Armored Up: The Tongue

The tongue is a powerful tool! The Word of God says so:

We’ve all heard that one, right? While the term “cliché” may come to mind, we must remember that the Word of God is LIFE and there is nothing cliché about the Word of God!

The tongue is an important weapon in this spiritual warfare battle that we are constantly engaged in, woman of God!

From the life perspective of the tongue, this is where we can speak life into dead situations. The tongue can bring dead things back to life: your sick loved one, your dead job, your lifeless marriage, your wayward child. Our tongue speaks the life-filled Word of God! Yes, let’s learn how to arm ourselves with life-giving scriptures, encouragement, and positive words. Let’s use our tongues to communicate the promises of God. Command your mornings. Speak healing words over those who are hurting. Declare and decree the truth of the Lord over your family. There is LIFE in the power of the tongue and we must be ready to speak life at all times!

Let’s look at the tongue as a tool of death, we know how words can hurt right? We know that old saying of “sticking and stones breaking our bones but words never hurting” is a complete lie. But mighty woman of God, did you realize that your tongue can be a tool to kill the schemes and strategies of the enemy?! Oh yes, let’s use our tongues to trample all over the agenda of the enemy! Let’s use our tongues to extinguish those fiery darts coming our way! Let’s put to death those lies from Satan’s mouth! Declare and decree that every witch and warlock have no power over you. Use your tongue to kill the desires of the flesh!

Yes, sister, there is life and death in the power of the tongue. It is time to use that tongue to give life and to put to death the demonic agendas that is trying to rule and reign in our lives.

Let us shout the name of Jesus with our tongues and advance forward, the battle is already won!

Peace and Blessings

The Complexity of Love…

I love you. The powerful words…

The world’s version of love says: what can you do for me? The world tell us that we can make love out of wedlock, that love comes with a certain price tag, and that love never makes us cry. That cannot be further from the truth!

For believers of Christ, God is love. Love is service. Love is priceless. And love requires death. The Word of God tells us that love is sacrificial. Love is not self-seeking. Love is patient and kind, it is not rude. Love keeps no record of wrongs. God’s love presents very differently than the world’s version.

The best example of love is found here:

Yes, John 3:16 is everywhere. Maybe it’s tattooed on someone’s arm, on the back of cars, or on the side of a fast food cup. However, we cannot become desensitized to the truth of this amazing action. This is where love is born-not in a slow song, not by Hallmark, or the most expensive ring in Tiffany’s. Jesus’s finished work is love and that love required blood, sweat, and tears.

Friends, much action is required to love one another. Think about all the work it took Jesus to die on the cross for us! Our Savior is the very reason why love is an action word! This is why we must be concerned about what we can do for others, not what they can do for us. Love makes us feel warm and cuddly on the inside but it takes work, hard work. In order to love, we must die to ourselves.

We proclaim that we love the Lord. A powerful question was posed in a fellow blogger’s post: “Lord, what can I do for you?” This is most powerful demonstration of love for our Father. Our willingness to serve Him, our desire to please Him, and our longing to be near to Him gives us the strength to love others.

When we love Him, He fuels us to love others. This, dear friends, is the complexity of love: Without His love, we are incapable of love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Peace and Blessings

The Fruit Of Our Way…

Each and every one of us bear fruit. And it is by your fruit that you will be known. The scriptures rarely (if not at all) use “fruit” in the plural way. Fruit, usually, does not bear an “s”. The intentionality of the Father shouldn’t be missed.

Love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, kindness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) are all fruit of the way of the Holy Spirit. By this fruit, you will be known as a child of God. By this fruit, you will be a light, pointing and leading others to Christ. This fruit work simultaneously. You cannot choose to bear love one day and not the next. It’s all or nothing.

Sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar are all fruit of the way of our flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). By this fruit, you will be known as someone who is governed and ruled by their flesh. This fruit, also, works simultaneously. Sexual immorality eventually leads to promiscuity and the list goes on. Once again, all or nothing.

What is the fruit of your way? How will you be recognized? What fruit are you bearing? Are you ruled by the Father of truth or the father of lies?

We must choose each and every day what fruit we will choose to bear. The fruit of the Spirit represent life, light and the Father. The fruit of the flesh represent death, destruction, and the devil. What is the fruit of your way?

As we consider the choices before us, let’s consider the guidance and wisdom of our Heavenly Father:

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…” Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV

Peace and Blessings

Death and Life…

From a human perspective we tend to think that first comes life, then comes death. You live and you die. This is true from the natural perspective. However, as a professed believer of Christ, we must approach life from the view of the eternal. Yes, life begins in the womb, from the natural perspective. Spiritually, until we accept Christ, we are spiritually dead. Accepting Christ brings forth life. Then we die, and thats true in the natural. But for us who follow Christ, there is a promise of eternal life.

From the Father’s perspective, death is not the end, it can be the beginning for many! Christ’s death served as the beginning of restoration, salvation, and redemption for us all! His death produced life! Imagine how much hope we can have if we viewed every aspect of our lives from this perspective. Ezekiel 37:1-14 gives a beautiful illustration of life after death. Here’s a snippet:

Lets not miss the beauty of this illustration. This can be true for our lives as well. Yes we are breathing, moving, and active, but are we living? Do we have dead pockets of our lives? Have we used our power and authority, granted by the Holy Spirit, to breath life into those dead areas that are preventing us from truly living as God intended?

Command the dead areas of your life to live again! If our Heavenly Father did it for His son and we are considered to be children of God, don’t you think that He will do it for you?! He will give life to that marriage that appears to be dead, He will breath life into that neglected dream, He will breath life into that “dead-end” career! Ask and it shall be done.

Death can produce hope and faith. Sickness and disease may have taken that loved one but if they belonged to Christ, death was not their end! They will live again. Your marriage will live again. Your finances will be revived. Your dream will live again. Death has been defeated! It will no longer have victory over your life.

Our Risen Savior is the most magnificent proof that death is not the end.

Peace and Blessings