Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).
God spoke creation into being through words. When He said, "Let there be light", light came into being (Genesis 1:3). Most of Genesis chapter one is about God speaking creation into being. Have you ever wondered why God had to "talk" to bring forth these things instead of making them? It's because by talking, you create a sound code. Speech creates sound waves, and the original source material for creation is sound, because that's the energy produced by words.
Sound code therefore, is the instruction, meaning, account, or information embedded in a sound wave. Sometime ago, a scientist performed an experiment to ascertain the effect of words on water. He had water in different jars and would talk to the different containers of water. After a long while, each of them formed crystals. The ones he talked nicely to formed beautiful crystals. He spoke words of love: "You're wonderful; you're beautiful; you're full of love"; and beautiful crystals resulted.
However, the jars he spoke harshly to, saying, "You're ugly, terrible, bad; I hate you", formed very poor, ugly-looking crystals; deformed crystals. What then is the moral behind this? The human body is seventy per cent water. That means more than two-thirds of your physical body is water. Therefore, speaking negative words to yourself results in the deformity of the water crystals in your body; deformed crystals resulting from deformed minds. Many have talked themselves to death without knowing it.
Refuse to speak negatively or ugly about yourself; many think it's "fashionable" to do so, and that's sad. They pick lots of negative communication from their environment, workplace, neighborhood, etc., and take them home. Like some who, referring to their job, will say, "This thing is killing me"; or the mother who keeps saying, "These children are killing me", and thinks it doesn't matter; it does! They're destroying the water crystals in their bodies, because those crystals respond to words.
Speak life to your body, your environment, family, and to your world!
The Word of God has produced life in me; I'm a testimony of the grace and glory of God as a result of the impact of the Word in my life. I'm walking in righteousness, victory, prosperity, health, success and greatness. Halleluiah!
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
HOW TO BE KEPT IN PERFECT PEACE!- The bigger God becomes in my heart, the smaller my challenges become. When I keep my mind on the Lord, His peace and wisdom will begin to flow in me and direct me to victory.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
You need the truth of God's Word to uproot any wrong belief. This is why it's so important to get into His Word and take time to meditate upon verses that REVEAL God's unwavering and unfailing love for you. For instance, if you find your mind drifting into anxious thoughts over the smallest of things, I encourage you to memorize and quote today's scripture: ʻʻYou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa.26:3).
Whenever I feel stressed or worried about something, I pull away from life's hustle and bustle and simply meditate on God's promises. Sometimes I like to drive to a quiet park, and as gentle anointed music plays in my car, I feed on and speak His Word, allowing it to permeate my spirit: ʻʻGod's Word declares, You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.” And I tell the Lord, ʻʻYes, Lord, it is You who will keep me in perfect peace. Perfect peace comes from You. I just need to rest in your grace and keep my mind on You. I don't need to think about what to do about this challenge. As I trust in You and keep my mind stayed on You, You will lead me and guide me. My trust is not in my on strength, but in You and You alone, Jesus.”
What am I doing here? Instead of allowing stress and worry to get to me, I'm training my heart to see how God sees my challenges. The bigger God becomes in my heart, the smaller my challenges become. In fact, many times when I just relax and keep my mind on the Lord, His peace and wisdom begin to flow in me, and the challenge that I was previously so worried about becomes minute and inconsequential in the presence of Almighty God.
Are you faced with an insurmountable circumstance today? Learn to see what God sees by meditating on His Word, and let His peace drive out your anxiety. Let his wisdom direct your paths.
A NECESSITY FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH ~ Thursday, February 26th.
That we henceforth be no more children...But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (Ephesians 4:14-15).
As a Christian, something very important you need to understand is that Jesus Christ is not only alive today, but He's also with us through the Holy Spirit, and cares affectionately for us. Moreover, He wants us to take His message to the ends of the earth. That's what our life is about: taking His message to those who are yet to know Him. We're a light to a world in darkness. However, in our journey of winning souls and changing lives, there's a necessity for spiritual growth; we must keep growing in the Word, and consciously enhance our fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
It's not enough to be born again; there's so much more in God to enjoy. How much liberty of the Spirit that you'll enjoy depends on the spiritual knowledge of God's Word that you have. His blessings that you'll enjoy in your life depend on the knowledge of Him that you have in your spirit. The less knowledge you have, the less blessings and joy of the Spirit that will flow through you.
This is important because the knowledge of God's Word is what puts you over in life. The Bible says through knowledge shall the just be delivered, not just from trouble, but also into their inheritance (Proverbs 11:9). Through the knowledge of God's Word, you're able to exercise dominion and control over circumstances.
In addition, through the growth that you experience by being in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, you're constantly being lifted over and above the corrupting influences of this world. When men are cast down because of their experiences, you have another message: There's lifting up (Job 22:29)!
Never allow the challenges you face overwhelm you. Whatever challenges you might be facing today are what you've been built, prepared and fashioned for. None of us is given more than he or she can handle: "...God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able..." (1 Corinthians 10:13). Rather than focus on the trouble, act on the Word, and you'll surely have a testimony.
Dear Father, I thank you for the life of splendour, grace, prosperity, and greatness you've brought me into. I'm excelling and making progress on every side, and my faith is prevailing over circumstances, as I walk in the fullness of your blessings, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
The Power Of Right Believing THE POWER OF REDEEMING THOUGHTS!- Bad thoughts don't disappear as a result of my willpower. They disappear when they are replaced with thoughts that are from God. Phillippians 4:8 NLT - Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
What mental movies are you playing in your head today? Are they thoughts of defeat and despair or thoughts of victory and favour? Faith is simply saying what god says about you and seeing what God sees in you and your situation.
Remember what I shared in an earlier reading about how it takes a thought to heal a thought? Unlike the world, which teaches you to empty your mind to achieve peace, God's way is to fill your mind with fresh, powerful, and redeeming thoughts.
The apostle Paul tells us, ʻʻFix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Phil.4:8NLT). So it's not just trying to blot out thoughts with your willpower. It takes a thought to replace a thought. It takes a right belief to replace a wrong belief. You need God's truth to replace the enemy's lies that have kept you in bondage.
My friend, if a wrong, bad or negative thought is lodged in your mind today and you can't seem to shake it, stop trying! Perhaps you're lying in a hospital bed and can't help but think of the worst-case scenario. You are attempting to suppress it, but it's not working. Well, stop! Stop trying to erase it from your mind! That just won't work. What you need to do is replace that destructive thought with a thought that's from God. That's the only way to deal with a wrong thought and begin the healing process.
Start to meditate on the truths such as, ʻʻSurely Jesus has borne my sicknesses and carried my pains. The chastisement for my wholeness fell upon Him, and by His stripes I am healed. With long life He will satisfy me”(see Isa.53:4-5 and Ps.91:16). Begin to play mental movies of yourself getting well, being discharged from the hospital, having fun with your kids, or going on a nice holiday!
The Power Of Right Believing TURN ON THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD!- When I allow the light of God's Word to shine upon me and my situation, dark thoughts, fears, and evil imaginations cannot continue to stay in my mind.
Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and light to my path.
Derek is a successful business owner who attends our church regularly and who has an amazing testimony. Before he experienced his breakthrough though, life was harrowing for him. It all started one morning when he read a newspaper article about a man of his age who had suddenly died of heart attack. Derek couldn't explain it, but from that moment on, it was as if the air started to thin and started experiencing respiratory difficulties. Without him knowing it, fear had begun to coil itself around his heart like a python.
Day by day, Derek started to experience all kinds of evil imaginations of himself getting hurt and dying while doing the simplest day to day activities. He suffered escalating bouts of debilitating anxiety attacks as fear tightened its grip on his heart. As his mental oppression worsened, and convinced he was severely ill as his breathing difficulties increased, Derek checked himself into a hospital, where he was told his was not a heart problem but an anxiety problem.
That was when Derek was introduced to and began listening to some of my messages over and over again. He told me, ʻʻYou said to focus on the Word of God and not on my problems. And that was exactly what I did! I began turning away from those dark thoughts and allowing the light of Jesus' words to come into my situation.”
Derek's breakthrough began when he turned on the light of God's Word and allowed it to shine upon him and his situation. One of his favourite verses that gave him both courage and comfort was the Lord saying to him, ʻʻI will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb.13:5). He would speak this verse whenever he was fearful and then tell himself, ʻʻThe LORD is my helper; I will not fear”(Heb.13:6).
Equipped with God's Word, Derek began playing the right mental movies in his mind. Every time the anxiety attacks came and the evil imaginations began to replay in his mind, he would wield these Scriptures like a weapon against the onslaught of the serpent's attack. The more he proclaimed, ʻʻI will never leave you nor forsake you. The Lord is my helper; I will not fear", the more the grip of the serpent began to loosen and weaken. He found that he could breathe freely again and his heart no longer felt constricted. Strengthened by the Word, he began to see the Lord with him always. He began to see himself full of health and protected from harm. Derek was completely healed and released from all his fears as he began to replace the wrong mental movies that he had been playing in his mind with the right ones.
Beloved, God's thoughts are greater than the devil's thoughts. His light is greater than any darkness. You'll put an end to the enemy's days of using fear to torment you and manipulate your thoughts when you, like Derek, turn on the light of God's Word and allow it to shine upon you and whatever negative situation you may be in. Let His Word anchor you in His love, strengthen your heart, and paint the right pictures for your breakthrough and an amazing future.
YOUR INHERITANCE IN HIM ~ Wednesday, February 25th.
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified (Acts 20:32).
The Word of God is able to deliver an inheritance to you. This is why study and meditation on the Word is of utmost importance to the believer. Colossians 1:12-13 says, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son".
God has qualified you to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light, so you see, there's an inheritance for you in Christ Jesus. You couldn't qualify for it by yourself, but He qualified you by Christ Jesus, for a glorious heritage. Something else to note is that He delivered you from the power of darkness, and translated you into the Kingdom of His dear Son.
Darkness represents evil powers, demons, devils and their works. But He delivered you from them all; He didn't say it'll happen if you prayed hard enough; He's already done it. All He expects of you is to respond to His Word, and walk in the blessings of all He's done for you in Christ.
The Bible says through knowledge - revelation knowledge - shall the just be delivered into their inheritance (Proverbs 11:9). As you study and meditate on the Word, not only will you discover your inheritance in Christ, you'll also be able to relate with, and enjoy, all that God has made available to you in Him. Live in your inheritance in Christ. Celebrate it.
Celebrating your inheritance and all that Christ has done for you is one way of silencing the devil. As you give thanks to God for the things He's done for you in Christ Jesus: your salvation, divine health, prosperity, peace, and His life in you, you're celebrating your inheritance in Him.
I'm a child of God, and a joint heir with Christ. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places, and I have a goodly heritage. I'm conscious of my glorious heritage in Christ, and through meditation on the Word, and fellowship with the Spirit, I get to know more and enjoy my inheritance in Christ. Halleluiah!
Psalm 16:5-6 NIV
5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
You’ve heard people say things like, “Money is the root of all evil.” Well, money is not the root of all evil. First Timothy 6:10 says, “For the love of money is the root of all evil.” The love of money means being obsessed with getting more money; it’s a wrong relationship with money, a wrong pursuit of money; you pursue money more than you pursue God. When you have a wrong relationship with money, you’re capable of doing every evil thing.What’s also evil is not having enough money to meet your financial obligations: You get put out of your house because you can’t pay your rent or mortgage. Or, you don’t have enough money to pay your water, light, or gas bills, and your utilities get cut off; that’s an evil thing! That is not God’s will for His children. Jesus bore our sicknesses and our diseases on the cross so that by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). He also bore the curse of poverty on the cross (2 Corinthians 8:9). Look at the great exchange; He took our sins, sicknesses, diseases, and the curse of poverty onto Himself. He became everything He didn’t have to become so that we could become everything that He was. And that “everything” includes a prosperous, successful life. This is why Jesus—not the pursuit of money—has to be the center of your prosperity. If you take Him out of the center, you’ve unplugged the very source, and resource, that is necessary for you to walk in a life of prosperity and success.
The Power Of Right Believing SEE WHAT GOD SEES!- In my very area of lack, struggle, or challenge, God's super- abounding grace is all around my current situation. I choose to see and believe that His grace is sufficient for me.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind...
Learning to see what God sees is a powerful key in right believing. It involves replacing your wrong beliefs based on God's Word. When Jesus saw the man with the withered hand, He didn't just see the withered hand; He saw that there was more than enough grace for that hand to be made completely whole. Jesus said to the man, ʻʻStretch your hand!” The man did as told, and his hand was completely restored and made as a whole as his other hand (see Mark 3:1-5).
Now, you don't say “stretch out your hand” to someone whose hand is obviously shriveled and disabled unless you see differently. Jesus sees differently from you and me . That's why we need to go back to God's Word and learn to see how He sees. When Jesus sees a disease, a lack, or someone trapped in fear, guilt, addiction, and sin, He doesn't just see the problem. He sees God's healing, grace, and power super-abounding in that area of weakness.
You too can change what you believe by seeing beyond what your natural eyes see. Press in to see what God sees. In your area of lack, struggle, or challenge, see His super-abounding grace all around your current situation. Jesus says to you today, ʻʻMy grace is sufficient for you today, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor.12:9). Give all your weakneses, failings, and mistakes to the Lord Jesus and see Him transform your weaknesses into strengths.
What you believe is so powerful, so are you going by what you see or what God sees? You may not be able to stop negative thoughts from passing through your mind or unhealthy emotions such as fear gripping your heart, but you can definitely anchor your thoughts and emotions on the unshakable Word of God. You can certainly ensure that you believe right regarding what God says about you in His Word, which contains His precious promises to you.
The more you learn and believe right about His love and what His Word says about your situation and your life, the more your thoughts will line up with His thoughts about you. You'll begin to develop thoughts of peace and not of evil, thoughts of hope and bright future (see Jer.29:11).and you'll be transformed!
According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue 2 Peter 1:3).
As you study the scriptures, and grow in the knowledge of God's Word, you'd discover that everything you could ever want has been provided in the Word. What God wants isn't for us to use prayer as an avenue to ask Him for the things we need; rather, the purpose of prayer is our fellowship with Him. That's what He seeks.
1 Corinthians 1:9 says, "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord". You've been called unto the fellowship of the Jesus Christ. That means you've been brought into oneness, a partnership or family union with Jesus Christ. If this is true, what in the world could you ever be in need of? Every good thing you could ever want in your life, or have enough sense to ask for is wrapped up in Christ. To have Christ is to have everything.
Our opening scripture says He's already given you all things that pertains to life and godliness. Your approach to the Word of God should be, "If God says it, then my response is 'YES'. If He says I have all things in Christ, then it means all things are mine; no need to ask for anything because all my needs have been provided in Christ". Let this be the way you think. Jesus had no consciousness of need; follow His example.
I have no consciousness of need, because Christ is in me, and He's my all! With Him, I have everything. My life is one of ever-increasing glory as I live in, and by, the Word, and constantly fellowship with the Holy Spirit, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Corinthians 3:21
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
people of God, I trust you had a well focused triumphant day, remember its our year of focus and still our month of focus, like our man of God instructed ensure that you continue to feed on the message, digest it and speak according to the message.we are encouraged through fellowship of the holy spirit.. God bless you. ..
The Power Of Right Believing PLAY THE RIGHT MENTAL MOVIES! - It takes a thought based on God's Word to heal a negative or defeatist thought.
Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I can still remember what happened when I visited a lady from my congregation in the hospital. Heather had suffered a stroke that completely paralyzed the left side of her body. As I prayed for her, she lifted her right hand in a gesture of prayer. Amazingly, her left hand followed suit, albeit slowly. This was something that she had been unable to do following the stroke. By the grace of God, she was beginning to experience healing in her body, with sensations starting to seep back into her left arm.
Within a few moments, though, as she lay in the intensive care ward, intubated and hooked up to incessantly beeping medical equipment, her left arm started to tremble with strain.
“Don't worry about praying for a breakthrough," I assured Heather. Smiling at her, I gestured to one of my pastors who was with me and told her, ʻʻLeave the praying to us.”
Then, tapping my index finger on the side of my head, I told her, ʻʻBut watch your mental movies in your mind.”
What did I mean by that? I was telling her to see what God sees and ignore all sounds, scents, and sights that her natural senses were picking up in the hospital environment. I was encouraging her to fill her mind with mental images of herself being healthy, strong, and basking in the love of her family at home. I didn't want her to keep seeing all the worst-case scenarios in her mind.
Then I said to her, ʻʻIt takes a thought to heal a thought.”
It was a word that I had received in spirit for her. For some reason, I just thought the enemy had succeeded in planting a wrong thought or mental picture in her mind, and that had to be removed and replaced with the right thoughts, pictures, and beliefs that are based on the unchanging Word of God. Shortly after our meeting, Heather was discharged from the hospital and he condition improved.
My friend, if you are being tormented by wrong or negative thoughts in your mind, you need the truth of God‘s Word to uproot them. Keep meditating on God's Word and promises to you. As you do, the negative, defeatist thoughts that have kept you in fear and anxiety will be replaced with God's good thoughts to bless you with peace and wholeness in every area of your life. Let His Word give you a vision of a bright future full of hope and good things!