It’s interesting to note that the very first miracle that Jesus did was to turn the water into wine. The significance of this is that in order for God to pour forth his new wine from earthen clay vessels (there were 6 clay pots. 6 is the number in scriptures that represent mankind) they had to be filled with water first.
Water scripturally speaking represents the word of God.
In other words one must receive the word of God and then be made alive unto God through his living word, the logos made flesh. This is the regeneration process of the Holy Spirit or the born again experience.
The old clay pot of ours after we put our trust in Jesus Christ for salvation is miraculously filled with his living water and then that living water is turned into wine! (Which in scriptures represents the manifestation of the Holy Spirit.)
When the water becomes wine it is meant to be poured out so that others may taste and see that the Lord Jesus is good!
Wine left in the clay pot vessel doesn’t bring blessings to others. Wine must be served from earthen vessels to those who are invited to the wedding banquet of the lamb.
Having tasted the old wine or worldly experience the recipients can now taste the new wine through God’s earthen vessels.
Then the recipient must decide whether they want to partake of the wine of God’s Holy Spirit. Remember it is those who eat the bread of life and partake of the divine nature who are saved and not just tasting of the powers to come.
If your earthen vessel has been filled with the water of the word and changed into the new wine of the Holy Spirit then you can be used of God as a vessel to pour forth that new wine to others.
The first miracle Jesus wants to do in your life is to turn the water that you received at the new birth into wine. Once you are filled with the Holy Spirit then (as the life of Jesus continues in the book of John), even greater works will you do because Jesus has given to you his Holy Spirit.
God wants to use your clay pot and pour out his new wine from your vessel. Scriptures exhort us to”Be filled with the Spirit!” because only vessels filled with the Holy Spirit can pour forth God’s miracles!
In order to live a victorious life in Jesus Christ we must be watchman over our hearts.
This means being careful what we look at with our eyes and what we listen to with our ears. Unless we need to know information for the purpose of prayer scriptures tell us to be innocent concerning evil. In other words we don’t (unless specifically called to) fill our minds with specifics of demonic worldly activity.
The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart so is he. ( Proverbs 23:7) The word for “think” in this scripture is translated as Shawar which means to split open or gatekeeper.
To paraphrase : as a man being a gate keeper over his mind so he is in his thinking and being.
The Bible tells us about gate keepers who were watchman that kept a look out for wolves and enemy attacks. When the gate keeper saw that an enemy was approaching he sounded the alarm which rallied the people to take up arms of defense.
Allegorically speaking this verse implies that whatever we let into our heart; that is mind, will, emotions or feelings is what will be the out come of our actions and the destiny of our life.
So if we watch and listen to worldly entertainment (enemy devices) then we will soon act and behave like what we are letting into our heart or soul. We will end up being worldly. No different than the unsaved. This is not God’s will for our lives. The Holy Spirit in his word has given us all the information that we need to live a holy life that is well pleasing to God.
The Bible tells us that Christians are to be separate from the world. We are called to think on good things that are godly and worthy of our Lord. The reason the Lord told us to meditate on his word day and night was so that we would be conformed to his word and not the world.
Putting on Christ is putting on the word of God for Jesus is the living word made flesh.
If we think God’s thoughts written in the Bible then we will think and act the way God wants us to act.
Worldly thoughts or worldly ideas are seeds that will grow into tares and choke out the word of God planted in our heart. We must be careful gatekeepers so that we can cast down all high and lofty thoughts exalting themselves against the knowledge of God and bring captive all our thoughts to line up with the truth of scriptures.
Christians who watch worldly programs become indoctrinated with worldly ideas. This is why many Christians live defeated lives. Listening to Satan’s worldly system keeps many bound to the world so that they become filled with unbelief and start to explain away the Bible.
The Bible tells us to cast down imaginations and high thoughts exalting themselves against the word of God. Misconceptions and distortions in our mind that do not agree with the Bible need to be cast down. In other words we don’t receive them and rather replace those thoughts with what God says in the Bible.
Satan always comes with his lies. Has God really said that? Are you sure he really meant that? Didn’t he really mean this?
If God said it in his word then it’s TRUE. Any voice disagreeing with the Bible is satan’s voice and we need to cast down those demonic thoughts!
If God says he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think then that’s exactly what is true. If we are not living up to that standard then we need to examine ourselves as scriptures say. Are we really in the faith? Are we trusting and relying on God for everything or are we swaying like a reed in the wind? Tossed to and fro with a double mind. Limiting God so that he cannot do any mighty works in our life?
God’s word says that I am righteous because of Jesus Christ. God’s word says that I am more than a conqueror through Christ who loves me and gave himself for me. God’s word says I am the head and not the tail. God’s word says he will lead me in his ways and into his paths as I put my trust in him. God’s word says he came to give me an abundant life.
So who are we going to believe? Mr. Devil and his balcony or the word of the living God?
Victory is sure to those who have their minds transformed by God’s word for as we think in our hearts so shall we be.
Be a gatekeeper of your heart! Guard your heart with all diligence for out of your heart or spirit proceeds life. Don’t let the thief steal, kill and destroy you!
Put the word in your heart and then you will think like God wants you to think and act like God wants you to act and be what God wants you to be !
In John 3:23 Jesus said that his words are Spirit and they are life.
What Jesus was saying was that the words which he spoke into the natural realm originated from the spiritual realm and were able to quicken or make alive unto God.
Jesus as the word of God made flesh was able to perform great and mighty works by the Holy Spirit which dwelt in him. In effect, Jesus personified in human form the very life giving words of God to humanity. John 3:34
The flesh according to Jesus gives no profit. That means that the natural man cannot bring life but only death. Human ability or human resources or human words cannot give any one benefit. This is because of the sin nature and the sin which exists in the earth because of the curse. Humans can have a form of knowledge and a form of life and healing but death will ultimately in the end be the final outcome.
Jesus was trying to tell us the way to life. Not only eternal life but abundant life while we are in the earth. Unfortunately for us we have not took Jesus’ words seriously. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit that dwells in the born again person can bring life to the mortal body ,(Romans 8:11) and is able to give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3)
Jesus wants us to have an abundant life. Now that does not mean that we will not have challenges because the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. That’s what he does. However, in the same way that Jesus overcame the devil while he was in his earthly body so can we be over-comers in this life.
Jesus would not have told us to overcome if it was an impossible feat. In fact, Jesus gave us a formula in order to live an abundant life. A pattern to follow if you will. Its in the Bible.
Jesus said that his words produced life because he spoke God’s word by the Holy Spirit. If you are born of the Holy Spirit you too can speak words by the Holy Spirit to produce life. The Bible tells us that our tongue can produce life or death and whatever we speak will be the outcome.
Oh, that’s foolish some may say. You are being too mystic. Well, think about it this way, if Paul speaking by divine inspiration said that the natural or earthy human cannot understand the things of the Spirit realm because they are spiritually discerned then how can we using human intellect or understanding really know the things of the spiritual realm?
I can tell you how! Simply by reading the Bible. Jesus said MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT And THEY ARE LIFE. Now if the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you is it not possible that the same Spirit can produce an abundant life for you? Were you not baptized into Christ’s death so that you could be raised with him in newness of life?
Oh, but that’s the resurrection of our body he’s talking about. Yes, true but if as scriptures tell us we are to put to death our natural human bodies by the Holy Spirit so that Christ can live his life through us does that not include our mouth?
It stands to reason that the mouth is a part of the body. So if Jesus tells us that we will give account for every word uttered out of our mouths then there must be a good reason for it. Indeed there is! Our words can bring life or death according to Proverbs 18:21 .
Science actually attests to the effects of the words we speak and you may want to study up on recent findings conserning the utterance of negative and positive words.
Even the unsaved who are created in God’s image have the ability to alter their reality by the words of their mouth. How much more the Holy Spirit filled mouth of a born again Christian ?
Now for my point. Jesus said his words were from the spiritual realm and produced life. So what we need to do as Christians is get some Holy Spirit words into our mouth.
Religious Christians may not agree with Jesus in scriptures or science but it is what it is!
In John 14 and 15 Jesus tells us that when he spoke by the Holy Spirit then life occurred in the natural realm. He also said that if we spoke God’s word through prayer we could have whatever we ask for. John 14:13 Mark 11:22,25
So speaking the scriptures in prayer is speaking God’s word into the natural realm. Remember God watches over his word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)
Another way to speak God’s word is through praying in the Holy Spirit through tongues and interpretation as well as prophecy. If you think the gifts have past away then think again. (1 Corinthians 14:2)
No where in scriptures does it say that. Now natural men who live by natural inclinations may twist a scripture or two to fudge their doctrine but there is a whole lot about the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Bible that tell us other wise.
But even if you don’t want to go there, fair enough, you still have scriptures to speak so speak them out loud and pray them over your home and your family. Watch the change that will occur in your life!
Scriptures tell us to open our mouths and God will fill it. If his Holy Spirit lives in us we have God’s word available to us. Remember that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) Scriptures tell us that ver bateum, so speak the scriptures in faith and wait patiently for God to produce his life results. That’s his job. You just be obedient to do your part and the Lord will always honor his word.
Jesus said in scriptures that, ” If MY WORDS abide in you then you shall have whatever you ask for. “
Its God’s word that is Spirit which gives life and that more abundantly ! When we have God’s word in our mouths we are sure to be over-comers in this life! So, Speak the word of God only and you shall be healed and have whatever you ask for as long as you ask with pure motives! (James 4:3)
Jesus is the Rock. All who belong to him are secure in his strong fortress. In Jesus Christ the child of God can hide from the storm’s of life and be protected. Jesus the rock is a fortified place of refuge for the oppressed. A refuge from our enemies. When life tries to over whelm us then we can run to the rock that is mighty in strength.
In ancient Israel fortresses were made of Dolomite which is a sedimentary rock. Today it is called Jerusalem stone. Dolomite is resistant to erosion. It can handle heat, wind, and water without scratching or breaking. Dolomite is even acid resistant!
When the gates of hell target us then the Holy Spirit will leads us to the rock that is higher than our own strength and power. We can run to Jesus our rock of defense!
The key however, is to run to him. Don’t take matters into your own hands ! Don’t opt for deliverance by your own methods ! Rather look to the rock from which you were hewn!
Jesus is a mighty stronghold that will keep the storm from sweeping us away.
There is no power of hell that can breach the fortified rock of defense for those who put their trust in Jesus the rock. Run to the Rock and hide in him! No power on earth can remove you from him who is greater than all!