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June 29, 2008
Words Are SPIRIT
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This mini-book "Words Are SPIRIT Part 2," is a continuation of "Words Are SPIRIT Part 1." It would be very helpful if Christians would read Part 1 first. There is a lot of information in Part 1 that is not covered in this Part 2. At the same time, there is a lot of information in this Part 2, that was not included or covered in detail in Part 1. Also, you can keep watching our Web sites for the full book titled "Words Are SPIRIT." If you do not find it on our Web sites at this time, keep watching, it will be on the Web sites as soon as it is completed.
One day, out of my spirit came these words "Words are Spirit." I knew I needed to go back and study what Jesus said in John 6:63. Jesus said, "It is the spirit that quickeneth (zoopoieo); the flesh (sarx) profiteth nothing: the words (rhema) that I speak unto you, they are spirit (pneuma), and they are life (zoe)."
No matter how often we read certain Scripture verses, there could still be something that we did not see clearly in a certain verse. This verse is very important to understand. It reveals an important part of the lives of Christians who understand this verse.
Looking at this verse in the Greek we will find that Jesus was saying "It is the Holy Spirit that brings life." Yet it is important to know that Jesus is not talking about natural life in the flesh. Jesus is talking about (zoe) life, which is the very life of God Himself. The English Word "quickeneth" means "vitalize, make alive, or give life." In John 6:63, the word "words" in the English is the Greek word (rhema), which means "an utterance."
When we put this into the right perspective, Jesus was saying the Words He speaks are "life giving" Words of God which the Holy Spirit empowers to produce and sustain eternal life. Jesus' Words are life giving Words, not death giving words.
One thing that was not covered in "Part 1" is where Jesus said, "...the flesh (sarx) profiteth nothing..." (John 6:63). The Greek word for "flesh" is "sarx." This is an interesting word in the Greek. It actually means, "the physical body-beneath the skin." But, by implication it also means "the body, as opposed to the soul or spirit." The word "sarx" can also mean "human nature, or simply a human being."
In the Hebrew the word for flesh is "basar," meaning "the flesh, but sometimes including the natural person, with its desires and in its sensual aspects." In Genesis 6:3 it says, "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh (basar): yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." In Genesis 2:24 it says, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh (basar)." We know that Genesis 2:24 is not speaking of one physical body. For the husband has one physical body and the wife has another physical body. Therefore, in Genesis 2:24; 6:3, it is talking about "the natural person, with its desires and its sensual aspects."
The English language does not always have words that are equivalent the Hebrew and Greek words. Therefore, in the English Bibles, many Christians do not get the full understanding of what the Holy Spirit inspired to be written in the original manuscripts.
Lets make it simple, by what Jesus said in John 3:6. Jesus said, "That which is born of the flesh (sarx) is flesh (sarx); and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Everything that man came into this world with is called flesh (basar) (sarx) many times in the Bible.
Let us look at an important passage of Scripture concerning the Greek word "sarx" in Romans 8:5, which says, "For they that are after the flesh (sarx) do mind the things of the flesh (sarx); but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." In Romans 8:1 it had already said, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh (sarx), but after the Spirit."
(Note: Some English versions of the Bible do not have the last part of this verse in them. That takes away from the Word of God, that which the Holy Spirit had inspired for our learning and benefit. That is why it is so important for Christians to study the Greek in the New Testament along with the English. Be sure that the Bible you are using is complete, and does not have this very important information left out).
Romans 8:1 and 8:5 along with most of Romans 8:1-7 tells us that Christians have a choice. They can walk after the flesh or they can walk after the Spirit. The choice is theirs. But, the Holy Spirit inspired the writer of the Book of Romans to make a distinction between walking after the Spirit or walking after the flesh.
To better understand the use of the Greek word "sarx" let us look at Galatians 5:16,17, which says, "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh (sarx)....For the flesh (sarx) lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh (sarx): and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." By this we can see that the flesh desires the things of the flesh. The flesh wants to be in control of what man does here upon this earth.
Whenever Christians do the will of the flesh, they are walking contrary to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cannot help Christians who are walking contrary to the Word of God.
Going back to what Jesus was talking about in John 6:63, when He said, "...the flesh (sarx) profiteth nothing...," the word "flesh" pertains to "the natural man, born of the flesh." Jesus was telling us, if the words we speak are coming from the flesh (the natural man), they will not profit anything.
The beginning of man's problems here on earth started with the serpent deceiving Eve in the garden of Eden. Eve listened to the "words" the serpent spoke to her in Genesis 3:1-5.
It was "the words" that the serpent spoke to Eve, that deceived Eve (1 Tim. 2:14). Eve gave into "the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and pride of life" (Gen. 3:6; 1 John 2:16). Eve did eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6).
Then when Eve spoke "words" to Adam, he also ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 3:6,17). The LORD God said to Adam in Genesis 3:17, "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life."
Jesus is telling us in John 6:63, if the words we speak are coming from the flesh (the natural man), we will not profit anything. Only the Words that come from the Holy Spirit, which dwells in our spirit will profit us.
Jesus does not condemn anyone (John 3:17). Jesus does not judge anyone. Jesus said in John 12:47,48, "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world....He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."
The Words Jesus speaks are for the purpose of giving and maintaining eternal life. Jesus was saying in John 6:63, "It is the Holy Spirit that takes the Words that He speaks and makes them come alive in our lives." The words Jesus speaks to His disciples, and those who believe on Him are not a work of the flesh, but rather a work of the Holy Spirit.
It is important to understand that Jesus said, the Words that He speaks "are spirit." They are not spirits, like angels and demons. They are spiritual in nature, which means, they control spirits and spiritual operations.
Among Christians, God does not condemn His Children. Neither does God destroy His Children. God is Love (1 John 4:8). Love does not destroy or condemn.
Neither does God have respect of persons (Acts 10:34; Rom. 2:11). Therefore, Christians are also told to not have respect of persons among each other (James 2:1,3,9). We are to come into agreement with God in every area of our lives.
At the same time, God does not have fellowship with sin or those who follow another spirit and serve another master.
The wrath of God does come upon Christians who walk after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Romans 1:18-32 explains how the wrath of God comes upon Christians. In Romans 1:24,25 it says, "Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:...Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." In Romans 1:28 it says, "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient."
When born again Christians desire to walk after the flesh and not after the Spirit, God lets them do as they please, knowing that they desire the flesh and the things of this world more than they desire the LORD and their new life in Christ Jesus.
Unknowingly, Christians who walk after the flesh are serving the creature more than the Creator. They have chosen to go to the worlds system, rather than follow God's eternal plan for their lives. In Romans 6:16 it says, "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Walking after the flesh could lead to death. Knowing this, our desire should be to walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
"Words are spirit," and when they are spoken in agreement with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the blood of Jesus, God will confirm His Word (1 John 5:8).
One day I woke up in the morning with pain in my lower back. The first thing I did was I stretched my legs out over the edge of the bed and said, "Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus," as I watch the LORD adjust my legs. A day or so later I had pain in my lower back again. Again I watched the LORD adjust my legs as I said, "Thank You Jesus, Thank You Jesus."
Later that same day I got pain in my lower back once more. I then spoke words to the Devil. I said, "Devil that is enough, I am not taking this from you." I placed my hand on my lower back and said, "I command healing in my back in Jesus' Name. In the name of Jesus' I command my back to be whole, Thank You Jesus." The pain left and I was healed. When we speak the Word of God according to what the Scriptures tell us we will receive the answer we need.
Words give authority to spirits to save or destroy. When Christians speak words that do not agree with the written Word of God, Satan is given authority to destroy. A lack of knowledge among Christians causes many Christians to die before their time.
Satan tries to get Christians to speak words that do not totally agree with the Word of God. We hear of many Christians saying, "God is going to heal me." They continue on in their condition until they die, always believing "God is going to heal them."
When they speak those "words" they are preventing themselves from receiving their healing. Some Christians have received their information from others who have told them such things as "God told me that He is going to heal you." Others have seen angels, or heard voices saying to them, "God told me that He is going to heal you."
The Holy Spirit can only confirm the inspired written Word of God. He cannot confirm the words of men or of any other creature. Therefore, it is important to understand what the Word of God says about healing.
In Revelation 13:8 it says, "...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Why was the Lamb slain? It was for the sins, iniquities, infirmities, sickness, diseases, all mental conditions in our minds, and physical conditions in our bodies. It tells us in Isaiah 53:4,5, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted....But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
It does not say, "we will be healed," it says, "we are healed." The word "are" means "present tense, already done, and complete."
Everything that came upon mankind in the garden of Eden that was of the Devil was laid upon Jesus Christ when He went to the Cross for us. When Jesus took all our "sins, iniquities, infirmities, sickness, diseases, all our mental conditions in our minds, and all physical conditions in our bodies upon Himself, He did it so that we could be free of all the works of the devil.
In 1 John 3:8 it says, "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." All of those things mentioned in the above paragraph are works of the Devil. They are not of God. They came upon mankind when sin and death entered mankind in the Garden of Eden.
Healing and forgiveness of sins and iniquities was already declared as done in Isaiah 43:25,26 where it says, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins....Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified." The LORD God told the Children of Israel already at the time of Isaiah that He "had already" taken and blotted out all their transgressions and sins for His own sake.
Jesus did this that we could be "justified." What does "justified" mean? It simply means, "just as if we never had anything that is not pleasing to God." That includes sickness and disease along with sins and iniquities.
God is always in the "now," which is "present tense." What God has declared as done, is already finished. God is not going to have Jesus go to the Cross a second time for those who do not believe what He already has declared done the first time.
Satan deceives many Christians by putting things off into the future, that are already done and complete. When someone says, "The LORD told me He is going to heal you or someone else in the future," that is contrary to the written Word of God. God can only confirm "His Word," not the words of men. Not the words that men receive from another spiritual realm.
God is love. God loves His people. God has provided for His Children to receive healing for their physical bodies, and their minds by what He did through Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. What God has declared already done cannot be changed. God cannot lie.
Satan is the liar (John 8:44). Satan changes the Word of God to make it ineffective in the lives of people, including Christians. It is not a matter of "when we will be healed." It is a matter of "when will we come into agreement with God and His Word and receive our healing," which is already complete in the spiritual realm.
We must first "believe the Word of God is true." Then we must "receive" from God that which God said is ours in His Word.
It is sad that so many good Christians have gone on from this life, dying of sickness and disease, because they did not know the truth which has been written in our Bibles for over a thousand years.
Christians who have been told that "God is going to heal them," should come into agreement with the Word of God and start confessing, "I am already healed, by the stripes that Jesus bore for me. Thank You Jesus!" They must speak those things that be not as though they were (Rom. 4:17). They need to be "fully persuaded that, what God had promised, he is able also to perform" (Rom. 4:21). They must believe the Word of God which says they are already healed. Then they will experience the manifestation of healing in their bodies. Jesus told us in Mark 11:24 that we must believe we have already received them before there is any manifestation in the natural. Believe the Word of God first, then you will see the manifestation later.
The time that the manifestation takes place is not up to us, it is up to God to confirm His Word. No matter how long it takes. Continue holding on to the confession of the Word of God. That will bring the manifestation of the blessing of healing to our bodies.
Hebrew 10:35,36 says, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward....For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise."
What Satan does with the Word of God is that, he only changes "a word or so" from what God said to what he wants people to believe. It is like adding dirt to water. Once there is dirt in the water it is no longer pure water. It becomes useless because of the dirt that is in it.
The Word of God becomes useless once we add anything to it or take anything away from it. We must "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
All Satan needs to do is to have another person speak "words" that sound good to the person who needs healing. Beware of those who speak words that are not from God. Beware of those who say they are prophetic, and speak words from their mind, and not from their Spirit.
When words are spoken, they are "spirit" and they control what happens in the spiritual realm. There are two spiritual realms within this creation. There is the spiritual realm of God and the angels. There is also the spiritual realm of the Devil and his demons.
These two spiritual realms respond to words that are spoken. When the Word of God goes forth, both spiritual realms are affected. God's Word goes forth to bring love, joy, peace, faith, healing, etc. God's Word usually goes forth to produce life, and everything connected with giving life and maintaining life. God's Word also goes forth to control demonic spirits and stop them from doing what they try to do.
Satan also uses "words" to control spirits. Satan's words affect the world, people, and other spirits. Satan's words are usually used for destruction, and anything concerning sickness, disease, and death.
To know what is from God and what is from the Devil, we must study the Word of God. We must not remain conformed to this world. Romans 12:2 says, "...be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." When we know the written Word of God by the renewing of our mind, the Holy Spirit within us will alert us of the works of the Devil among Christians.
Satan does all he can to get Christians "to speak words" that will be contrary to the written Word of God. Words that are spoken from the flesh, usually are contrary to the Word of God. God does not glorify people. God does not have respect of persons. God does not go contrary to His written Word. What God said, and inspired to be written in the Bible, God will not change, neither will He agree with anything that does not agree with what is already written.
There is authority given in the "words" that are spoken. "Words are spirit," and they release the authority of God to do the will of God here on earth. Words also release authority to Satan to do his will among people here on earth.
The words that are contrary to the written Word of God are from the Devil. They can bring destruction, sin, and death when they are spoken by human voices.
Back in the late 1990's there were many well known Christians speaking destruction on the United States, even on other Countries throughout the world. Some were saying things like, "God showed them that at midnight on December 31, 1999 the computers would crash. There would be great destruction throughout the world. This great destruction would come. Christians all over the world should prepare for the "Y2K" destruction that was about to come."
Did that happen? If it did not, then it was not God that told them that. God cannot lie. What God says will come to pass. Deuteronomy 18:22 says, "When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Be careful of following those who prophesy destruction. Many times they are speaking words that are spirit and they give spirits the authority to do what they say.
Satan is the destroyer, not God. Satan has people speak "words" of destruction to give him the authority to destroy. "Words are spirit," they give authority to spirits to operate in the spiritual realm.
God is for us, not against us. God is a restorer of the things that Satan destroys. Get to know God "and His Word" so well that you are not deceived by the "words" that Satan has people speak for his benefit.
Many Christians are being destroyed for a lack of knowledge of the written Word of God. Hosea 4:6 tells us, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
Never reject the knowledge of the Word of God. Never forget "the law of thy God, (which is His Word) that He has recorded in our Bibles, especially the New Testament "for Christians to follow."
Our Bibles should contain the written Word of God. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit in the beginning (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20,21).
Do not let the teachings of men persuade you to believe everything men say. Only God can give us the answers we need. God will confirm His Word with signs following. But, God cannot confirm the words of men.
Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..."
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