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Vitality of Words

Is there anything “normal” about the spiritual realm?

The Kingdom of God should feel normal to the believing heart! Yet, when measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. One law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

God sustains all things by using words!

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

Words & Arrows

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, Oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14)

Wow what a prayer…

Life carries challenges and words create trouble… the kind of trouble that hinders our ability to walk in peace on a variety of levels. When judgement or criticism is spoken (either by us or about us) we must make a choice to walk in the favor of God. Words can become arrows that harm or maintain our peace… and the “acceptable” place in God’s sight. When words are spoken that shake our identity or cause us to feel offended, we must recognize the spirit that “rules” over those words.

Every word is an arrow designed to carry power and influence… blessing or curse!

We must guard the heart at all cost, because that is where our thoughts and motives arise and bear fruit… “words”! The Bible says that out of the heart flow the issues of life. Guarding our hearts takes enormous training. I would like to suggest that the Psalmist is showing us what is at the center of that training… the spiritual principle of “agreement”. The Psalmist is saying “I want my words and my meditations to be in agreement with Your mind and acceptable to Your heart, Oh Lord!” Agreement is like spiritual glue that ties us to the Father’s power! Jesus said, “if you abide in Me and My Words abide in you, then you can ask whatever you want and it will be done for you” (Jn. 15:7). That is an agreement that offers connection to the power of God.

Agreement with evil thoughts happens by speaking evil words! To speak evil is to rehearse emotions that carry the weight of curses… an intent to harm. Situations that effect us the most emotionally are opportunities for the devil who wants to rule our thoughts, motives and actions. Don’t give the devil your agreement and he will have nothing to rule over you.

These simple things called words have the potential to become our life or death… literally!

Jesus stated that His words were spirit and life to those who believe and agree with them (Jn 6:63). The sad thing is that most of us are unable to govern our mouth, because we have weak emotions. We become easily offended and then fail to discern or control our words. Remember that self-control is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. All the Holy Spirit needs is our agreement to release this fruit into our lives.

Listen: We can… and must agree with God!

We must look to God in faith and recognize the power of our words! We can use our words as arrows that strengthen and connect us to the power of God! Jesus has given us the ability to triumph over all the works of the enemy and rule over our soul (Col 2:13-15)(2 Cor 10:3-6). As New Creatures in Christ, new identities and thought patterns enable us to overcome the activities of Satan. Evil words are designed and spoken to make us feel we have no right to our inheritance among the righteous, but agreement offers us freedom (Col 2:4-8) and an acceptable place to rest. The Truth sets us free!

The shield of faith… agreement has the ability to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph 6:16).

Living with Urgency

Scripture: Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:29-30)

Thought for Today: “Spiritual Urgency”

One of the most powerful stories of the New Testament is when we see the Evangelist Philip leave a city moving in great revival, to minister to an Ethiopian on his way out of Jerusalem. His ability to respond to the Angel of the Lord shows great sensitivity to the Will of God Acts 8:26-40. Its a wonderful example of living life with spiritual urgency, because history tells us that through this encounter a Nation was turned toward God.

Discernment:

We were made to do the works of God and manifest God’s Glory in the Earth. While we all recognize that God’s Will must come first in our life, few have developed the ability to recognize the opportunities the Holy Spirit sets in front of us. Discernment is a vital key to walking in sync with God and manifesting His Glory.

The Christian who develops a lifestyle of prayer and fasting will tend to respond with spiritual urgency when they feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge. This is because they have trained their hearts to move in faith, rather than routine or human reason. What the Bible calls discernment, Jesus calls being sensitive to the Spirit’s “quickening”.

Jesus tells us, “It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life.” (Jn 6:63)

A Quickening:

Feeling the quickening of the Holy Spirit is a powerful faith activity, a strong sense of “NOW” or being present in a Divine Opportunity. Its the heart’s response to supernatural life becoming activated by a Word from the Mouth of God. We can become engaged in God’s timing, simply by believing; not tomorrow or when we have time available, but right now! We are called to live in the moment, to move with an unction of Holy Spirit activity. In God’s timing we need spiritual urgency.

Spiritual Urgency comes from three levels of awareness:

  1. Our Identity: The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are a Child of God (Rom 8:16). Jesus modeled this for us, to value and respond from the identity of a Son or Daughter makes us more sensitive to the heart of God. Jesus said “The Son only does what He sees the Father doing” (Jn 5:19).
  2. Our Compassion: The Holy Spirit’s love compels us to move according to the will of God with great urgency (Mt 9:36). The Apostle Paul spoke of being “bound in the spirit” to go to Jerusalem, even though the Holy Spirit had told him he would find tribulations there (Acts 20:22-23). Yet, Paul felt compelled on the inside toward others.
  3. Our Convictions: The belief that God would desire all men to be saved births an urgency in the person who aims to please God (1 Tim. 2:4). To know that Jesus said that we will do even greater works that these, stirs the believer to go after signs and wonders (Jn. 14:12). To trust in the power of prayer creates an urgent response when someone we love is struggling (Jms. 5:16). When we know and abide in the Truth, the Truth will set you free (Jn. 8:32)… free to walk the walk with urgency.

Remind yourself what Jesus said “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). …With Passion, Purpose and Power!

The Spirit’s Quickening

Jesus tells us, “It is the Spirit which quickens, the flesh profits nothing: the words which I have spoken unto you are spirit and are life.” (Jn 6:63)

One of the most powerful stories of the New Testament is when we see the Evangelist Philip leave a city moving in great revival. The Bible says of Samaria that it was a city full of “great joy” (Acts 8:5-8). But just as the breakthroughs were beginning, Philip is ‘quickened’ in the spirit to go and minister to an Ethiopian Eunuch on his way out of Jerusalem (Acts 8:26). Philip’s ability to respond to the Angel of the Lord shows great sensitivity to the Will of God and the unction of the Holy Spirit. Its a wonderful example of spiritual faith, because history tells us that through this encounter a Nation was turned toward God. If you ask me… “Can a nation be won in a day?” I will tell you boldly, under the quickening power of the spirit… Nothing is Impossible!

Discernment:

We were made to do the works of God and manifest God’s Glory in the Earth. While we all recognize that God’s Will is central to our heart, few have determined to recognize the quickening work of the Holy Spirit. Very few people dare to live spontaneous lifestyles. Yet the “suddenlies” of God are the most unique and powerful opportunities the Holy Spirit sets in front of us. Discernment is a vital key to walking in sync with God and His Manifest Glory.

The Christian who develops a lifestyle of prayer and fasting will tend to respond with spiritual urgency when they feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge. This is because they have trained their hearts to move in faith, to make room for the spontaneous; rather than live only in routine or human reasoning. What the Bible calls discernment, Jesus calls being sensitive to the Spirit’s “quickening”.

A Quickening:

Feeling the quickening of the Holy Spirit is a powerful faith activity. Its a strong sense of “NOW” or being present in a divine moment of opportunity. Its the heart’s response, the realization if you will; to supernatural movement or a “Word” from the Mouth of God. At times its a whisper and at other times its a hurricane. We can tune into God’s voice and timing, simply by believing; not tomorrow, not when we have time available, but in the now. The Spirit will tap on the heart at any time and in many ways, but it is only effective when the heart is tuned in and functioning by faith.

We are called to live in these moments… called to move with an unction of Holy Spirit and find our fruitfulness as a bubbling stream from “His River” of heavenly resource. In God’s harvest fields, we need the Spirit’s quickening! In fact, there is no sphere of reality that human reasoning or religious tradition can effectively transform. Transformation is a work of the Holy Spirit! According to Acts 17:28, even the heathen poets in the days of the Early Church, recognized the fact that… “in Him we live and move and have our being”. It only makes sense then that God would still be speaking and quickening us by His Spirit!

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2)

Gift of Discernment

“Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” (John 8:4-5).

This is the big question: What does Jesus say?

Everything we learn about discernment is found in knowing the answer to this question. There will always be pressure to answer. When we find ourselves in this type of situation, it’s likely that we will make the wrong assumption. The temptation is to rely on our natural knowledge. Yet where does the inner knowing come from?

Accusation or Opportunity:

The woman is obviously guilty; witnesses have condemned her, as does the Law of Moses. Stones are waiting in the hands of her accusers. Should there be any further discussion, any mercy? I would like to propose, that if a person moves in the true gift of discernment, then every accusation can become an opportunity to release Kingdom influence.

Christ recognizes her sin; however, His thoughts were higher than that of the Pharisees. He saw this situation as a means to bring redemption to the woman, repentance to the Pharisees, and glory to His Heavenly Father. Stooping down, He wrote on the ground. Then, as the Pharisees persisted with their accusations, He stood and said, “He who is without sin… let him be the first to throw a stone” (John 8:7). This comment goes way beyond clever… this is the voice of peace in the midst of a very destructive situation.

How does a person think like this?

Notice how Jesus testifies to real discernment: “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.  And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”  (Jn. 12:49-50)

  • Discernment is tied to three things only God can give,

    1. Kingdom Authority,
    2. A Kingdom Command
    3. and Everlasting life.

The first reality we have to ask is by what or whose authority we speak. It gets to the essence of motive… and agenda. We must learn how to pause before we speak, allowing the Kingdom to manifest in our midst. Give ourselves a moment to enter the secret place of God’s Presence; and while there, listen to the Father’s voice. The Father’s heart is the source of our discernment. In the pause, we create the opportunity to hear what cannot be uncovered in the natural; postured before Him we can receive spiritual answers, wisdom, and insights that we otherwise would not discern. Words that lead to life are a gift from God that must be received from another realm… but when spoken, lift the hearers into this higher place.

Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life.” (Jn. 6:63)

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