Speak the Word

God’s word is the MOST important thing. The verses below show the significance of saying what God says. In John 14:10, Jesus said: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does His work through me.

Proverbs 138:2 (amp): I will bow down [in worship] toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word together with Your name. 

John 1:1 (KJV) says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 Isaiah 55:10 & 11 (NIV): As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Proverbs 18:21 (GNT) –What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

I was thinking about this night before last; and then decided yesterday that I would do a Speak the Word challenge for this month. It’s easy to get caught up in circumstances; especially if they are unfavorable. We must remind ourselves that God’s word is the Most important thing. It is the absolute truth; and of a spiritual nature. The circumstances that we deal with might be a fact; BUT it is not the truth. Only God’s word is truth. Job 22:28 (ESV) states: You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways. We MUST make a quality decision to believe the word of God over everything else, if we’re going to possess His promises.

I remember talking with an older woman who lead the Women’s Bible Study at our church years ago. We were having a conversation one day; when she told me that she was diagnosed with cancer in her 50s (she was then in her 80s); and had overcome it. She had been cancer-free for over 30 years. I asked her how she overcame it. She took me to Psalm 103:2 &3 (KJV):  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. She said that whenever she felt scared or sick from the treatments, she would read these verses aloud over and over again. They brought her peace. As I think back on that conversation; I could see that she was renewing her mind with the word of God.  She made a decision to believe the word OVER her circumstance. As a result, her circumstance came into alignment with what she was saying.

In James 1:2-8 (NIV) states:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Being indecisive (which is equivalent to double-mindedness) will not bring good results. Had the Women’s Bible Study leader gone back and forth between her diagnosis and the word of God, I’m pretty sure that her situation would’ve turned out quite differently. She overcame that circumstance because she believed and spoke the word of God. When I was in college, I played basketball; and tore two minisci. After surgery, the doctor declared to me that I would have arthritis in that knee by the time I was 40. I BOLDLY declared: No I won’t! Forty has come and gone and my knee is excellent. I declare daily that I am healthy, whole and strong from the crown of my head to soles of my feet; and by His stripes I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Make a decision today that you will believe and declare God’s word over your life; and if you feel inclined, join me in my Speak the Word Challenge this month. Whether you’re dealing with an unfavorable circumstance or not, make the quality decision that God’s word is the final authority in your life. Have an excellent rest of the week!

Do You Trust God?

God is good! I was in the shower yesterday after my workout, just praising and thanking God for how He always provides for me …both my needs and wants. I thought about the many ways that He takes care of me daily. My husband went out of town earlier this week; but he left a stash of cash,just in case the kids and I needed anything. Every week, a friend of mine brings home-baked goods and snacks for my children. My children give me the sweetest compliments daily. My husband makes me laugh like nobody’s business. People give me brand new and very gently used clothes and shoes all the time. I always get close parking spaces everywhere I go. Random people have given me money. A man showed up at my door one morning and handed my an envelope filled with money; as well as five bible verses written on it.

God gave me a brand new car debt-free; and the very next day, gave my husband a brand new debt-free car as well. The beauty of this blessing is that I wanted an escalade. I test drove it and liked it; but I had three kids under the age of four at that time. The thought of having to lift all of them in and out of the car; along with my big stroller, was a bit much. So my wise husband suggested that we go over to the toyota dealership and give the sienna minivan a try. I NEVER EVER thought I would EVER drive a minivan. I was too cool for that!  BUT, I drove it and LOVED it; and my little kids could get in and out themselves. So that’s how I ended up with my minivan. God knew best! The other part of the blessing was that God instructed my husband to go and get the escalade the next day. He had no intention of buying a new car; but He obeyed and God provided (as He always does). God gave me a beautiful situation, because my husband is always there when i’m in the escalade and I never have to load and unload the kids. As much as I like the escalade; I really do appreciate and enjoy the sienna…..and I’m still cool. Thank you Father!

Yesterday, while at the balloon festival, an older gentleman walked up to me and handed me 4 tickets for the bouncy house. It is the one thing that my kids wanted to do. My kids said: “Thank you God! He always gives us favor!” Yes indeed He does. I thought about that. There was a huge crowd of people at the festival; and of all those people, a random man comes up to me with enough tickets for all of my children? God is real people and He’s pretty big on taking care of our wants and needs. God is my shepherd and my Jireh. He is the sole supplier of all of my wants and needs. I am 100 percent convinced that God wants us to live our lives in TOTAL reliance on Him alone. I know beyond all shadows of doubts that He will not and can not fail me. If the birds can trust Him; how much more can we? (Matthew 6:26-33) Do you really trust God? Do you trust Him to meet your desires and needs? Do you trust Him to take care of you regardless of your income? Do you trust Him in the face of an evil report? Do you trust Him with your marriage? Do you trust Him with your children? Do you trust Him with you? Do. You. Trust. God?

Daily Declarations

Greetings everyone!! I hope you all are enjoying your week. I wanted to share some of my daily declarations with you. Please feel free to adopt them as your own. The following statements are bible verses that I’ve personalized; and speak to myself daily. Our words are our seeds. Galatians 6:7 says that a person reaps what (s)he sows; so start sowing good seeds for your life.

 

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This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)

I am the righteousness (in right standing) of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I have the mind of Christ.(Philippians 2:5)

I have an anointing from the Holy One and I know all things.(1 John 2:20)

I am the lender and not the borrower, the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. (Deuteronomy 28:12-13)

I am blessed in the city. I am blessed in the field. I am blessed in my coming & going. (Deuteronomy 28:3 & 6)

I am healthy, whole and strong from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet. (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24)

I am God’s sheep and I hear, know and obey His voice. (John 10:27; 2 John 1:6)

Every good and perfect gift comes from God. Today is my gift; therefore, it will end perfect; and it will end good. (John 1:17)

Therefore, because God has seen my sowing, His mind is continually on me. I’m expecting more and more financial blessings, and more and more financial increase to come into my life. (Psalm 115:12, 14)

I am a god.  (Psalm 82:6; John 10:34)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

My soul is prospering. (3 John 1:2)

God satisfies my desires with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:5)

I am successful in everything I do. (Deuteronomy 15:10 cev)

I am as bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

Wealth and riches are in my house. (Psalm 112:3)

All of my debts are canceled; God says so. (Deuteronomy 15:1 & 2)

 

Faith over Fear

Mark 5.36

 

Yesterday, while at the amusement park, I lost sight of my 3 year young daughter for a few minutes. I was sitting on the side with my 1 year young daughter and a couple of friends. I’d made eye contact with my older two sons; so I knew they knew where I was. My 3 year young daughter didn’t know know where I was sitting. Both of my sons had come over to where I was sitting; but she was not with them. I scanned the pool area; but didn’t see her. I calmly got up and walked to one side of the pool area where we were. As I walked, I prayed. I said: “Father, you know all things, including where Hannah is. You give your angels charge over us to keep us in all of our ways. I thank you for keeping Hannah; and for sending the angels out to bring her right to me. As I turned to head back to walk to the other side of the pool area, a woman had my daughter’s hand and brought her right to me. She said something like: She looked like she wasn’t sure where you were. I graciously thanked the woman; and thanked God, because I knew that He had answered me….and that I can never lose anyone of anything that I entrust to Him.

How do you think you would’ve reacted, given this circumstance? Many would’ve reacted in fear; because this is when the enemy comes in and fill your mind with thoughts of what could go wrong.  He needs fear to enable his operation; but the Father needs faith for His Spirit to operate. I chose faith; and resisted any thoughts otherwise.This has been a practice for more than 20 years in this area of my life. I learned that I could trust God to return lost things to me. I’ve misplaced my wallet on 3 different occasions within a 20 year time span. Each time, my wallet was returned to me with everything in it. It is my instinct and expectation to always receive back anything that I might not know of it’s location at the moment. I also trust and take comfort in God’s omnipotence. There’s nothing that He doesn’t know……especially concerning me (Psalm 19:1 tpt). My confession for many years was that I NEVER lose anything in God’s kingdom; since I sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6). Another confession that I’ve been saying for the past couple of months is that “Every good and perfect give comes from God (James 1:17). Today is my gift; therefore, it will end perfect and it will end good. That is my expectation; and God delivers each and every day.  What scriptures do you use to build up your confidence in and expectations of the Heavenly Father? What are some ways that HE has come through for you?