Monday, November 27 2017
The Book of Proverbs speaks extensively about our words. These scriptures include:
Proverbs 8:7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Proverbs 8:8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them.
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.
This is not a comprehensive list, but it is my hope that you get the idea. Perhaps, the most recognizable of the Proverbs that Solomon penned conerning our words is...
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
The word that this scripture turns on is “power”. I have heard this word defined as “authority”, but Strong’s Concondance defines it as “a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.).” As we look at this scripture again, we could use the term “direction” as in “Death and life are in the direction of your tongue.” You will go the way of your tongue. Your speech tells your direction. If you are positive, you will head in a positive direction. If you are negative, well, you will head in a negative direction. James wrote...
James 3:4-5 KJV
 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
Your speech can move the natural, but our speech can also move the supernatural. The Apostle Paul wrote...
2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
Do you need something in your life? Are you suffering through a trial? Do you need deliverance?
It is time to speak life, but we must understand that to move the supernatural that it is more than just saying it. Our speech must be coupled with faith. Please take the time and read the following scripture...
Mark 9:17-29 KJV
 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
If you need a miracle, couple your faith and your speech. Speak you miracle into existence through prayer and fasting. Life is in the power of your tongue.
Have a great week!
Monday, November 20 2017
Life has been compared to a roller coaster. The Bible speaks of the “valley of the shadow of death.” There will be times in your life when “life stinks.” It is just not going the way that you want it to go. When we are living blessed, this blog entry may not mean anything to you. If you are going through a terrible time and know exactly what I am talking about...read on!
The Psalmist wrote:
Psalm 38:5 KJV
The wounds that the writer is speaking of can be speaking of sinful wounds. Charles Spurgeon says that, “Apply this to the body, and it pictures a sad condition of disease; but read it of the soul, and it is to the life.” The Psalmist continued...
Psalm 38:6-11 KJV
 For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease : and there is no soundness in my flesh.
 I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of my heart.
 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
 My heart panteth, my strength faileth me: as for the light of mine eyes, it also is gone from me.
 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
This is an amazing word picture of the perils of life. So what do you do when your world is upside down and twisted around? What do you do when life does not seen fair? The easy answer is to hold onto Jesus. The hard thing to do is to hold onto Jesus.
We read of many stories of deliverance of God’s people in the scripture. We read of Daniel emerging from the Lion’s Den and the three Hebrews walking out of the fiery furnace. We hear preachers preach about David’s victory over Goliath and the raising of Lazarus by Jesus. What do we do when we feel that we are in a fiery furnce. One thing that I have found is remembering the last thing that God told me. God has given us promises. IF WE ARE PRAYERFUL, FASTING and READING THE WORD, God will speak to us in His time, but we need to be sensitive to His Word. It may not come from where you expect.
It was Job that said...
Job 23:8-10 KJV
 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him : he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him :
 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
What do you do when you are in the wilderness and God has been a bit silent? We need to go back to the last time God spoke to us. What was the last promise He gave you? When you know it, you need to hold onto it and believe that His promises are true.
God will turn our “mourning into dancing”. He will take care of those that love Him. The valley may be long, dark and dry, but when doubt begins to creep in, simply open your Word and pray as the peace of God passes over you...
Psalm 23:1-6 KJV
 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
When life stinks...the anchor holds (as the old song says).
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 13 2017
Last week, I wrote about the “secret place”. That blog post is written from a standpoint of defining it. As I was praying and studying, I came upon a scripture that peeked my interest. It is part of Hannanh’s prayer to God. It reads...
1 Samuel 2:1-3 KJV
 There is none holy as the Lord : for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.  Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
What did Hannah mean when she prayed, “By Him actions are weighed”? Strong’s Concordance reveals that the Hebrew word for “action” is defined as “a performance(of man, often in a bad sense); by implication an opportunity.” It further shows that the term “weighed” means, “to balance, that is, measure out.”. That seems obvious! The Message Bible takes that phrase and changes it to say, “For God knows what's going on.” God knows what we are doing. He knows where we are and has never left us for forsaken us.
Hannah was a woman of prayer. Her first recorded prayer was, “O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid.” She vowed to give the child to God not as a man, but as a child. Smauel spent his youth in the service of the Lord. This may sound heartbreaking for a mother (or a father) to send their child away at such a young age, but the Bible says that she prayed, “My heart rejoiceth in the Lord.” What an amazing story. Hannah went from afflicted to praising, but she also came to understand that God knew where she was in life and blessed her actions of prayer. She became a prayer warrior rather than becoming bitter.
God knows what is going on in your life. He has not forgotten you. He promised to never leave you nor foraske you. The battle that you are in is His battle and the outcome is going to be for His glory. When God weighs your actions be sure that He finds that you are seeking Him.
Monday, November 06 2017
There are many things in the scripture that we read, sing about and preach about that may leave you scratching your head while asking what it all means. In Psalm 91, the Psalmist wrote “He that dwellest in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” This is not a sentence that we would craft in American English, but it has meaning and the Word of God is powerful. Therefore these words are anointed by God, settled in Heaven and powerful.
The word “dwellest” in the original language is “Yashab” meaing “to sit, to be set, remain or to abide.” This implies that not everyone will live in the secret place of the most High, but there will be those that pass by or through it. God wants us to remain. He wants us to live in the secret place. It was Charles Spurgeon that wrote of the secret place, “Into the secret place those only come who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and those only dwell there to whom to live is Christ. To them the veil is rent, the mercy-seat is revealed, the covering cherubs are manifest, and the awful glory of the Most High is apparent.” Another commentary describes the secret place where those that enjoy an intimate relationship with God...a type of the Garden of Eden.
The “shadow of the Almighty” is the protection and love of God. The Psalmist penned in Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” King Solomon would write in Song of Solomon 2:3, “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” God protects those that He loves.
How do we remain or dwell in the secret place of the most High while under the shadow of the Almighty? This is done by maintaining our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, fasting, studying His Word and faithfulness to the house of God. We have to be “all in” for Jesus. At church yesterday, we sang the old hymn “I Surrender All”. This is a powerful song not simply because we sing it, but because we pray it also.
In your life of prayer, ask God to reveal to you what it takes to dwell in the secret place of the most High under the shadow of the Almighty. He will reveal it to you. It may be against what your flesh wants to do, but if you can overcome the flesh living in the shadow of the Almighty is the best place you will ever be.
Have a wonderful week!