The Power of Words- Words bring life, death, favor, foolishness, blessings, curses, grace, love, wickedness, anger, calmness, salvation, pain, comfort and when paired with faith, they can move mountains

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 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21

 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” Exodus 20:7

Your Words can:

  1. Bring long life:Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything Proverbs 13:3.
  2. Set your life on fire- ruin your life Proverbs 13:3 James 3:6  
  3. Warn of danger “Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee” Gen 27
  4. Cause jealousy and hatred “And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words Genesis 37:8
  5. Cause captivity Gen 39- The wife of the Egyptian ruler lied about Joseph
  6. Move people  “And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do”. Exodus 4:15
  7. Crush a Spirit  Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit Proverbs 15:4
  8. Break a person to pieces-How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words? Job 19:2
  9. Bring Curses – Don’t use God’s name in vain – honor your parents
  10. Bring Blessings – Issac and Jacob, Abraham, Eli and Hannah, Joseph’s Sons, Jacob over his sons…..
  11. Be twisted for a bribe– A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth. Ex 23
  12. cause anger 2 Samuel 3:8  
  13. Save Nations “Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Esther 9:26
  14. Annoy others “How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? Job 8:2
  15. Distort the truth Job 38:2  Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
  16. deceive and hide iniquity and sin :iniquity and deceit lie in the words of some psalm 36:3
  17. Devour with lying tongue Psalm 52:4
  18. Be as powerful as a weapon  Psalm 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
  19. Encompass around with hatred Ps 109:3
  20. Deceive through flattery proverbs 2
  21. Speak wisdom Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 17:27
  22. Turn wrath away Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger
  23.  Bring health Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
  24. Be a Spring of Wisdom Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook
  25. Hurt others Proverbs 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly
  26. Hasty, leading to foolish nonsense Proverbs 29:20  Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? there is more hope of a fool than of him
  27. Cause deep grieving Genesis 27 – Essau cried when he heard his blessing had been taken from him “he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father.”
  28. Powerful :Soft Words can be more powerful than the loud cry of a king Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools
  29. Full of nonsense A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him? Ecclesiastes 10:14  
  30. Help others or Discipline and lead you :The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful. Their collected sayings are like a nail-studded stick with which a shepherd drives the sheep
  31. Cause Fear And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;Jeremiah 26:21
  32. Bring Salvation Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved
  33. Move Mountains. Mark 11:22-24 Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

What have your words done today? Have they brought life? Hurt? Wisdom?Anger? Death? Destruction? Praise? Encouragement? Help? Foolishness? Gossip? Deception? Faith? Hope? Healing?

     I was surfing through you tube and I found a video of a high school reunion from my school. Each person was talking into the camera having fun with each of their friends. The camera went from person to person as everyone said hello. One person mentioned that she thought it was funny that everyone at the reunion “knew me, but none of them ever said a word to me in high school”, then another man with sad eyes just looked in the camera without a word. You could tell he was holding back tears and he only held up his name card so the people watching the video would know who he was. I’m still sad thinking about it. Knowing some of the people I grew up with – and I’m no better- I can easily see people ignored or made fun off today – even after all these years. I mentioned to a friend that I ran into an old classmate and before I could continue, she remarked “wasn’t she a nerd”. I was silent, are we grown up and still doing this garbage?  Do people really need to have lifetime tags on them? Growing up in a Christian school, you would think we would treat all people as Jesus did, but we were far from it. To be Jesus like, we need to step outside that “old man” box and show the “new man”.  Use words of kindness and encouragement. Say hello to others, don’t just think about yourself – but stop to consider others. Ask the Lord for a great love for other people – you’ll be surprised.

     I believe God’s word is true and powerful. I  have seen answered prayer. I’ve prayed with others and seen miraculous healing. I’ve seen scripture spoken over a person about to die – only to recover with a supernatural healing. It is here for us –for life, blessings, salvation. I was reading through the Parable of the talents and stopped to consider the talents, money, gifts given by the Master. I asked the Lord – what are the gifts? And I heard in my heart; ”What gifts have I given you?” I thought for a moment, and said- I believe the greatest gift you have given me is the gift of prayer– through your Son Jesus, I now have a place before your throne, second gift I have is Your Word. I know there is another side to this – use your talents – but I think it must be taught to :

1- Devote yourself to prayer: We should be just as persistent in our prayer life as we are in our outward “service”: God has given us His Son – the greatest gift- and now we can go before the throne of God in prayer. So I ask you- are you using this gift? Have you put it to the side? Have you taken full advantage of this priceless gift of prayer? The Lord God waits for you, He has prepared a place before the throne for you- Use this gift!

2- Open up the Bible and apply it! Study and Follow God’s Ways in His Word. God has given us His Word- are you using this gift? Have you gotten lazy? Don’t you know that all Gods promises are written there for you? It leads you along the path to Salvation. It warns you if you happen to step off the path, it is a lamp to your feet and light for your way. What have you done with this gift?

   When you think about it, what good is all our service if we aren’t walking with the Lord? What good are all our books, blogs, studies, teaching, videos, sermons, events – if we are far from the Lord and walking with the World and not the Word? What good are our talents if we are using them according to our own ways – because we haven’t stopped long enough to hear God’s leading? What good is all our teaching if our heart is far from God? What good is all your hospitality if you are not walking along God’s path because you don’t know His path? You may be saying – well they had an investment-and to that I say- aren’t prayers equally investing, if not more than anything else? Don’t they reap reward? Surely they heal the sick and bring people to Christ, protect workers from evil and strengthen the weak. Doesn’t the word say- that those who put much study and time into the scriptures, get much out – and in Ezra, the Lord blessed Him because of His study of the scriptures. Doesn’t the book of Isaiah tell us that God’s word always accomplishes everything it is sent out to do and it always succeeds!!! Show me an investment like that.

         Then I said, Lord, why did you give the third man so little? and the Lord told me that He gave him little because He knew he wouldn’t do much work. He knew He wasn’t going to do much with it so He gave him little to do- but He still expected it to be done. Unfortunately the lazy fearful man did nothing with what He had- it reminds me of the Parable of the Great feast. One man showed up without his wedding clothes – he didn’t even bother to get dressed- how disrepectful, not only that, but when asked why, he didn’t even bother to answer. It’s a picture of pure laziness and disrespect. In other words, there was no fear of God. Sure, the man said he feared him, but if true, would he have so boldly spoken out to him on what a ruthless inconsiderate man his master was? The master called him wicked and lazy. Talk about lazy… that’s what this generation is creating with all the electronics. Parents are wasting their kids talents away on video games, computers, and television shows. Turn it off!

 Check out these investments and payoffs – rewards:

  • Saving Souls!!! 1 Thess. 2:19-20 After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! Yes, you are our pride and joy.
  • Helping the Prophets and the Righteous-  “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me.  If you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:40
  • Helping the least of His followers – you will surely be rewarded!!! Help others.
  • Care for the traveling teachers, even if they are strangers to you: Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God.For they are traveling for the Lord,[c]and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[d] So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth. 3 John 

 And we do all this – not to seek a reward, although that is wonderful, but we do all this to please our King and our Lord- helping the sick, visiting those in prison, helping the lost find their way, taking care of the orphans, the widows, the homeless, the downcast, the hungry, and the thirsty.

I’ve rambled on and now I’m off topic, so maybe, if I find it interesting enough, Ill post the rest of this power of words study on another post. It’s much to long to post here.

Peace! And may the God of peace SOON crush that annoying serpent under your feet as you step out in Victory for Jesus Christ, the Savior of the Whole World .May the Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.

 

The Fire of the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Warfare (Part 1)

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     In the heart of believers is a fire. This fire according to the bible is the fire of the Holy Spirit. This fire ranges in size accordingly. Some have large fires, some small that are easily put out and some have sparks that are forming, but the pressures of this world and the stress of things comes to stomp it out. I also saw that there are some who consider themselves Christian- having grown up in the church and even regular church attenders who had a deep darkness – completely black -in their heart and cut off from the Lord. They have been fooled by religious rituals unto salvation. 
    The darkness I saw in the heart terrified me. It was a deep darkness, like being lost and left alone in the deepest darkness. If we could only see the spiritual world surrounding us- I wonder if we would wake up?
 


     This darkness was ultimately created by the person’s sin, backsliding, turning from God… with gripping strongholds ( Spiritual Strongholds). And he thought he was saved, but didn’t realize the utter torment he was actually in.

   
Jesus said. “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. Rev 3:15-18

Remember the parable of the seed Jesus told us….

“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds.  As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.  Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow.  But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.  Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants.  Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!  Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

   “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 

The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. They hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The devil takes it away from their hearts and prevents them from believing and being saved.

The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 

The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. They hear God’s word, but all to quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, the desire for other things, and the riches and pleasures of this life.  The produce no fruit and they never grow to maturity.   

   The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” They heard and accepted God’s word. They represent honest, good hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it and patiently produce a huge harvest.(there is that word cling again! From Isaiah 41:10 see post on Clinging to the Lord- true meaning Isaiah 41:10 -the bible is like a big puzzle we put together- everything ties into another and the study never ends!)

 Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others

    The Seed is the Word of God- it is the hearing of the Gospel. So the faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 What do you do with the Word you hear? I remember when I read this years ago, it scared me. I knew that I was one of the one whose heart crowded out the Word of God with things from this world. I wanted life my way and I also wanted to be saved.  In my own mind I thought I was good, but when I read this scripture- I was truly convicted.  As the word says- “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12 
         
 I heard the Word and loved what I heard, but I wanted to go my own way. I didn’t think I knew how to change this. I know it takes a changed heart only the Lord can change. It takes a willing heart. It takes a heart willing to give up the worldly desires and passions the world tries to tempt us with. It’s determination to say no to the things of this world and a new determination and desire to please the Lord. It is sad that I had to hit absolute rock bottom to change. But I rejoice in that time and my trials. It broke me where I needed to be broken and changed my life. In trials we have two choices- we can become bitter and angry or we can give it to the Lord and trust Him.

       Spiritual Stronghold on heart and choking out the Word of God The Dark Empty blackest heart:  This person considered himself to be a practicing Christian, having grown up with rituals and practices for salvation, also attending church each Sunday. Yet demonic strongholds had him captive and although he heard the word, he listened and he tried, nothing changed. He couldn’t see the demon who had his hands wrapped around his neck.  This demonic chokehold around the neck was choking out the word.
           Let me explain further: This person heard the word of God , and I’m assuming this person wanted to change going to church each weekend, but as he heard the words and the words started to go down into his heart, the demonic hands wrapped around the neck gripped it so hard the word could not go into the heart. The heart stood unchanged, the man wrestled to no avail.     

 

The Heart with the Large fire : This was amazing to see, this person was humble at heart and did not know the large flame within. This person had been through years of difficult tests and trials, yet relied on the Lord through each one. As each trial passed, the flame increased more and more, and now at an older age in life, the flame overflowed out of the heart. I could see demonic attacks that would still come to this person- in the spirit world it looked like someone trying to blow out a campfire- maybe it would make a small dent, but the flame would come right back.  In the physical world it would be a person or situation that bothered or annoyed them, not knowing it was actually a fight with the spiritual realms- not flesh and blood as the scripture says:
     For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places Eph 6:22
  
I was given understanding to know that our battles in the day are really spiritual battles. We think they are people or situations, but they are not. 
    To prove further: “we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;4And patience, experience; and experience, hope Romans 5:3-4, you see the trials and tests we overcome strengthen us. 
      In this heart I saw, I knew this person had faith and trust in the Lord and the trials endured through trust in the Lord had helped her now as trials still came. Although trials still came, the person stood unaffected by the storms. It reminds me of one of my favorite verses in Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. This verse tells us that those who trust in the Lord stand strong in their storms. If drought, extreme heat, or great storms topple over, the tree still stands tall and strong with it’s roots deeply secured along the river. It never worries and always keeps on producing fruit.

HEART IN THE FIRE- MADE IN HIS IMAGE

       I was reading the story of Moses and I thought it was really interesting that the Lord spoke to them from the heart of the fire. I wonder – if we are also made in his image spiritually. I saw that within us is a fire in the heart. It makes sense, but it never something I’ve considered or been taught. 

Deuteronomy 4:12  And the LORD spoke to you from the heart of the fire. You heard the sound of his words but didn’t see his form; there was only a voice.
Deuteronomy 4:15 “But be very careful! You did not see the LORD’s form on the day he spoke to you from the heart of the fire at Mount Sinai.
Deuteronomy 5:4At the mountain the LORD spoke to you face to face from the heart of the fire.
Deuteronomy 5:22“The LORD spoke these words to all of you assembled there at the foot of the mountain. He spoke with a loud voice from the heart of the fire, surrounded by clouds and deep darkness. This was all he said at that time, and he wrote his words on two stone tablets and gave them to me.
Deuteronomy 5:24They said, ‘Look, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live.
My child, listen and be wise: Keep your heart on the right course. Proverbs 23:18-20

Weeping and Gnashing of teeth
       There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on that great and terrible day. I was thinking on this verse about a month or two ago and the Holy Spirit spoke clearly into my heart –  those who will be weeping and gnashing their teeth will be those who think they are saved, those who have been lied to from the pulpit and those who consider themselves Christian.  We cannot make our own rules and we cannot change the Laws and regulations of God to fit our lifestyle. We need to stop pretending and trying to impress people.

         But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.For many are called, but few are chosen. And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  and he shall say “Lord, Lord, open unto us” ; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. Matt 8:12, 22:13, 24:51Matt24:51Luke 13:13

Verses to think on:

As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person. Prov 27:19

Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” John 7:38(this relates more to spiritual stronghold post describing the heart)

Luke 21:34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,

Hebrews 1:7 Regarding the angels, he says, “He sends his angels like the winds, his servants like flames of fire.”— I think this is really interesting- we are the flames of fire He is describing

2 Timothy 1:6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  (We can fan these flames within us! That means we can increase the flame in us in order to overcome any spiritual battles that come against us- remember we do not battle against flesh and blood but against…  principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. It is not as we perceive from our wordly view- the people that hurt us or situations at home and work are the workings of your enemy trying to put out the flame within you. In your trials rejoice- raise your hands, give him praise- put on the belt of truth, the shoes of peach and the breastplate of righteousness praise Him- fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you and stand spiritually strong.)

Jeremiah 2:13  “For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me— the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!  This verse says a lot in the few words it speaks- can a cracked cistern hold water? Can the heart of those who turn and abandon the Lord hold the living water?    Be careful and above all guard you heart for out of it flow the issues of life.

 How can I enlarge the fire of the Holy Spirit in my heart? By enduring all your trials as you cling to the Lord -Raise your hands and Praise His name-know who your enemy is and know your weapons of warfare. Use scripture to lift you up if you are down. Fan into flames the fire of the Holy Spirit in you.

   There is more I want to share about the heart and the fire within us. I think this post is a bit too long at this point, so I’ll finish up during the week and share more of what the Lord showed me. (and I promise to draw better next time:) )

Peace to All! May God’s grace and Mercy be upon you. The Lord is soo Good! He answered three specific prayers I prayed unto Him this week! Surely the Lord is good and His Mercy endures forever! I am so happy happy that He hears me and answers our prayers. Glory to you O Lord!
Shalom my friends!

Prayer for our loved ones who are lost and struggling: Prayer- our weapon of warfare