I have put my words in your mouth…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From Jeremiah:

1These are the words of Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) the son of Hilkiyahu (Hilkiah), one of the cohanim living in ‘Anatot (Anathoth), in the territory of Binyamin (Benjamin). 2The word of Adonai came to him during the days of Yoshiyahu (Josiah) the son of Amon, king of Y’hudah (Judah), in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3It also came during the days of Y’hoyakim (Jehoiakim) the son of Yoshiyahu (Josiah), king of Y’hudah (Judah), continuing until the eleventh year of Tzidkiyahu (Zedekiah) the son of Yoshiyahu (Josiah), king of Y’hudah (Judah), right up until the time Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) was carried away captive, in the fifth month.

4Here is the word of Adonai that came to me:

5“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you;

before you were born, I separated you for myself.

I have appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”

6I said, “Oh, Adonai Elohim, I don’t even know how to speak! I’m just a child!” 7But Adonai said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m just a child.’

“For you will go to whomever I send you,

and you will speak whatever I order you.

8Do not be afraid of them,

for I am with you, says Adonai,

to rescue you.”

9Then Adonai put out his hand and touched my mouth, and Adonai said to me,

“There! I have put my words in your mouth.

10Today I have placed you over nations and kingdoms

to uproot and to tear down,

to destroy and to demolish,

to build and to plant.”

 

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jer.1>

*English names for Hebrews are in parentheses placed there by this author

The believer is a chosen one, separated from the unbeliever.  God knows his own and before they were formed he had purpose for them.  Jesus was an example of this to the world.  Jeremiah was also prior to Jesus.  They were chosen, separated from the rest and had a given purpose.

God’s touch gives the ability to speak the words He, God, speaks.  Jesus stated that he spoke the words of His Father. 

Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. John 14:10

The believer today has the words of the Father.

God says ‘speak my words.’ He says his words will prevail over those of the nations and kingdoms.  He says his words will ‘uproot and tear down, destroy and demolish, build and plant.‘  God’s words accomplish what they set out to do.  His people, his chosen, those who are faithful to Him, speak His words.  Any who deny the words of God are denying the One who gave them.

Note God’s words are multifaceted.  They ‘uproot and tear down.’  They find what is evil, anti-God and take out what is as simple as thoughts that come unbidden to hinder God’s work, or what may be hidden in the words of others directed at the believer and intended by the enemy to find a toehold of offense to build into a stronghold of bitterness. It is stated that the words of God do more.

The Words of God ‘destroy and demolish.‘  This can be an ideology that has potential to lead God’s people astray from His Word.  It may be humanism vs. God-centered thinking.  The believer has an arsenal of God’s words that confront and confuse the intents of the enemy.  Psalm 55

Confuse, Adonai, confound their speech!

Speaking the words of God doesn’t stop with eliminating the enemy and its tools.

God’s words ‘build and plant.’  Building and planting bring visions of new life.  When the old thoughts, ideas, idol-worship are removed they are replaced with new thoughts, ideas that are biblically based and the worship of God.  The believer bears the responsibility of ‘filling up’ with God’s words.  God has supplied the believer with the written word, the Bible.  God will, through the Holy Spirit,  bring them to the believer’s remembrance, quicken the written word to the believer and inform their spirit of what to say.  Many times God says, “Don’t worry about what to say, I will fill your mouth with my words.” There is a well of words to draw from.

Pray – My soul waits in silence for God alone; my salvation comes from him.  He alone is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I won’t be greatly moved.  Psalm 62:1-2

Repent – I repent for my busyness that prevented me from waiting to hear from you.  I repent for the busyness of your people, my people and fellow believers.

Ask – I ask you to open eyes and ears to see and hear what you say.  Please let it not be so that you will once again have to say, “when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not hear.”  Isaiah 66:4b

Yes – “Hear the word of Adonai, you who tremble at his word…” Isaiah 66  O, God, you are my God; I will seek you eagerly.  My heart thirsts for you, my body longs for you in a land parched and exhausted, where no water can be found, I used to contemplate you in the sanctuary, seeing your power and glory, for your grace is better than life. My lips will worship you.  Yes, I will bless you as long as I live:  In your name I will lift up my hands.  I am as satisfied as with rich food; my mouth praises you with joy on my lips when I remember you on my bed and meditate on you in the night watches.  Psalm 63

Source:  Jeremiah, Psalms, Isaiah

Who? do you worship?..

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:

19“Sir, I can see that you are a prophet,” the woman replied. 20“Our fathers worshipped on this mountain, but you people say that the place where one has to worship is in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” 21Yeshua (Jesus) said, “Lady, believe me, the time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). 22 You people don’t know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews. 23But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father spiritually and truly, for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him. 24God is spirit; and worshippers must worship him spiritually and truly.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.4>

*words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew added by this author.

Do worshipers know who they are worshiping? Jesus tells this woman, “you people don’t know what you are worshiping.” The argument was between Jew and Samaritan and was over where to worship.  Jesus pointed to a greater difference; the Samaritan did not know what they were worshiping; the Jew knew who they worshiped and salvation would come through the Jews.  He then threw the argument over place away by prophesying the coming time when neither would worship in either place.  Then, all that is left is who to worship — God — in spirit and in truth.  Jesus was the gate to this change.

Worshipers worship a god.  Who that god is trumps anything else.  Worship is directed at the entity being worshiped.  If the worship is by music using lyrics, what is heard in the words?  If by prayer, again, words are telling.  If by actions, where’s the focus?

True worship, spiritual worship doesn’t need a specific time or place.  When that worship is God ward, it is true.  When it is directed and focused on the Lord it is spiritual.  God inhabits the praises of His people.  He must be the total focus of worship.  Then he visits; then he comes, when the praise is raised to him alone.

“God is spirit; and worshipers must worship him spiritually and truly.”  – Jesus

Pray – O Lord, may You always be the focus, the recipient of all my worship!

Repent – I’m sorry for the thing we’ve made it.  I’m bringing it back to you.  I will not be  silenced.

Ask – May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.

Yes – You alone are worthy of all my praise and honor.  It isn’t about me; it’s about thee!

Source: John 4 and Psalms 19:15

 

living water…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:

1When Yeshua (Jesus) learned that the P’rushim (Pharisees) had heard he was making and immersing more talmidim (disciples) than Yochanan (John) 2(although it was not Yeshua (Jesus) himself who immersed but his talmidim (disciples) ), 3Yeshua (Jesus) left Y’hudah (Judah) and set out again for the Galil (Galilee). 4This meant that he had to pass through Shomron.(Samaria)

5He came to a town in Shomron(Samaria) called Sh’khem, near the field Ya‘akov had given to his son Yosef. 6Ya‘akov’s Well was there; so Yeshua, (Jesus) exhausted from his travel, sat down by the well; it was about noon. 7A woman from Shomron (Samaria) came to draw some water; and Yeshua (Jesus) said to her, “Give me a drink of water.”  8 (His talmidim (disciples)  had gone into town to buy food.)  9 The woman from Shomron (Samaria) said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for water from me, a woman of Shomron (Samaria)?” (For Jews don’t associate with people from Shomron(Samaria).) 10 Yeshua (Jesus) answered her, “If you knew God’s gift, that is, who it is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink of water,’ then you would have asked him; and he would have given you living water.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.4>

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Water gives life, without water there is no life.  What then is the difference between water from the well and water Christ gives?  One is temporal and one is eternal.  One is of the earth and the other is of heaven.  One relieves the physical thirst, the other relieves spiritual thirst.  Christ made it possible for mankind to once more be blessed in the spirit with life eternal.  This water, the Holy Spirit, fills up and satisfies mankind’s quest for spiritual life and completeness.

Christ was physically weary yet still had living water to give to this woman.

Pray – Fill me up, Lord.  I lift my cup, Lord; come and quench this thirsting of my soul.  Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more, fill me up and make me whole.

Repent – I repent for those times I relied on ‘physical’ water to satisfy spiritual thirst.

Ask – As the deer longs for running streams, God, I long for you.  I am thirsty for God, for the living God! Deep is calling to deep at the thunder of your waterfalls;

Yes – all your surging rapids and waves are sweeping over me.

John 4 and Psalms 42:2; 42:8

water that springs eternal…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 4:

11She said to him, “Sir, you don’t have a bucket, and the well is deep; so where do you get this ‘living water’? 12You aren’t greater than our father Ya‘akov (Jacob), are you? He gave us this well and drank from it, and so did his sons and his cattle.” 13Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks the water I will give him will never be thirsty again! On the contrary, the water I give him will become a spring of water inside him, welling up into eternal life!”

15“Sir, give me this water,” the woman said to him, “so that I won’t have to be thirsty and keep coming here to draw water.” 16He said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.” 17She answered, “I don’t have a husband.” Yeshua  (Jesus) said to her, “You’re right, you don’t have a husband! 18You’ve had five husbands in the past, and you’re not married to the man you’re living with now! You’ve spoken the truth!”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.4>

*words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew added by this author.

Water of life, knowledge, mind -set, a mix of spiritual and natural.  The place of operation for most, understandably so, is in the present and of the physical realm, the natural.  Jesus points to another realm that spans time – has no time – and functions in the spiritual.

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Water.  Physical water satisfies thirst.  However, the thirst returns for the water is used up.  Spiritual water satisfies the soul and spirit and does not get used up rather becomes a stream of life-giving water.  Both, physical and spiritual give life.

Reflection demands assurance that the life-giving, eternal flow of water is present in the believer.  This flow will not damage but heal.

Pray – Lord, you alone are my shepherd; I lack nothing.  You have me lie down in green pastures feeding me your word, and You lead me by quiet water, You restore my inner person.

Repent – True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me.

Ask – Guide me in right paths for the sake of your name.  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit in me.

Yes – Goodness and grace will pursue me every day of my life; and I will live in the house of the Lord for years and years to come.

Source:  John 4 and Psalms 23; image and song eHymnbook.org

 

Speaking God’s words…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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31“He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and talks from an earthly point of view; he who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies about what he has actually seen and heard, yet no one accepts what he says! 33Whoever does accept what he says puts his seal on the fact that God is true, 34because the one whom God sent speaks God’s words. For God does not give him the Spirit in limited degree — 35the Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands. 36Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

He who comes from above…testifies about what he has actually seen and heard.

Speaking God’s words is speaking life.  Mortal, earthly beings are familiar with words of earth origin.  Faced with words of life from above brings the listener face to face with choice.  Which words will be believed, which will be followed, which will be received.  One who has never been to a place can only rely on the words of one who has for a description of that place.  If it is not possible to go there, then the one who has not been can only trust the one who has for truth about that place.  This is what makes the words of Christ, speaking the words of God so powerful to those who have not been but believe that place exists.

Those who have not been to that place cannot judge the veracity of those who have.  They can only rely by faith that what the one who has been there states is true.  The believing does not make it so or not.  The tree in the forest is still there whether seen and touched or not.  Believing it is there does not determine whether it is or not.  The believing individual is given access to that place through their belief where once they did not believe and so had no access.  Stepping over the line drawn between earth and heaven takes faith in response to the love of the Father evidenced in His Son.  The work of faith is the work of the Holy Spirit now given fully rather than in part.  Believers can rejoice; they have been given the faith to believe and have put it into action.  They have opened the door to an expanded world due to the Father’s love.

Pray – Lord, you are so good.  You have given a life abundant, greater than it could be without you.

Repent – There are times it is hard to believe.  I repent for lack of faith and am grateful for the faith you have given.

Ask – Increase my faith.  May it truly move mountains. Help my unbelief; may it turn to greater faith.  Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Yes – I will praise You forever for what you have done, and will put my hope in your name.

Source: John 3 and Psalm 119:105; Psalm 52:11

I have seen and testified …

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John:

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’  “I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”  And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.  “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Eyewitness accounts passed along for the benefit of all who come after.   The Word in flesh, meant for sacrifice. The sacrifice that would atone for sin. There is a greater death than the death of this life.  The wages of sin is death; a death of separation from God for eternity.  Because Jesus came, God’s message to His creation has been carried world-wide, no longer confined to Israel.

Pray – I am so blessed for I am able to know you even from a distance in time and trust you as David did from a distance.  With David I can say “I am dying to know your salvation, my hope is in your word.

Repent – I repent for the moments of doubt that come with thoughts I have not taken captive and made obedient to You, Lord.

Ask – Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust your Word.

Yes – You are good, and you do good; teach me your laws.  It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so I could learn your laws.

Source: John and Psalms

Fighting Deception…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From Ephesians:

We will then no longer be infants tossed about the waves and blown along by every wind of teaching, at the mercy of people clever in devising ways to deceive.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will  in every respect grow up into him who is the head, the Messiah.  Under his control, the whole body is being fitted and held together by the support of every joint, with each part working to fulfill its function; this is how the body grows and builds itself up in love.

Each believer has a given task and when they act in obedience they assist in building a strong fellowship.  This can be visualized as soldiers who position themselves arms locked together in a line and standing firm supported on all sides by comrades with a similar purpose under the leadership of Christ.  A line that cannot be broken.

Any teaching, any  new ‘wave’ that breaks up the line is not of God.  Instruction comes today as it did for Paul and the apostles through the scripture and personal experience that lines up with scripture.  These men all received instruction in scripture from an early age.  Jesus did as well.

It is a sign of maturity that one who is grounded in scripture will not be tossed about by every wave, every wind promising something new because they have been firmly planted in God’s teaching, God’s words.

Pray – Help me, God, to stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around my waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place and with my feet fitted with peace.  Also,  help me to take up the shield of faith, with which I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Help me to put on the helmet of salvation and take up  the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.  Help me to pray, in the Spirit, on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, help me to be alert and always keep on praying for all the those you have placed in my path.

Repent – I repent for wasting time and energy being concerned about what may be the onslaught of deception instead of spreading the truth of your Word, sharing what is right. I repent for having my focus on the error rather than on righteousness.

Ask – Mighty God, Your Word clearly states that Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  Help me to be able to discern by your Spirit because his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Guard the hearts and minds of your children against deception with the sure knowledge that even the evil one knows and uses your words.

Yes – Glorious God, I thank you for qualifying me to share in the inheritance of those in the kingdom of light.  For you have rescued me from the dominion of darkness and brought me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Thank you for the continued growth and maturity available to all who search your word.

Resources: Colossians 1, 2 Corinthians 11, Ephesians 6

Thanks to Beth Moore: Praying God’s Word.