Does God Create Everything You Say?

Isaiah 57:19 says, “I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.”

God creates the fruit of your lips. Does this mean you can say something once and God will do it? No! Some people use this verse to countenance the idea that we can command God to do what we want. Or that some people bring catastrophe upon themselves by speaking fear-filled words. We don’t have the authority to command God. He is our Lord! We do have the authority to speak what He speaks and expect Him to be faithful to His Word. That is who He is – faithful. You do need to watch your words and your thoughts, bringing them into alignment with God’s will. However, if you speak a fearful word in a moment of crisis or without thinking, does that mean that word will be created?

Today, God reminded me of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Numbers 11:1 – And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and His anger was kindled…”

Numbers 11:10 – (concerning manna) Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the Lord was kindled greatly

Numbers 13:26-14:31 – (When 10 of the 12 spies brought a bad report of the Promised Land, saying they could not enter into the land because the inhabitants were too strong, they all started murmuring and saying they would die in the wilderness.) 27 (God said) How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me. 28 Say unto them, “As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as you have spoken in My ears, so will I do to you.”

Yes, God gave them what they spoke so rashly. But He was merciful for a long time before He let them have what they had spoken so many times. It had become a lifestyle for them to complain. They retained their slave mentality despite God’s deliverance, provision, miracles and promises. They had murmured and complained from the time they left Egypt, but it wasn’t until they refused to enter the Promised Land and said again that they would be better off dying in the wilderness that God created the fruit of their lips. He also created the fruit of Joshua’s and Caleb’s lips who said they were well able to take the land with God’s help.

Maybe you have gotten in the habit of complaining. If so, it is time to reconsider your thought life. Be obedient to God and be transformed into the image of Christ by renewing your mind with His Word. Be persistent in speaking God’s Word, no matter the circumstances. It may be your overall outlook on life and subsequent words in your life that He creates. Yes, you will answer for every idle, useless, unbelieving word you speak (Matthew 12:36). God may create what you speak one time, but He is also merciful. If your heart is right, and you truly repent of your negative words, I believe He will be merciful and not create everything we speak. Take your thoughts captive before they become a mindset leading down the wrong path. You don’t want to “die in the wilderness!”

Notice the second part of Isaiah 57:19. God wants us to have peace and to heal us. You won’t have peace until you take your thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Covid-19

There has been so much craziness this past year about the virus from Wuhan, China. Details change from day to day. Masks are not effective. Masks are the only thing that is going to save your life! Masks are not effective. Masks are mandatory for the safety of everyone! You need to wear your mask outdoors, indoors, even in your own home. You must stay at least 6 feet apart! Sanitize everything! Stay home! Shut down the country! It’s the only way we’ll survive this pandemic!
There are a couple of things I know for sure, though.
 When someone tries to make another person feel guilty and tries to shame them for wearing a mask or not wearing a mask, that is not Christ-like behavior.
 Fear is not from God.
 There will be other pandemics, probably worse ones.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:7, about the last days, “For nation shall rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.”
The word ‘pestilence,’ according to Strong’s Concordance (3061) means Pestilence, Trouble maker, Public menace.
According to The New Webster’s Dictionary, ‘pestilence’ means: a deadly epidemic disease// something morally or socially pernicious (destructive, extremely injurious or deadly).
I think it is pretty obvious we’re at least approaching the last days, so what do we do?
 Trust God. Ps. 91:5-7: Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
As the 3 Hebrew children said (Daniel 3:17-18), “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thy hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

Psalm 91:14-15 – Because he has set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he has known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

So, God can protect us from sickness, but even if we get sick, we continue to worship God. In the meantime, seek God and put him first in your life.

Deception in the Church, Part 1

            In my book, I only mentioned deception once, saying it could be a reason you are not receiving your healing.  God’s covenant with His children and His healing are contingent on us obeying His Word. If we’re following ‘another gospel,’ we can’t expect God to bless us with healing.

            Deception in the Church is rampant. And, if you’re deceived, you won’t know it. It is important to periodically check what you believe to make sure it lines up with God’s Word. It is also important to hone your spiritual discernment, and be open to checking your beliefs if someone you trust questions what you believe.

            Sometimes deception in the Church is very subtle. One New Age strategy to take over the Church is to infiltrate it using Christian terminology, but applying a different meaning to the words than what is perceived by the Christian hearing it.

            A simple example of that would be, “God told me…” Hearing that, esp. in church, would lead most if us to think they are Christians referring to the one, true God. However, the “God” they refer to could well be Satan, Allah, any of a myriad of “gods,” or even self.

            Sometimes deception comes in the form of false doctrine. Scripture warns us that in the last days there will be false teachers and false prophets. Some are easy to spot; others are camouflaged in their well-tailored ‘sheep skins,’ but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Mt. 7:15). They blend in so well with the congregation that they are considered one of the flock. If you have doubts as to their sincerity, you will be hard put to pin down the source of your unease. After all, if it looks like a sheep and talks like a sheep, it must be a sheep, right? These are the particularly dangerous ones!

            Sometimes spiritual discernment just comes as a feeling. And you can’t question someone’s motives just because you ‘feel’ that they are fake! Eventually, it will manifest, but it may take years and by then they will have done immeasurable damage.

                                                Hone your spiritual discernment!

           Learn to tell the difference between natural aversion and sensing a spirit that is wrong.

           I spent many years thinking I was just being critical of certain people, mistrusting them for no reason. Eventually I noticed that I was always right about them. I didn’t spot every false spirit, but the ones I had questions about always proved to be false. Then someone told me it was the gift of spiritual discernment.

            Since I grew up under the influence of my mother’s dedication to Scientology, one form of New Age, I became familiar with some of the terminology and methods they use. I believe exposure to evil spirits made me more sensitive in regard to recognizing those spirits. Which leads to my belief that lots of exposure to the Holy Spirit will make it easier to recognize false spirits. When you know the real thing, the fake becomes obvious.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Looking back over notes I’ve taken over the years, I came across this one from one of Dr. Virginia Mayer’s teachings. Dr. Mayer and her husband are the founders of Living Waters Ministries, a Christian counseling service in Headland, Alabama.

‘Keep your focus on Jesus. Looking back to ‘self’ stops healing and causes stress. Stress makes us borrow trouble, makes us worry. Those “What if…?” questions are vain imaginations that exalt themselves above the knowledge of God. Lift Jesus above everything.

God loves you. He sees your heart. He doesn’t require you to live up to His expectations. He is your provider and protector. He is merciful. People can’t fulfill our happiness, only Jesus can. His love, His peace, His joy are all unconditional. Give them to others the same way and be stress-free.

Stress is focusing on the bad things while the beautiful things are all around us and we don’t see them. It is “overwhelmingness.” When he finds a weak spot, the enemy piles things on you until you are overwhelmed. Stress is the opposite of flowing, living water. It short-circuits the power of God, which stops flowing in your life.

Chaotic stress stops miracles and healing for ourselves and others. Remember, “Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.”

Stress leads to depression. It sneaks up on you. There is no joy, no life in your eyes. Anxiety blocks joy. It is fed by anger. Panic attacks keep you from breathing, can cause heart attacks, and block everything God has for you.

Stress comes from inappropriate expectations of others and of ourselves. Stress kills hope, joy, faith and love.

Smile! Don’t let dread choke the life out of you, and quench the Holy Spirit. The enemy tries to ground us to the world and sever the power of God! You become spiritually drained.

Take your eyes off ‘self’ and don’t depend on others for your happiness. Only Jesus can give you lasting peace and joy.

When you take your eyes off God, you open the door to stress. As the song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.” Discipline yourself to never take your eyes off Jesus.’