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Guarding Our Words

Our words are extremely powerful, much more than most Christians realize. We invite trouble into our lives by not controlling our tongue as the Bible says in James 1:26-27, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”

Truly, life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). If our tongue produces death and trouble, and we have such circumstances going on in our lives, we have to stop and wonder, “What have I said lately?” And this goes double for those in positions of leadership.

If we are given a sphere of influence, we are responsible to protect that influence from the enemy’s schemes. We are held responsible for what we’ve been given. Moreover, if we use our influence to slander others, it will come back to harm us.

We should guard our tongue when speaking of those beloved of the Lord and those in service to Him. However, we need to guard our tongues for our enemies as well. Fight for them – wrestle with the demons who’ve taken over their heart, using your authority to liberate them from the lies of the enemy! Pray for the love God has for you to invade and penetrate their heart.  Pray for them to know and experience the love of the Father because, as they do that, love will manifest in their treatment of others. If they refuse His love and we keep sending it to them, that love will come back on us and we will benefit from it. If, however, we send curses instead of blessings, the curses will come back on us in one way or another.

Our Lord taught about praying for our enemies and blessing those who attack us because it isn’t so much for those who are attacking us, but it’s to protect our own hearts against the bitterness of unforgiveness that would inevitably destroy us.

We shouldn’t just lay down and let people injure us.  If someone betrays us, don’t give them place to do it again (unless the Lord directs it). We have a responsibility to protect the work the Lord’s accomplished in our life; we can’t let our compassion destroy us.

We must guard our heart against bitterness and protect the love of God in our heart. We must use the authority of our words to speak constructively about our enemy what we would like to see manifest in their lives, not what is actually manifesting through them.

As the extension of Christ on the earth, we should use our tongues to produce the life He destined for us to live. With our words, we can transform our world by using our words productively to speak forth the love we’d like to see manifest in our brothers and sisters, not give way to the destructive lives of the enemy. We must decree and declare the will of our Heavenly Father, not the lies of the enemy.

We Become What We Think

We BECOME what we think! Our thoughts affect our beliefs; our beliefs affect what we say; we have what we say. The moral?? We BECOME what we think. We must guard our thoughts and our words. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5 NIV For as a person thinks in their heart – so are they. Prov. 23:7 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart, but believes that those things they say will be done, they will have whatever they say. Mark 11:23

The I Can’ts

One of the more subtle and yet as I see it, more effective tactics the enemy uses against us is the “I can’t” strategy. We lose out way too often because of our repetitive, “I can’t” declarations over our lives.  Think about how often the “I can’ts” infiltrate our lives to keep us from the best of the best for us.  I can’t afford to take a day off to enjoy time with my family….I can’t save any money…..I can’t forgive that person…..I can’t pursue my dream…..I can’t, I can’t, I can’t!!!  Why not? Maybe if we get down to the nitty gritty of it, much of the time what we really mean is, “I won’t.”  I won’t because I don’t want to put the effort into what it will take to accomplish that dream.  The first step is always the hardest and is also the step that the enemy would love nothing more than to scare us into not taking. Because the truth of the matter is, it scares the enemy to think of us stepping into the fullness of our destinies. And it very well should!
We all to often lean on the “I can’ts” not realizing those words are a free gift from the enemy of our soul, rather than moving forward into the free gift of abundant life from the One who gave His life for us because He is, the lover of our soul.
Consider this, Our Father God is perfect in all His ways and He loves us with a perfect love. Many of us are parents, and although we love our children, we have not yet entered into being a perfect parent nor loving with a perfected love.  Even so, what parent would bring their baby into this world with merely desiring them to serve in life and not be as happy as possible nor prosper abundantly?  Very few, and none that I personally know. My point being, how much more would God, who is perfect in love and in all His ways, want all of that and still so much more, for His children?
If we’re being real, and we are, the ugly truth is, if we keep trusting in the promptings of the thief, then he’s correct, “I can’t.” Or, if we try to do much of anything by our own strength, well then probably, “I can’t” is accurate as well. On the other hand, here’s the beautiful truth, we are not our own, we’ve been bought with a price, and the thief has no right to us, nor do we need to do anything by our own strength because the Holy Spirit lives within us and we have His strength and His guidance in all things.

Vision correction

It’s interesting how just the smallest change in my eyeglasses prescription can cause my eyes to have to “adjust.”  In this case it is for the better.  My eyes are actually improving!  Praise Jesus!  Nonetheless, my eyes are having to adjust to the new prescription causing a bit of blurriness and watery eyes.  However, in a few days all will be “normal” again.

This experience has caused me to think about how we “see” things.  We get so used to seeing things a certain way that even the slightest change can cause us to get disoriented; even if the change is for the better.  It takes a while to adjust, and sometimes the adjustment can be uncomfortable.  When things get uncomfortable we tend to pull away from it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     We can pull away from change because of the discomfort. . . for a while anyway.  Eventually, change will overtake us and we are forced to adjust whether we want to or not.  Ninety-five percent of the time the change makes things in our lives much better.  Then we wonder why we resisted.

Most of us need vision correction.  God wants to do that for us so we don’t miss out on the beauty and wonder of seeing things with fresh vision.  We need to allow God to correct our vision.

We need to see with the eyes of love and compassion, mercy and forgiveness, kindness and humility.  We need to see others better than we see ourselves.  We need to see our own flaws instead of being to quick to see the flaws in others.  We need to see with the eyes of a loving God.

There are such glorious things waiting in the wings that God wants to show us if we are willing to let our vision be corrected for the better.  Oh, Lord, that we would have eyes to see!

 

All Jesus has given us

When we contemplate all that the Lord has given us how can we NOT worship him?
He’s given us his life. He’s given us his love.
He’s given us his word. He’s given us his blood.
He’s given us his name. He’s given us his anointing.
He’s given us his power. He’s given us his authority.
He’s given us his glory. He’s given us his joy.
He’s given us his peace. He’s given us his grace

This Is Where It’s At (A Study of Romans), Victory or Defeat

If God is for us, who can be against us?  Kyle Idleman teaches from Romans 8.

God Is…..Incomperable

Mark Batterson preaches from Ephesians 1 about how our God is incomperable

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