Kneeling beside my bed, I began to pray, "How can I ever be like You? How can I fulfill what You have placed in my heart to do? I don't know where to begin." As I opened my eyes, I saw my Bible lying on the bed in front of me, and then I heard the Lord say this in my heart: "Just put My Word in your heart, and it will do the rest."
That was 1968, and for the last forty years, I have been doing just that. The Word of God has been the focus of my life. It has completely changed me on the inside and has produced miraculous results on the outside.
Through these four decades of study and meditation, I have written personal notes and commentary on nearly eighteen-thousand scriptures. Some of those have been available to you through my Life for Today Partnership, but now all of them are included in my brand-new Bible software program, the Andrew Wommack Living Commentary.
I am often asked questions at my meetings about scriptures ranging from Genesis to Revelation. I have studied many of those scriptures and written extensive notes, but I just don't have time to explain what I believe about them to each individual. Also, it's unlikely I will ever have the time to teach on each of those subjects at my meetings or on the Gospel Truth television program.
Therefore, several years ago I asked my staff to help me come up with a Bible software program that would make all of this available to our partners and friends. I am excited to announce, it is here.
We have teamed up with the WORDsearch Corp. to create a Bible study program that will feature my personal notes and commentary. What really makes it unique is that it is a "living" commentary. That means that every month, you can download what I have written in recent studies.
In addition to my notes and commentary, the program includes three versions of the Bible, three additional commentaries, five dictionaries, two topical cross references, theological and historical references, and maps and photos. Additional Bibles, commentaries, etc., that are not included may be downloaded directly from the publisher and added to your new program for an additional cost.
Most of the revelation that the Lord has given me through these forty years of study and meditation has been written in this commentary. I believe it could be a tremendous study tool for you and your family. It will help you understand things that I have meditated on for years.
Studying the Word of God is like planting a seed in the ground. If you will make the effort to plant it in your heart, it will grow, and change in your life will take place effortlessly.
Mark 4:26-29 says,
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."
In this parable, Jesus used an example of seedtime and harvest, which everyone understood, to illustrate truths about how God's Word works, which very few understood.
First, He taught that God's Word has to be planted like a seed in our hearts. Just as a seed doesn't release its life until it is planted in the ground, God's Word will not set us free until we get it in our hearts. Having a Bible on our tables, in our hands, or even in our heads is not sufficient.
Second, the man in Jesus' parable who sowed the seed slept and rose day after day. It takes time for a seed to germinate. You can't plant a seed one day and expect to see it growing the next day. Just because there's nothing visible above ground doesn't mean the seed is not growing. You have to have faith that the seed will do what it was designed by God to do: produce its fruit in its time.
The Word of God works the same way. When we meditate in God's Word for one day, we can't expect to see results the next day. And we can't meditate in His Word one day and then live differently the other six days. That's like digging up the seed.
John 15:7-8 says,
"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples."
Next, Jesus shared one of the most important truths of this parable. He said, "The seed should spring and grow up. The sower does not know how." This is an amazing statement. No one knows how a seed works.
I don't understand how the seed of God's Word planted in our hearts works either. And I can't explain how reading God's Word differs from reading the words of some other book. I don't comprehend it all, but I know it works. I've experienced the supernatural life that God's Word imparts.
The Word is a seed that contains the very life of God. When it's planted in our hearts and left there, it will release that life. The only effort on our part is to take the time and make the effort to plant the seed. Then, the godly change we're looking for comes effortlessly as the seed of His Word takes root in our hearts.
This is such a simple truth that most people have missed it. Many are looking for some spectacular encounter with the Lord that will transform their lives instantly. They want to microwave their miracle rather than allow time for the seed to produce fruit.
Some spend hours in prayer asking for a miracle instead of planting the Word of God in their hearts, which in time would produce the miracle. Prayer is what water and fertilizer are to a seed. They help the Word release its life. But if they haven't planted the seed, it won't matter how much water and fertilizer they apply!
Prayer is not a substitute for planting the seed of God's Word in your heart. Prayer without the Word is religious at best and complaining at its worst.
Romans 12:2 gives us another key:
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
The word "transformed" was translated from the Greek word metamorphoo, from which we derive the English word "metamorphosis." It's describing the miraculous change of a worm to a butterfly. If we want to be changed as drastically as a worm becoming a butterfly, the way we do it is by the renewing of our minds with the Word.
In the natural, we recognize that we can't have a harvest without planting seeds. But in the spiritual, Christians try it all the time. Instead of going to the Word and meditating in the Scriptures themselves, they run to someone who has spent time in the Word and ask them for help. It's an attempt to shortcut the process of seedtime and harvest. Then, if they don't see results, they get confused and offended.
God can meet needs through the faith of others, but its temporary and His secondary way of touching us. God's best is for us to take the seed of His Word and plant it in our hearts where it will naturally and effortlessly produce the changes that we desire.
You will always have to study and meditate on the Word for yourself, but my new Living Commentary will help you understand the truth more quickly. It may help answer questions you've had on your mind for years, and it can be a great resource in preparing for Bible studies.
You may order the Living Commentary and updates directly from our website. Once you have ordered the program, you may download further monthly updates at any time. All updates must be downloaded from our website. For details, go to www.awmi.net/extra/living_commentary.
Jamie and I love you and hope this new commentary will be a blessing.