If you study the portion of Scripture referenced above in context, you’ll realize that the Word didn’t increase without the disciples. At this time, all they had was the spoken Word; they didn’t have the epistles or the written Word about Jesus. They went everywhere preaching what they heard and saw.
So, the Word increased because they increased. The Word went forth in them, and anyone who tried to persecute them persecuted the Word. That’s what Jesus said from heaven when Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the Church (Acts 9:4,5). In Acts 12:24, it gets better, “But the word of God grew and multiplied.” We previously read that the Word of God increased, but it’s not enough to increase; there’s got to be growth and also multiplication.
Imagine that as a Pastor, your church is increasing, and then the Lord says to you, “You’ve got to move to the next level; you’ve got to grow.” How’s that going to happen? It’ll be by the Word: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2).
2 Peter 3:18 also says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ….”
There’re people who will come to church because they love the music in Church; that’s nice. But until and unless the Word of God is what everyone in the church wants and looks forward to—there will be no growth. The Lord Jesus said the one who feeds on His Word is like a house that’s built on a rock; the floods and the winds came and beat against it, but the house remained standing.
Build your life on the Word and you’ll be unshakeable. You’ll grow, make progress and multiply. When you multiply, you add more growth. The Bible says, “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed” (Acts 19:20). At this level, you’re not just multiplying; you’re prevailing. You no longer pray against challenges; they crumble before you.
You’ll have no fear of persecution or crises; the Word of God has made you more than a conqueror.
The Word of God is alive in me. I’m making progress and profiting in all areas of my life through the Word. I’m flourishing like the palm tree, luxuriant and luscious like a well-watered garden. I’m fruitful and productive, bearing fruits of righteousness, and pleasing the Father in all things. Blessed be God!
FURTHER READING OF THE WORD
John 4:1-26, 1 Kings 1, Mark 8:34-9:1, Numbers 11, 1 Peter 1:23, Colossians 3:16, Psalm 92:12-13