Today I am out hunting. Just a quick trip to town to post this blog via my telephone. No elk yet, but hoping for a gift this afternoon. Venison in the freezer and hoping for some new elk treats to accompany soon. It is a sunny day, after some wet weather in the woods. I need a shave, a shower, and a good bed, but life is good! Had to do an emergency repair on my powder gun Saturday, locked my keys in my truck Sunday, but I haven’t lost my character. Having a good time with God in the midst of it all.
What is the purpose in becoming expressions of God as the children of God in the earth? An expression of something is the word of something. A word is not just what is spoken verbally. It is what is expressed. It is something though made known in the word I influence. God does everything by His word and He has placed the creating source of words within each of us. The Bible says that out of the heart flow the issues of life. It’s not deeds that get us in trouble, it’s words; but our deeds are our words. The Scripture teaches us that we are not to make oaths, but our yes is to be yes and our no is to be no (Mt. 5:34-37; Jam. 5:12). Why is this? It is because God understands the power of words.
God does everything by His word. How can we become a people who operate according to the prophetic principles of God and produce life in the earth? How can we allow words to flow forth in our lives that will change the world around us in a positive way? How can we release thoughts, verbal expressions, and actions that are all-powerful words, which produce the life of God in the earth? I want to be a part of a people who influence the communities of the earth by the power of God’s word. This includes our thoughts, attitudes, verbal and visual expressions, as well as actions. Laughter is a word that breaks the power of depression. Peace is a word that breaks the power of confusion. Hope is a word that breaks the power of despair. Faithfulness is a word that breaks the power of faithlessness. I want to live, breathe, and become the power of God’s word in the earth. God does everything by His word. If we can become people of God’s word, we can change the world. This doesn’t mean we become people of Scripture memory. The Scribes and the Pharisees were people of Scripture memory, but they were not people of the word of God. They quoted the Scriptures, but the true words that came from their mouths were words founded upon the attitudes of their hearts. God doesn’t do everything by the Scriptures. God does everything by His Word. I am not making less of the value of the Scriptures in any way. I am simply clarifying the purpose of the Scriptures. The Scriptures testify of Him and are a confirmation to the true sound of God’s words.
We are the people of God and as the people of God we must become expressions of God in flesh. We must become expressions of Him in our thoughts, attitudes, verbal and visual expressions, and our actions in life. When we become the sons and daughter of God as He intends for us to be, our world will change. God is not made in our likeness and image, we are born and formed to be as He is in this world. We are the ones who will change and as we change our world will also change by the power of His word, His expression in and through our lives.
Psalms 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
We have been given dominion over everything that God created. Specifically, our personal dominion is in the realm of influence given to us by God in this life. We need the presence of God’s Spirit to subdue what has been given to us. This is the power of God’s grace that brings life to formless, void, and dark places in our world of influence. We need to become a manifestation of God’s word in the flesh of our lives. We must become who we are intended to be in Christ. This is our flesh made an expression of our Father God. This is the power of dominion. It is truth. The truth of who we are in Christ and that truth will crumble every lie.
We cannot just know the word, we must become the word, but we cannot expect to become the word if we don’t seek to know God’s word. We must seek to know who God is and then we must be willing to become as He is. How we were born naturally is not how we remain. We are transformed by the power of God’s grace at every revelation of Jesus Christ in our lives. It is not a revelation about Him, but a revealing of Him in our lives that changes us to become expressions of Him in this world.
Ted J. Hanson