By Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). One of the apparent flaws of humanity is that sometimes we say things we don’t mean, and by some diabolic machinations borne out of envy, we blatantly and adamantly refuse to give praise when it is due. By some divine coincidence, this week has been one of emphasizing the salience and power of words, for God created the universe by using words, and John described Jesus Christ as the Word.
Scripture tells us that life and death lie in the power of the tongue, so as Christians, our fundamental prerogative must be speaking blessings and goodness into our lives and into the lives of others. On Tuesday morning, Mr. Derick Mimba provided a corollary to Senior Pastor Georges Ntemi’s incantation of John 1: 3 during his sermon on Sunday to draw more attention to the divine power of words.
Mr. Mimba, noted for supporting almost every assertion he makes with a biblical text, titled his message “The power and value of God’s Word.” He read Hebrews 4: 11-12, two powerful verses in which Paul tells us, “Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after that example of unbelief.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The “rest” Paul mentions in verse 11 is in relation to the importance of resting on the Sabbath as God did after creating the universe in six days and entrusting it into the hands of us humans to have total dominion over it. Mighty God spoke and the universe came into being, prompting Brother Mimba to remind us that “God’s word carries the greatest value.
“There is nothing more powerful than God’s Word. To know and appreciate the value of God’s word, you must read the Bible,” said Mr. Mimba. He observed that Genesis 1 is not a pale chapter that simply gives Christianity’s version of the creation story. “It is a powerful chapter that when read carefully gives one the full scope of the power of God’s word.”
Mr. Mimba then referenced Matthew 24: 35, where Jesus Christ proclaims the invincibility and immortality of His words: “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away.” He noted that God’s Word cannot be encased in the shadow of antiquity because it’s spiritual; it’s powerful, so nothing can contain and limit it.
In a critical injunction, Brother Mimba asserted that since faith without works is an exercise in futility, anyone who listens to the word or reads the word and does not do what the word says is deceiving themselves. “You don’t only read, study, and listen to the word of God, but also, you must do what the word says. If not, you are living a life of falsehood,” noted Mr. Mimba.
He stated that by the power of God’s word, sins are forgiven. “God’s word gives confidence, hope, assurance. God’s word is a powerful instrument that provides grace, mercy, and favor. The word of God is like a sledge-hammer; it can break things. The manifestation of Christ’s power shone brightly through words. As children of God, we will always prevail by depending on God’s word,” stated Mr. Mimba.
Among the text Mr. Mimba cited in support of the potency and magnificence of God’s word were Joshua 1:1, 8; Jeremiah 28: 29, Mark 4: 35-41, Psalm 110: 98; Psalm 53, Hebrew 4: 12, 13; Romans 19, Jeremiah 3:3, and 2 Timothy 3:6. ”He cited Psalm 119: 105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” as evidence of the fact that proclamation and belief in the word can facilitate a glorious life for us.
He ended his morning’s message with a devout assurance that no matter the magnitude of the situation one is facing, one must not first try to solve it by one’s own understanding. “When you are facing a difficult situation, your first line of action must be God’s word, and you will experience a breakthrough,” said Brother Mimba and supported his assurance with Matthew 6: 33.
In a powerful response, Evangelist Mildred Ntemi panegyrized the word of God, stating, “Without the word of God, the universe wouldn’t have been created and therefore, we wouldn’t be here today. God spoke the world into existence in Genesis 1.”
The woman of God wondered why science obstinately refuses to acknowledge the magnificence of God’s work and rather assigns the creation of the universe to the devil through some complex, difficult-to- understand hypothesis called the Big Bang theory.
There is a reason God does not want Israel to be wiped from the face of the earth, and it is to prove that Jesus Christ, indeed, once graced the face of this earth, with remnants in Israel still in existence to authenticate the source of Christianity.
Evangelist Mildred observed that God created humans in his own image and likeness; therefore, we possess the same power and ability to do great things with words. “When Christ said, man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from his mouth, he meant for us to take his words seriously. You must always walk around with the words of God deeply planted in your hearts to serve as a protection from the devil because he comes stealthily and unannounced to wreak havoc in our lives,” said the Lady Evangelist.
She noted that if God’s word is placed like a tablet in our hearts, “it would guide us, shape our lives by telling us what to do in difficult situations.” She cited Psalm 119: 118, “Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I hope in thy word” as evidence of the fact that placing our trust and confidence in the word can facilitate a glorious life for us because of the Lord’s protection.
She reiterated the need for members of Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l to attend Bible Study because through that one will know more about the word of God and appreciate it as a life-altering weapon for own good. She also advised Christians to take notes when pastors are preaching so that they can refer to it if they forget something that the pastor said.
The woman of God counseled Christians to devote just 24 minutes a day of their time to read and study the word of God, and they would realize the transformation it would bring into their lives.
She cited Proverbs 18: 21 that states “death and life are in the power of the tongue,” and commented that the tongue can be a weapon of mass destruction. “The things you say can break or make marriages, can destroy or prosper careers, can derail or encourage lives, can empower or emasculate. You can bring joy into the lives of others by saying good things. The mouth that blesses must not curse, so be careful of the things you say,” noted the astonishing president of the Women’s Ministry, among many things.