared for the coming of Jesus with great power and glory in and through His people. Soon the church and the world will know the power of His Christ and they will gladly bow their knee to Him out of love for our Lord and His goodness to them.
His power and glory is promised to an overcoming generation, but in order for us to qualify one must have on the garment of His likeness and purity. Not everyone will have faith to receive these garments from Him, because they look at the darkness in their own heart and feel disqualified, unworthy, unusable, and shameful. This is why Jesus said in Luke 18:8, "Ö However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" The question I need to ask myself is, "Will He find His faith in me to believe for His purity and power?" We all must realize that none of us qualifies in and of ourselves, the only other thing we can do is cling to the cross, which prepares us for this great calling.
If you are reading this and God has given you understanding in it. I can assure you that you are the qualified of the Lord and are now being prepared to manifest the glory of Jesus Christ through your life and ministry. Let the truth of Godís word wash away all the lies of the enemy and his shame that is keeping you grounded rather than ascending into the heavens with Jesus. For that is where His glory dwells!
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