Step 5: Look to the Word Day and Night

Kenneth Copeland » Six Steps to Excellence in Ministry

Looking to the Word will produce several effects on your ministry that you cannot get any other way. You will obtain God’s favor. You will increase your faith as well as your understanding of how to use your faith. Luke 11: 49 refers to the Word of God as His wisdom. Proverbs 4: 5-9 reads, Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.

The ornament of grace Solomon referred to is being clothed with the favor of God. It is the result of seeking God’s wisdom by exalting his Word on divine favor. The wisdom of God places a crown of glory (God’s grace or favor) upon a person’s head.

That grace, or favor, is available to every person on earth without exception, for God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10: 35). Favor cannot be earned; it is the gift of God. You do not merit it. You receive it. Although it is free, God’s grace is not automatic. It must be appropriated by the believer through faith.

We already know that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10: 17). The basis for receiving God’s favor is through faith. Therefore, you obtain God’s favor through His Word.

God created the heavens and the earth through a combination of His faith, wisdom and understanding (Prov. 3: 19; Heb. 11: 3). In Mark 11: 22, Jesus exhorts His disciples, Have faith in God. The marginal note in the King James Version reads, Have the faith of God. Another version puts it this way, Have the God-kind of faith. The faith that is in us is exactly the same faith that is in God. He gave each of us the same measure of faith (Rom. 12: 3)

If God could create the entire universe with His faith, then why are we so limited in our ability to bring things to pass using the same force. Why is God so much more successful than we? Because He has the wisdom and understanding to use it to its fullest capacity.

Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge. First Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Christ Jesus is made unto us wisdom. He is our wisdom. We have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2: 16).

Whenever you think of God’s wisdom or knowledge, you are thinking of the Word of God. God said, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isa. 55: 8, 9 & 11).

In other words God is saying, “Even though I think higher than you think and My ways are higher than your ways, I will give you my Word so that you will be able to think like I do and conform to My ways.

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