A Season of Thanks

This Week’s Word:  Grateful

Definition:  Feeling or expressing thanks; having or showing the desire or reason to thank somebody

Synonyms (words with same meaning):  Thankful, Appreciative, Indebted,

Antonyms (words with opposite meaning):  Unthankful, Ungrateful, Unappreciative, Unmindful

The Thanksgiving holiday season is upon us and, even with the insanity and sadness all around us, and although we have many things vying for our attention, we still must take the time to really look beyond these circumstances and be grateful. I realize that some may have to look deeper than others, but regardless of what our present situation may be, there is always a reason to be grateful. My mother would say, “Thank God things are as well as they are;” and “Thank God for a reasonable portion of my health.” It may be hard to believe, but it could be worse. Instead of having to deal with aches and pains, or having to take medication, or treatment, we could not be here; so we should be grateful that we are still here and able to do and be. If we pause and take our eyes off of our situations, we would see that there are others that are by far worse off than we are. That is yet another reason to be grateful.

One of the definitions of grateful given above is that it is an “expression” of giving thanks. This implies that we cannot be grateful and not express it. Being grateful is not lip service; it is not just saying it; it is showing it. Therefore, I challenge us that as we go through this week that we consciously think about the people that we are grateful for and express that to them not only by saying it but doing something for them. It does not have to be anything grand. The smallest demonstration of appreciation from the heart brings a smile to most people. Personally, I give cards or write a note expressing my heart, or give some small token that will let someone know I am grateful for their presence in my life.

During this week, I also challenge us to express our gratitude for all things that are good in our lives to the One that makes it all possible. Let us wake up every morning expressing a heart of gratitude towards Him. Throughout the day, let us give thanks to Him for all that He has done for us and all that He has given us – shelter, provisions, protection, and sanity. It only takes a second to pause and say thank you Lord, I am truly grateful for your presence in my life. Then express that gratefulness and show His love to someone else; be a blessing to someone that is less fortunate.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless and gratefully praise His holy name forever and ever. Psalm 145:21 (AMP)

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That Name

Wherefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:9-11

My name is not great. I am certain that other than my family and friends, no one knows me. Nevertheless, I am well connected. I am connected to a name that is more powerful than any name you could imagine – Jesus – and it you are a believer, so are you. Philippians 2:9-11, describe just how powerful and how important Jesus’ name is. God Himself gave Jesus a name that is above every name. The name of Jesus has authority over everything in heaven, in earth, and under the earth. His name has authority over all things regardless of where they originated. Whether it came from the bloodline – generational; or from a demonic force, the name of Jesus is above it. Jesus’ name is so powerful, that in Acts 4:18, when the apostles preached and demonstrated the power that was in His name, they were threatened and told “not to speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus.”

As believers, we have been given authorization to use that name. John 14:13-14 state, “And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” In this scripture, Jesus makes us authorized users of His name. By granting us permission to use His name, He grants us the use of His authority here on earth. The authority and power is in His name. It is not in our own strength or intellect, nor is it in our gift or talent. It is solely by the authority given to us through Christ Jesus to use that name.

Because we are believers and because we are authorized users of that name, Mark 16:17-18 state, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” We have been given authority in that name – Jesus – to not only cause demons to tremble, but cause them to bow and to cast them out. We have authority in that name to cause sickness and disease to flee, and to receive healing and wholeness. We have Jesus’ permission to use the power in His name to take authority over and annihilate the works of the enemy.

It is my prayer that as children of Adonai – the Most High God – we step up and into the authority that has been given us in that name. It is my prayer that we, just as the apostles did, begin to demonstrate and manifest the power that is in that name in our own lives, in our families, in our communities, in our cities, in our states, and in our nation.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Matthew 28:18

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Our Father’s Great Love

But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:4-7

I am somewhat baffled that Christians, Saints, God’s people, those that proclaim to “know” or have a “relationship with Him, are the very ones that do not fully embrace and receive God’s love. It seems as though when we need His love the most we reject it. Oftentimes, this rejection is at a subconscious level, because who in their right mind would reject the love of God – right. However, because of our perception of God, we unknowingly reject His love.

I understand that many of us were preached to and taught in a way that formed our belief and image of God – who He is and what He does. Many of us were taught to believe that God is strict and hands out immediate punishment for our mistakes; that He sits in Heaven watching us and recording all of our bad deeds, so He can hand out swift judgments. That type of teaching only leads to an attempt to “hide” from God just as Adam and Eve did when they ate the forbidden fruit. Instead of running to God for help, that kind of teaching causes us to run from God when we mess up (“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16).

 Unfortunately, those of us that were subject to that form of teaching were not taught about God as “Our Father.” We were taught the Lord’s Prayer – “Our Father, which art in Heaven . . .” (Luke 11:2), but we were not taught the attributes of God as our Heavenly Father. We were taught to literally fear God; be afraid of Him. There is a difference between being afraid of God and having reverential fear for God – respect for His authority and position. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-38, “Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Please note that Jesus said love – not fear.

When we begin to understand and perceive God as a loving Father, we will no longer try to hide or run from Him. Instead, we would run to Him because we know He loves us, and we know He is the only one that can help us. More importantly, we know that He will help us (“All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37; TLB – “. . . and I will never, never reject them.”).

The truth of the matter is there is nothing we can do to change God’s love for us. God’s nature is love; it is who He is (“. . . for God is love.” 1 John 4:8). We do not control when or how God loves us – He does and He has chosen to love us unconditionally – without condition; no provision; no stipulation. Throughout scripture, there is proof of our Father’s unconditional love for us. We are assured in Romans 8:28, “that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Without condition – “God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

The ultimate demonstration of God’s unconditional love is the exchange of His Son’s life for ours (Romans 5:8, “But God showed his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”) “In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but His love for us when He sent his Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins.” 1 John 4:1 (TLB). Also, see Ephesians 2:4-7 above and, when you have a moment, read the Living Bible version of those scriptures.

I pray that we fully understand and see clearly just how great our Father’s love for us truly is. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13.

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Smile

We normally smile when we are happy and when we are in a good place in our lives. Have you ever seen someone that’s tight lipped and never smiles? We may not know anything about them, but we usually immediately assume that they must be unhappy. Smiling, for most of us, is synonymous with a good feeling and, likewise, frowning with a bad feeling. Even when we receive a smile from someone else, it ordinarily makes us feel good. There is research that states there are health benefits to smiling:  it changes our mood; it increases our longevity (lowers blood pressure, relieves stress); and it also increases our opportunity for success.*

In the article There’s Magic in Your Smile,* * it stated that, “each time you smile, you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.” This is because the brain releases endorphins which lowers stress and improves our overall mood. Surprisingly, even forcing a smile has the same benefits. This is vitally important because we tend to rely on what we do not “feel” like doing. We will say things like, “I’m in my “feelings,” or “I’m feeling some type of way.” Nevertheless, regardless of how we feel, the research shows that we do not have to wait until we feel like smiling, we can fake a smile and still reap the benefits.

Proverbs 17:22 indicates that, “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Look below at some other translations:

Amplified – A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.

Message – A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.

New International Version – A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Passion – A joyful, cheerful heart brings healing to both body and soul. But the one whose heart is crushed struggles with sickness and depression.

Voice – A joy-filled heart is curative balm, but a broken spirit hurts all the way to the bone.

According to the research mentioned above, smiling causes us to feel happy and it boosts our mood; therefore, when we smile, we receive the benefits of Proverbs 17:22. On the other hand, when we walk around without a smile and living in our feelings/emotions, the latter portion of that verse can show up in our lives through sickness, depression, tiredness, and bad attitudes. Of course, smiling is not a cure all, but it is a start.

It is worth it to put forth an effort to smile because, it will not only make us feel better, it will also make those around us feel better. Spread some feel good with a smile. So, as my great grandson would say, “Cheese.”

*The Top 7 Health Benefits of Smiling, https://benefitsbridge.unitedconcordia.com

**Riggio, Ronald, Ph.D., There’s Magic in Your Smile, Psychology Today, June 25, 2012.

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DAWN

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Matthew 28:1

The resurrection of Christ Jesus is not just “a” Sunday, nor is it just “a” holiday; for Believers the resurrection is our life. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). In this particular scripture following Jesus’ death, there is a life giving, life sustaining message for us.

After a week of what appeared to be a sudden turn of events that ended in disappointment, heartache, betrayal, rejection, and seemingly, absolute defeat with the crucifixion of their leader and teacher – Jesus’ followers (disciples) went into hiding. However, scripture tells us remembering that Jesus said He would rise on the third day (John 2:19), after the Sabbath had ended, these women went at dawn to go to the tomb. The women had to wait until the traditional Sabbath day had been completed, because by Jewish law, they were not allowed to do anything on the Sabbath. So, at the end of their traditional holy day, they went looking for Jesus. Interestingly, they went at dawn. David also was one that sought God in the early morning hours; “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee”(Psalm 63:1). By definition, dawn is not only the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise, it also is defined as the beginning of a favorable phenomenon or period of time. To say the least, Christ Jesus’ resurrection can definitely be described as favorable, and still today is a phenomenon.

This scripture is encouraging because often times we get stuck on the past events of our lives, and we forget what the Word promises. This is not to diminish or disregard what has happened or what is happening, but we still must bring to our remembrance that the “promises of God in Him are yes, and in Him, Amen”(2 Corinthians 1:20). The followers of Jesus had just witnessed their leader and teacher tortured and crucified. The same man that had performed miracles, walked on water and reed storms – yet, he did not even defend Himself against His accusers. It was horrible and they were devastated and confused, but the women remembered what the Word (Jesus) had said and got out of their feelings and went to look for the manifestation of His promise.

Regardless of where we find ourselves right now and regardless of how we feel; there is a new dawn every day; a breaking of the darkness; the opportunity for the beginning of a favorable phenomenon or period of time. The scripture tells us that His mercies are “new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23). Let us be like the women and get up expecting and looking for His Word to be revealed in our lives. If He has spoken it, He will bring it to pass (Numbers 23:19). He is faithful who has promised (Hebrews 10:23).

This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

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Healing: It Is Our Birth Right

But he answered and said, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”  Matthew 15:26

May 2011, seven years ago, I was diagnosed with colon cancer. The cancer was discovered through a routine colonoscopy. I had no symptoms whatsoever, which is why I encourage people to have the routine colonoscopy. It is recommended at the age of 50; however, if there is a family history of colon cancer, even if you are not 50, your insurance will cover the test. I believe in being an advocate for your health. We only get one body and one life here on this earth, and we should take care of the temple that we have been given. “What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?” 1 Corinthians 6:19.

I share my testimony at every opportune time not only to encourage others, but that I too never fail to remember what the Lord has done for me. In addition, I have written previously about my healing on my Blog, DearEncourager. However, this time I wanted to share some valuable lessons I learned while going through my healing process that I believe will help others on their healing journey. Therefore, I have written a new mini book with the same title, “Healing: It Is Our Birth Right” and have posted it on my website: www.dearencourager.com. Please read, share, be blessed and be healed in Jesus’ mighty name.

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Shine

You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14 (a)

The Bible, in Genesis, teaches us that one of God’s first acts was to bring light into the world. “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:2-4. Bringing light to a world filled with darkness was not only important to God during the creation, but it continued to be a priority to Him. For 400 years Heaven was silent and God did not speak to men. But, at the end of that time of dark silence, God sent Light into the world again. This time, it was in the form on His Son, Jesus. “In him was life; and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:4-5

On this holiday, as we commemorate and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, we find ourselves fighting some of the same darkness that Dr. King fought – injustices and racism. However, the Bible lets us know that there is no new thing under the sun.  “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9.  Nevertheless, I did not think in my lifetime I would see such overt, blatant demonstrations of injustice and racism – especially coming from the pulpit. The very ones that the light of Christ had once shone upon are now discounting that same Light that shines upon others that do not look or do not act like them. It is appalling; it is disappointing; it is dark. They are not the only ones. It also comes from the highest office in this country. Injustice and racism are not the only darkness we face – crime, murders, domestic violence, rape, incest, child abuse, bullying, etc. are daily news stories all over this country.

However, God in His omniscient, infinite wisdom knew that we would be facing this day and these times, and He knew we would need lots of light to overshadow this darkness. Therefore, Jesus left us with these Words in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus also instructed us not to hide our light. “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:15. Our light cannot be seen if it is hidden; it cannot be seen if we remain silent; it cannot be seen if we are fearful. It does not matter what the opposition says or thinks, we have been given our identity in Christ Jesus and He alone is the only authority in our lives. “. . . but now are you light in the Lord; walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8. So, in the midst of the looming darkness over this country and our cities, I challenge the children of God to shine!

An assassin thought he had removed Dr. King’s light, but here we are almost 50 years later still celebrating his light, celebrating his words and celebrating his actions. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day thought they had removed His light, but here we are over 2000 years later, still celebrating His light, celebrating His Words and walking in His light. Shine children of God the world needs our light! Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Ev’ry where I go I’m going to let it shine
Oh, ev’ry where I go I’m going to let it shine
Ev’ry where I go I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

All in my house I’m going to let it shine
Oh, all in my house I’m going to let it shine
All in my house I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

I’m not going to make it shine I’m just going to let it shine
I’m not going to make it shine I’m just going to let it shine
I’m not going to make it shine I’m just going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Out in the dark I’m going to let it shine
Oh, out in the dark I’m going to let it shine
Out in the dark I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

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Thankful

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

We have no problem giving thanks during good times – we are happy; we are healthy; the money isn’t funny; life is good. We also have no problem giving thanks for tangible things we consider good – homes, cars, wardrobes, etc. However, the above scripture instructs us to give thanks in EVERY thing – now that is an issue.

How do we give thanks when we are experiencing trouble in our lives? How do we give thanks when we are losing our stuff? The car has been repossessed; the home has been foreclosed; we can’t make ends meet; we are robbing Peter to pay Paul; the children are rebelling; the spouse is straying; sickness and disease are taking a toll on the body – how do we give thanks when we are going through all of that? During those times, we most often find ourselves stressed and depressed, and being thankful is far from our minds or hearts. As a matter of fact, we do not SEE anything to be thankful about. In those times, we have to make a decision to trust God, and our decision is not based on what is happening in our lives or how we feel; it is based on who God is, and He is BIGGER than anything that we face. (“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4) 

When the scripture directs us to give thanks in all things, it does not imply that we are happy about the situation or circumstance. To give thanks simply means, Lord I trust You! In this space and time where I am right now – whatever it looks like; whatever it feels like; I trust You and I am relying solely on You. We can give thanks to Him because our lives are in His hands and He is the one that delivers us out of every situation. (“My times are in your hand; deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” Psalm 31:15)

We can give thanks in difficult times and even devastating times because we know who is ordering our steps. (“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,” Psalm 37:23). The place we are in is not a surprise to God. We can trust Him because He already knows every decision we will make and every step we will take in our lives. He is, “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:13. He is the all-knowing, omniscient God. (“Before I formed you in the belly I knew you…” Jeremiah 1:5). Therefore, we can be thankful in all things because we know who holds our future, and He has promised “that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. Therefore, we put our faith and our trust in His Word, in His Promises, and say thank you. Thank you for the good, the bad, and the ugly; thank you for the joy and the pain; thank you for the sunshine and the rain; thank you for the calm and the storms; thank you for life and thank you even for death; because before death there was life. Thank you Lord for EVERY thing!

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Alignment: Mouth and Actions

Alignment – the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other. According to scripture, just as our heart and mouth are directly related, so are our mouth and our actions. Jesus asked a question in the parable of the two sons: There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” Matthew 21:28-31 NIV. The chief priests and elders response to Jesus’ question was “The first.” Matthew 21:31. We would give this same response today – the son that did what his father asked him to do – not the one that said he would do it but did nothing.

In Matthew 23:3, Jesus warns about following after those, specifically religious leaders, who only say but not do. Jesus said, “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” Therefore, aligning our actions with what we say we not only are going to do, but also with what we believe, is a necessary adjustment that has to be made in our lives. If we say we are Christians – followers of Christ – then our actions should reflect the heart of the One we say we follow. This has nothing to do with being perfect, because we were never charged to be perfect. However, it has everything to do with integrity and maturity.

Maturity is defined as having reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development. Maturity plays a large part in aligning our actions with our mouth. If we are moved by our emotions – what we see, feel, or even think – we will be constantly changing our posture instead of standing firmly on what the Word of God says. In Ephesians 4:12-15, Paul teaches that the ministry gifts God set in His Body are for the “perfecting” of the Body or the “maturing” of the Body, so that we “be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind and doctrine… But… may grow up…”

The definition of integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. On the other hand, hypocrisy is defined as claiming to have morals and beliefs that your behaviors do not reflect. For example, we say we believe or, we are going to do one thing out of our mouth but our actions are the complete opposite. In Matthew 15:7-8, Jesus addressed the hypocrisy of the religious leaders by referring to a scripture in Isaiah 29:13, “You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, ‘This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.’” We know the “right” things to say, but yet we do not know “Him.” We know the “right” things to say, but yet we do not do what is right. There is no integrity in hypocrisy.

To align our mouth with our actions, we must do what we say we believe; and we must do what we say we are going to do. If we say we believe the report of the Lord (John 12:38), then our actions should line up with what we say we believe. If we say we trust God with our whole heart (Proverbs 3:5), then we should not be living in fear and chaos. If we say we believe that we are in this world but we are not of this world (John 17:14), then we should not be following trends set by the world’s standard. If we say we believe the Word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105), then we should be following the Word and the decisions we make should be based on the Word.

 

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Alignment: Heart and Mouth

How many times do we say things we do not mean? How often do we speak empty words – words with no purpose or words with hidden motives? At a young age we were taught to think before we speak. This lesson still holds true. If we would pause before we speak and make a heart connection, we would speak deliberately with purpose. What comes out of our mouth reveals what is in our heart. David said, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119:19).

Alignment is defined as the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts in relation to each other. Scripture demonstrates that our heart and mouth are directly related, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man” (Matthew 15:18). Therefore, it is necessary that we adjust our words and our heart so that they are properly aligned. In order for the heart and mouth to be correctly positioned, the heart has to be filled with good things. Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” When the heart is filled with good things, the mouth speaks good things.

Another important adjustment is to bring to an end to saying one thing when in our heart we are meaning something entirely different. We should always remember that God knows the very “intent” of our heart, so regardless of what we say or who we say it to; and regardless if we justify our reason for saying it; God knows what was in our heart when we spoke it – “for the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

For many of us, aligning our heart and mouth with what we believe is a key adjustment. We all know that feelings are ever changing. We wake up happy and by noon someone or something has knocked the wind out of our sail. However, if what we believe is based on the Word of God which is forever “settled in Heaven”(Psalm 119:89), then what we believe does not change. When what we believe is grounded in the Word of God, then we are not moved by what we feel; we are not moved by what we see; and we are not moved by what “they” say – whoever they are. When the doctor gives us his report, we align our heart and mouth with the Word of God and believe and say, “with His stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). When our bank account is not looking so “prosperous,” we align our heart and mouth with the Word and believe and say, “but my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). When it seems as though our backs are against the wall and we have no one to turn to and nowhere to turn, we align our heart and mouth with the Word of God and say, “if God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31); we say and believe, “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

When our heart and mouth are aligned, we speak with power. Proverbs 18:21, “life and death are in the ‘power’ of the tongue.” The power comes when we speak what we believe, and what we believe is found in our heart – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

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