Spelling It Out

A Christian spelling out life… God's way

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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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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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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How would you life be different if you were a Christian

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I think a lot of us believe that when we become Christians our lives will become easier. It’s a common misconception, when in reality the exact opposite happens, hence why new converts leave Christianity.

But even though life will get harder the way you deal with it should make it not just bearable but easier because God does all the hard work, you just have to say yes, stand in agreement with what God is doing.

Now if you do not have God you will still go through situations (good and bad) in your life, but the only one there to fox them will be you and there is a 50/50 chance of that going well or going badly but with God there is a 100% chance of it working for the benefit of everyone, even though it could be years before you see it. (I hope that you won’t have to wait that long)

I know that for me my life would be very different without God, my character, source of hope, my motivation, even where I am right now in my life would be very different.

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If all wisdom and knowledge is found in Christ how then should I study?

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I do actually wonder about this, should I study? I mean if I just pray will he give me everything I need to know? Then I won’t have to spend 5 hours every night for the next three months studying (YAY ). When I was younger people would always tell me “all knowledge comes from God” but I was told to still study so the Holy Spirit can bring back to me what I have studied (so if you don’t study there’s nothing for the Holy Spirit to help you remember so don’t bother asking) so lately I have been trying to take that phrase literary so I can justify not studying.

But I came across Colossians 2:3 which says “In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (speaking about Christ). This actually didn’t make me want to justify my laziness but took that mindset right out of me. I saw it like this; since Christ has all knowledge I don’t have to worry about how much or little I study (just to clarify you should study regularly for at least an hour in my opinion) but what matters is I should include him in my studies so he can impart his hidden treasures knowledge and wisdom into me.

As with all matters in my life I shouldn’t just put Christ first in my life and separate him from everything else that goes on in my life. He said he is the alpha AND omega, first AND last, not just first, he is every letter of the Greek alphabet. I see that I should centre my life around Christ, so I shouldn’t make a schedule for my day where I have a certain time I spend praying and reading the word, then get on with my day without thinking about God again until tomorrow, but I include him in everything I do all day, every day, ask his opinion (I especially need to do this when I go clothes shopping), ask him to show me things and ask him to help me understand my work.

So I am going to get on with my studies now, with my Bible on my desk and asking God to help me understand 3D vectors.

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