Tuesday, 31 August 2010

There is no LIFE in the Word without the Spirit

There is no LIFE in the Word without the Spirit
There is No SUBSTANCE to the Spirit without the Word.

“For the Word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE...”
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

The first time we ever see a “birth” taking place in scripture is in Genesis chapter one. The first thing that was ever “brought to birth” was the very Word of God! God “spoke” and then that Word had to be “created.” This process involved not only time but also three intrinsic elements; “brooding, speaking, and creating.” Incidentally this “process” has never ceased. (God still does all three! And we will look at this here). As for the “brooding or hovering” which the scriptures use to describe the Spirit’s “behaviour” during creation - almost explains a period not unlike “incubation” where the Spirit appears protective, caring and patient – but in readiness to ACT.

Let’s see this unfold in Genesis chapter one where the Amplified Bible says; “IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. [Heb. 11:3.] The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2). Consequently “brooding, hovering or moving,” are all descriptive words that help portray the Spirit’s; “eagerness,” “willingness” and even “promptness” but certainly not slothfulness! He did not fall asleep in other words – waiting for God to speak!

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 also mentions this divine-instinct of God; “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, hovers over its young, spreads its wings to catch them, and carries them on its feathers, so the LORD alone led his people.” Therefore brooding or hovering is definitely something that the God does (by His Spirit) not lastly during creation; hovering eagerly and willingly - always ready to perform the truth of His Word. Today this process of “brooding, speaking and creating” is still the same. The only difference being – that now God’s Word is in “our” mouths. He still wants to create His Word and bring it to pass; “... these words are very near you. They're in your mouth and in your heart...” (Deut 30:13-14 GW). So just as God “spoke” His Word in Genesis, we also must speak out His creative Word now!

The Authorized Version says that after, “the Spirit of God moved...” “God said.” In fact during this creation scene of Genesis chapter one – we can see “God said” no less than ten consecutive times. The Spirit hovered, God spoke, created, saw, named and blessed. But our emphasis today is on what came first; “brooding/hovering, speaking and creating.” The Spirit of God must be “present,” His Word must be “spoken” and His creative power “released.” Notice that the brooding/hovering of the Spirit only lasted “until” the Word was “spoken.” Then it was time to ACT. This ultimately means that the Spirit needs “instruction!” In fact He is still bringing this “instruction” to birth today through our lives.

For this reason we are taking this lengthy look at the Holy Spirit’s behaviour surrounding the “speaking” of God’s Word, because it is vital to its being “brought to life.” This subject in fact could be looked at from many different angles and we could draw from a myriad of different scriptures to bring it to a conclusion. However I just want to look briefly at this original Hebrew word (rāḥap Strong's # 7363) which was used to explain precisely what the Spirit’s “conduct” was during the creation; perhaps you see something here that you have not seen before as I did!

To “brood/hover/move” on the face of the deep – came from a primitive root; to brood; and by implication means to be relaxed:- flutter, move, shake. Again these words are “descriptive” of a bird “nesting” but I want to focus-in-on-the-word “relaxed” for a moment here. Before I saw this in my own personal study, I had never previously imagined the creation process (whether before, during or after) as being remotely relaxing! More like hard work, that required a concluding day of “rest” (even for God!) My point is this: if the Holy Spirit was “relaxing” while “brooding” at the same time, this means that He was not “fretting” (trying to force-something-to-happen) rather He was patiently trusting and waiting for the Word (Christ’s instruction to “act” upon.) The Holy Spirit always acts to “enhance” the Word!

Perhaps some people imagine the Holy Spirit during the creation-scene as being much like an unloaded “spring,” who was “released” to perform the Word of God; possibly even “impatiently” so! However if this was the case, then where does being “relaxed” come into it? The answer can only be this: faith is able to relax because it trusts the Word. This can apply to us of course; if we trust in the creative power of God – we too can “relax” in faith - as we wait for His fulfilment! As for the Holy Spirit, I prefer to see Him as being composed not tense - eager but restrained - until the Word had been spoken and He was “released” to perform it!

Let me add that the Holy Spirit is just as eager today as He was during the original creation. In fact God has never “stopped” creating and He wants to continue today through us – by His Word and His Spirit. Nothing about God has ever changed!

This brings us to our main focal point. The Spirit gives life to the Word but the Spirit needs the “instruction” of the Word; without the Word He cannot create and without the Spirit the Word cannot literally come to pass.

Scripture repeatedly tell us that the Spirit gives life (chiefly to the Word “in” us); “It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]... The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63 Amplified Bible). “...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (2 Cor 3:6 KJV). “...the Spirit of life from God entered into them...” (Rev 11:11 KJV). “...he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Gal 6:8-9 (KJV)
God spoke to me very clearly one day while studying this subject and said, “There is no LIFE in the Word without the Spirit and no SUBSTANCE to the Spirit without the Word.” The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us it said in John 1:14 and Jesus Himself (the Word) also needed this “life giving Spirit.” We see this in the Authorised Version in 1 Corinthians 15:45 it says, “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit” or in the Amplified it is better said as, “...the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].

Remember if we are truly building His Kingdom, we are then co-labourers of what He has “Ordained.” That which He brings to birth through us – we become those that He has ordained to “take-care, nurture, protect” that which He has revealed that He intends to do through us (we call this Vision). Adam was ordained to take care of the “garden,” likewise we are ordained to take care of His Kingdom.

The Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Paul in all things. Before his conversion Paul lived a religious word but after his conversion he lived by the Spirit and the Word. A prophecy attributed to Smith Wigglesworth in 1947 states: “During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it, and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches. In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is a great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival but both are steps towards it.’ When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidence in the churches of something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest move of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to mainland Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”

As our opening scripture Hebrews 4:12 states above, “ the Word of God is living and active” in fact the Amplified does well again here by saying; “...the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]” whereas the Authorised only calls the Word of God, “quick, and powerful..!”

So it is clear then, that the Spirit gives life - He is the “life-giver.” However He needs the Word (Christ) for “instruction” - otherwise He can only continue to “hover or brood” and this is never His purpose, intention or ultimate desire. Brooding is just a means to an end, not a means in itself. He is not content with just “being there.” He always wants to be active – producing life because He is LIFE! The Holy Spirit is never passive only composed! And He is only ever “inactive” when we make Him thus – especially when we fail to “speak” God’s Word (which He longs to bring it to life). We must never fail to understand that whenever we “receive” a Word (Rhema - God’s Word) that Word is “living and active” and is always looking to “manifest” itself - we must never abort, kill, stop, delay or hinder this divine course of action.

Finally, the very thing that God’s Word “speaks” about – is what it is “intending-to-do” – such as healing. God speaks of healing because that is what He wants to DO (manifest). I believe that the Holy Spirit still “broods” over people’s lives today – for instance the sick and dying – He has to wait “longingly, lovingly and protectively” - unable to “act” until someone with living-faith comes to speak “life” over them; over their failing marriages, ministries or wayward children etc. Speaking His Word – releases the power of that Word and as my wife always says when she teaches on intercession, “the Holy Spirit is always as willing as He is able,” to fix any problem that we face. In fact 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life...”

The reality of this of course is that properly applied - broken lives can be restored and the dead can be raised! By His stripes we are healed. This spoken truth (God’s Word) that is energized and given life to by the Spirit - has the power to bring this truth to pass/to birth/to manifestation. Only then are we truly “healed by His stripes” – this is God’s “creative” Word in ACTION. Faith without action/works is always dead. In fact words that are not active are dead. Even God’s Word is inactive until it is spoken and the Spirit released to perform it.

In closing: God’s Word holds “highest” authority in the entire universe; the “highest-truth” and the “last word on everything” (this must also be true in our personal lives as well!) This means that if we truly got-a-grip on God’s Word for our lives – where it was truly “revelation” to us – then it would bring LIFE! Then we would truly begin to LIVE that Word. Yes! Faith without works is dead - simply because if faith is not put to “work” it dies. We must “work” (believe) the Word God – otherwise it will always be “dead” to us. Ultimately; “the Word only works for those who believe and then act upon it; LIVE it...! (James 1:15; James 1:21; Matt 26:41; 16:16; Deut 28:1; Luke 1:26-28)

Father, in Luke 1:26, Mary “received” Your Word sent to her via an Angel; she took that Word and conceived it. That Word then began to live in her and became flesh. Father help me to receive Your Word by “revelation” so that I also can BRING TO BIRTH Your Word today. Amen

Today I am receiving and conceiving Your Word Father - that You have given to me. It is active and living in and through my life. Faith is not dead but ALIVE. Thank You Holy Spirit for giving me the power to overcome as I receive instruction and allow You to manifest Your Word in and through me.
Today I am Blessed; in Jesus Mighty name. Hallelujah


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