It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life – John 6:63.
Before coming to the ministry, I had experiences where people would use scriptures to cover their mistakes – quoting the word out of context. However, the works were the opposite of what they were saying. One Sunday I got liberated by what the Holy Spirit said through the man of God on an opening statement, saying: “The word of God in your head that you memorize will not stand the test of time, what matters is the word of God in your heart.” When you have the word of God in your spirit, you become one with the word. When life’s issues come you are neither shaken nor defeated. We often memorize scriptures and they become head knowledge, and never become our reality or experience.
What benefit is it for us to quote the word and not apply it to work for us, or to experience it? The word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12a) it becomes a part of us when we read and meditate on it with the help of the Holy Spirit. We have the Holy Spirit living in us.
Let me illustrate this way: when one is infected with HIV, the virus becomes alive in the body especially in the blood. It takes the form of the person’s cells called the T helper cells, also known as CD4 cells, which regulates the body’s immune system and make it difficult for the body to fight any infection.
The word of God has a similar but positive effect or benefit. It not only benefits the spirit, but the soul and the body as well (Proverbs 3:8). It becomes part of us and removes all impurities from our spirit. The most powerful work of the word is what it does on the inside of us – changing the hearts that are cold toward the things of the Spirit, breaking the prison walls that we have built inside of us, healing the brokenness that’s inside God’s people, creating in us gentle and humble people, who are full of the love of God.