(Notes from “A Sure Foundation”, by Andrew Wommack)
1. How you relate to the Word, determines how you relate to God.
It determines your faith.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Rom 10:17
Our society doesn’t esteem Gods Word. This devaluation of the Word has also crept into our churches. 50% of Christians devaluate the Word, think its misinterpreted etc. Apologetics try to prove that God’s word is wrong. People put their trust in historians, archeologists and scientists who are critical to the Bible.
But there are so many Bible prophecies that are fulfilled to detail! Also, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947, and they confirm that the manuscripts we have are accurate.
Know that if the enemy can get you to devaluate the Word, then your foundation is cracked. If the enemy can get you to doubt the Word, he can get you to doubt God.
The Word of God is our foundation in our relationship with God. It is the foundation of our faith.
The Bible is not just a book about God, but it is a God inspired book. It is God communicating to His people through people.
Without the Word, you are like a ship without an anchor:
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” – James 1:6
Believing in the Word of God has set me free and totally changed my life.
2. In the Kingdom of God, everything comes from the word of God.
Every thing God does, He does through His word!
We find parables about the Word in Matthew 13/Mark 4/Luke 8. Jesus taught these ten parables in one day. In every one of these parables, He was talking about the Word of God.
The sower sows THE WORD. (Mark 4: 3–8, 14–18)
Everything grows from a seed.
Why God uses a natural illustration like this, is because social systems can be beat. Like you can pass a grade without having real knowledge or having learned anything at all!
But you can’t beat the natural system. You have to plant and water. If you miss the right time to sow, you are not going to get a crop. You are not going to get a supernatural crop if you haven’t sown the seed. This is how the Kingdom works.
It is like eating your vegetables, rather than your desserts.
This is profound. You need this; This changes your life.
If you want Gods best, you got to know Gods word.
3. Take the Word and receive your miracle from God
Are you trying to receive a miracle, but you haven’t taken the Word of God and planted it in your heart?
It seems like people would rather run to someone else and ask them to pray for them. This is silly. This is like a person wondering why they don’t have a crop when they never planted the seed.
What scripture are you standing on?
Take the Word of God that promises healing, meditate on it, and you will get a crop. Meditate on it until it releases its power; until it germinates.
(It’s good to know the chapter and verse, so that you can go back and find it.)
Do you believe the verse to the point where it causes you to meditate on it? A lot of people listen to the Word, but don’t live it or act upon it.
“… having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” – 1 Pet 1: 23
Seed = sperma in Greek
Just like you cannot have a child without a physical relationship with a man, likewise you cannot have fruit (getting the results from God that you desire) without having the Word of God (the Seed) planted in your heart.
God loves you so much, so God also moves through other people, through their intercession, through the Word of God in them. But this is not the way God intended it to be. God meant for you to be able to receive from Him yourself.
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4:11-12
God gave these five things, so that through their ministry, the saints are equipped to the work. So that YOU can take the Word and receive your miracle from God.
4. Only Speak The Word
“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” – Matthew 8:5-10
Jesus said He would come and heal him. The centurion said that he didn’t need Jesus to come, but for Him to only speak the word. The centurion had a personal experience regarding having authority and speaking. He saw the authority in the Word. Jesus marveled at His faith. This was not typical for what He saw in people.
What made this man’s faith great? It was because his faith was in His Word alone.
Lets contrast this faith:
“ Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” – John 20: 24-29
Unless I see it, I will not believe it, Thomas said. Jesus wasn’t there when Thomas said this, but Jesus shows Himself to be God; He is all-knowing.
There is a greater blessing on those who believe because of the Word. God wants us to be like the centurion: “Speak the Word only, and my servant shall be saved.”
But most people are not on that level yet. They need something to jump-start them at times.
2 ways of receiving from God:
1. Thomas: Needed something physical. The Lord met him where he was.
2. The centurion: Believe the Word. Believe without seeing.
I can feel the anointing of God, and usually I would never say anything about this. But now I say that I can feel the anointing, because this quickens people’s faith.
I have never seen an angel. I have never heard an audible voice. Yet the Lord has spoken to me through His Word.
Believing Gods Word alone is Gods best.
5. Sowing a seed. Meditating on the Word.
If you don’t take the word of God and meditate on it, then it won’t work out in your life. Know the Word of God better than you know anything else.
“The sower sows the word.” – Mark 4:14
“And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground” – Mark 4: 26
The Word grows in our hearts.
If there is no seed, there is no crop!
6. You plant the seed, then there is a time element
“and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.” – Mark 4:27
You plant the seed, then there is a time element. If you dig up a seed you just planted, there is no result. If you keep on digging it up, it will never release its power! You have to leave it there and believe that it will produce.
The same thing with the Word of God.
Read the Word, and do what the Word says. That is leaving the seed in the ground.
If you read and you live your own life in worry, then its like uprooting the seed. That seed is not rooted in your heart. The Word will not profit you.
7. Time of sowing and reaping
Leave it there and let it germinate.
I dont understand how this works, but I can testify that if you consistently do what the Word says, then change comes. Change is produced. Effortless change.
It’s about knowing the Lord.
You dont have to understand it.
8. God’s Word burns on the inside
“Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.” But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” – Jeremiah 20:9
Gods Word burns up the worry and frustrations.
9. Ask Him to speak
If you’re having the Holy Spirit as your teacher, then you have to show up in the ”classroom”.
You read and meditate in the Word of God, so that it is a dominant force in your life.
When I don’t know what to do, I just sit down with the Word of God.
I read and worship God and ask Him to speak to me.
10. Take the Word of God in your heart and let it stay there
And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4: 26 – 29
You dont have to understand it all, just like the farmer. But take the Word of God in your heart and let it stay there.
The seed = The Word
The ground = Your heart
Your heart brings forth fruit of itself.
God made your heart, so that when the Word comes in contact with your heart on a consistent basis, your heart will change.
From fear to joy etc.
11. How much time do you spend on the Word of God?
This shows your priorities.
It’s like eating food. You eat at least 3 times a day.
You wont starve to death if you skipped one meal a day for a period of time. But you can’t continue like this on a consistent basis.
So once in a while we don’t have the time to spend time in the Word, but this should be the exception.
A man’s heart is wicked on its own.
You need the Seed; the influence of the Word.
12. It’s not about how much you read, but how much you get from what you read
The seed yields crop by itself. Blade, head, full grain.
It’s not about how much you read, but how much you get from what you read. Sometimes you read the word for you, to get feathers in your hat. The purpose of being in the Word is to hear from God. Sometimes this means that you just read 1 verse!
13. There are stages towards victory
The seed doesn’t just suddenly produce a lot of corn. A lot happens under the ground that you cannot see. First it’s just a tiny sprout, then the head, then the full grain. You let it grow until it is mature and ripens.
When you put the Word in your heart, you have to give it time to germinate. There are stages towards victory. You don’t come from defeat to victory all at once!
This is a law of God that never changes:
You believe God on a small scale first, then later on a bigger scale.
If a farmer has a need, he goes to plant the seed. Does he expect a crop right away? It doesn’t work that way.
Maybe you first believe God for your headache to be gone, then later you believe God to be healed from cancer.
(If you have cancer now, but have never believed God for anything before, then it is great to go to someone who has believed God for a long time and get healed from their faith.)
If you don’t take the Word of God for small every day things in your daily life, then you fail in the bigger things in your life.
There are steps and stages.
14. There is growth in the kingdom of God
“Then He said, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade.” – Mark 4: 30 – 32
The mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds.
Andrew Wommack felt like a mustard seed. The smallest of all people. “How could you ever use me, Lord?”
This is a promise that if I take the Word of God in my heart, I would grow and become like the huge tree.
15. Become rooted
If a huge tree doesn’t have any roots, the tree would fall over if a bird came and sat on one of the branches.
You never see the roots, but the roots enable the growth to take place. Nutrients, water from the roots. Anchors the tree.
The Lord told me to first become rooted before I could have a worldwide ministry. If no roots, the slightest little thing would topple me over.
You might be desiring awesome things, but you need to be rooted first.
You need a root system to handle prosperity:
“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” – 1 Timothy 6:10-12, 17 NLT
Don’t worry about the growth above the ground. Take the word and let it take root within you! Then it will produce a tree.
You may see the sudden growth in someone’s ministry, but you haven’t seen the rooting period. It may have lasted in 34 years, like in my case.
If you have a good root system the tree will automatically come!
Spend time with the Lord, and this will sustain you in hard times.
16. Rooted through the different seasons in life
“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.” – Psalms 1:2-3 NKJV
The godly person is compared to a tree. By the water. There is a ready source of water. The root system gets hold of this water. That is why it will survive the drought.
There are different seasons in life. Things happen. But He will sustain you through the drought.
Many have problems, and they think that if they only could solve the problem, everything would be alright.
But it’s your root system that is your problem. It’s the Word of God that roots you.
The Lord reveals Himself to us through the Word.
17. Jesus is the Word
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” – John 1:1 NKJV
When we study the Word, we are studying Jesus. Jesus is talking to us personally. It’s relationship. Meditiating in the Word, is communicating with God.
18. When you have the Word of God in you, it changes your heart and the way you look at things.
After teaching on all these parables, Jesus says this:
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” – Mark 4: 35 – 41
Jesus had been telling them how the Word works the whole day. Later that day He gave them a test – to see if they understood.
Jesus was lying there in the open boat in the water. I believe He knew what was going on. The disciples tried to get all the water out of the boat. Then they come to Jesus and said: Jesus, don’t you care? They wanted Him to do something. How can you sleep through this?
We do the same thing. People tell me about a crisis they have been through, and they say: But God doesn’t care about me.
V 39. He rebuked the sea and the wind.
v 40. Why are you so fearful?
When you have the word of God in you, it changes your heart and the way you look at things. You won’t be stressed out or worried.
Jesus didn’t apologize, but rebuked the disciples instead. – It is so much better that He reaches out His hand to pull you out of the mud you’re stuck in, instead of sympathizing with you in the mud, right?
19. The Word heals
“He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” Psalms 107:20
Take your ”God’s pill”, which is the Gospel!
If you are not meditating in the Word day and night and you are not healed, then don’t get mad at God.