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!

Because He First Loved Us

becauseWeek 44 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 2 Peter 3, and 1 John 1-4.

1 John 4:19 says that we love because God first love us.

“The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it – to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). However, there are times when our love for God may fall short of this standard, and people whom we may have a hard time loving. If we are trying in our own strength to truly love God and others, we will never be able to do so perfectly.

The good news is that it isn’t about our love, but rather God’s love for us! When we begin to truly understand the width and length, and height and depth of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18), we will begin to fall in love with Him. We won’t have to struggle or strive to love Him more. Our love for Him will be a natural response to His love for us.

As we are filled with the knowledge of the love of God, that love will overflow from us to those around us. We’ll find ourselves freely giving out the love that we have freely received (Matthew 10:8). It won’t be about us endeavoring to show love in our own strength, but rather about God’s love flowing through us.” – Exerpt from previous post, “Focus On His Love For You.”

 

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!

Be Filled With Peace As You Trust In Him

Be Filled With Peace As You Trust In HimThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Philippians 4:6-7. These verses bid us to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God, and they promise us that His peace will guard our hearts and minds.

What are you anxious about today? Is there something that’s causing you to worry? Why don’t you talk to God about it?  ALL things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26)! Nothing’s too big for Him to handle. Nothing that bothers you is too small for Him to concern Himself with. As your loving Heavenly Father, He wants to take care of you, and meet all of your needs, in every area of your life.

When you bring you concerns before God, you can be at peace, knowing He is both willing and able to handle whatever it is that you’ve brought before Him. Your mind can be at ease, and your heart can be at rest, knowing that you’ve cast your burden upon the One with whom nothing’s impossible (Luke 1:37).

Instead of being anxious, present your requests to God, and allow yourself to be filled with His peace, as you trust in Him!

Above All Else

Above All ElseBible Reading and Memorization Plan memory verse switch – This week’s verse will be Proverbs 4:23 instead of Joshua 1:9.

Proverbs 4:23 bids us to guard our hearts above all else, for everything we do – all the issues of life – flows from it.

Our hearts determine our life’s course. What is inside of us – what we truly believe, and our perception and perspective – directly influences all that we do and say. Our mindsets impact our actions greatly, and our mouths speak out of the abundance of what’s in our hearts (Luke 6:45).

Because of this, it is exceedingly important that we are on guard as to what we let into our hearts. What goes in will come out in our lives at some point, and in some way. The people we surround ourselves with, and that which we consistently spend time on, have a tendency to greatly affect our viewpoints and values, and in turn, our lives. For example, if those who are closest to us place a high importance on something, we will be more likely to do so as well. If they adopt a certain habit or custom, there’s a greater chance that we will adopt it too. That which we are constantly hearing and seeing will often get into our hearts, and become what we fixate on and accept as the norm.

Considering how greatly what we surround ourselves with impacts our mindset and focus, and how often it finds its way into our hearts, it behooves us to spend time in God’s Word, and around people who value what He has to say. As we fill our hearts with the words of our Heavenly Father, they will become what comes out of our mouths, and what we act upon. They will begin to produce fruit in our lives.

Above all else, remember to guard your heart, for what is found within it directly impacts the rest of your life.