Friday 19 December 2014

The Tongue and the Word IV - Morris Cerullo

Chapter 2
POWER OF THE WORD. by Morris Cerullo

There is power, a living Force, within you that makes you invincible. God has planted something within you that is so strong, steadfast, and sure, that it is absolutely incapable of error and cannot be taken by assault. There is nothing—no work, no word, and no power of the enemy—that can defeat you. You cannot be taken.
This power is the only thing that will give you the ability to break Satan's hold and will enable you to walk in 100 percent victory. This powerful Force is the unchangeable, infallible, impregnable Word of God.
Before the powerful strategy of speaking the Word can become a reality in your life, you must know what the Word of God is. Take your Bible, and hold it in your hands. Open it, and leaf through the pages.
The Book that you hold in your hand is God's Word. It is God's voice to us. It is sacred and holy. Every Word in it, from cover to cover, is divinely inspired. A solemn warning is given to anyone who would add to or take away from the words that are written in it. (See Revelation 22:18-19.) Every Word and every prophecy will come to pass.
The Bible is the written Word of God, but it does not contain every Word that God has ever spoken or all of the things that Jesus said and did while He was upon the earth. There wouldn't be enough books in the world to contain all of that. (See John 21:25.)

The Bible is God's voice to us, but do not limit your understanding to think that it is the sum of His Word. It is not. God's Word is not merely the written Word, the Bible, but it is also God Himself, the living Word. God's Word is eternal. It was with Him from the beginning. Before the earth was formed, He spoke into the empty void of space, and as the Words went out of His mouth, the work was accomplished!
The written and the living Word are inseparable. The Early Church did not have a written Bible. They spoke the Word. What they had seen and heard Jesus do is what they did. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem; greatly; and a great number of the priests were obedient to the fain (Acts 6:7).
There are two Greek words for the English word word that art used in the Bible. Those Greek words are Rhema and Logos. They both are used whenever we see the word word used in our English Bible. Let's talk for a minute about what the word Logos means.
The way the word Logos is used in the New Testament actuall­y has two meanings. It is the expression of God's thoughts throngh statements by God Himself or by Christ. A man's word is the means that he uses to reveal what he is thinking. God used the Logos to reveal His thoughts and manifest Himself to the world.
The scriptures that are recorded in the Bible are Logos.
The message of the gospel is Logos. They are expressions of God's thonghts and His revealed will for mankind. Logos is the Word of the Lord. It is the revealed will of God. It is the message from the Lord, It has been delivered to us with His authority and the accompanying power to bring it to pass.
When Peter preached to the Gentiles at Cornelius' house he spoke the Word—the Logos—and while he was speakingthe Holy Ghost fell on all them who heard the Word. (See 10:34-48.) Peter spoke the Word with authority, and God's power accompanied it.
In Capernaum, people were gathered together inside the house that Jesus was staying in. There was no room left for any more people
to come in. He preached the Word—the Logos—to them. (See Mark 2:1-12.) Jesus did not read the scripture, give an introduction, and then preach a sermon with three or four points and a closing. He preached the Logos. He revealed the thoughts and will of God concerning mankind through the Word that He spoke and through His actions.
When He revealed the will of God, His words were with power. He spoke about forgiveness and healing. They were a part of God's plan and will for mankind to experience. He demonstrated the Word of forgiveness and healing to a man who was sick with the palsy. Palsy is a complete or partial muscle paralysis that is often accompanied by the loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors. The man was immediately cured.
The Logos is also used to refer to Jesus Christ, the living Word. Jesus, the living Word, the Logos is the personal manifestation of all that God is. Through Jesus, the Logos, God revealed and manifested Himself as a personal God and One Who is so concerned with love for us that He was willing to come to earth in the form of human flesh and live among us.
IN the beginning was the Word[Logos], and the Word [Logos] was with God, and the Word [Logos], was God (John 1:1). And the Word [Logos] was made flesh, and dwelt among us ... (John 1:14).
We will now learn about the Word from the Rhema standpoint. The Rhema Word is active and powerful. It is used in the New Testament to refer to "that which is spoken." It is a word, a promise, or an individual scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our remembrance in times of need. It is a Word that is spoken by God.
With the Rhema Word comes the built-in faith that is needed for its fulfillment. The power for the fulfillment of the Word is not of us or our ability. It is in the Word that is spoken by God.
Paul, the apostle, encouraged the Ephesians to take ... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17). In this verse, when he spoke of the Word of God, he was not referring to the whole Bible. He was referring to the Rhema—a Word or a scripture that the Spirit speaks to your heart and mind.
It is this Rhema—this Word that is spoken directly to you from God—that becomes a powerful weapon in your mouth. With it comes the faith that you need, and when you speak it, it will destroy the enemy's strongholds.
When Jesus faced Satan in the wilderness, He revealed this powerful strategy. He said: ... It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [Rhema] that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). It is the Rhema—the Word that God directly speaks to your spirit—that will destroy Satan's strongholds, not simply repeating verses that you have memorized.
When the angel, Gabriel, told Mary that she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit and give birth to the sinless Son of God, it was the Rhema to her. It was a promise from God. It was spoken by an angel. Along with the Rhema Word came the faith for its fulfillment. Mary received it and said: ... be it unto me according to thy word ... (Luke 1:38). Previously, Mary had questioned how it would happen because she had never been with a man. When the angel spoke the Word of God, the Rhema, she was willing to receive the Word, even though she didn't understand at first how it would be fulfilled.
When Jesus spoke the Word to the leper to be clean, it was the Rhema Word, a promise that was spoken to him by God. The same thing applied to the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. He told her that her sins would be forgiven. It was the Rhema Word of God to her.
God may speak the Rhema directly to your spirit, or He may speak through another individual. The Rhema Word may be a scripture or a specific promise from God. When the Rhema comes to you from. God, the power to bring it to pass is already contained within it. When you receive it, all you need to do is accept it—as Mary did—and say: ... be it unto me according to thy word ... (Luke 1:38).

You are going to be so strong that as Satan looked at Jesus and trembled, so he is going to look at you and tremble. There is not going to be any difference between Jesus—Who was on this earth—and you.

God's Word is eternal. It has no beginning of days and no ending of life. There has never been a time when the Word didn't exist.
is self-existent and timeless. When the earth was without form and void, and darkness covered the earth, the Word existed. Into that empty void, like the mighty thunder of many waters, God spoke creation into existence.
IN the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good.- and God divided the light from the darkness.
And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament of the waters which were above the firmament. and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
.And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
And the evening and the morning were the third day.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.• he made the stars also.
And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth.
And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament ofheaven.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, and after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind- and God saw that it was good.
And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind.• and it was so.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind- and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowlofthe air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
THUS the heavens and the earth were fin ished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh_ day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work -which God created and made.
Genesis 1:1-2:3
Every created thing upon this earth owes its existence to the Word. God spoke, and out of the darkvoid, there came light. He spoke the Word, and the sun, moon, and stars appeared out of nowhere. He spoke the Word, and dry land, trees, mountains, and vegetation came into being. He spoke the Word, and the sea brought forth fish and all of the other living creatures in it. Insects materialized, and all fowls of the air manifested. He spoke the Word and created mankind out of the dust of the earth.
the same creative power of God is still in the Word today! The Word of God is eternal. It is from everlasting to everlasting. Heaven and earth will one day pass away, but God's Word will endure forever. God's Word does not change. The living Word and the written Word do not change.They are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
People change. Doctrines change. Ideals change, but the Word God never changes.

God and His Word are inseparable. Jesus is the Word. The Word was with God from the beginning:
Giving thanks to the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind nd by wicked works, yet now bath he reconciled ...
Colossians 1:12-21
The living Word was with God before the foundation of th, world. It was through Him that God created all things. He was or,- with God, was the express image of God, and possessed the sarr.- attributes of God. They existed in perfect unity. They were one i- thought, motive, purpose, and action. It is impossible to separa-, God and His Word. They are one. All that can be said about Gc: can be said about His Word.
God is all-powerful, and His Word is all-powerful. God is ho:-and His Word is holy. God is faithful, and His Word is faithfi 
God is unchanging, and His Word is unchanging. God cannot fail, and His Word cannot fail. God is everlasting, and His Word is everlasting.

Two thousand years ago, the Word became flesh. It is the Word that was in the beginning with God, made all things, and spoke the worlds and everything in them into existence.
According to God's plan and purpose, God sent forth His only begotten Son, the living Word. The Spirit of God breathed upon a virgin named Mary. The incorruptible seed of Jesus Christ was placed in her womb by the Holy Spirit. The very life of God was in that incorruptible seed. Then, at the time appointed by the Father, the only begotten Son of God was born.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law ... (Galatians 4:4). The Word, God, was made flesh. ... (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, )full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
the Word (Logos) became flesh, and we beheld His glory. Jesus was a reflection of God's glory. The glory of God shone forth and was manifested in Jesus' character and in the things that He did. God sent the Word for a purpose.
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).
What was His purpose? ... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of devil (I John 3:8). The purpose of the Word is to destroy the works of the devil. Are you beginning to understand that?
God said that He was sending His Word, His only begotten Son, and Jesus will not return to God empty-handed. He will accomplish the plan and purpose whereto He has been sent. He will not fail. He will destroy the works of the devil. The Logos, the living Word that
was with God from the beginning, and the written Word are th same. They are inseparable..

The written Word is not a dry, lifeless book of historical accoun­t is powerful and has creative power. Jesus said: ... the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63). Say out lot: The Word is alive! Jesus Christ is alive and seated at the right hand God. The Word is alive. Jesus told Martha: ... I am the resurrection and the life ... ( John 11:25). He spoke the Word: ... Lazarus, com forth (John 11:43).
The same life that was in Jesus was also in His Word. His Word was full of resurrection power. They were pulsating with life.His Word penetrated the darkness of Lazarus' tomb and entered the region of the dead. When Lazarus' spirit heard Jesus' Word, it came back into Lazarus' body, jumped to its feet, and came out of the tomb by the power of that Word.
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live (John 11:25). Jesus said: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;And hath given him
 authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man (John 5:26-27),
Jesus Christ, the living Word, is self-existent and has life Himself, and so does His Word. Jesus said: ... He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (Jc: 5:24). In His Word is eternal life. This is why an alcoholic, drug addict, murderer, homosexual, or prostitute on the street can hear Word and instantly be transformed, delivered, and resurrected from spiritual death unto eternal life!
Praise God that the Word is alive! You and I have been given life. We are born again, not of corruptible seed that perishes but the Word of God, which is imperishable. It lives and abides for ever. (See I Peter 1:23.) We owe our very life to the Word of God.

Jesus Christ, the living Word, has the power to save and to heal, and His Word does, too. God sent the living Word to the earth for a purpose—to destroy the works of the devil. While He was on the earth, Jesus confronted Satan and destroyed his works everywhere He went. He spoke the Word and healed the sick, cleansed the leper, cast out demons, and raised the dead.
God's purpose for the Word is the same. He has purposed for you and me—His sons and daughters—to go forth in the power of the Holy Spirit, speaking forth the Word. The same creative power is in His Word. That is why people are healed after they receive the Word into their spirit.
As long as I live, I will never forget what happened in a service I was conducting in the Philippines in 1959. I was preaching the Word and heard a peculiar popping sound. I looked to see where it was coming from. There, in the front row, was a man who was so twisted and deformed that he couldn't sit up straight. He was rolled up in a ball and lying on the ground.
This man was just one of hundreds of other people, who were lying all over the place in this crusade. They were all waiting to be touched by the healing power of Jesus. I continued to preach the Word. All of a sudden, that man--,who was so crippled and twisted that he couldn't move—began to move. He began to stretch out and untwist his legs and then his arms.
The popping sound I had heard was the man's bones cracking and his limbs snapping into their proper shape and place. He got up and ran across the front of the roped-off area, leaping and shouting. I didn't say a single prayer. He was healed by his faith and the power of the Word that was going forth out of my mouth.
Remember that you cannot separate God from His Word. The power for the fulfillment of His Word is not in any man or in anything that he possesses. The power for the fulfillment of His Word is in the Word itself. God sent His Word to this earth to destroy the works of the devil.
The Word of God in your mouth today is alive. It is the same as when Christ spoke life, healing, and deliverance with His Word two
thousand years ago. It is the same. The Word of God in your mouth will destroy the works of the devil. Say this out loud: God has not planned any defeats for me. This is my year for a new beginning. ?he Word of God is alive. It is powerful. It will destroy the works of the devil. 

In the United States, and throughout the nations of the world, we have developed a national defense system to protect us from possible invasion by enemy forces. We have radar scanners, anti­aircraft missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, surface-to-air missiles, millions of soldiers in the military, fleets of jets, tanks, submarines, ships, sophisticated weapons, equipment, tactical gear, and protective outerwear. We have developed these defenses in an attempt to make our country as safe and secure as possible against enemy attack.
Regardless of all that has been done, there is still the possibility that somehow the enemy could penetrate our line of defense (remember September 11!), attack strategic positions, and gain control of the country. This is true for every nation in the world. There is always the possibility that a country could be attacked and captured. During combat, soldiers go onto the battlefield and risk being captured.
In our world today, there is only one thing that is absolutely incapable of being captured. What is it? What is incapable of being captured? The powerful and invincible Word of the living God is incapable of being taken by assault. It cannot be captured.
Throughout the ages, people have tried to wipe every trace of the Bible from the face of the earth. They have ridiculed it, spit on it, banned it, burned it, tried to discredit it, and called it myths and fairy tales. People have twisted the scriptures and perverted them with their own invented doctrines. In spite of all of these attacks, the Word still stands. It hasn't lost its power!
From the very beginning, as soon as the disciples began to speak the Word, in the Name of Jesus, Satan tried to stop them. The disciples were thrown in jail, beaten, and commanded not to speak
or teach in that Name. It didn't work! Satan couldn't stop the Word from going forth. His plan backfired. The Word of God increased. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20). Praise God that the Word prevailed!
Paul, who was bound and thrown into prison for preaching the Word, wrote to Timothy:
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.
II Timothy 2:8-9
Paul was in chains, but the Word could not be chained. It could not and cannot be bound. In China, India, and many other countries today, men and women are being beaten and imprisoned for preaching the Word, but the Word is not bound. Even though they are threatened, imprisoned. be-aten, and their land and jobs are taken away from them, these Christians continue to speak the Word. They continue to speak in the 'Name of Jesus.
If somehow our Bibles were all to be taken and burned, it still would not stop the Word. Why? It would not stop the Word because God and His Word are inseparable. The Word is alive. The living Word is in us and cannot be bound.

Several years ago, God gave me a prophetic Word for the Church. One morning, I was praying in my home and sensed the marvelous Presence of God. That familiar anointing of the Holy Spirit came and stood by my right shoulder. I felt a Presence, as if Someone had laid their hand on my right shoulder.
I looked up and saw the manifestation of the anointing of the Presence of God over my right shoulder. God spoke to me. He said: Tell My people that everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Tell them to fix their faith. If their faith is not fixed during this crisis, then they will not stand. They must fix their faith upon that which is infallible
and that which is impregnable. They must have a fixed point for their faith. Ihat fixed point must be My Word.
God is a God of purpose, plan, design, and objectivity. According to His end-time plan, He has promised that He is going to shake the earth yet once more. The expression "yet once more" is referring to the final removal. This is telling us when the
shaking is going to come. It is coming during God's end-time harvest, the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages. He is going to bring all things together and consummate them in Christ. 
(See Ephesians 1:10.)
This shaking will hit every church denomination. Every ministry Th
will be shaken. Satan is not going to be doing the shaking. God is 
going to be doing the shaking. I am warning you nowso that you
will be prepared. What is God's purpose for this shaking- There are 
sins within our ranks that God must clean up and get rid of in order
for the Church to stand—without spot, wrinkle, or blemish—before 
His throne.
Christian experiences are going to be shaken. Today, we live in 
a world where every kind of doctrine and theology is being thrown
around. There are two reasons for this problem. One reason comes 
from the pulpit; the other reason comes from the pew. Don't blame 
the pulpit if you're gullible enough to sit there in the pew and 
take it. It's so easy to criticize the preacher, who you feel is leading 
you astray. If you know where you are going, then he cannot lead 
you astray. 
There are Christians today who are too lazy or too busy to get in 
the Word and stay in the Word. They have their eyes upon certain
preachers and teachers and are accepting every word that comes 
out of their mouths. It is much easier for them to depend upon the 
word of the preachers and teachers instead of depending upon and is 
trusting in the Word of God. It is time for us to search the scriptures 
to see if what we are hearing is the true, pure, and unadulterated 
Word of God. 
Do not put your trust in other people. Do not put your trust in man-made doctrines. Do not put your trust in denominations. These things are all subject to change. They are subject to error.They are able to mislead or deceive you. Keep your trust and faith in the infallible Word of God. 

Believers who do not search the scriptures for themselves will be
shaken. They will not be able to stand. They may sing and shout about 
Jesus coming soon, but they are not practicing what they preach. They say that they believe that He is coming, yet are so involved with the cares of this life that they have no time to witness to or pray for the lost. They have no time to spend in fasting and prayer. They have not committed themselves and their time, energy, and finances to winning the lost. Their heart is still attached to this world.
God is not going to tolerate this kind of outward spirituality. These Christians will be shaken. There is only one thing that is going to help you to stand, while ever%ihingg around you is being shaken. It is the infallible, impregnable Word of God.
The word infallible means "no margin for and "incapable
to mislead or deceive." There is no doctrine or theology- of man that is infallible. Very few theories stand the test of time. We are constantly in a state of learning and change. Listen closely. You and I cannot afford the spiritual luxury of change. We must know that know  know that we know what the truth is. In order to have this position of strength, we must have our faith fixed to that which is infallible.
Do not put your trust in other people. Do not put your trust in man-made doctrines. Do not put your trust in denominations. These things are all subject to change. They are subject to error.They are able to mislead or deceive you. Keep your trust and faith in the infallible Word of God. God's Word is incapable of misleading or deceiving. It is impregnable. Impregnable means that it is "incapable of being taken by assault." It cannot be captured. It cannot be bound.
God and His Word are inseparable. His Word is eternal. It has creative power. It is unchangeable. It is alive. It cannot fail. It cannot be taken by assault. The Word—that was with God from the beginning—became flesh and lived among us. God sent His Son—the living Word, Jesus—to destroy the works of the devil. The Logos is the written Word, which makes you invincible. Nothing can touch you. You cannot be taken.
God has not planned any defeats for you. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. If you know that your faith is fixed upon the impregnable and infallible Word of God, then you will not be shaken.
God is going to have a people. You are going to be so strong that as Satan looked at Jesus and trembled, so he is going to look at you and tremble. There is not going to be any difference between Jesus—Who was on this earth—and you.
This week, face Satan, knowing the power of the Word and knowing that there is nothing—no power of the enemy—that can defeat you. You will fulfill the Words of Jesus. If abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7). not

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