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The Thought Life

God has determined that our words are powerful entities.  They are a creative force.  We cannot get away from this truth, although many are blind to the reality of it.  The spoken word establishes outcome.

You are snared with the words of your lips, you are caught by the speech of your mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)

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}. (Proverbs 18:21)

For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. (Matthew 12:37)

This is God’s standard.  This is how He established all that we see.  It is His expectation that we will imitate Him in this (Ephesians 5:1). This is His Word on the subject; His admonition to us. We are often too quick to speak.  We are often careless with our words; we don’t give them the honor they are due!  For the Lord tells us that the negative word can snare us and condemn us.  And the birthplace of our words are in the thought realm.

For as he thinks in his heart so is he… (Proverbs 23:7)

…for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)

When we resolve to fill our thoughts (and therefore our speech) with the Word of God, that is what will create our positive, God-directed outcomes.  But how often have you found yourself voicing thoughts contrary to God’s ways of doing and being right, and therefore contrary to His will?

-I’m coming down with illness

– We can’t afford that

-I’ll never get this right

– I’m so confused about what to do

– We’ll never get out of debt

Each one of those statements sets itself up against the promises in the Word of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). In place of those defeatist pronouncements, we are to speak forth our Father’s Word:

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering (for He is faithful that promised).  (Hebrews 10:23)

   “Profession” here is the Greek word “homologia” which means “to say the same thing”.  When we say the same thing that God says on any issue we confront we can be assured that He will bring that outcome to pass (Jeremiah 1:12, Isaiah 55:11). “Hold fast” is the Greek word “kalecho” which is translated “to embrace something tightly, to not let it get away from you.”   We need to learn to sees things how God sees things, to think that way and speak that way! In a recent partner letter from Pearsons Ministries International, Jeremey Pearsons writes:

It’s about being in the Presence of God long enough that you actually begin seeing the problem the way He sees it…let Him open the blind eyes of our heart and give you eyes that see both what He sees and how He sees it.  When you see what He sees, you’ll say what He says; if you’ll say what He says, then you’ll have what He says you can have. (Partner letter, June 2018)”.

Satan irritates us and tries to defeat us in this area of thought life.  He wants your words to report on what you see and feel in the natural because therein lies defeat for you. In her devotional entitled Dare to Declare, Dr. Mary Frances Varallo addresses this very concern:

“Give him {Satan} no place in your thoughts. He wants you to take the bait and travel down the road of failure with him, but you are a victor and in Jesus you win! Satan knows this is true, so all he can do is bring feelings to you.  With lies and deception he speaks – they are his language.”( page 179) (Emphasis mine)

Our Father takes this very seriously.  The manner in which we approach this incredibly important aspect of our faith walk before Him is life changing and path altering.

But I tell you on the Day of Judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak.  (Matthew 12:36)

Attend to your words.  God’s Word is always operative and always working on your behalf.

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Him We Preach

Him we preach and proclaim, warning and admonishing everyone and instructing everyone in all wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) that we may present every person mature (full-grown, fully initiated, complete, and perfect) in Christ  (the Anointed One).  (Colossians 1:28)

Him we preach! Truly, that is our daily calling – our mandate. In our activities and interactions, our words , our demeanor – we are to preach Jesus. As born again children of God, it is our reason for being (Ephesians 1:12).  We preach outwardly, but also inwardly.  Scripture tells us that the word of our testimony is an overcoming force (Revelation 12:11).   Our words reach out to speak to others of His love and the reality of spiritual things.  We exhort, encourage, proclaim – yes, we even warn.  The same holds true as we preach inwardly as well.

Him we preach as we oversee the maturing of our own spirits; as we determine to live in, and be defined by, His Word.  When we rise to face the events and challenges of the day, we are successful when we do so from the vantage point of recognizing that we are not in charge.  We were “bought with a price {purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own} (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Corinthians 7:23).  We are representatives, ambassadors, of God’s kingdomministers of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 5:18-20). Our life’s purpose is to glorify our Lord, and without Him, without fully leaning on and relying on Him, we can do no good thing (John 15:4-5).  And so, Him we preach inwardly as we establish priorities according to His standards, obey Holy Spirit guidance, prayerfully consider life choices, and practice His Presence.  When we:

…work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) {our} own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ}.  (Philippians 2:12)

we warn and admonish ourselves into maturity, into a “full-grown, fully initiated, complete and perfect” stand in Jesus.

Him we preach inwardly as we honor and love each other in order to please and obey our Father; as we determine to attend to the Holy Spirit within; to align our thoughts with God’s thoughts; to look out on this world, this day, through the authority and Truth of the Word, only; to see ourselves through the mirror of the Word (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Him we preach to ourselves as we establish His Truth only in every area of our lives – our health, our finances, our decision making, the raising up of our children, our spirit’s maturity.  Every moment of every day we are spiritual beings encountering challenges to our authority (Matthew 28:18, Luke 22:29) and our determination to get it right according to God’s standards (Matthew 6:33). Released into Holy Spirit care, firmly attached to the Vine (Matthew 15:1), casting every care (1 Peter 5:7), and living carefree before our Father, is to be our constant dwelling place:

Casting the whole of your care {all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all} on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7)

We preach ourselves into obedience and constant heart peace. Our Father instructs us to allow that peace to rule as umpire in our hearts, being the balm through which we settle all of life’s issues and questions (Colossians 3:15). We need to immediately recognize when that peace is being compromised; when we have stepped away from its influence. Pursue peace (1 Peter 3:11).  It is in that peaceful place that we effectively hear Spirit guidance and honor our Father – there is where faith prevails and our effective witness to the world and to ourselves is accomplished.

Him we preach!