October 11, 2008

Hmmm....

When I started posting chapters from the book, The Tongue- A Creative Force, I knew that I might get some scoffers. I'm pretty much opening myself up to arguments, but if it helps just one person out there, then it is worth it.

I am not personally trying to convince people that this is true, I am just laying it out there and giving real life examples- you do with it what you will. I do not have all the answers- I am 26 years old, a wife of 7.5 years and mother of three little girls- I have a lot more to do than sit down and debate Bible 'doctrine'. But I do live by faith daily, and more importantly, by reading this book, have been watching what I say much better.

For you to understand the principles in the book, you must first believe that we have an adversary, better known as Satan. If everyone believes that God the Father is making good and bad things happening on earth, then what in the world is the devil doing? Where does he fit in? If we believe that whatever happens to us, good or bad, is God's doing, then what I have posted about speaking the Word is meaningless. We do have an enemy, and we do have to fight tooth and nail each day in just about every area of our lives with him. We are no match for him alone, but with our weapons, the Word of God and faith in it and the Holy Spirit to guide us, then we can actually fight and win.

"For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)..." 2 Cor. 2:10

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:..." 1 Peter 5:8

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" Ephesians 6:14-17

For anyone worried that I am being led astray, let me assure you that I have not been. I am in no way saying that you can have anything you say regardless if it's according to God's Word. No, that is not it. What I am saying, is that you have the same power in you that Jesus had on the earth. The same spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, since we can come boldly before the Throne of Grace, the Holy of Holies, then God the Father must think that we do now indeed deserve health, wealth and prosperity. We are no longer unworthy sinners- NO MORE! That's gone, that person is dead- doesn't exist anymore, blotted out by the blood of the Lamb, cast into the sea of forgetfulness, removed as far as the east is from the west...Because Jesus lives in you, you are worthy.

If you believe that the Bible is the absolute truth, then everything else is not. If the Bible says that you can have whatever you ask in the name of Jesus, and you ask for something in His name, such as healing in your body, then if you ask in faith, you shall have it. But you have to believe it and be fully persuaded, no doubts, no 'I hope so'. So then, you thank Him for what He has done, and move on. It will come to pass. This has happened to me too many times to count- it is the truth. When you feel bad, remember, ok I prayed this, so I am healed, so I will just thank the Lord for His healing in my body out loud. That's what Paul and Silas did in prison- sang praises to Him and they were delivered.

I preach no doctrine. I have given countless Bible passages and simply highlighted what God has revealed to me about it. In fact, what I've posted is straight from the book. This is my blog and I can say what I want. This is a 'mission field' so to speak and I am compelled to 'get the Word out' so that's what I'm doing. If others are put off by it, then just ignore it. I am a down to earth, friendly, silly, compassionate person, so don't judge me simply because I believe in something that isn't normal or popular.

Prospering doesn't necessarily mean money. You can prosper in the things you put your hands to (cooking, cleaning, gardening, sewing, child raising...) You can prosper in health; you can prosper with valuable understanding and wisdom- prospering means doing well. You can prosper in a job- doing it well with a good attitude and move up.

"What bible version is your "research" coming from? That could explain why you are being led astray. So, just to clarify, people that are not healthy millionaires leading successful careers have a lack of faith? By the way, last time I checked, Jesus was born in a MANGER, not a palace, he fled from persecution during His entire earthly ministry (doesn't seem very prosperous to me), and he rode into town on a DONKEY to show that He was king (not exactly a picture of wealth, wouldn't you say?). All of those things- and countless more- took place BEFORE His death. Look at the beatitudes in Matthew 5 starting in verse 3 if you need a reminder of the characteristics of those who'll be blessed. I'm saddened that you've convinced yourself that you DESERVE to be healthy, wealthy and prosperous while here on earth...you've degraded the one, true, holy God to a "genie in a bottle" who will give you every desire just as soon as you speak!" Anonymous


I am sorry that this person is angry at what I've been saying. But I realize that it's more than likely misunderstanding. Words on a screen simply do not convey the message nearly as well as seeing and hearing someone face to face. To Anonymous I would say, you are only hurting yourself. Why not be open to the idea that the Lord has given His power to do as He did on the earth? Why wouldn't anyone be interested in being healthy and prosperous? It's not like God is Santa Clause just throwing out gifts simply because I said it.

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].

And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts." Malachi 3:10-12

Seems to me that He does desire to bless us.

"My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh." Proverbs 4:20-22

People must understand that He wants to bless you. He wants to give good things to His children. It's ok to live happily and prosper and be healthy. If not, why would He say it so many times in the Word?

I welcome true questions, honestly, but not accusations. I am simply passing on what I've learned, you can read it or not, or whatever. Questions will be posted, accusations will not.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jessica, I've been reading your blog for several weeks now and wanted to tell you that I have been so encouraged by you. I absolutely understand where you are coming from about our words and the scripture, and what God has done for us and what He enables us to do if we simply believe. There are two types of Christian, perhaps more, but what I see a lot of times is this: one Christian thinks, I'm a Christian, I deserve every whim and desire of my heart because I am saved. I deserve the best parking spot at the mall, the best pew at church, the best...whatever I want. This is greed and covetousness. Then there are the other type. Christians who have been humbled by life, yet lifted up by the words of scripture and the promises of our dear Lord God. Those of us refreshed by the fact that God does want children for us, good things, wonderful things..."Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights". We GET it...we don't want millions or palaces, we just accept the blessings of God and ask His blessings that we are promised according to His will. You are doing a good thing. I don't want to sound mean or even abrupt toward others that may have been ugly to you by saying what I've said. I want to encourage and edify you to continue. I love your blog, and the changes I have made in my speech just since these excerpts have been shared has been such a blessing in itself.
Much Love in Christ,
AnneMarie

Sarah said...

Don't let others get you down. There is always someone who is not going to agree with you, no matter what the issue.

liz said...

words are so very powerful, i have always believed that a spoken word can manifest good or evil, which is why i NEVER say anything in haste, especially to the kids, i've heard some parents say horrible things, like "why dont you go play in traffic", etc. the power of the word is awesome, we MUST take care to speak with wisdom, and ask God for this blessing. don't worry, i wholeheartedly agree with you, i never heard of this book, ill look for it!!