According to God's Word Series
This is the first teaching in a series designed to instruct people in the integrity and accuracy of the Word of God and to give God's people the keys to understanding the Bible and give them the ability to receive and manifest the gift of God which is holy spirit. God's Word is rich and powerful and contains everything we need to know to live abundantly. In order to tap the resources of the more than abundant life we need to know His Word and know it accurately.
The following teachings are taken from a class called Power For Abundant Living by the late Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille. The truths from the Word of God put forth in that class have set many free and given many the resources to tap into the power of God that He has given us. We have the tools to live abundantly and with power. However, many of us don't know what is available, how to receive it, and what to do with it after we got it. This series of teachings will enlighten God's people so that they may know His Word and walk victoriously.
God has given us a promise in His Word that we, as Christians, often times fail to manifest. In John 10:10 Jesus Christ is speaking to the religious leaders of his time.
:10 . . . I am come that they might have life,
and that they might have it more abundantly
Look around you. Do you see God's people living a more abundant life? I see some prospering but not all. Jesus Christ wasn't talking about just the religious leaders prospering or just the select few living abundantly. He was talking about the sheep—the people. We should be prospering. If not, we are missing something. Is God's Word true? Jesus Christ meant what he said and said what he meant. Jesus Christ only spoke what God would have him speak.
Let us look a little closer at this verse. Jesus Christ said, "that they might have it more abundantly." He didn't say just abundantly, He said more abundantly. Most people would be willing to live an abundant life but that is not what he said. He said more abundantly!! Listen, if Jesus Christ told the truth than there must be keys available, there must be principals available in God's Word that will instruct us and guide us into the more than abundant life. This is exactly what this series of teachings will do.
The purpose of these teachings is to give you the keys to live the more abundant life that God wants for His children. In the Old Testament, when God's people adhered to His Word and did His commandments they lived abundantly. We live in a new day and a new age yet the principal remains. When we live according to the Word that is written to us we will live a life that is more than abundant; we will live a life that is not just abundant but more than abundant. Let us not limit God in our lives. I want the keys and principles that you learn here to be a safe anchorage in a sea of doubt. When storms arise you can go to God and His Word for solace and deliverance. We need to return to the keys and principles in God's Word to eliminate the confusion and doubt that surround us. These keys work with a mathematical exactness and scientific precision and are set so that we may know, without a shadow of a doubt, the Word that God has so graciously given us.
The very first lesson we must learn is this:
The Bible is the revealed Word and Will of God.
This may sound simple but most people don't believe that God said what He meant and meant what He said. People will take one part of the scripture and say, "Yes, I believe that." And then they will take another verse and remark, "Well, that is just a story." The Bible is the revealed Word and Will of God. God has given us everything we need to live a more than abundant life. He has given us everything so that we can have a true and vital spiritual relationship with God and it is written in His Word. Now, we either take it all or leave it all. We have no right to take one verse and discard another. The Bible is either God's Word and God's Will from Genesis to Revelation or none of it is. This will be a stumbling block to some but for those who hunger and thirst after God's Will they will dive into God's Word and immerse themselves in His truths.
Let me ask you a question. Why do Christians falter? Why do God's people have trouble when He says that abundance is ours?
:13 For my people have committed two evils;
they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters,
and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns,
that can hold no water.
Who is God talking to? He says, "My people." His people. In the Old Testament it is the Children of Israel. Today it is all who call up on the name of the Lord Jesus. What have they done? They have committed two evils: they have forsaken God, the fountain of living waters, and they have hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. What is a fountain? A fountain is a unlimited supply of water. What is a cistern? A cistern is a large man-made container. It holds a limited supply of water, and if it is cracked the water will not remain in it.
God said His people have forsaken the fountain of living water and constructed for themselves their own cisterns, their own ideologies and theories that are broken and limited. What do you want to rely on? Do you want to experience the benefits of a fountain with living water or depend on a man-made, cracked cistern that can only hold so much? I choose the fountain of living waters.
So, if we have hewed out for ourselves these broken cisterns that can hold no water what is our greatest transgression?
:37 Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
:38 This is the first and great commandment.
Because the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, it is logical that our greatest transgression—our greatest sin—is to not love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Our greatest sin is to not love the creator of the heavens and the earth that has given us life, a life that is more than abundant. Our greatest transgression is to not love God who has forgiven our trespasses and healed our diseases. Our greatest sin is to not love God with every fiber of our being. Anytime we exalt anything above God we break the first and greatest commandment. Anytime we construct our own ideologies and theologies instead of adhering to the wonderful, matchless Word of God we transgress.
:6a My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: . . .
What destroys God's people? A lack of knowledge. Look around us today. In mankind there is a vast amount of knowledge. Man knows so much now that even the specialists have to further specialize. Is God talking about worldly knowledge? No. He is talking about the knowledge that sits like diamonds in His glorious Word. He is talking about the revealed Word and Will of God. People are destroyed because they lack an accurate knowledge of God's Word.
The intention of these teachings is to bring people back to the accuracy and integrity of God's Word. When you know God's Word, when you know God's Will and are walking with Him you will have power to live a more than abundant life. You will live a vibrant, prosperous life. You will have boldness and confidence where doubt and fears once reigned.
God's Word is something to get excited about. Many people get excited about sports, literary greatness, science, politics, etc. I will say to you that God's Word is the greatest thing to get excited about and to herald forth in all the world. Jesus Christ came that we might have life and have it more abundantly—now this is worth talking about!! God's Word is His Will and it is up to us to recognize the integrity and accuracy of His Word and put off our man-made constructs so that we are not destroyed due to a lack of knowledge of His wonderful matchless Word.