The words we are given

Written by Charles Ekong

24/06/2024

How did Adam govern the creatures in Eden? He was neither the largest, tallest, fastest, nor strongest in the Garden. Although the animals weren’t as wild and dangerous as some of them are today, he still had to maintain order [Genesis 2:15]. While the Bible doesn’t expressly state how Adam enforced his dominion over the sea, land and air creatures, we find clues to God’s intended expression of man’s dominion mandate in the ministry of Jesus. I believe it’s safe to assume Adam used his words to govern in the Garden, just as Jesus used words to showcase His authority on Earth over human maladies, demons, plants, animals and even the weather. But where did they get those words from?

The Bible provides glimpses of Adam’s relationship with God before Genesis 3. It was a profound, intimate partnership; God would visit and commune with Adam about his assignment [Genesis 2:19, 3:10]. It’s not far-fetched to imagine God mentoring Adam in governing creation so His will was done on Earth as in Heaven. So, as God downloaded His will to Adam, Adam would subsequently execute His will on the Earth by speaking it. I’m confident this was the case because that was the pattern in the life of the Second Adam. Jesus would regularly go away alone to fellowship with God the Father [Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12, John 6:15]. In those encounters, what He received must have included direction for His ministry because He testified that He only said what the Father commanded Him to say [John 12:49]. So, we can safely posit that the words Jesus used to instruct His disciples and destroy the works of darkness were given to Him by the Father [John 5:19], which is why those words never returned to Him void [Isaiah 55:10-11].

Like me, you may be wondering why God needs a man on Earth to echo His words. I found two passages helpful in that regard. The first is Psalm 115:16: “The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the Earth he has given to mankind”. That verse implies that God has delegated authority to human beings to govern the Earth. So, though He is God Almighty, He legally can’t do anything on Earth without our participation [Amos 3:7]. Second, Psalm 103:20: “Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word.” Angels are standing by to execute God’s word on Earth, but a human being, not God, must voice it – a principle illustrated in Ezekiel 37. It was God’s will for the dry bones to live, and if the dry bones could hear Ezekiel, they could undoubtedly hear God. Yet, nothing happened until a man, Ezekiel, spoke in agreement with God [Ezekiel 37:10]. God highly values us and our partnership with Him [Psalm 8:3-6, 1 Corinthians 3:9]. It’s a travesty that we often don’t esteem ourselves or others in the same way. If only we all knew and saw ourselves as God sees us, we’d never put ourselves or anyone else down [Romans 12:3].

Unsurprisingly, a God who views us highly always wants the best for us, even during our relatively short days on Earth. Most of us want that, too. I’ve yet to meet anyone who wants to live a frustrated, defeated life. That’s not God’s will for anyone, either. So, He has made provision for us to reign in this life just as He originally intended for Adam and our spiritual ancestors in the Promised Land [Romans 5:17]. Adam lost his domain through disobedience. But many of us are like the Hebrew generation who failed to inherit God’s best because of unbelief – which manifested in their words and actions. That story in Numbers 13 and 14 emphasises a great truth: our words decide our destinies. It’s also worth remembering that those words begin as a thought, either instigated within us or by external stimuli. But we always get to choose what we do with a thought. Sadly, that’s where we often miss it because we can’t speak and act like God if we don’t think like Him [Philippians 2:5]. So, we must discipline our minds to ruthlessly discard thoughts and paradigms contrary to God’s word [2 Corinthians 10:5]. But that’s impossible without the plumb line to evaluate our thoughts and imaginations [Romans 12:1-2]. 

I discovered recently that Jesus didn’t come to us empty-handed. He brought us something from the Father: words! [John 17:8]. That underlines the importance of God’s words to experiencing all Jesus purchased for us. When Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished” on Calvary, He effectively told Heaven, Earth and Hell that you and I could have anything the Father said is ours [John 19:30, 2 Corinthians 1:20]. But many of us have yet to experience that reality because we aren’t thinking and speaking the right words. We aren’t taking full advantage of the words God sent through His Son to exalt and establish us [Psalm 107:2]. Put differently, we’ve neglected to agree with God on what He says about us, so we aren’t experiencing what He said. Unlike Adam, many of us aren’t willfully disobeying God when we’ve known and seen better. Instead, we’ve allowed unbelief and ignorance the upper hand in our lives. Nevertheless, we can remedy that by giving the words sent to us their rightful place in our lives [Psalm 138:2].

Infused in God’s word is the power to deliver, preserve, protect, prosper, heal and save us [Romans 1:16]. It has all the wisdom we need to remain above and not beneath the vagaries of life [Psalm 27:1, Deuteronomy 28:1-2]. Our remit is simple: know the word, meditate on it day and night, believe it, ensure your speech always aligns with it and do all it says, and God will do the rest [Joshua 1:8]. 

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