"Your ears shall hear a word behind you,
'This is the way, walk in it,'
whenever you turn to the right hand
or whenever you turn to the left."
WORDS AND THE PLAN OF GOD
Those of us who are called to pray must be Word people.
We continue in a daily regimen of fellowship with God as we study the scriptures. We are not only readers of God’s Word but doers of God’s word. The more Word we sow in our heart, the more effective our prayers will be. John 15:7
Everything in God’s Kingdom produces after its own kind. The Word is living seed that when deposited in the good ground of your heart will produce faith. And faith changes things! This is the victory that overcomes the world! 1 John 5:4
IN THE BEGINNING
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’” Genesis 1:26
God created the heavens and earth by speaking words. See Genesis 1 and Hebrews 11:3. God began His family by speaking words of life. From Genesis through Revelation we see the enormous power of God’s words and also the power of man’s words.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21
Read James 3:1-12.
Eternal life depends on words:
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10
Your words are connected to what is in your heart. Words are containers.
Jesus said, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
THE ASSIGNMENT: SPEAK TO THE ROCK!
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.
“‘Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.’
“So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them,
“‘Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?’”
“Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
“Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, 'Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.' This was the water of Meribah, because the children of Israel contended with the Lord, and He was hallowed among them.” Numbers 20:7-13
Moses missed out on his final victory: leading God’s children into the Promised Land.
The carnal mind is enmity against God for it is not subject to the law of God. Romans 8:7
OBEDIENCE IS BETTER THAN SACRIFICE
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” 1 Samuel 15:22
If we read Numbers 20:1-7, we can see that Moses was very angry with the whining and complaints coming from the tribes of Israel. When that anger was released it derailed the perfect will of God and Moses followed his own plan to hit the rock twice with his rod.
There were not only repercussions in Moses life for this disobedience, but also to the Israelites. The demonstration of man’s God given authority over the earth through the power of words was not revealed. Genesis 1:28
THE AUTHORITY OF THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
“Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away. So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Have faith in God.
“‘For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.’” Mark 11:21-23
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.’ He replied,
“‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.’”
Jesus and His disciples got into a boat to travel to the country of the Gadarenes to deliver a demon possessed man living in a graveyard. On the way they encountered a horrific windstorm and they began to sink. Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Then Jesus rebuked His disciples. “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” See Mark 4:35-41.
Moses, speak to the rock!
Christian, speak to the mountain! Speak to the wind. Speak to the sea.
Cast out/speak to demons. Speak to sickness and disease. Speak to yourself.
How? Have faith in God! Have faith in His Word and expect results! Have confidence in your words.
Moses killed a soldier when he saw him beating a Hebrew. Once again, years later, wrath exploded in Moses life, but now toward his brethren. Moses anger bore the nasty fruit of not listening to God and honoring Him before the children of Israel. Number 20:12
Moses decision, followed by his action, kept Moses out of the Promised Land.
Can the same thing happen to praying Christians who walk with God everyday?
There are consequences to wrath, bitterness, and unforgiveness in the heart. Mark 11:25-26 Don’t ignore it. Deal with it or it will deal with your ministry.
Praying people cannot see mountains move without faith.
And faith works through love.
“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:19-21
THE NEW CREATION MAN
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:29-32
“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” Colossians 3:8
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
GROWING UP IN HIM
If you’ve ever been to a preschool and watched toddlers interacting with each other you can quickly see they need constant supervision on how to be nice to one another. I recently heard a story about two women having an argument in a local Walmart store. As things escalated, security was called. One woman left the store, went to her car and waited until the other woman came out and then ran her over with her car. Thank God she survived but it makes me wonder what would cause such a fit of insanity?
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:12-14
“… be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
REFUEL YOUR TANK
Read 1 Corinthians 1:1-13 out loud every morning this week.
PRAYER WITH PURPOSE:
Praying for the:
The Church The Lost Elected Leaders
Saints, if you are in disagreement with elected officials, be on guard about what you’re saying about them. Do you have wrath in your heart toward them? If so, don’t you think it will hinder your prayers for them?
“For he who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
“Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12
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