Let God’s Word Consume You
The woman with the issue of blood heard the Word of God and her faith began to build. The words of King David, the Psalmist, began to flow through her mind. The Holy Spirit was already ministering to her in the presence of the Word Personified. Scriptures began filling her mind with the new meaning in the presence of this One Whom the people called the Messiah, the Son of God. She was hearing a message…
Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name Bless the Lord, 0 my soul, and forget not all his benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases. (Psalm 103:1-3)
We do not have to stretch our imaginations to believe that this woman had read Scriptures like this hundreds of times and the more familiar ones perhaps thousands of times. Yet now, in her present condition and in the presence of her Messiah, they took on new meaning. The Word is no longer dead, no longer a complex group of statements with little meaning. Now they had come alive and, with every moment and each word, her consuming passion was taking her closer and closer to the Source.
The path was not easy! With such interest as Jesus had generated, the multitude pressed around Him on all sides, packed closely together. It took extreme effort for this woman to press through. I believe this explains in part the verse of Scripture which says, “The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).
It is no exaggeration to say that this woman had become nearly violent in her desperation to reach Jesus. What created such a spark in this dying woman? What activated her adrenal glands to such an extent that she, who had been sent home to die, could press her way through the crowd?
She had locked in on a truth and fastened to it like a barnacle to a rock. Her determination was so solidified that all of the doubting demons in hell at that moment could not have broken her loose. She was in the presence of the One Who was greater than all the power in the universe. It was not just her own tenacity, she was already drawing on the strength of the Son of God. She had found truth personified.
Think of it! A simple woman was able to recognize truth and grasp it immediately when she found it. Educated Pilate was standing in the presence of truth with the future in his hands, yet he was not capable of comprehending or recognizing it.
There are people who come to our crusades in desperate need, see a miracle, but won’t receive the truth of God’s Word and consequently they walk out the same way they came in. They were participating in another method. It was an experiment. It was something else to try, like a new pain killer, antibiotic, or miracle drug. They were never consumed with the message of the delivering power of Jesus Christ.
Let the power of the truth of God’s Word consume you today!
Make this declaration:
The power of the truth of God’s Word is consuming me today. Luke 8:43-48