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!

How Do You See Your World?

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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!

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!

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!

The Lord Is Good – Taste and See!

The Lord Is Good - Taste and See!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 34:8. This verse bids us to taste and see that the Lord is good, and states that those who take refuge in Him are blessed.

Here’s a review of a post I wrote on this verse a while back –

“Our God is a good God. He has many blessings available to us, His children. He wants us to walk in and receive them.

Psalm 103:2 tells us to praise the Lord, and to not forget all of His benefits. All throughout His Word, God speaks of the blessings that are ours in Christ. As our wonderful Heavenly Father, He knows how to give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). In fact, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). Therefore, the question to ask ourselves in determining whether something is from God if the thing in question is good and perfect. If it is not, it’s probably not from Him.

God is not the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Rather, He sent His Son that we might live an abundant life (John 10:10). He gave Him for us while we were completely undeserving. He accepted us into His family. He cares for us as any loving parent cares for their children. He continues to lavish unmerited favor and love upon us each day of our lives. Such a God truly is amazing. What are you waiting for? Taste and see His goodness today!”

http://calledandcreated.com/2013/10/taste-and-see/

Believing and Seeing

Believing and SeeingMild temperatures. Bright sunshine. Brilliant blue skies. Colorful flowers blooming. Birds chirping their cheery song. Warm, sunny spring days are extremely enjoyable after the long, frigid months of winter.

On even the coldest of winter days, we know that winter will, in time, fade into spring. In the midst of snowy white scenery and freezing temperatures, we know that spring is on its way. Though we can’t see it, we believe in its existence, and know that it is getting closer with each passing day. In the same way, though we can’t see God, we believe that He exists, that He loves us, and that He is always with us. Though we didn’t see Jesus walk this earth, and weren’t around when He gave His life for us at the cross, we believe that He died for us, and that through faith in Him, we can receive salvation.

Christianity doesn’t make sense to mere intellect. It can’t be understood by human reasoning alone. It must be taken on faith – by believing that God is who His Word says He is, and that He has done what it says that He has done. It isn’t about seeing, and then believing. Rather, it is through believing that we are enabled to see – to experience a real, living, growing relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Jesus said in John 20:29 that those are blessed who have not seen, and yet believe. This world walks not by faith, but by sight, yet those who believe in Christ are to walk not by sight, but by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). Though you can’t see God, He is real, He cares for you, and He sent His Son to save you. Have faith in these truths, and know that “Seeing isn’t believing. Believing is seeing.” (quote from The Santa Clause movies)

John 20:29

“We believe in God the Father. We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe in the Holy Spirit, and He’s given us new life. We believe in the crucifixion. We believe that He conquered death. We believe in the resurrection, and He’s coming back again. We believe.”