“We want to change the world!” Cried a long haired slim youngster sporting a faded blue jeans with no shirt, across his shoulder strapped a sunburst vintage Fender Strat. The band just finished playing a song that is famous in instigating for a change. The spectators loved it and in unison echoed a thundering, “We want to change the world!”
Needless to say, nothing was unusual on that scene. It was just another attempt to arouse a multitude to join in for a cause. In fact, countless have already chipped in to this cry, and many seemed to be jumping into the bandwagon. Even politicians, educators, social scientists, entertainers, students, religious groups, and the wannabes are wishing to do something for a change: Change for the better.
To put it bluntly, serious students of history would agree that changing the world have been usually achieved by force, but the result have always been temporary. Consequently, governments that are involved could only hope for peaceful dialogues in restoring peace, liberty, justice and prosperity for their citizens.
Change the world with the Word!
The devil knew that the word of God has the power and the ability to change life for the better, and to expand the kingdom of God here on earth. The devil knew that he can’t do anything against God’s word. Nevertheless, the devil has another way of resisting the word. He spreads lies and deceptions, and he uses people.
Don’t be surprised when certain groups of people are vehemently opposing the believers. They oppose even the tiniest bit of the word of God in public arena – they are furious.
“And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and the violent people are attacking it.” (Matthew 11:12 NLT)
However, the believers are smarter than their enemies. As believers in Christ, we battle in the spiritual world, and there we reap the results of our exploits.
“We are humans, but we don’t use wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT)
Yes indeed we have weapons to dismantle our enemies. Our assault weapon is the word of God. We never stop advancing His kingdom through our preaching and teaching of the goodness of God. Through His goodness, men have come to repentance.
Shake the world with the Word!
In Acts 17:6b (NKJV), “…These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.” Paul and Silas once had turned this world upside down. They preached Christ the Messiah, and multitudes of devout Greeks (the intellectuals at the time) and leading women of the society had joined them in faith.
Consider the first wave of believers who came to the world with boldness, and with the demonstrations of the power of the Holy Spirit, they turned this world upside down. Sure enough the world was shaken to its core. Furthermore, following generations of believers have continued the shaking of this world and the spreading of the word. The gospel spread like a wild fire even in the face of extreme oppositions and hostilities from social and religious pundits. Although the early believers had experienced great resistance from the enemy, they had paid their dues for fighting the good fight of faith.
Now, the present believers must to step up to the plate and do their fair share. They must continue to turn this world upside down, with greater intensity. The pang that bars the gospel of Christ in this present age has to be dealt with head on. Christians of today have no excuse for allowing the kingdom of darkness to bully and intimidate the message of Christ.
Feed the world with the Word!
Someone had said, “You are what you eat.”
Paul had written to the Colossians regarding the influence of the gospel of Christ in the world:
“This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.” (Colossians 1:6 NLT)
According to Paul, the gospel of Christ was spreading all over the world, and those who got a hold of the message have changed their lives for the better. Their new found life has produced positive results. The message of Christ came out as very attractive and appealing for those who hear it. They did not receive a system of beliefs, not a doctrine, and obviously not a religious organization. What they received is the life of God.
By declaring the word of faith in all avenues of communication, we can turn this world upside down once again. Let us feed the media and the internet with the word of God. Let us not allow the devil to have a monopoly of the World Wide Web. We have to fight the good fight of faith. To win this fight, we have to take our place in the body of Christ. We have to know who we are in Him, understand what we have and our privileges as children of God.
Create a new world with the Word!
A person can have a vast knowledge of the Bible and able to win arguments on theological issues. However, if he never experienced the life of God that changes man from the inside out, he is still at lost. The fact is whoever put his faith in Christ becomes a child of God. As a child of God, he becomes a new creation. And this new creation is a new kind of being, a new specie. This new creation becomes the most powerful and intelligent specie has ever walked in the face of the earth.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV)
Moreover, this new creation (new specie) possesses the resurrection power of Christ. He was with Christ when He rose from the dead and overcame the power of darkness. He has been with Christ sitting together in the heavenly places. He abides in Christ and Christ abides in Him. He was delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of Christ. He has the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has the mind of Christ. He is complete in Christ. Christ has become his righteousness; therefore, he is able to come boldly into the throne of grace. Ultimately, he is a dwelling place of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Indeed, the Gospel of Christ, the Word of God, is alive. The Bible is not just another printed material as others claim to be. When the word is planted and received by a humble heart, it grows and bears fruit. It bears the fruit of righteousness and the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Heal the world with the Word!
We have in our arsenal the most powerful force in all creation – the word of life. We speak the word of faith. We preach the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes. We lay our hands to the sick and rebuke infirmities and diseases. We declare deliverance from pain and suffering caused by the lies and deceptions of the evil world. We show the world the new life, the life coming from the living word and of the power of the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus was here on earth, people had seen and observed that He speaks with authority and with power. Obviously, His way of delivering His message is far different from the way the religious and the intellects at the time.
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority – quite unlike their teachers of religious law.” (Matthew 7:28-29 NLT)
Evidently, Jesus’ word is alive. His word gives life, healing and deliverance. His word is the word of faith that created all things both in heaven and in earth; and continues to create and perform what God want to accomplish. And whosoever believes in His word receives eternal life – the very life of God.
When you receive the life of God, you become invincible. It is not human effort, but the very life of God that is in you does the work!
“The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” (John 6:63 NLT)