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Only Takes a Word

Yesterday morning was fairly typical as mornings go. Everybody was getting ready for school and making their way to the car to leave with my wife. It’s been an adjustment returning to school, but so far, no major complications.

My daughter had gone out to the car first and since she has three brothers she has learned to mess with them like they mess with her. She thought it would be funny to lock her brother out.

My son tried and failed to get into the car on His own. Sweet talk, threats–nothing was working so he returned to me in my office.

“Dad, Alicia locked the car and won’t let me in,” he said in the sing-songy way that kids do when they’re telling on someone else.

“You tell her that Dad said to unlock the door right now.”

He left and that was it. She opened the door and let him in.

It made me think about the authority that my name carries in my family. My daughter–whether out of respect or fear or both–opened the doors just by my son using my words and name.

I remember the story of the centurion with a sick servant in Matthew 8. He knew that Jesus’ word had the same authority as His presence, and Jesus applauded his faith and healed the servant.

We have the same Holy Spirt that was upon Jesus. He even told us we’d do greater works if we believed in Him. The same authority of the Father He walked in is available to us.

Now, I don’t want you to misunderstand what I’m about to say because I do love God’s presence. I love when He comes to abide with His people as we worship and seek Him. But as a dad, I would not like if my kids only wanted me to show up when there was a dispute or something wrong. I don’t mind, but I’d much rather play and laugh and love on them. Especially if I’ve given them my statement on a matter, they don’t need me there unless something/someone won’t allow it to happen.

I wonder if God isn’t sometimes wondering why we don’t appropriate His word more often. We get so preoccupied with or distraught about Him ‘showing up’ (or not) in a situation that we miss the reality that His word carries the same authority as His presence.

Some Christians only want God to show up in those times someone is sick or there’s a dispute or a conflict. He wants us to know His heart and go ahead and use our faith in His word to change the atmosphere, to deal with the enemies we find ourselves facing.

My kids sometimes try to use “dad said” when I didn’t say, but it’s interesting because it doesn’t work. They all know whether I would have said that or not so they respond accordingly.

I think some Christians have operated that way too and been disappointed when they didn’t see the results they wanted. To wield the word properly (it is the ‘sword of the Spirit’ after all), we need to know His heart. He offers us the mind of Christ.

What are your thought on this? Do you think that sometimes people are waiting on God to show up when He’s ready for us to use our authority given by His word?

10 Comments

  1. Yes sir its our words that bring life into our situations in the natural realm of life. Every tense situation in the bible had victorious victory because of words. Like David when he went to face Goliath David’s Brother’s, King Saul, and all of Israel where running scared. But David said these words after He decided it was him that would go after Goliath,
    1 Samuel 17:45-50

    New Living Translation (NLT)

    45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

    48 As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. 49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

    50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.

    So lets be like David and speak victory in every situation.
    Speak Holy Spirit Words & You Will Have Victory !
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    • He had the heart and relationship to back up those words and that’s the awesome power of that situation! We face Goliaths every day and God wants to show up through us. He’s given His word and Spirit, we have to move forward and grace helps us do just that. Thanks Andrew.

      • There are words of victory for every part of life in the bible.

        For debt free living
        Romans 13:8 (Amplified) Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor [who practices loving others] has fulfilled the Law [relating to one’s fellowmen, meeting all its requirements].

        Sickness & Disease
        Isaiah 53:5 (NLT)
        But he was pierced for our rebellion,
        crushed for our sins.
        He was beaten so we could be whole.
        He was whipped so we could be healed.

        And plenty more but these 2 seems to be what every one in The Christian realm are struggling with.
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        • This is true. We don’t live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from His mouth. Thanks Andrew.

  2. Jason, what a great parallel between you and God as fathers. Sometimes it is so much easier to understand great truths when they are told using daily illustrations like that.
    It is also interesting that we know how we should behave to our earthly father, and sometimes we miss it when it comes to our heavenly Father.
    About God’s presence, I remember one time I was praying for a big display of God’s presence (I’ve even written about it). And I’ve got no response. Then, I listened to a song on the radio that said: “I was hoping You would write to me a message in the stars, as if the stars themselves were not enough.” The name of the song, I later found out, is “There You are”, and it talks about how we expect great displays from God, even though He is right there by our side all the time.
    Then I realized that we are surrounded by evidences of God. We don’t need great displays of God’s presence and power, we’ve already have creation. What is bigger than that?
    Great post, Jason!
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    • He is literally there all the time. It’s the manifest presence--that ‘tangible’ sense of His presence I was talking about, but your point is still very true. He makes Himself known through any and everything if we are paying attention. Thanks so much, Cris.

  3. I almost heard your son tattling on his sister when you used that word; sing-songy voice. I wonder if I don’t use my sing-songy voice when I’m whining to my Father?

    Yeah, it got me that distracted…

    • Ha! I understand getting distracted, and I still love you, brother. :) Thanks Floyd.

  4. Sometimes we live like servants instead of sons…when we do we live below the power, freedom and privilege of walking in His presence. Sons live in His presence, stay in His presence and therefore use His given authority accordingly.

    That’s where I want to live more! Thanks for the challenge bro’!
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    • Amen. Well said, Jay. Thank you.