Taking God by his word Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi Sunday, April 5, 2020 Celebration Service (online) at PIWC, Atomic

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets. (Luke 5.4-5 ESV)

The Bible says the righteous—the just—shall live by faith. We find ourselves in a scary and frightening era. It would take faith to live in this era. That is why I have been constantly talking about the word of God.

Your attitude towards the word of God will determine the extent to which it will work in your life
We see from our scripture that the extent to which the word of God works in the believer depends on his or her attitude towards the word. In Hebrews 4.2 the Bible says,

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (NKJV)

The same gospel was preached but it profited some and not others. Those who profited mixed it with faith. They had the right attitude towards the word. So, the extent to which the word of God would work in one’s life depends on his attitude towards the word.

Peter had been disappointed but he decided to take the master by his word
Peter had worked on the sea, toiling all night, but he did not make a catch. He was discouraged and disturbed. He was disappointed. Jesus comes to him and tells him to cast his net into the deep. But he told Jesus they had worked all night with nothing to show for it. It appeared they had failed but at the word of the master, he was willing to try again. He took the master by his word: “What you have said I will do. I will not listen to any other person or look at the environment.” We have come to a point in the history of the world where we have to hold him by is word. The psalmist says, “I will hang on him for he will never fail.” In the name of Jesus, may we hold to the word of God. You may have been disappointed for one reason or the other, but I came to tell you that all is not lost. You can still hold on to his promises.

The word of God is not just a book but a person
The reason we don’t recognize the word of God as a person these days is that it is defined as a combination of sounds and written symbols that constitute a language.

The Bible says in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. The word that existed in the beginning was with God and it was God. It became flesh and dwelt among us. So, the word is not just symbols and sounds but a personality; and that person is Christ. So, when we say hold on to the word of God, we mean hold on to Christ.

Revelation 19.11-12 says,

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness the judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. (ESV)

In Hebrews it is written that God sustains the whole universe by the power of his word. The reason the sun and moon and sea are not overtaking their limits and going out of place is that they are kept by the word of God. The word of God is not just sounds but a person and that person is Christ. You can hold on to the word and trust it.

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