Believing, Speaking, and Seeing

Believing, Speaking, and Seeing
When you open your mouth to speak, what comes out? What do you words do you speak over your life? Is what you say in line with what God’s Word says about you, or does it go against His promises to you?

God created this world by speaking it into existence. We were created in His image (Genesis 1 :27), so in a similar way, the words that we speak create our world. A lot of what we see in our lives is a result of what we first believed, and then spoke. Proverbs 18:21 sums it up by saying that death and life are in the power of our tongues. The choices is ours as to which we want to experience, and we make our choice by what we allow to come out of our mouths.

Does that mean that if we say we are blue with yellow polka dots that our skin will instantly turn blue and spotted? That’s not what it is about! It’s not some kind of magic, it’s a principle God created to allow His promises to come to pass in our lives. Mark 11:23 explains this principle by saying that if we tell a mountain to move, and have faith and don’t doubt, we will have what we say. It all starts with what we choose to believe. God wants us to have faith in His promises, speak words that agree with what He says, and then see what He has promised happen in our lives.

Luke 6:45 says that we speak what our hearts are filled with. If our hearts are filled with negative beliefs that go against what God’s Word says, we will probably speak negative words and see negative things come to pass in our lives, instead of the good things God wants us to have. Because we speak and ultimately see come to pass whatever our hearts are filled with, we really do need to guard our heart against things that are contrary to God’s Word. What goes really will come out, show up, and determine the course of our lives (Prov 4:23)!

What do you want to see come to pass in your life? Choose to believe and speak forth God’s Word, and see His promises to you manifest!

The Words We Say

The Words We Say

Proverbs 18:21 tells us that in the power of our tongue is both death and life. How can that be true? Do the words we say really make that big of a difference?

Our words can affect people more deeply than we sometimes think. They can cause great pain and harm, or they can bring healing and encouragement, all depending on what we choose to say. Ephesians 4:29 says to speak words that will build others up, not tear them down. How often do the words we speak follow those guidelines?

In a similar way, the words we choose to listen to and believe about ourselves have a great impact on our lives as well.  How often do we let the negative things that others say about and to us affect how we see ourselves – words that go directly against what God says about us, such as “You’re not good enough,”  “You’ll never measure up,” or “You don’t matter?” The devil loves it when we believe these lies. They tear us down, and make it difficult for us to experience the amazing, abundant life God has for us. Instead of listening to the negative words of others, begin to focus your attention on what God has to say about you – that you’re His cherished, treasured child, whom He loves dearly. Allow Him to build you up with words of His love and grace!

The words that we speak over ourselves impact our lives as well. God created this world with His words, and we are made in His image (Gen 1:27), so in a similar way, the words that we speak change and affect our own little world. In Mark 11:23, Jesus goes so far as to say that if anyone tells a mountain to be removed and cast into the sea, they will have what they say if they believe and do not doubt in their heart. God wants us to use this principle of believing, speaking, and seeing what we spoke come to pass to see His promises manifest in our lives. However, if we are constantly believing in and speaking a bunch of negative things, what do you think we are going to see come to pass in our lives instead?

Death and life truly are in the power of the tongue! Our words really do matter – what we say to others, whose words we choose to listen to, and what we speak over ourselves. Begin to listen to what God says about you, speak that over your life, and use your words to encourage others!

What Is God’s Will When We’re Going Through Difficult Circumstances?

God's Will

Have you ever heard that God sometimes sends us trials to teach us something? That He allows us to go through difficult seasons so that we will draw closer to Him? Guess what?!? It’s a myth!

God is good. He loves you far more than you could possibly imagine. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17) and He promises to give good things to those who ask (Mtt 7:11). He is not the source of life’s tragedies. He is the One who will bring about healing, wholeness and abundance in every area of your life if you will receive it. It is His desire to see you enjoy every blessing that He has for you. It is His goodness, not Him sending trials, that leads people to repentance (Rom 2:4), turning them towards Him.

God isn’t causing bad things to happen to you, or sitting back and simply allowing them to take place. Quite the opposite, in fact. He sent His Son to pay the price for you to get to know Him, and have the right as His child to receive your healing, freedom, peace, joy, restoration, and whatever it is you’re in need of. As your Heavenly Father, He’s on your side. He stands ready and waiting to rescue you!

Know this once and for all – it’s ALWAYS God’s will to save and deliver you, regardless of the situation you may be in, or how you got there. In many cases, the reason people pray and don’t see a breakthrough is because they don’t really believe this. They question what it’s really God’s will to do in the situation, or they think He won’t work in their lives because they don’t deserve it. Matthew 21:22 says that you will receive what you ask for if you BELIEVE! Don’t doubt God’s willingness or ability to work in your situation. Trust in Him, and see your miracle come to pass!

How Do You See Your World?

How

So often, it can be difficult for us to look beyond the way things are, and see what God wants us to see. Most of the time, when we look at our lives, all we can see is the pain we’re dealing with, the problems we’re going through, or the challenges we’re facing. Instead of seeing ourselves and our lives in a way that lines up with God’s Word, we focus on what’s right in front of us. We’re walking by sight, not by faith.

When we begin to believe what God’s Word says about us, however – when we begin to walk by faith instead of by sight – we will begin to see everything differently! When we look at our lives, instead of seeing sickness, depression, anxiety, addiction, shame, guilt, pain, or heartbreak, we will see ourselves as healed, delivered, set free, forgiven, loved, restored, and whole. Instead of seeing problems that conquer us, we will see challenges that God has conquered for us, and given us victory over. As we begin to see our world through the lens of faith, what we see through the eyes of faith will begin to come to pass in our lives!

God has many promises for us in His Word, but they can only be received through faith. If all we can see is what’s right before our eyes, we’ll never be able to experience all that He desires to give us. In order to enjoy the manifestation of God’s promises in our lives, we must learn to see our world in a different light. We must open our eyes to what God wants us to see – what His Word has to say about us and our lives. Only then will our lives really begin to change for the better!

How the Holy Spirit Convicts

How the Holy Spirit Convicts
One of the things that the Holy Spirit does is to convict. What do you think He convicts us of? All the things we are doing that are wrong? All the mistakes that we make?

John 16:8 tells us what the Holy Spirit convicts of. It says that He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. John 16:9-11 explains further just what this means. These verses paint a very different picture of the Holy Spirit’s role of convicting than we sometimes imagine!

John 16:9 says that He convicts the world of sin because they don’t believe in Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicting of sin doesn’t mean that He points out to us every sin we ever commit. Rather, it means that He convicts those who haven’t accepted Christ of the one sin that will keep them from spending eternity with Him – the sin of not believing in Him.

John 16:10 says that Holy Spirit convicts of righteousness, because Jesus was going to the Father, and therefore we would no longer see Him. Under the new covenant of God’s grace that Christ came to establish, how do we become righteous? Not by always doing the right thing and never messing up, but rather through faith in Jesus (Rom 3:22)! When Jesus returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to be our Helper (Jn 14:16). Today, Christ is at the Father’s right hand, representing us, and our Helper, the Holy Spirit, convicts of the fact that in Him, we have been made righteous (2 Cor 5:21)!

John 16:11 says that the Holy Spirit convicts of judgment, because the ruler of the world has been judged. Our Savior has disarmed principalities and powers. He triumphed over them at the cross (Col 2:15). In other words, the devil is a defeated foe, and the Holy Spirit reminds us of that!

This is how the Holy Spirit convicts! He points people towards faith in Christ, He helps us to understand that we have been made righteous, and He reminds us that the enemy has been defeated! How wonderful God is to have sent us such a Helper!

God’s Not Dead, and a Question Asked by Many

God's Not Dead

One year ago, the movie God’s Not Dead was released in theaters. Last summer, it came out on dvd. The movie is all about a college student, Josh Wheaton, standing up for his faith on campus against a professor who demands that he signs a paper stating that God is dead. I recently rewatched the movie, and there was something that really stuck out to me.

This scene is Josh’s final classroom argument to prove that God’s not dead. Pay attention especially to Professor Radisson’s response to a question Josh poses –

As the movie progresses, it becomes apparent that there’s more to the story of the professors’ unbelief than meets the eye. During the last debate, Josh asks the professor point blank why he hates God. The professor responds by saying it’s because God took everything away from him. Earlier in the movie, we find out that Radisson’s mother died of cancer when he was 12 years old, despite his prayers that God would spare her life. Therefore, he holds God responsible for his mother’s death. He also says something very interesting. He comments that the most committed athiests were originally Christians who awoke to what life really was like.

People all over the world every day are asking the question of why bad things happen if God is so good. It deeply saddens me to know that the response they often receive, and what many Christians believe to be true, makes it sound like it’s God’s fault – that He causes or allows negative things to happen for our good, because He has reasons we don’t always understand. This causes many people to turn directly away from God, or feel bitterly towards Him. Who can blame them? After all, who would really want to serve a God that is behind all of life’s tragedies – all the different things insurance clauses describe as “acts of God?” And are they really acts of God?

To say that God is good, and then to point things back to Him that are clearly bad just doesn’t make sense. John 10:10 clearly states that it is NOT God who steals, kills, and destroys, but rather that He sent His Son to give us life. Therefore, how could things like sickness, disease, death, and natural disasters possibly be good, or be from Him?

The truth of the matter? God is good. The trials and tragedies of life are not from Him. Sometimes they come as a result of people’s bad choices, and other times, it’s simply because we live in a fallen world where all is not as God originally designed it. The good news is that whatever we’re facing, God is both willing and able to help us, but when we ask, we HAVE TO BELIEVE that He will, and that it is His desire to do so. This is hard to do when we’re blaming Him for what we’re going through, or thinking that He caused or allowed our situation to teach us something.

What about you? What do you believe about tragedy, and whether or not God causes or allows it? Instead of blaming Him, are you willing to believe that He is ready and waiting to rescue you in any and all circumstances that you face?

What Do Your Beliefs Say About God?

Beliefs

As Christians, we believe so many different things about what God’s Word is really saying. The way we personally interpret various parts of it differs greatly. Have you ever stopped to consider this – What do your beliefs say about God? Who do they make Him out to be? How do they cause Him to appear to those around you?

Do your beliefs make God seem like who He really is, or someone that He is not? Is it possible that in your zeal and enthusiasm, you may be painting a picture of God that reveals something other than His true colors?

If you were honest with yourself, how do your beliefs portray God? As the loving, gracious, and forgiving Heavenly Father that He is? Or do they portray Him as more of a cold and distant Sovereign, a harsh and stern Judge, ready to condemn all who are even remotely deserving, or an avenging Ruler who strikes down those who dare to arose His wrath?

If your beliefs tend to represent Him more like the latter, how can you possibly expect anyone around you to want anything to do with Him? And how can you expect to ever really get close to Him yourself?

The truth is, some of our beliefs represent God very poorly, and reflect on Him in a very negative way. This can have a crippling effect on our relationship with Him, and make it difficult for others to want to come to Him.

Let’s stop believing in a manner that portrays God negatively. Let’s not allow our beliefs to undermine an understanding of His love, goodness, or grace.

What do your beliefs say about God? What kind of a picture do they paint of Him? How does this impact yourself, and those around you?

As He Is, So Are You!

As He Is, So Are You!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!

When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!

As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!

Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As A Child Of God, You Can . . .

As a child of God, you can . . .

believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!

approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!

allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!

trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!

receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!

Linking up this post with Thriving Thursdays at Serving Joyfully, and Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine.