There’s faith, then there’s special faith. Watch Apostle Mike Whited from New Covenant Church of Charlotte explain in this video.
Archive for September, 2014
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].
Words, Words And More Words…
We sure do use a lot of words! If we are not speaking words, we are typing words, texting words, tweeting words, or merely thinking words. We use words to share our hearts, to give opinions, to show love, to show anger, to curse, and to bless. I have been asking the Lord to make me more conscious of the words I speak and the thoughts I think. The Bible makes it clear that there is power in our words to bring life or death. My desire is that all my words – spoken or unspoken – bring life.
The Poison Apple And The Prince’s Kiss
Think of the story of Snow White. We all remember the poison apple from the jealous queen that was given to Snow White. One bite of this poisoned apple resulted in endless sleep (death) for the princess. Then, the kiss of the prince brought Snow White back to life. The kiss of love reversed the curse of the poisoned fruit.
This story can be likened to the effect our words have on others. We can use our words to poison, or we can use our words to bring life. When we are careless in our word choices, using them to harm another or to speak with jealousy and animosity (in other words – death), it is no different than bringing a poisoned apple to eat. When we consider our words carefully and align them with God’s definition of love, then we release a kiss of life.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We must make sure that our words are filled with the expression of patience, kindness, gratefulness, humility, peace, forbearance, and forgiveness. Our words need to delight in truth, grieve evil, protect, cover, release hope; and most of all, they must relay the love of Jesus. This is not easy since we speak a vast amount of words each day. But the Holy Spirit is always with us to help us use words seasoned with His loving kindness. God desires that we would allow Him to touch our mouths and fill them with words that bear good fruit. He also desires that we would allow Him to renew our minds so that our thoughts are pure in His sight.
The Lord detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in His sight. Proverbs 15:26
Our feelings constantly change, but strong, grounded faith does not, even in tough times, and can bring miraculous change in your life.
Pastor Lee Steele from WellSpring of Central Florida church preaches from John 1. We hope you are blessed by this video.
God has empowered five major types of players on our ministry team (Ephesians 4:11). They are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. Imagine if an NFL team took the field without tackles or guards or without any running backs or receivers. Or what would the team do without a center or a quarterback?
The apostle (the spiritual quarterback) calls the plays as he hears them from the Head Coach. The center (the prophet) gets the fresh word (the ball) and hikes it to the quarterback, who is protected by the other linemen, the tackles and guards, (teachers who guard against false doctrines, and pastors who are shepherds watching over and protecting the sheep). The apostle then hands off to a running back or passes to a wide receiver (two different types of evangelists).
NOTE: When I use the term “pastor” I am not referring to the title we give church leaders, but rather those who have the function of shepherds who are close to the sheep and nurture, heal, feed and protect them. They are gentle lovers and more than visionaries and administrators.
The “running back evangelist” (the local church evangelist) will normally use the protection of the linemen to start his run, but his deep desire is to get past the line and run as far as he can into hostile territory to move the yardsticks forward.
The “wide receiver evangelist” (the traveling evangelist or missionary) is more independent of the pastors and teachers, and is looking for deeper penetration into enemy territory. He is willing to live without the safety and protection of his linemen. Instead, he wants the apostle to send him into more dangerous territory, where he will be attacked by the opposition team with great ferocity, because they want to stop him from doing damage to the enemy’s cause. But he knows that the rewards can be extremely exciting and he loves to live on the edge and take risks.
Both types of evangelists will say with deep passion, “Give me the ball.” They know they will probably get hurt in the process, but the cause is great and the rewards make it worth it all.
We can easily see the importance of all five types of ministries.
Great accomplishments and discoveries all begin with DESIRE.
The cure for diseases, the creation of inventions, and even romantic love all begin with desire. Without desire the world would not only be very boring – but it would fall quickly into decay and death.
As you read this article I urge you to look within your own heart – search and discover what desires are within your own heart? Yes, I dare you to once again DREAM. What do you desire to have in your life and in the world?
Do you want to start your own business? Do you desire to start a ministry? Set up an orphanage? Write a book?
Without a deep burning desire you will never accomplish more than a mediocre life. Or even less.
Yet, when you do breathe life back into your desires- when you learn to ressurect the dreams – then you must learn to align your heart with action! Desire is not the same as diligence – and diligence brings life to the seed of hope within you!
Let me repeat that… Diligence brings life to the seed of hope within you.
When I first had the desire to write our first book, it was simply that – desire. Not a word was typed, not a publisher contacted, nothing. And so the seed of hope was buried within my heart – yet the seed without diligence would have never brought forth the harvest into others lives.
Every time we receive a praise report from a prison cell, a church, or just another person who has gleaned from the book – I remember that diligence was added to the seed of desire, and made it a reality. The same is true for your dreams and goals – never let a seed of desire die from a lack of diligence.
Diligence is the prayer, the decrees, and the work all together in a demand upon our own anointing – to let it rise above our own fleshly tendencies of slothful laziness, procrastination, insecurities, and fear.
So, where are you today? Are you in a realm of insecurity and lack? Or are you diligently pursuing your desires?
What desires can you breathe back to life? Then how can you be very disciplined and diligent to make it become a reality? It starts now. Let this article be your wake-up call for your future!
Faith without works is dead. Dead. No life, no hope, no promise. Is that how you want your future? Are you going to allow set-backs, pain, and past failures prevent you from reaching great heights? You can write a best-selling book, you can start a business that brings wealth, you can heal the sick and reach the lost for Jesus – you can do it all if you add diligence to your desires!
So, where are you today? This moment?
This must be a daily question, for it is a daily challnge to overcome. Go forth and create your destiny – it starts today!