Speak Life! 

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Morning Devotion: Speak life! Align your words with God in 2017 (all the time). Activation and prayer at the end. 

Words, I love them. Not because I love to talk or write. I love words because they are seeds. Say what? Words are not just words. God spoke (used words) and creation began. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 

When you and I speak, we are emitting frequencies into the airwaves. We are, for visualization purposes, depositing tiny little seeds and targets. These seeds can produce an abundant harvest. The power of life and death is in our tongue as scripture says. 

I am not saying if you profess, “I am a tree,” everyday you are going to become a tree. I am saying what you and I say is either inviting hell or heaven to invade. Hence verbal abuse can be sometimes more damaging than physical abuse. Sticks and stones may break your bones and words dear hearts will still hurt you. 

Negative words and labels plant seeds, some are curses that invite demons. If you do not believe in demons, come along for a street ministry outreach with me sometimes. We encounter lots of demonized people. 

I see the impact of words in deep inner healing/deliverance sessions. Parents who called their children dumb, no good, said things like, “I wish you were never born. I wish you were a different personality or gender. I can not stand you,” invited demonic harassment in their children’s lives. Those children, many of them grow up with seeds of rejection. They have a target on them to be rejected. In deliverance we deal with the root causes (seeds/open doors) so they can get free. 

How are you talking to yourself? Would God say the same things? How are you talking about other people? What targets are you placing on them? What are you speaking over your destiny, future, circumstances? 

I want you to speak life. Speak life even when it feels different, or weird. Agree with God. Both heaven and hell are looking for human agreement. 

Activation: 

Spend some time with Holy Spirit…ask Him to reveal the words you have been using that are not in agreement with Him. 

Repent: 

Lord I choose this year to align my thoughts and words with Yours. I confess You are always right and You speak life! You know the plans You have for me and they are good. I ask for forgiveness for every agreement with the enemy. I choose to believe You as an act of my faith. Help me to speak life. 

Write Out Some Bible Based Declarations and Speak Them: 

The Word of God is life. Speaking His word helps to align our mind with truth. 

Examples: 

God is with me. He is good. His desire for my life is good. 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made, God’s workmanship, created for His glory. 

I am called in Christ to be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath. 

God’s perfect love casts out fear. I can stand bold and courageous in His love! 

Papa God thank You for being the Master Gardener. Please forgive us for planting seeds that do not yield good fruit. This year, help us to sow seeds of life. Uproot what is not of You. We cancel every negative word, negative vow, negative word curse we have spoken or others have spoken over us. We choose to bless and not curse. Align our thoughts with Your thoughts. Align our words with Your words. Help us to be sowers for Your Kingdom! In Jesus mighty name, amen. 

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Lessons Learned & Happy New Year

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I don’t like talking about myself. I’d much rather talk to you about God. Yet a friend asked me if I ever talked about my struggles or weaknesses or problems.

Despite my normal bend…here are some lessons learned. Yep. Some bumps and bruises learned this year.

1. Listen. It’s easy to listen to God. I like what He’s talking about and speaking. I admit I sometimes get lost listening to people especially if I don’t know why information is being shared. Sorry. My brain works hard to figure out why I’m being told something. Do you want help? I problem solve all day. So social conversations aren’t easy always. If you’re just chatting, my brain internally can say, “Why am I being told this?” I’m learning to just listen…listen…Actively listen. It’s loving. 🙂 Don’t problem solve…listen…don’t analyze…listen. Love this person by listening.

2. Don’t advise unless asked. I had a friend going through something similar to what I’ve walked through. I offered what I thought was insight. He became very angry and combative. I didn’t tell him what to do. I simply stated what I had experienced. Oops…go back to 1. Just listen. Ouch! He was angry…

3. Direct communication can lead to miscommunication. I am a direct, not passive person. So I’m learning to ask God when to speak and when to just let it go…let it go! Let it go! Yes I’m singing the song from Frozen. 🙂

4. Obedience is costly yet fruitful. God has asked me to take leaps of faith in 2014. I mean truly stretching things. There are many times I’ve fought His attempts to get me out of the boat or back in ministry. I had my heart broken in ministry before. I had no desire to be involved in ministry again. Nope…comfy in my cubby with God. My greatest wounds were inflicted by believers. Yet God calls us to focus on Him, and forget those things which are behind.

5. Some people are just nice to you because you’re in their proximity, yet they don’t love you. So when people say, “I love you,” I wait to see if their actions align with their words. My goal is not to judge others. It’s to stay connected to Him so I have love for me and others. God’s the Source of love. I don’t count on others to fill my love tank or trust just because they say something it’s true. The scientist in me says, “Is there any evidence?”

6. Keep God as your best friend!

7. God can do more in a moment than anyone could in a lifetime. Expect big things from God.

8. There are some good people in the world, yet it takes time to get to know if the ones you meet are genuine or just being Christian nice.

9. Let your critics help you grow. Gosh…I have unsolicited input at times. I listen and attempt to grow, even if their assessment is off. The question is, “God is any of this true? If so, help me grow.” Never stop learning or listening.

10. God’s not as hard on my imperfections as I am or anyone else.

11. Listen to God. Wise counsel is great, yet God trumps advisors. If you know God is speaking to you, He holds you accountable for what He says. Respect, honor, and submit to authority, yet obey God. Just as Daniel obeyed God instead of man.

12. Even if you do what God says, that doesn’t mean you’ll get the result you expect. This year God has called me to love people who have rejected me. Reach out to those who have ignored me. Serve those who hated me. Bless those who have mistreated me. Apologize first when the other person was equally wrong. Honor those who have dishonored me. The end results weren’t me riding off into the sunset with these people. Sometimes they remained cruel and indifferent. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Doing the right thing doesn’t always yield great results this side of heaven.

13. Only the people who love you care about your problems or issues, other’s I believe are curious.

14. Christians can behave in ways that are shocking. Extend grace. You want grace, give it. People are not perfect. Only God is perfect.

15. The less time spent watching tv, the happier I am. 🙂

16. Being different is okay. I’m not talking different and immoral. I’m talking having a different viewpoint or personality. God celebrates diversity.

17. Rebuke a mocker and he’ll hate you. There are people who find me on social media and blast negative things about God. Ignoring and blocking are sometimes warranted. Rebuking leads to quarreling. Just let it go…

18. Just because others say you “should” be doing something doesn’t mean you “should,” like get married, buy that car or house…wisdom considers the cost. Just because someone asks doesn’t mean you need to say yes. What’s God’s best for you? What’s your assignment?

19. Rest is crucial! Yep. Naps are my friend.

20. Trust God. So many great things and a few tragic things happened this year that required trusting God on new levels. Some days I felt like I might drown, but God remained faithful. He’s so faithful…

21. Stay connected to the right people. Know your tribe. Love everyone, yet stay connected to people who are mutually invested in you. They are life givers. Thank God for them, and invest in them too!

22. Set boundaries with takers. I’m a giver. I don’t say that to brag. I’m compelled by love to give. Don’t feel obligated to cater to takers. Be Spirit led. Say no to being abused or used. You teach people how to treat you by what you tolerate. What people need mostly is Jesus. If they’re hungry or naked, feed or clothe them. If they’re just dumping on you or taking what needs received from God or the Word-point them away from you and towards God! Don’t invest or sow aimlessly; be purposeful. Who does God want you to pour into? And how?

Well, that’s more sharing than I wanted. Yet I hope my lessons learned helped someone! May 2015 be a year overflowing with God’s goodness, wisdom, and provision. You are deeply loved (John 3:16).

Erin