Our words are very powerful, and are creating our future. They are not just a bunch of noise or harmless comments or jokes. In the Word of God, there is much teaching about the words we say and how we say them. I encourage you to turn with me in your bibles, as you read the rest of this blog.
This is a word planet, created by words. This is proven in Genesis chapter 1, the creation story. We read in
Gen. 1:3, "And God said, 'Let there be light': and there was light.''
Gen.1:9, "And God said, 'Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let dry land appear, and it was so.", and
Gen. 1:24, "And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."
And God said, and God said and God said...... over and over in Genesis chapter 1. He has put that same creative power in our mouths. That is how we exercise dominion over the earth. This is that same authority, God gave to man.
Proverbs 18:20-21 [amp.] says, 'A man's (moral) self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied (whether good or evil). Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life).' We see very clearly here, that it is our mouth that creates our life, present and future. It is not the economy, not politicians, not family members nor friends; but our own words. Galatians 6:7 says, 'Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.' Sowing and reaping is a universal law. For example if someone says, "This time every year I have the flu, and will be miserable for three weeks." Sure enough at that time of year they will get the flu for three weeks, and be miserable. You are the prophet of your own life!
Words create the atmosphere around you. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to sense when strife filled words have been spoken in a place. Likewise we can also sense when peaceful and loving words have been spoken. Be aware of the words being said around you. Words paint a picture on the inside of your heart (or spirit). For example, the news media is filled with negativity; is it no wonder people walk away feeling anxious or angry after listening. However you can use words to create a positive atmosphere and blessing instead. When the kids start having challenges in their school work, do not speak the problem. Do not say, "What's wrong--, why can't you figure it out kid?" Instead speak the solution and say, "My kids are quick, sharp and bright according to Isaiah 11:3." And watch those grades come up.
Proverbs 23:7 says, 'For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he ...' What one thinks is what they say. What you say is what you believe. What you believe is what you do. What you do is who you become. What is inside, will eventually be seen on the outside. So check up on what you are saying, and ask yourself, "Do I really want that to happen?" In Matthew 12:34 Jesus said, "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." In fact, read and meditate Matt. 12: 33-37. God created the world and universe with words. We create our world with our words.
What we need is to become full of the Word of God. In John 6:63 Jesus said, "It is the spirit that quickenth; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life." As you speak the word of God, those words will begin to produce a new life on the inside that will be seen on the outside. Jesus says in John 10:10 [amp], "......I have come that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)." Therefore we have a role to play in how much of this abundant life we experience day to day. We have to believe and speak the Word of God out of our mouths or no abundant life. Here is something you can say right now, "The Lord shall increase (me) more and more, and (my) children" -Psalm 115:14.
Remember, God is on the positive channel! So change the words that you say. You have the power to do so. Blessing and life is right underneath your nose.
On Monday January 4th, I was in prayer and had this vision.
I saw a very large tree being violently shaken. All the dead branches, leaves, and fruit fell to the ground. Then the shaking stopped. The branches that were left, were covered with green bulbs and saplings. As if this tree was about to burst back to life!
Allow the Lord to reveal to you its meaning (Hebrews 12:27).
Kings and Priests
These two concepts have only one thing in common: they both start with the letter R. The differences are great and vastly opposite each other. While religion is popular, accepted and comes in different forms; relationship with God pleases God and has no limitations. Keep this in mind, as we look at religion vs. relationship in the Word of God.
The Webster's Dictionary definition of religion is: 'An organized system of beliefs and rituals centering on a supernatural being or beings.' Jesus gave us a warning a long time ago to watch out for religion, through the prophet Isaiah. In Matthew 15:6-9 Jesus said, ".... You have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. You hyprocrites, well did Isaiah prophecy of you saying, this people draweth near unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Religion says from the pew, "yes , amen, that is the truth." But when it comes time to prove it out in one's life, they are full of excuses or human reasonings. Being a hearer only, without intention to do what one hears - makes one's prayers powerless. Relationship with God brings you to the truth, and the truth will make you free. Where there is no obedience, there's no love of God at work in one's heart. There is no heart of love for God in religion. It keeps one lukewarm and distant from God.
Now turn to Colossians 2:8 amplified. Here it describes religion for what it really is. "See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies, and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding (the teachings of) Christ (the Messiah)." Religion starts in the mind of man and stays there, never connecting to God. Religion keeps a person trapped in the soulish realm of the mind, will, and emotions. Religion is man-made. Anything made from man has limitations and restrictions. . Relationship with God removes those limitations and restrictions, "But with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
The Webster's Dictionary defines relationship as: 'a relation connecting participates together in a relationship or a kinship.' I heard this question asked once, "Why did God make us and for what purpose?" God is a father and He wanted children. God desires to have fellowship with us as His children. God is love, and Love needed someone to give to. He gave His children the world as our inheritance. Turn in your bibles to John 14:23, 'Jesus answered and said unto him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." This example of divine relationship can happen on the inside of a believer 24/7. Religion knows about God, but relationship knows God personally. In fact stop right now and start praising and thanking God. If you are born again, then talk to God. He is your Father!
There are two keys that this divine relationship is based on - love and obedience.
God is perfect, and has done His part; but we have to participate with Him, by being doers of the Word of God. Remember the greatest commandment is found in Matthew 22:37, 'Jesus said unto him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." Real love activates obedience from the heart. Just to do a bunch of do's and dont's will create a religious robot, and will not produce relationship. On the other hand being born again, is the beginning of a relationship with God. Over time there should be a increase in this sweet, wonderful relationship from year to year. If not, then we are the ones who need to conform our lives more to the Word of God. As you read your Bible in the days ahead, take note to those scriptures that represent religion or relationship. Here is a example, Romans 8:14, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' (relationship); and Luke 6:46, "And why call me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say?" (religion).
The best time is now, to make the change from religion to relationship. Repent and be honest with God, and purpose in your heart to become a doer of the Word today.
This word once struck a great reverential worship towards the Lord's house, His presence, and the believers life. Now holiness is just for those special people in ministry. In Isaiah 35:8,9 it says, 'And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it .... but the redeemed shall walk there ....' The very way that leads to eternal life, is called holiness. This is the way our Heavenly Father speaks and acts from. One needs to locate their position on the highway of holiness; or be relocated.
We see that holiness starts and ends with our Father God. Psalms 99:9 says, 'Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.' Psalms 47:8 says, '.... God sits upon the throne of His Holiness.' When a king is on his throne, any judgment and decision is going to be deceived; that will affect the whole kingdom. The Lord's judgments are not only just but also holy (Psalms 108:7). Holiness is also mentioned with God's deliverance of His people. Obadiah 1:17 says, 'But your mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions.' In fact holiness is smack down in the middle of salvation, for all through Jesus Christ. Romans 1:4 says, 'And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.' Holiness also carries a calling to all who are born again. 1Thessalonians 4:7 says, 'For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.'
Holiness means being separated for God. Since the Lord is holy, men of God should have proofs of His holiness in their life. Romans 6:22 says, 'But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.' We see again that the path to eternal life, is a path of holiness. One may ask what is holiness? The bible describes holiness by listing what it is not. In Romans 6:19 it says, 'I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as you have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even now yield your members servants to righteousness and true holiness.' Members is one's body and mind, no longer having fruit unto uncleanness and iniquity. Ephesians 4:24 says, 'And that you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.' One's spirit at the new birth is created to walk on this path of holiness, but there is still a individual choice. Either to let the flesh dominate one's future, or the new spirit man in Jesus Christ; forever more. There is a discipline to living holy, that comes from the Father who is holy. Hebrews 12:10 [amp.] says, 'For [our earthly fathers] disciplined us for only a short period of time and chastised us as seemed proper and good to them; but He disciplines us for our certain good, that we may become sharers in His own holiness.' We think of holiness as a consecration or separation. Like following Jesus to the Father, and our back to the unholy world (no turning back).
Every scripture that we have looked at, is written to the believer, not the unbeliever who is unholy. Holiness is not some moral code of ethics. That one has to strive to fulfill with all their might. Holiness is the root of spiritual character, planted in every child of a holy, righteous, loving God. One may be asking why? Hebrews 12:14 says, 'Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.'
Holiness is the only way
To receive one's eternal reward
From the hand of the Lord.
"God is in control." Have you heard that said by others, or even preached? or "If God is really in control, he has things in a real mess." We are going to look at some scriptures from the Word of God today. They will bring more clarity to this religious statement.
Turn your bibles to Hebrews 2: 7-8 amplified, 'For some little time You (God) ranked him (man) lower than and inferior to the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor and set him over the works of Your hands. For You have put everything in subjection under his feet. Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside (of man's) control. But at present we do not yet see all things subjected to him.' The word is saying here, that the authority (dominion) over the earth really belongs to us. Turn to Genesis 1:26, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." Dominion means to prevail against, reign (make to) rule over, take. God made the earth and told Adam (mankind) to take care of it. Adam then committed high treason, and gave that place of authority to Satan in Genesis 3. That transfer of dominion is confirmed in 2 Corinthians 4:4 where it says, 'In whom the god of this world (satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.' In the beginning God gave dominion of the earth to Adam, and Adam disobeyed and gave that position to the devil.
Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, that place of Dominion was restored back to man. Matthew 16:19 [amp.] Jesus says, "I will give you [believers] the keys of the kingdom of Heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven." Our restoration of authority is described in Ephesians 1:19-23. It gives a great description of what happened for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the head and believers are His body. We have the same authority, that Adam did; before he fell. Glory to God!
So do not blame God for what is happening in the world. Also do not be passive and say, "God has some mysterious reason, why things are the way they are." Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit therof." You can speak God's Word, boldly in faith; and your circumstances will change. Then God can do miracles for You! This is a "Heavenly Partnership" and is the best relationship.
Now if you still believe that God is in control, then think of it this way. Who is in control of Heaven?......God. How is Heaven operating?.......perfect, prospering, paradise. How is the world operating?..... it's a mess. Then it cannot be God in control. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus prayed, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." This should be our prayer also.
Step out in this truth today.