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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.

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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

“For {then}…Psalm 91 (verses 3-13) -Part Three

How often we read Scripture without the wonder, the awe and reverence It deserves. There is a familiarity with our Father’s Word that so very often undermines Its power and compromises Its life-changing, spirit-impacting purpose. God’s Word is Truth (Psalm 119:160); It is His bond. All of His promises are “Yes“and “Amen” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

For as many as are the promises of God, they will find their Yes {answer} in Him {Christ}. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God, through Him {in His Person and by His agency} to the glory of God.

We say we honor the Lord. We say we love Him and serve Him, and yet in our day-to-day lives the full manifestation of His promises is often missing. Our days should be characterized by an expectation that God will always fulfill His Word. He expects that kind of faith from His children (Hebrews 10:38); a mountain-moving faith in His power, His love, and His promises.

But the just shall live by faith {My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it} and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.

It is that “conviction“, that holy fervor” that lives in and enjoys the covenant promises of God. As you read Psalm 91:3-13 let these promises of God feed, strengthen, and establish you in His care. This is our Abba’s part of the covenant and He will see to it according to your faith in His Word. You have resolved to dwell stable and fixed in His secret place (verse 1), and you have, with your spoken word, acknowledged His Lordship (verse 2). That is your part of the covenant.

Then come these wonderful words – “For {then}…“{Amplified}. (The NIV begins verse 3 with “Surely) – and God reveals to us what we can expect from Him. He expects us to hold Him to His Word, for that is truly the faith that honors Him and that gives Him first place as our Lord. When we read the Word but don’t expect every bit of It to be fulfilled in us, are we not in some way questioning His veracity and diminishing His power and authority in our lives?

So now read these verses with the awe, wonder, gratitude, and spirit-strengthening ability they deserve! Thank Him! Praise Him! Honor Him by believing and, therefore, expecting His Word to come to pass in you.

Psalm 135:14 – For the Lord will…take into favor His servants {those who meet His terms of separation unto Him}

Psalm 91 – Part Two

Verse 2 – 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 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) Verses 1 and 2 instruct us in our role; the actions we must take to receive covenant blessings. We are to see to it that we dwell, 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 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.

He is my Refuge and my Fortress“; my Place of Safety, my Stronghold (Proverbs 28:10)

Psalm 32:7 – 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)!

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!

For “on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I {confidently} trust!” This closing phrase of Verse 2 summarizes faith for us; faith in His Word, His love, His purpose in each of our lives. Speaking forth your certainty that God is reliable, trustworthy, and faithful to His Word (Hebrews 10:23) ushers in the covenant realities of the remainder of Psalm 91.

It is Written -Part One

Throughout His letter of love to men our Abba teaches us about the power of the spoken word. As His children, created in His image, “after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26), we are to be imitators of our Father; we are to “copy Him and follow His example” (Ephesians 5:1). God,

[Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things that {He has foretold and promised} as if they {already} existed. (Romans 4:17)],

demonstrates that reality throughout His Word. From Genesis to Revelation what has been promised is fulfilled; what is prophesied manifests; what is foretold must take place.

By faith we understand that the worlds {during the successive ages) were framed {fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose} by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things that were visible. (Hebrews 11:3)

From the very beginning (Genesis) God demonstrates to us the power of the spoken word – “Let there be…” (Genesis 1: 2, 6, 9, 11,14, 20, 24, 26) – and then gives us that word, intending that we be co-creators along with Him. For when we speak out God’s Word in faith, He honors that faith, is well pleased by that faith, and sees to its fulfillment. It was always His intention that men and women of faith, the Body of Christ, the Church, would emulate His example, and Jesus’ example, and speak forth His Word into every situation to usher in the Truth, the power, the light, and the standards of the Kingdom of Heaven into daily lives.

…for You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name. (Psalm 138:2)

Our God is ever faithful to His Word and “He confirms the word of His servants” (Isaiah 44:26). In other words, He says, “I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12) He provides the promise in His Word, we speak forth that promise in faith – we trust in, lean on, and rely on that Word – and He brings it to pass. His character is on the line here! His commandment to us is that we put Him in remembrance of His promises and keep not silence. (Isaiah 62:6) There seems an urgency in that directive, an expression of its vital importance. And when we obey Him in this, He then confirms His faithfulness and brings into manifestation our spoken word of faith.

Jesus said, “Have faith in God constantly” Do not doubt at all in your heart. Believe that what you say will take place. “Believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and your will {get it}.(Mark 11:22-24)

Speak forth God’s Word – His promises to His children – with the understanding that our Abba’s Word is “alive and full of power{making it active, operative, energizing and effective} (Hebrews 4:12). He has established that to be true. He has created His Word to be a supernatural force; a “self-fulfilling power” (Isaiah 61:11).  Let this Truth guide your discourse and establish your word choices. Tap into this powerful life changing force. Honor and obey your Abba’s ways of doing and being right. Let “It is written” become “It is spoken”.

Walking in the Extraordinary

What does walking in the extraordinary look like? How do we step away from ordinary thinking; ordinary expectations? Ordinary thinking and expectation limits God’s hand, nullifies the power of His Word, and robs the believer of the abundance of Heaven’s blessings. It reduces the faith-walk to the assurance of Heaven only, when there is so much more our covenant with God establishes in this life. Ordinary thinking and expectation leaves the result for our prayers entirely in God’s hand, when faith plays a major role.

God’s Word speaks to us about being “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37). We are overcomers because:

…He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

The Word of God teaches us clearly what walking in the extraordinary looks like. It is an awareness of God in you and an awareness of what Jesus has bought (with His life and death), what He has already accomplished – what is a “done deal” that we, in faith, must come to accept as true. Faith expects certain standards and results.

I recently read an online article encouraging parents to teach their children about the negative effect of saying (and believing) “I can’t do…” (fill in the blank). Abolish that kind of verbal expression from your children’s vocabulary, the article explains. Help your children advocate for their own present and future successes by carefully monitoring their words which ultimately reflect their heart attitudes. Teach them to believe and say “I can do this”, “this is possible”, I am able”.

Similarly, God’s kids, people of faith, in order to walk in the extraordinary, “to receive, and carry away, and enjoy to the full what is promised” (Hebrews 10:38) must speak forth, from a heart firmly established on the Word, their covenant promises with God.

Every day we choose either to rely on our Abba and, in faith, believe and receive all He has extended to His people, or we speak away the blessing. We ask for healing and then speak of the symptoms. We pray for provision and then bemoan our ability to pay bills. We ask for guidance and then express to others our confusion over the days to come.

…the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything {he asks for} from the Lord. {For being as he is} a man of two minds {hesitating, dubious, irresolute}, {he is} unstable and unreliable about everything {he thinks, feels, decides} (James 1:6-8).

Stern words! God says of the one who “draws back and shrinks in fear, My Soul has no delight or pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38). The seeming harshness of the message actually firmly establishes our spirits in the right, the responsibility, the safe haven of taking God at His Word. Our Abba is extending to His children this Truth:

“You can fully trust in My Word and My covenant promises. Come close and discover My all-encompassing care. Lean on, trust in, and rely on My Word. Do not have faith in what you see or feel, but have faith in every word that comes forth from the mouth of God”

Let that be your only standard and you will walk in the extraordinary – the super-natural – which is where our Abba planned for you to be all along.

Making a Symphony Together – Part Two

The Prayer of Agreement (Matthew 18:19) is stipulated by our Lord Jesus to result in the successful manifestation of “whatever{anything and everything}” that is requested. That is certainly all-encompassing!

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, My Father in Heaven goes into action. (Message Bible)

There is faith-fueled agreement in prayer with other believers, and there is also personal, heart-felt, voice activated agreement with God. We can “agree {harmonize together, make a symphony together}” with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but we can also daily make a symphony together with our Abba. Hebrews 11:2 says:

By faith we understand that the worlds (during the successive ages) were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the Word of God, so that what we see was not made put of things which are visible.

Prompted by faith, urged on by faith, we speak forth God’s Word and we fashion, put in order, and equip for its intended purpose our future days. We speak not of what we see before us:

Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

We speak God’s Word, His promises. That is His provided ammunition for that which attempts to defeat us. We observe something before us that does not line up with God’s Word – something “less than” in terms of His covenant with His people; something that denies what Jesus already purchased on our behalf through His life and sacrificial death; something the enemy would like us to accept and receive. And we follow the faith example of our forefather Abraham:

He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what He said. (Romans 4:21 – Message Bible)

It takes work to write a symphony with God – the daily music score of our lives. For we must dig deeply into the Word, mining as for hidden treasure. (Proverbs 2:4) We can only appropriate from God’s Word that which we know is there. We cannot declare that He will make good on what He has said if we don’t know that He has said it. We can only stand in faith on a particular issue if we have made ourselves aware of His mind on the matter. Then the symphony writing may begin!

Faith’s firm foundation is established upon this principle; confronting adversity with the Word of God; speaking forth His promises into the discordance we may encounter. The Holy Spirit is the conductor of this symphony, bringing to our remembrance everything God has told us regarding His care and provision and expectation for His kids. (John 14:26)

And we speak it forth in faith as God alertly and actively watches over that Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12) Honor our Father by speaking forth His Word to frame, fashion, put in order, and equip your future days, to thwart the enemy’s intentions, and to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full what is promised} (Hebrews 10:36)