On 13th September 2009 I was privileged to minister at Westbury Baptist Church, Wood Green in London.
The topic was Power in the word. Luke 4:42 to Luke 5:1-11. It is time to elevate the ministry of the word. One of the things that is foremost in Jesus’ ministry is the preaching of the word.
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to Preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent me to heal ……
We can see from the above scripture, the Word preceded the miracles. It is the foundation of His ministry and we need to get back to it.
He was very dedicated and focussed to the preaching of the word – in Luke 4: 42: ‘I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities for this is the purpose I have been sent’. He knew the importance of the word and the power of the word, he knew without it nothing could be accomplished. The world was framed by the word. He knew the word is quick and powerful, he knew it is like fire that consumes and hammer that shatters the rock. He used it to resist temptation from the evil one. He knew every spoken word of His had the power and ability to accomplish why it was spoken.
It was a blessing to see that the crowd pressed about Him to hear the word I Luke 5:1, how hungry are we for the Word of God, the Word that is able to change our situations. We need to get our priorities right and get back to the basics. It was the word that changed Peter’s life and changed his status,
Peter fished all night, no catch; his boat was empty, ready to go home, discouraged, despondent and fed up. Jesus entered the empty boat and used it as a platform to preach the word to people of which Peter was included. Jesus is always trying to reach out to us in our emptiness. if we turn over our empty boat, empty life, empty marriage, empty career, whatever that is not working. He can use it to bring glory to himself.
The power of the word and in the word has the ability to change situations and change people. Jesus instructed Peter to launch into the deep and cast the nets down, invariably saying drop your agenda and take my own. Hear my word and obey. I have the power over nature, the sea and fish are at my command. Peter obeyed and had a great catch; he had to beckon to others to help him. Peter’s empty situation was changed, from empty boat to 2 full boats fish.
But Jesus is more interested in his empty heart. Peter’s heart was captured by the miraculous, the miraculous brought him to his knees, and he recognised he was a sinful man. The miraculous was preceded by the word.
Lets get back to the word, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. It will do us good.