When you listen to the Word of God, you must listen without any presuppositions. Never allow people, personalities, or circumstances to interfere with hearing. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:13, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
The key to a successful ministry is in having a pulpit that preaches and teaches the Word of God clearly, giving it to the people just as it is written. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” Truth, here, means the absolute, ultimate authority of God. The Word of God is His absolute authority. The writer of Psalm 138:2b says, “For thou has magnified thy word above all thy name.” The word “magnify” in the Hebrew is gadat, and it means to make great, to be or become great, big, larger, or greater. The Lord magnified His mercy over allowing Lot to be judged in Sodom and Gomorrah. He magnified Isaac’s ministry in Genesis 26:13. He magnified Jacob in Numbers 23:21. He magnifies His grace to reign beyond sin.
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