|Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 8, 2011 at 2:45 PM|
This study in Kingdom Living finds me looking more closely at the power of our words when they are lining up with God’s Word. We are probably aware of, and perhaps have experienced personally, the power of a condemning word to create low self-esteem or lack ofconfidence.
Psychologists have revealed the fact that a child can potentially become what he hears. For example, a child who repeatedly hears destructive comments like, “You’re so stupid!” “You’ll never do it!” “Why can’t you be more like that little girl?”is wounded deeply and will hear that recording in his or her mind all their life. It can be a subconscious critical word that destroys all hope of pursuing a future full of the life, joy and fruitfulness that God intends.
Adults are not immune. Someone in an abusive relationship, because of their own insecurities will continue to be battered, verbally assaulted, and truly come to believe they deserve it. The family that is plagued by fighting, short tempers, violence or addictions sometimes comes to accept that as normal.
God’s Word counters it all, and practicing God’s Word unlocks the potential to reverse past damage and begin a new course by hearing the truth of what God says and applying it in our lives.
I am going to share some of what I have been learning. I hope this study over the next month helps you to engage in lining up with God’s Word, and trusting Him to change your course and your circumstances, for His glory. No matter the circumstance, every Christian is called to reign with Christ as a Kingdom Citizen in ever increasing joy to serve Him. It begins as we master our mouth.
First things first: God cannot lie. He is always right. His Word is Truth. God watches over His Word to perform it. If God is for us, who can be against? If we continue in His Word, we are His disciples who shall know the truth, and the truth shall make us free. We are to follow Jesus and become more like Him. Agreed so far?
Do you feel free and empowered, or do you feel overwhelmed and beaten down by life before you even get out of bed? Are your circumstances your focus, or are you keeping your eyes on Jesus?
We’ve heard that one before. But, life is hard! I study my Bible, I pray, I volunteer, I serve the Lord. So, what else can I do to be an overcomer and reign in the power and life of the Holy Spirit?
Well, I have had a new revelation for myself. Perhaps, you can testify to this as well. Here it is:
I don’t always speak what God says into a situation. Now, hold on. I’m not talking about that controversial “name it and claim it” practice. What do I mean?
Well, quite simply, God wants me to take to heart all of His truth. He wants us to refuse to listen to the lies, the condemnation and defeat that gets thrown our way. Instead, He wants me to know the truth of what He says about me, about my life, my relationships, my work, my challenges, about everything in my life. Then, He wants my words to line up with His Word.
Consider God’s wisdom spelled out in the scriptures: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. My ears heard the Word, it got planted deep in my heart, and from out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. My mouth must keep speaking God’s truth so my ears hear it. Then faith grows stronger and goes deeper in my life so I trust only in God’s promise to steer my life and work all things together for my good. ALL THINGS. This was the breakthrough for my salvation. It continues to be the process for my sanctification and growing to imitate Christ.
Unbelief and negative words from my mouth are also within ear shot. If I hear ungodly words, opinions, griping and complaining, if I fill my eyes with worldly images and thoughts, all that negative stuff is entering my heart and mind. And, you know what the Bible says about mixing good and evil: they don’t mix. Can you get sweet water from a contaminated well? Nope. Can I speak words that deposit unbelief into my heart all day, and then expect that a short meditation on God’s word at night will melt it all away? Not likely.
Tapping into all of the power available to us through Christ as a Kingdom Citizen is not hard to do. It just takes practice. Remember how Ephesians 6 tells us that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, able to cut through even between the bone and the marrow? Wield that sword, friend, and counter all the arguments and manipulations of the enemy with the most powerful Word of God,and watch how things begin to change.
Like the small rudder on a ship, which has the ability to change the course of a mighty ship, our tongues speaking God’s truth will eliminate what some have called “Stinking Thinking” and set a new course for blessing, healing, and satisfaction in life. God wants to make all things new. ALL THINGS.
Where do you want to start?
Thank you, Lord, for the Living Word, Jesus Christ. How gracious You are to give us Spirit-breathed Truth to speak to our own hearts for encouragement when the road gets rocky. Today, Lord, I am going to set a guard over my mouth and speak Your Word into my situation. I am deeply loved, greatly blessed and highly favored. I will praise You for working behind the scenes, lining up exactly what I need, according to Your promises,and give You the glory and honor for the solutions I anticipate are on their way. My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!
For starters, here are some scripture truths to proclaim to your heart:
My God will supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19
Shame or guilt:
Is 53:5 He was pierced through for our transgressions, crushed for our sins, and the punishment He took for us has given us peace.
Jeremiah 29:11 I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, a plan for peace, reserving for you a future and a hope.
Care to share one of your favorites?
Categories: Reigning in Christ: Kingdom Living