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Speaking

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The word of God makes it clear that we as Christians have authority to speak and the things we speak will happen. There are some people who do not believe or understand the doctrine and so criticize it but I want to give some reasons and show some examples from the word of God that verify this teaching.

The principle for this teaching is primarily taken from Joel 3:10 ‘Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.’

Though in reality a weak person is weak why would God have the weak people say I am strong? Well in the verse before God tells these people to prepare for war, to get the mighty men and then verse 10. These people needed to be strong, so instead of God giving it to them he tells them to say it.

The principle that people gather from this is that whatever we say and believe will happen. We give certain characteristics and circumstances permission to enter our lives.

Now one criticism of this that I heard is that the principle makes you sound as if you are God but we are only of God.

I agree with that statement but I don’t think whoever says this understands what it means to be of God or made in his likeness. God created the world with words, when he spoke creation aligned itself. The word universe even means one word. So we, in his likeness, when we speak the same things happen. Jesus said to his disciples in Matthew 18:18 ‘Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.’ If you take this literally then that is a lot of authority (and responsibility) that Jesus is giving to his disciples which includes us.

There is also the criticism that you can’t say anything, it has to be the will of God or they say you can’t say crazy things and they start to get immature and say things like ‘I have invisibility powers’

Well for the first part, yes you can say anything and it will happen if you believe it will, even though it is not God’s will. What will happen is that the consequences will be negative. If you talk about getting sick all the time and believe you will get sick then you have given sickness permission to come to you or you talk about getting an new car that is not God’s will and you have to deal with the high insurance and so forth. Just like the children of Israel in the wilderness complaining that they want meat not manna, God gave them meat until it was coming out of their noses.

On the other side of not being able to say crazy things, I think back to Matthew 18:18 and the prophet Elijah who called down fire from heaven and told the rain to stop falling and it did not rain again until he said it would.

I want all Christians to know there is power in the tongue, Proverbs 18:21 says ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.’

Let’s be careful of what we say and only say what God says in his word and speak the good and true things into our lives and the lives of others.

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The Parable of the Sower- Part 2

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In the last post I talked about the seeds that has fallen by the wayside and how I could relate to that when I see people attend church for a long time yet don’t commit and also the dangers of the back of church. Carrying on with the parable in the context of those who sit in church, listen to the sermon and what they do with it. Here is the second example;

• The rocky ground-
Luke 8:6 ‘Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.’
Luke 8:13 ‘Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.’

For those whose hearts resemble the rocky ground you don’t have a deep understanding of the gospel. Unfortunately I have heard of many people who become Christians and are very enthusiastic for a while but then some discouraging event happens in their life, such as bereavement, failure or illness then they give up on God thinking that Christians should be immune to these things, not understanding that we are still living on planet earth so we will still experience disappointment but the gospel changes our attitude to our situations and gives hope.

If you find yourself in this type of situation I suggest giving the seed some moisture. Strive to understand the word and understand your faith especially those who are new Christians but it also goes to those who have been Christians for a while. You can look quite silly when someone asks you a question about your faith and you don’t know how to answer it, sometimes the question is difficult to answer well but most of the time the Bible has an answer to that question and you don’t know it because you don’t read or understand what you have read. Become more involved in your church, talk to people, join in group discussions and Bible studies do everything you can to understand.

Next time we will look at the thorns that grow with the plants…

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What does it take to be an effective Christian?

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Not all of us who claim to be Christians are actually effective, we don’t make much of a difference in the places we find ourselves, be it neighbourhoods, workplaces or schools. Yet for some of us major transformations happen wherever we step. So what is one doing that the other is not and what are the different qualities that these people have so that their results are drastically different.

I am guessing that we all aspire to become the second type of Christian, y’know the one more like Jesus, so these are the qualities I have noticed in Christians who I have met who fit into that category.

Taking God’s word at face value and believing it- These people don’t care what others say if it does not line up with God’s word. They believe everything that God has said, believing with their whole hearts that they can do what he said they can do and he will do what he said he will do and run with it adding works to their faith.(James 2:20)

They breathe out boldness- Going with the quality of believing God’s word, they don’t mind sharing it. They aren’t afraid of what people might think or how they will respond they just confidently do what they need to do.

They take their relationship with God seriously and enjoy it- They really do live a life pleasing to God and this life comes naturally to them because they spend time with God and search for him with all of their heart. They gain more understanding about God because they are obedient to him (even when he tells them to do something that seems odd) and learn to recognise his voice.

These are just a few that I have noticed do you think you have these qualities? Are working on them? Or know anyone else who you admire who is an effective Christian? Any other qualities that I may of missed out?

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Living By Faith

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It’s sometimes hard to believe everything that the Bible says because some of it seems so far-fetched. When you see all the miracles that Jesus did and he tells his disciples (that includes us too) that they will do greater things, you think “what me”.

Well yeah, he does mean you and me and every Christian walking upon the earth today, but a lot of us don’t believe it which is exactly why we don’t see it. Just as Hebrews 11:6 says “but without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Living by faith is so simple that many people find it hard; children can actually do it very well. You just have to believe everything that God says, in his word, directly to you, through another person or through a situation. You don’t have to understand, you don’t have to look around or give time to what anybody else says you need tunnel vision or some spiritual blinkers.

Just as a child blindly believes what a parent says, so no matter what another adult says to them that child will stubbornly refuse to comply with that adult. Even if that adult is offering them their favourite sweets, because their parent told them to not take sweets from strangers they will not.

We can learn a lot from kids, observing them really helps me to understand 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

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How would you life be different if you got more serious about God

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Looking at the last post from a new perspective, instead of looking at life without God, what about a life more about God.

It will give you the same results in that your life will get harder than when you first converted, harder than when you were a nonchalant Christian. Once you decide to study the word more (not just read it), when you decide to pray harder and longer, when you decide to actually do what God says, go where he tells you to go and believe with your whole heart every word that God says, the enemy of your soul is not going to like it, (he didn’t like you before) now you are a direct threat so that is why your life is going to get harder.

Guess what God is going to allow you to slide through it all. As the situation is happening it will probably feel like a living hell but you will look back at it and know that without God you wouldn’t of gotten out of that alive.

Getting serious about God isn’t something to be afraid of it is a great adventure and what is adventure without suspense and trials and moments where it looks like the hero isn’t going to make it but comes out stronger. It’s the next glory that Corinthians 3:18 talks about, and this place is where God pours into you awesome things that eyes have never seen, ears have never heard, nor you could ever imagine. (paraphrase 1 Corinthians 2:9)

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