Acts 19:20 “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”
Do you know anything of that prevailing Word?
Does it, in anyway, prevail in you?
“The husbandman that laboreth must first be partaker of the fruit”(2 Timothy 2:6)
Now this “prevailed” is a grand term; for it sets forth the reality we have…if we will but…be it!
The Word of God prevailed….it had the Victory.
Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not My Word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
A fire….consuming the dross of our fallen natures.
A hammer….breaking the rock of our rebellion and anger against Him.
This should cover all that we encounter….for ourselves…and others.
Jeremiah knew about this fire….for when the fire of God’s word burns within your heart….for a people or a purpose….then:
Jeremiah 20:9 “Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name. But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in by bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
This was for himself….and for Judah?
Jeremiah 5:14 “Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts,….behold I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.”
The Word of God….cleanses….and hammers home HIs Will.
Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
When we speak HIs Word….we do not speak in vain.
His Word will not return unto Him void….but it will accomplish what He pleases…
It is not always what we think it ought to be; but it will prosper in the thing whereunto He sent it.
Sometimes it shows people or circumstances in a new light….sometimes it changes those people or circumstances. It is His Word….it is His Will.
Sometimes we can get to wondering why we are to witness or preach to people who seem to refuse or reject every offer of the Lord’s mercy.
But our words are not in vain.
(I remember dealing with a man several times……and it was a sad experience. Dealing for his very soul….yet, in the end…..his complete refusal of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praying, after it was all over,….the Lord said to me, “That man shall confess that I am Lord, and shall bow before Me, and then enter the Lake of fire for eternity….without excuse.”
Our words are not in vain.
I remember speaking with a woman, for years…..trying to talk to her about the Lord Jesus and salvation….and her having none of it.
Five years later, she was in a nursing home….and when we visited her, the Lord told me, “Deal with her….keep going till she has heard all.”
Well, I began to talk with her again about salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ….and she listened, and listened, and when the invitation to receive the
Lord Jesus came this time….she asked the Lord into her heart and life.
Our words are not in vain.)
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”
In our everyday obediences, as servants to the Lord; we will soon become soldiers,….as there will be some real fighting to be done;
And as we partake of that fruit of Victory, we will be come Ambassadors of Christ.
Now an Ambassador speaks for King and country…and with authority of the King.
Our Lord says that His Word was not His own, but His Father’s
John 12:49 “For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”
Jesus is the Word of God, in His own person….and gave His disciples the Words the Father gave to Him….in the authority of God.
So we….as we evidence our being the children of God….ourselves under the authority of His Kingdom (“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Mat. 6:10)…
…..then we speak His Words with His authority….as His ambassadors.
When His Word prevails in me….it shall prevail through me.
It is His Word, and it shall not return unto Him void.
Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
As His Word and Will is done in my life….I become His Will….an expression of His Will everywhere I go….and in everything I say.