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Psalm 91, Verse Two – (Part One)

I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I {confidently} trust!

   Psalm 91 powerfully demonstrates that our covenant with God, while dependent upon certain faith actions on our part, is only and always for our benefit and our ultimate good. Our Abba (Mark 14:35, Galatians 4:6) is a Blesser! He delights in our prosperity and well-being (Psalm 34:10, Psalm 35:27); “affectionately and watchfully” He sees to our safety, our concerns, our every step. (1 Peter 5:7)

The steps of a {good} man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way {and He busies Himself with his every step}.  (Psalm 37:23) {Emphasis mine}

Verses 1 and 2 in Psalm 91 instruct us in our role; the actions we must take to consistently receive covenant blessings. We are to see to it that we dwell, remaining stable and fixed, in His secret place (verse 1), and from our mouth, with our faith talking, we are to speak forth that truth (verse 2).

I will say of the Lord”! Into every circumstance, at the beginning of every day we are to proclaim and rely on our allegiance to the King. We are to speak forth His Lordship. We are to honor Him with our lips “affectionately and gratefully” (Psalm 135:19-20). Our words acknowledge our location in the Spirit. Our spoken word – coming forth from the overflow of a faith-filled heart (Matthew 12:34) – creates for us the reality of our placement in Christ and all that means. God’s spoken Word created all that we see, and as imitators of our Father (Ephesians 5:1) we understand the importance, the significance, and the power of the words we speak as well.

We are creators together with our Father over our future days when we speak forth His Word into every circumstance we encounter.  “I will say of the Lord.”  I will speak to mountains that attempt to stop me! I will speak to symptoms that do not belong in my body! Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, I will command, decide and decree a thing and it will be established for me, and the light of God’s favor will shine upon my path (Job 22:28).  God expects His children, in faith, to speak forth that which He has promised and ordained.  Like parents who are so pleased when their young children begin to speak their language, our Father delights in His children speaking forth His Word when it is accompanied with the faith that says He is honored and trusted.  As we become proficient in the language of the Spirit He is greatly pleased (Hebrews 10:38).

God has established the power of the spoken word – for good or for evil (Proverbs 18:21).  Kenneth Hagin has taught and written:

“Simply having faith will not get you healed, filled with the Spirit, or any of God’s blessings…the Bible teaches that you believe and say something – not just because you believe.”

{We need to be taught, encouraged and trained up in this truth, because it doesn’t come naturally to us.  We have learned throughout our growing up years to report what our physical senses are telling us.  Until we learn otherwise, through strong Gospel teaching and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will continue to be held captive through the tyranny of our physical senses and the errant words of our mouths.  We cannot speak life and death at the same time and expect positive results. We say “My God will liberally supply and fill to the full my every need” (Philippians 4:19) and then complain that we will never be able to pay all of our bills, or we can’t afford something, or we’ll never get out of debt. We say “God is my Healer” (Exodus 15:26) and then use our mouths (that creative force the Lord has given us) to list all of our troubling symptoms and complain to those who will listen and commiserate with us about how weak and ill we feel.  We say that we have the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God, and then say “I just don’t understand,” or “I am so confused about what to do.” The transforming influence of the Word, The indwelling Holy Spirit, and strong and correct Gospel teaching will cause us to grow up into mountain moving faith!  God has given us every tool we need to be over-comers.}

He is my Refuge and my Fortress“; my Place of Safety, my Stronghold (Proverbs 18:10)

 You are a hiding place for me; You, Lord, preserve me from trouble. You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah (pause, and calmly think of that)! (Psalm 32:6) {Emphasis mine}

I will say of the Lord that He is my refuge and my fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I {confidently} trust.

I confidently trust in His Word, in His faithfulness to that Word, in what Jesus has accomplished on my behalf.  I confidently trust in His love for me, and I trust and rely on the Truth that as my mouth speaks forth His Word in faith, I will walk in those blessings which I receive as mine. When we say in the face of anything we encounter in our days (any device of the enemy, any worldly or fleshly hurdle) “I have taken refuge in God – I am safe here in God’s fortress” – nothing, nothing can reach you successfully there. Pause, and, in faith, calmly think of that! Faith speaks out those words with “great conviction and absolute certainty” (1 Thessalonians 1:5).

Let your words today speak of the blessing.  Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this. Speak out His Word over your day in faith that He sees to the results.

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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.

Established in the Word

In a recent edition of Victory Magazine, Gloria Copeland writes:

“Whatever you have established that you are in prayer, that’s what you are… even before you see it.”

There is not only trans-formative power in the Word of God, there is prophetic capability there as well. The Word of God renews our mind, our thinking {trans-formative} (Romans 12:2), and it is the tool we use to create our tomorrows {prophetic} (Hebrews 11:3). Imagine, if you will, waking in the morning and, before you step out of the bed and into your day, you regard and attend only to your heart’s understanding of all that you are, all that you have been given, in Christ.  You view the day through the lens of the Word only. You see yourself according to what God says about you, and that, and that only, is what you speak forth:

“I am healed, prosperous, and blessed.  God has a wonderful plan for my life.  I hear His voice clearly and I follow. No weapon formed against me will prosper. I am a child of God, filled with His Spirit.  This is the day that my Father God has made – I will rejoice and be glad in it.  My Father busies Himself with my every step.  I am safe all day long in His sheltering place.”

Every statement within that confession is a scriptural Truth.  When we resolve that God’s Word only is what defines us, and when we give voice to that in faith, those prophetic utterances will become reality for you.  It is so very important for a child of God to establish this foundation to build their life upon.  God’s Word is “alive and active” (Hebrews 4:12), with “self-fulfilling power (Isaiah 61:11).  In speaking forth that Word absolutely believing that it must be because He promised that it would, not only are we demonstrating a trust that greatly pleases God (Hebrews 10:38), we are emulating our Father Who “speaks of the nonexistent things that {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed” (Romans 4:17), and we are defeating the enemy’s attempts to harm us.

Over my years of walking with the Lord, being led by the Holy Spirit, there have been some significant guideposts along the way that have restructured reality for me.   The woman I was when I first started out on this faith walk is long gone!  As the Word of God and the teaching of the Holy Spirit gently guided me, I was challenged to let in more and more of Heaven’s ways of doing and being right (Matthew 6:33).  Surprisingly, one of the most difficult concepts to incorporate into my life was the idea of living carefree before God (1 Peter 5:7). Ironic that being carefree is a hard place to get to!  It takes personal resolve and effort to be carefree!  And yet that is what pleases our Father and allows Him to establish His plans and purposes for us (Philippians 2:13).

When a particular issue troubles us – health, provision, the need for direction, etc. – our first response locates the strength or weakness of our faith and trust in God’s Word.  We can allow the problem to overwhelm, or we can allow the Word of God to remedy. We can cast that concern over into our Father’s care and speak forth the promises He has given us that will establish us in peace and resolve the problem.

Carefree living is very much based on how we attend to and speak forth God’s Word in faith.  Gloria Copeland’s words are truth and encouragement for us. Let your words, speaking forth God’s Word, establish who you are.  And then, even before you see it, know that you have received.  You have God’s Word on it.

 

The God-Fashioned Life

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), {fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs}, but be transformed (changed) by the {entire} renewal of your mind {by its new ideals and its new attitudes}, so that you may prove {for yourselves} what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect {in His sight for you}. (Romans 12:2)

One often encounters a poverty of faith among believers gathered together in His name; gathered together to study God’s Word and purportedly to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Gospel; gathered together to encourage and edify and exhort each other in faith. Their spoken words often negate God’s Word as they reference illnesses and an inability to truly know God and His ways. One dear sister in Christ, when asked to identify someone who was a great spiritual example in her life spoke of a friend who calmly and peacefully glorified God in her life through a severe illness that He had seen fit to put on her. Those listening nodded wisely, commiserating with an all too familiar situation!
The opening two verses of Romans 12 exhort us to dedicate our lives to God – our bodies and our minds. We are a family of faith. Our every moment, our every thought, our very identity given over to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. What our Father says in His Word is our plumb line in life. His Word and His promises usher us into kingdom living.
When He says “I Am the Lord Who heals you” (Genesis 15:26), when Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9) as He “went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil” (Acts 10:38), when we fully understand that what God has promised He will do (Hebrews 10:23) through the application of our faith to the Truth of His Word, and that “there is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him” (Ephesians 6:9) – what He has done for one we can expect He will do for us – then health and healing belong to us!
When our Father says that “He delights in the prosperity of His servant” (Psalm 35:27), when He teaches that to sow generously is also to reap generously (2 Corinthians 6:9), when His ways of doing and being right teach us to prosper and be successful in all that we do (Joshua 1:8), we are to take Him at His word. Unbelief mocks prosperity. Faith believes it, speaks it and receives it with joy!
The words we speak either activate or nullify the promises of God in our lives. We are made in His image, He spoke this world into being and we speak our tomorrows into existence. It is either our faith or our doubt and unbelief that fashions our future days.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)

In Hebrews 4:2 Paul identifies the cause of a powerless Gospel.

The message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom and goodness)… (emphasis mine)

Romans 10:2 carries a similar message:

I bear them witness that they have a certain zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to {correct and vital} knowledge.

They are impressively energized concerning God – but they are doing everything backward. (Message Bible version)

Don’t speak what you see in front of you – what your physical eyes observe or what your physical body feels. Speak God’s Word, His promises concerning you. Don’t allow the natural to take precedence over the supernatural. For as a born again child of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and eternity minded – you are to be well-versed in the supernatural. A God-fashioned life is fueled by and focused on His Word to us. That Word transforms us. It re-creates us into the likeness of His Son, and it greatly pleases our Father that we trust in and rely on that Word for our every need in life (Hebrews 10:38). It establishes us in peace and under girds our every step.

Take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life – a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you. (Ephesians 4:22-24 –Message Bible)

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (Romans 12: 1-2 – Message Bible)

Dreams – From Half-Formulated to Fully Realized – Part One

Jesus tells us that you can locate a man’s level of faith and trust in God and His Word by the words of his mouth (Luke 6:45).

How does one get from dream to reality? I am speaking here of God-given dreams; those beautiful pictures He has placed in your heart, those extraordinary accomplishments for the Kingdom, or those manifestations of our Abba’s blessings – those promises in the Word fully realized?

Times spent reverently and quietly in His Presence will have filled your heart with these pictures. Our Abba, through your times alone getting quiet before Him, places dreams, a direction, a ministry, a goal in your life. There is a richness there – a wealth, a provision, a life-defining purpose. Then, through prayer, your daily conversation with God, you speak of what you believe you are receiving. You request confirmation, clarification, strategies, and plans of action. For it is a combination of your faith and willingness along with the Lords power, provision, guidance, and fulfillment of that which He has called you to do and receive that will get the thing done. There is always growth in God; there is always more. Our Father is always more than enough (El Shaddai). God works synergistically (two working together) with His children. As we submit, He works through us. As we speak forth His Word He brings it to pass. As we see to the faith end, He sees to the accomplishment. Hebrews 13:21 says that it is God Who works in you to:

strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and to equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will {while He Himself works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ}.

Our faith in the promises found in God’s Word says that we trust that what He has said is fully realized – is already accomplished.

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things {we} hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality {faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.} (Hebrews 11:1)

And so, in faith, we walk confidently in the direction of our God-given dreams, recognizing that it has already been established for you. And “Heavenspeak” – our words both acknowledging what we have received from Heaven and God’s Word, His promises that back it up – reflects that understanding. We have such a beautiful, instructive picture of how to get from dream, or “hope so”, to reality, or “know so” in Matthew 9:20-22. It is the story of the woman with the issue of blood who had been suffering with that medical condition for 12 years.

For she kept saying to herself if I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health.

She kept saying! She was using her Heavenspeak! She no doubt had heard that Jesus was healing people – the word concerning Him had gone forth. In faith she told herself that she too could be healed. She kept saying, and then she acted. She reached out and touched Him and she received her healing. Jesus said to her:

…daughter, your faith has made you well.

Heavenspeak was the second step in receiving her blessing! The steps taken by this woman inform our faith lives today. First she conceived it in her heart and what her heart saw her mouth spoke. Believers today take the very same steps:

See it – What you conceive in your heart, responsive to and controlled by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 6:1 – Amplified), is the initial step. Take this step seriously. Once assured that the dream is God-given, attend to it. Once aware of the dream in your heart, nurture it, speak of it, embrace it with faith words. Speak with the Lord about what you are sensing. In his book No Limits, No Boundaries, Jerry Savelle writes:

“Limitations and boundaries take place first in the mind. There’s nothing you’ll ever do that isn’t born first as a thought… you have to have a vision of the extraordinary life on the inside of you. You have to have a picture on the inside of you of what living that kind of life would look like…How you see yourself on the inside is how it’s going to be on the outside. Once again, the extraordinary has to take place on the inside before it can ever take place on the outside… you have to be able to conceive it in your heart.”

Proverbs 23:7 – As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

The important foundational truth here is that God wants to bless His kids, to fulfill His covenant with us. He wants His kids to bless the world. As we hold fast to His Word, believing in, relying on, and trusting in it, He holds fast to His covenant promises, and the world sees in us what life in Christ looks like. To truly know that is an enabling force as we consider the dreams in our hearts.

Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.

Look upon those God-given dreams in your heart as what will be. Step away from hope and into certainty. Consider well the dreams in your heart. Live in the reality of their manifestation.

Say it – God established this spiritual principle in the very beginning. Our Father spoke this world into being (Genesis 1) and throughout Scripture we are instructed in the power of words:

Romans 4:17 – God…speaks of the nonexistent things that {He has foretold and promised} as if they already existed.

Ephesians 5:1 – …be imitators of God {copy Him and follow His example} as well-beloved children {imitate their father}

John 12:50 – …whatever I speak I am saying {exactly} what My Father has told Me to say and in accordance with His instructions.

The vast majority of people, including many believers, are dangerously unaware of the power of the spoken word.

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

We choose life ( Deuteronomy 30:19) when we speak God’s Word over every situation we encounter that needs the help of Heaven, for our Father watches over that Word to perform it in our lives (Jeremiah 1:12). We choose death when we ignore that authority which we have been given to proclaim our Father’s Word in faith in order to move any hindering mountain (Mark 11:23) and instead speak with worry and concern about the “problem”. Never speak the problem – always speak God’s solution.

What do You See?

In the first chapter of the book of Jeremiah, the Lord asks His prophet, “What do you see?” (verse 11 and again in verse 13). And as Jeremiah’s words spoke forth what he saw in his spirit, as he gave utterance to the heavenly vision, God’s plans and purposes were established and eventually manifested for the nation of Israel. “What do you see?” It is a question I have heard quite often from the Holy Spirit during recent times of quiet listening. Along with this question I have received continuing instruction in the profound importance of the thought life. The Word of God instructs us over and over about how powerful the thought process is in our lives.

Proverbs 4:23 – Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flows the springs of life.

Proverbs 23:7 – …for as he thinks in his heart so is he.

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

What we see in the Word of God is a picture of who each of us is meant to be – God’s promises and provision for our healthy, prosperous, purposeful lives through faith in our Lord Jesus, and all that He accomplished on our behalf. The Holy Spirit is constantly retraining us to understand and walk in kingdom reality -not worldly reality. Through His guidance, yielded to it, we become the person we see in the Word. What do you see? What we see through our faith in the absolute Truth of God’s Word, and our trust in His faithfulness to His Word (Hebrews 10:23), directly and profoundly informs our thought life. And, in turn, our thoughts inform our words, and our words create our future days (Hebrews 11:3).

Does your thought life assume blessings, well-being, answered prayer? Let there be no poverty of attitude in you- never speak beggar, never allow your words to utter a negative report. Let the Presence of the Holy Spirit in you color every moment with divine audacity! It is what pleases our Father (Hebrews 10:38). God’s constant love reaches out to us, encouraging us to fully own our redemption; to fully and joyfully and confidently receive the extraordinary benefits of our salvation through Jesus Christ.

What do you see? How you see yourself in your heart is the person that you are. That is faith (or lack of it) creating your reality. Your thought life creates your reality – positively or negatively. Thoughts of “less than” in any area of your life are not kingdom thoughts. Your thoughts released into words are a powerful force.

Proverbs 18:21 – 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}.

That is why we are instructed in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to:

…refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the {true} knowledge of God, and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Step up into a way of approaching and walking through your days that honors God and your placement in Christ. When you see it in the Word, expect it in your life. Treat this with the seriousness it deserves. Whenever and wherever you see something that does not line up and come into agreement with the Word of God, speak to it; speak with authority (Luke 22:29).Capture every thought. Yielded to the Holy Spirit, what we see, what we think, and what we say will bless your days and honor the Lord.

The Tender Place

Very often we come to the Lord with prayer requests and personal concerns that are so close to our hearts that our words with Him are halting and timid and tear-filled. The bold decreeing that characterizes our prayers for others is often absent when we speak to Him of our own concerns. We’re touching a tender place. Whether we are speaking to Him about healing for our bodies, a much needed provision, or wisdom and guidance for our life’s journey, these requests speak to our personal relationship with our Father and His care of us. We can pray for the needs of others, we can prayerfully address a disaster situation somewhere on the planet and call forth Heaven’s help, we can intercede for the salvation of acquaintances with faith-filled words. We are, after all His instruments here on earth to call forth Heaven’s purposes in the lives of others. God expects His people to speak forth His powerful, alive, and active Word (Hebrews 4:12), and to expect results.

Matthew 9:38 – So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.

John 16:24 – …ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.

Matthew 18:19 – Again I say to you, that if two believers on earth agree {that is, are of one mind, in harmony} about anything that they ask {within the will of God}, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.

John 14:13-14 – And I will do whatever you ask in My Name {as My representative}, this I will do, so that the Father may be glorified and celebrated in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My Name {as My representative} I will do it.

(See also John 15:16, John 16:23-24)

So there is no doubt- in this world, as kingdom representatives, as imitators of our Father (Ephesians 5:1), we are expected to exercise our faith in His faithfulness to His Word and to His compassion; we are to speak forth, decide and decree (Job 22:28) and expect that what we say will be established. Faith speaks! That is the faith that pleases God (Hebrews 10:38). That is the faith stand that brings about Heaven’s purposes here on earth. (Which makes you wonder about the end results when God’s people keep silent and do not speak forth His Word in faith.)

We can exhort and encourage others to stand on the Word and expect that Word to manifest. Yet when the need touches our own lives, when our heart’s desires are involved, personal sensibilities often override or weaken our faith stand. Ministries have crumbled, churches have split apart or closed, God’s calling on lives has been reduced or even eliminated. I am not in any way discounting Satan’s role in all of this, but when we understand that he is a defeated foe, we need to recognize that our personal sensibilities often dictate louder than allegiance to our Father’s plans and purposes in a life.

And our Father knows this:

Proverbs 13:12- Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

So how do we both acknowledge and honor those tender places in our lives but not let them speak louder than our Father’s Word to us and our understanding of His loving, attentive, and watchful care? By making the purposeful decision to hold His Word and His Person as more dear, more precious, than any personal issue.

Psalm 37:4- Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

By immediately exchanging thoughts of lack, concern, or worry with thoughts of love and honor and praise for the One Whom we serve.

Quite recently just such thoughts of a personal nature would rise up in my mind to try to steal my peace. Questions about why certain prayer requests were taking so long to manifest. Immediately, and I truly emphasize “immediately”, the Holy Spirit redirected my thoughts. Thoughts of love and trust for God’s intentions in my life, thoughts of praise and thanksgiving that I am His daughter, thoughts encouraging my understanding that our Abba’s Word is settled and absolute, replaced the heaviness of negative questioning. The enemy can try to diminish our moments, but he is no match for the work of the Holy Spirit in a yielded life.

And be encouraged. It is the tender heart, the tender place where our dreams and desires reside, where the Lord reveals how special and unique our life in Him truly is. Our giftings, our motivations, the call of each heart, when placed in the care of our Father will yield extraordinary blessings. As His children we ache and yearn for those things because He placed them there.

Ephesians 3:20 – Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the {action of His} power that is at work within us, is able to {carry out His purpose and} do superabundantly, far over and above all that we {dare} ask or think {infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams} – To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (so be it).

Daily Renewal – Part Two

We continue addressing the vitally important, life-altering practice of speaking God’s Word and His Truth into our days -spiritual realities transforming the physical world. We renew our minds and our situations with the words we resolve to speak.

Keith Moore, pastor and teacher to the Body of Christ shared two powerful stories along these lines. Always remember that when you hear such testimonies- this is the will of God concerning you as well. for He is no respecter of persons and what the Truth of His Word has accomplished in one life it will accomplish for all through faith in His stated Word, His revealed will. (Ephesians 6:9)

A man came to Pastor Moore actually quite hopeless concerning his addiction to nicotine. He said that he had been prayed for many times to be able to stop smoking with no success. He had often thrown away packages of cigarettes only to go in search of them again. Pastor Moore counseled him to say, every time he bought a package of cigarettes, “I don’t need or want to smoke.” Every time he took out a cigarette and lit it up he was to say, “I don’t require nicotine any longer.” In between puffs he was to speak out, “I don’t need cigarettes.” With some surprise the man warily agreed to these instructions. After a few weeks he came up to Pastor Moore amazed and joyful, testifying that one day he went to have a cigarette and simply did not want it anymore. He was free! The words of his mouth changed his outcome.

Pastor Moore also tells of a daughter of God who was extremely ill with stomach cancer. She had been a missionary, teaching and preaching the Word of God in Central America, but was now “bedfast”, reduced to skin and bones. How disease robs us of our vitality and our work and witness for the Lord! This sister in the Lord could keep no food in her stomach; whatever she ate came right back up again. She was so weak she could barely be heard when she spoke. Pastor Moore leaned in close to hear her whisper, “I am so weak I can’t keep any food down.” He heard in his spirit, “Let the weak say I am strong.” (Joel 3:10) He told her to repeat after him, “I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. Slowly at first, very slowly and almost inaudibly she spoke those words. For forty-five minutes he and she spoke those words until her voice could be heard outside by all who passed by, praising God and speaking in faith. Pastor Moore instructed her to say when she tried to eat and couldn’t keep it down, “I have a ravenous appetite. I eat in health and my body receives in health.” He further instructed her never again to say, “I am so weak and I can’t keep any food in my stomach.” Every time she threw up (in other words when visible physical symptoms still seemed to prevail) she was to wipe off her mouth and say, “I eat in health and my body receives in health.” Two or three months later she was up and about the work of the Lord, gaining weight and walking in health.

I too, along with so many others, have experienced a season of physical attack. For truly, that is how we must view such encounters. One brother in Christ has said, “I consider a splinter in my finger as an assassination attempt.” Smith Wigglesworth has said:

If it is only a finger or a tooth that aches, if it is only a corn on your foot that pinches you or anything in the body that detracts from the higher spiritual attainment, the kingdom of Heaven is dethroned to a degree. Disease or weakness or any distraction in you is a power of violence that can take the kingdom of Heaven in you by force. The same spiritual power that will reveal this to you will relieve you. On the authority of the Word of God, I maintain that “greater is He that is in you” (1 John 4:4) than any power of Satan that is around you. How much more would be done if you would inwardly claim your rights and deliver yourselves.” {Smith Wigglesworth Devotional}

For many months an infection requiring surgery kept me unable to walk. I was at first wheel chair bound and spent a month in hospital and at a rehabilitation facility, followed by months at home seated on the couch. During this process I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. From the very outset of this physical attack I knew two things – God is my Healer and I needed to speak that Truth every day, all day. I listened to healing tapes concerning healing. I read Keith Moore’s book on Healing. Gloria Copeland’s books on healing promises and God’s Will for You, and Bosworth’s Christ the Healer. I fed on God’s Truth concerning healing. I spoke God’s Truth concerning healing. I called my body strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I spoke to my pancreas – spirit taking authority over flesh – and said, “My pancreas is strong and healthy and it produces just the right amount of insulin for the nutrition I give my body.” I said, “Diabetes is a disease under the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28:15, 61), but Jesus has redeemed me from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). I called my circulatory system strong and healthy and my blood pressure normal. I called my immune system strong in the Lord and healthy. In fact, for many weeks I daily went through an inventory of all my body parts and systems- brain, heart, lungs, digestive system, etc. – calling them healthy and exhorting them to perform their functions and to fulfill their purpose the way the Creator God made them to perform.

I came home from the hospital with medication for every physical issue the medical community had discovered. I checked my blood sugar four times each day as instructed and gave myself insulin shots, all the while saying that this was a short lived phenomenon. I checked my blood pressure every day, as instructed (there was a pill for that too). I was given sleeping pills and stomach acid pills and pills for nausea. I had no appetite (all the while calling my appetite strong and healthy) and often gagged and threw up due to the regimen of pills and the toll the infection had exacted from my physical well-being. I called my digestive system a healthy receiver of good food.

When I truly just wanted to share with others how awful I was feeling – weak, nauseous, and yes, sometimes discouraged –I spoke only what the Word says about me instead. I remembered a similar testimony from Barbara Arbo, a sister in Christ whose prayer ministry at The Sanctuary – a New England place of prayer in New Hampshire that is such a blessing to the Body of Christ. Barbara says that when well-meaning friends asked her how she was feeling after a serious and painful injury, her answer was always “I am getting better and better and stronger and stronger every day.” That became my mantra as well. Every day I spoke praises to God for His love and goodness to me and for the reality of and the manifestation of my full healing. When I weakened in this – and I did – my wonderful faith-filled daughter encouraged and exhorted me to stand on His promises only.

One by one, every issue and the associated medication for that issue was gone. My appetite is no longer compromised, no blood pressure medication is needed; no insulin is needed for my blood sugar levels are within normal range. I am the healed of the Lord!

Jesus said, “Take no thought” about physical issues. (Matthew 6:25). Consider not (Romans 4:19) the concerns and limitations and hindrances of the flesh. Speak only what God speaks about you.

When the church does not teach these Truths, the Body of Christ suffers and is weakened. We must encourage each other into mountain moving faith. We must exhort each other to “have faith in God constantly”. We must give each other firm footing in all of the promises of God. Take great care with what you are hearing and speaking.

And He said to them, “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure {of thought and study} you give {to the truth you hear} will be the measure {of virtue and knowledge} that comes back to you – and more {besides} will be given to you who hear. (Mark 4:24)

Renewing our Minds

One of the most reassuring, and encouraging aspects of our walk with God is the assertion that “There is no respect of persons (no partiality) with Him”. (Ephesians 6:9) If one is blessed in receiving what is promised then all can be. If one successfully operates in kingdom principles and demonstrates kingdom authority in spiritual matters, then all can. Along with the blood of the Lamb, it is the word of our testimony that causes us to overcome – to walk in victory. When we hear of a person who received a miraculous healing, or much needed provision, or a timely word to correctly and powerfully address their situation, or teaching and guidance from the Holy Spirit which brought wisdom and clarity, or success in spiritual warfare – we can assume that those same blessings can be ours through faith as well. When we share with each other what God is doing in our lives we are encouraging their faith walk and strengthening their practice of “Heavenspeak”.

Revelation 12:11 – We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony

I say again, the primary intent of the enemy is to disprove God in the lives of nonbelievers and believers alike. He works at leading astray, offering counterfeit worldviews, and sowing misinformation about the One True and only way to get to God. There are two fronts that we are to battle him on – proclaiming Jesus to the world (letting our light shine and our lives reflect spiritual Truths) and daily renewing our minds to kingdom realities.
We become more “fluent” in our Heavenspeak, more effective in the formation of faith-filled words and pronouncements, as we daily renew our minds with our Father’s Word. When we see something in the Word but are not experiencing it in our lives, how do we remedy that? How do we live fully within our rightful place as citizens of His kingdom? How do we fully experience the Truth that it is our Father’s “good pleasure” to give us the kingdom (Luke 12:32) and all that signifies? Our testimony, our speaking forth the Word of God into each and every situation we encounter, and the testimony of others is the overcoming factor. As we hear and learn and faithfully apply we conquer! (Romans 10:17).
In the book of Acts, there were several instances when Paul was about to be flogged as he traveled preaching the Gospel, but as he claimed Roman citizenship he was instead treated with respect. Those in authority were quite concerned that they had overstepped their bounds and had not treated a Roman citizen with the respect due him.

Acts 22:29 – Instantly those who were about to examine and flog him withdrew from him; and the commandant also was frightened, for he realized that {Paul} was a Roman citizen and he had put him in chains.

Paul knew his rights as a citizen of Rome. All of the world at that time understood the value of Roman citizenship .As a matter of fact, the commandant who had arrested Paul said that he had purchased Roman citizenship as a valuable investment for a great price. (Acts 22:28). Paul responded that he was born Roman, and with authority, demanded that he be treated with the respect due a citizen of the Roman Empire. He knew his rights and he insisted upon them!
This is a very effective picture for us as we grow to understand and walk fully in the spiritual counterpart. Paul knew his rights and privileges as a citizen of the Roman Empire, and we are to know and understand our rights and privileges as citizens of the kingdom of God. Those who attempted to silence and harm Paul, to persecute and silence his message, were unable to touch him because of his protective citizenship. He proclaimed and demanded his rights; he stood his ground and insisted that he be escorted from town by the authorities. (Acts 16:37-39). In the very same way we are to stand our ground on the rights and privileges of the kingdom. Had Paul remained silent and thought, “Well, this persecution and danger must be God’s will so I will walk through it without complaint. I’ll simply accept it and put up with the problem”, the significance of the lesson of citizenship rights would have been lost to us. There’s a reason it is in the Word of God!
Renewing our minds daily with God’s Word creates extravagant transformation and the understanding and establishment of spiritual authority. I heard first hand a similar story to that of Paul’s claim of citizenship rights which occurred in the life of a more recent believer. Called to help an inmate in a Central American prison, Lester Sumrall, a traveling evangelist, discovered a demon possessed woman behind bars, demonstrating personal physical abuse and emotional turmoil. In His earthly ministry, Jesus encountered similar situations (Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:27-35) Sumrall prayed with and for her, commanding the spirits to depart from her. Having cast out the evil spirits, he left her in a restored, peaceful state and traveled back to his hotel. In the middle of the night he was woken abruptly as his bed was being shaken so much it was moving out into the center of the room away from the wall. Through Holy Spirit wisdom he understood immediately that this was demonic activity in retaliation for the miracle that had happened at the prison earlier that day. With authority he said, “In the Name of Jesus I command you to stop this shaking and go!” The bed stopped shaking at his word. A moment later he said, “Wait! Put this bed back where it was and then go” and the bed moved back to its original position against the wall.
This brother in faith, this man of God, understood the authority that is ours in Christ (Matthew 28:18, Luke 22:29, John 16:33, Colossians 2:15). That authority not only brought about the woman’s deliverance, it stopped the enemy’s response to that miracle in its tracks. We please our Father when we daily pick up that mantle of authority and walk through our days establishing His kingdom principles, all that Jesus has won for us, wherever He leads. We are transformed by the renewal of our minds (Romans 12:2) into those faith-filled children of God who will change their world, and the lives of those they encounter, to the honor and glory of God.

Extravagant Asking

What a marvelous, miraculous, awesome, life-altering Gift the Holy Spirit is to us. When we sincerely attend to His placement in our lives, when we understand “the surpassing worth and supreme advantage” (Philippians 3:8-Amplified) of being “baptized with (placed in, introduced into)” (Acts 1:5) the Holy Spirit, joy, peace, power, and the strength of the Lord can define our days.

In Isaiah 11 the Lord prophesies concerning Jesus:

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the reverential fear of the Lord – (Verse 2)

And that same prophesy speaks of us – His born again children, filled with the Spirit of God.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener and Standby) that He may remain with you forever – the Spirit of Truth…you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you (constantly) and will be in you. (John 14:16-17)

At that time you will know {for yourselves} that I am in My Father, and you {are} in Me, and I {am} in you. (John 14:20)

Jesus answered, If a person {really} loves Me, he will keep My word {obey My teaching}; and My Father will love Him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. (John 14:23)

God lives in us through the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:13). In the Spirit, through His ministry, we can walk in wisdom and understanding, the counsel of God, and the sure safety of His might. We too, through faith, do not “judge by the sight of our eyes” or “the hearing of our ears“. (Isaiah 11:3) There is such freedom with the recognition of that privilege. Yielded to the Spirit’s tutelage, we stand on what the Word proclaims, not what the world presumes to be true. For a child of God, whatever is in our lives presently that does not line up with, agree with, His Word cannot stand. When we do not willfully or fitfully wander from His precepts we order our conduct and our conversation, our thoughts and actions according to God’s revealed will (Psalm 119:2-3). We “hear It, receive It, love It and obey It”. (Psalm 119:5) We become extravagant speakers and askers!

Watch now! This is weighty. We are told in Hebrews 10:38 that as His children we must live by faith which is:

conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it.

And if we fearfully draw back from walking by faith, God “has no delight or pleasure in us.”Further, Psalm 119:6 promises:

Then shall I not be put to shame {by failing to inherit your promises}

So, walking yielded, submitted, to God’s Holy Spirit, facing each moment of every day with the correct attitude of faith, we please our Father and will never be put to shame concerning the hope we stand on because we are inheritors of all of His promises (Hebrews 6:12, Hebrews 10:35-36) Our lives reflect His faithfulness, His goodness, His love and His good pleasure. And being instrumental in bringing about our Abba’s good pleasure is such a lovely place to be!

Yielded to the Holy Spirit daily, moment-by-moment, we think God’s thoughts, speak forth God’s Word, accomplish God’s purposes. We operate so far above the natural inclinations of this world. We are in Kingdom rhythm, we discern Kingdom sensibilities, we represent Kingdom standards, we receive Kingdom blessings.

“Move beyond your human mind, your human measure, your own strength, and all your resources – and let inspiration take charge of you entirely, and bring you out of yourselves into the power of God… Begin to believe in extravagant asking, believing that God is pleased when you ask large things.”

Smith Wigglesworth