speak the words of God…

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:

11The word of Adonai came to me, asking, “Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), what do you see?” I answered, “I see a branch from an almond tree . 12Then Adonai said to me, “You have seen well, because I am watching to fulfill my word.”

13A second time the word of Adonai came to me, asking, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a caldron tilted away from the north, over a fire fanned by the wind.” 14Then Adonai said to me, “From the north calamity will boil over onto everyone living in the land, 15because I will summon all the families in the kingdoms of the north,” says Adonai,

“and they will come and sit, each one, on his throne

at the entrance to the gates of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem),

opposite its walls, all the way around,

and opposite all the cities of Y’hudah (Judah).

16I will pronounce my judgments against them

for all their wickedness in abandoning me,

offering incense to other gods

and worshipping what their own hands made.

17“But you, dress for action; stand up and tell them

(* Put on the whole armor of God… note by author)

everything I order you to say.

When you confront them, don’t break down;

or I will break you down in front of them!

18For today, you see, I have made you into

a fortified city, a pillar of iron,

a wall of bronze against the whole land —

against the kings of Y’hudah (Judah), against its princes,

against its cohanim (priests) and the people of the land.

19They will fight against you,

but they will not overcome you,

for I am with you,” says Adonai,

“to rescue you.”

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

*English translation for Hebrew are in parentheses placed there by this author

It is a hard thing to be told to speak the words of God “against the kings of Y’hudah,” symbols of religious and secular leaders; “against its princes, against its cohanim (priests) and the people of the land.” It is a hard thing to be told to speak the words of God to a people who do not want to hear truth but only what tickles their ears.  Harder yet is to also be told that what is said will not be received and more, will cause a fight against the speaker.  This calls for confidence that God has indeed spoken and given the commands.  God does not leave the speaker defenseless; he states, “they will not overcome you, for I am with you, to rescue you.

Those who speak out against what  does not agree with scripture can be confident in God’s protection, care and peace.  When God says “speak” and those faithful to hear him speak; even if it challenges what ‘the people‘ think is right; God is there to protect, to rescue from the attack that is sure to come.

Pray –  In God I praise his word – in Adonai – I praise his word – in God I trust; I have no fear; what can mere humans do to me?  Psalms 56:11-12

Repent – I repent for “wandering.” You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water skin – aren’t they already recorded in your book?  Psalm 56:9

Ask – Show me favor, God, show me favor; for in you I have taken refuge.  Yes, I will find refuge in the shadow of your wings until the storms have passed. Psalm 57:2

Yes – I call to God, the Most High, to God, who is accomplishing his purpose for me.  Be exalted, God, above heaven!  May your glory be over all the earth!  Psalm 57:3 and 6

Source: Jeremiah and Psalms

I believe; therefore I speak

 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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Gen 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God spoke; it was.  The omnipotent power of God’s spoken word!

Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

There is power in our words.  We speak life and death to our relationships, our thoughts, our actions.   The words we speak may be harsh or kind, loving or damning, encouraging or destroying.  We are created in the image of God and carry the ability to create and destroy; however limited it may be.

Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Add faith; add belief and the power of the Holy Spirit is added to our words and they can bring life and light to a dark world.

2Co 4:13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,

We believe; and so we speak.  There is power in our spoken words when we speak the word of God.

When we speak the words of God, His power is unleashed and will not return empty but will accomplish what they are set to do.

Isa 55:11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

We can pray the word over our circumstances, our nation, our faith.  We can speak the word daily in our conversation.  We can sing the word to our heart and to our God.  When we know the word, we can give life.  When we know the word we can give hope.  When we know the word our prayers will be answered.

Mat 7:7“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Mat 7:8For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened

Spend time in His word.  Get to know it.  Speak it; share it.  Bring light to a dark world.

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God speaks…it is

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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Isaiah 21

  The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land.

  A stern vision is told to me; the traitor betrays, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O Elam; lay siege, O Media; all the sighing she has caused I bring to an end.

 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

  My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

They prepare the table, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink. Arise, O princes; oil the shield!

 For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.

 When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently.”

  Then he who saw cried out: “Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.

 And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!” And he answered, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the carved images of her gods he has shattered to the ground.”

  O my threshed and winnowed one, what I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I announce to you.

  The oracle concerning Dumah. One is calling to me from Seir, “Watchman, what time of the night? Watchman, what time of the night?”

 The watchman says: “Morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; come back again.”

  The oracle concerning Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge, O caravans of Dedanites.

 To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema.

  For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the press of battle.

  For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.

 And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

What was spoken came to be.  Do we believe God when he speaks?  Does our life give evidence of that?  Where is our hope?  Be light to a dark place.

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“I believe and so I speak…”

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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II Corinthians 4:18

 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.  But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.   In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.  For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;  always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.  For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.   So death is at work in us, but life in you. 

Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,   knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.  

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.   For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.

…I believed and so I spoke…

  “…having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart…

Do we stand on this?  We are not to be silent concerning the things of the kingdom of God.  We are not to lose heart when we face opposition.  The climate toward Christ is changing in our world; God said once  “Let light shine our of darkness,”  and it was so.

We can carry that light given by Christ; shine it into the darkness of this day.  Bring hope to the drowning unbeliever.  This is our charge.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Believe and speak…

Resistance…

Mark 14:43-52

And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders.  The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take him away under guard.”  As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.

Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.  But one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing off his ear.

Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”

Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away.  One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried to grab him,  he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.

 Just as he said, they all fled.  Just as he said, he was taken.  Just as he said, they slept and did not watch.  They could not stand.

 “Am I leading a rebellion?”  “Am I some dangerous revolutionary?” Those resistant to change came with force to take one who was gentle, peaceful, meek but spoke words of change. The change is what raises the objection and gives the reason to quiet him.  A change that is inward with outward expression.  A change that does not use force but creates a world different enough to be seen as a threat to the present way of life.

 Two forces are in conflict and the agent of change is words.  Words that are heard and create change.  “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”They have ears but cannot hear.”  How shall they hear unless someone tell them.”  Are we listening?  Are we speaking His Word?  We need the power the knowledge brings to stand when the change within brings conflict.  We need to be in the Word, praying if change is to come.  2 Chronicles 7:14  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves  and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

 We will read His Word, we will listen to what He says, we will humble ourselves and pray, we will show evidence of change.  He will hear us, forgive us and heal our land.  This is a Word that is active and alive!