Don’t you love a good challenge? Doesn’t it stir you up so you say to yourself, I can do this. Nothing is too hard for me, when I have Christ in me helping me.
I’ve been reading a booklet by Annette Capps called Quantum Faith. She teaches how our spoken words cause things to come about. Isn’t that what the Bible teaches? Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21. You don’t have to study science or quantum physics to understand this little booklet. Annette puts it in plain language so we can all understand it. It explains so much about how things actually work in the Bible, the way God said they would.
In Mark 11:22-24 Jesus said something that very few people really believe, probably because their church denomination doesn’t teach real, practical faith, believing the Bible. “So Jesus answered and said to them [his disciples], Have faith in God. For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things which he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Have you ever thought about the kind of faith that could cause a mountain to move? And why would Jesus tell us something like that? Could it be that Jesus wants us to believe God for
all ALL of our needs and our desires?
Words are powerful, when coupled with faith. This works for our good and for bad. If you believe in your heart that you’re always going to be poor and broke, and you say words to that effect, then guess what? You will have what you say. If you will believe that you can excel and do well and you will have plenty, and you speak those things, you will have what you say. Think about your own words. Isn’t it true, you have exactly what you have been saying because you believed it? How about changing your faith from believing for bad things to believe in God, believe that God wants to bless you. He is not cursing you or making bad things happen to you. God is GOOD, only GOOD.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7
If you sow corn, you reap corn. However if you sow weeds, you reap weeds. See how important it is to choose your words very carefully.
Doesn’t it make you wonder about what all things you have made to happen because of the words you have said? I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks, since I started reading this booklet. You can be anywhere out in public and hear the foul language that is spoken out there, all the cursing that is spoken. Words go out into the world and they produce after their kind.
If you seriously consider all those vile words, curses, that are responding and bringing about such bad things. Think about this, is America in such a bad state because of all that cursing? What if we purposed in our hearts to reverse these curses? Wouldn’t it be great if we could actually bring America back into being blessed with our words of blessing. What if we all purposed to take a stand for our own city, our state even, and start speaking blessings? What could we do by blessing our neighbors and the people of our city.
I know it’s easy to speak blessings over people that you like and yet it’s very difficult to bless those people you don’t like. People who offend you, people who mistreat you and speak bad about you. Even people who do evil against you. Someone who cuts you off in traffic. Road rage is on the rise. Instead of getting angry and getting even, turn it around and bless them. Jesus told us to bless those who do evil against us. Bless our enemies.
Bless our city with good rain, Lord, so we will have plenty of water. Bless the farmers with plenty of water for crops so we will have plenty of food. Bless our citizens with jobs, Lord. Bless employers with plenty of business so that they can hire more people. Bless our people with creativeness and ingenuity, to come up with ideas for products that will bless people. Bless those in leadership in our city and government to lead this country the way that will honor God and turn the nation back to God.
Bless every school that you drive past, bless the students there, pray protection for them, that there will be no shootings. The students will have favor. They will think clearly and have a perfect memory recall. They will want to reach for excellence. They will set high standards for themselves and reach their goals in school and then later in their lives. Pray that each and every student will know that they have hope, that they can be achievers, that nothing is impossible to them. Pray that they will be united. They will stand for each other and not allow any bullies to reign in their schools. They can help those bullies change and make them part of something better and higher than the course they were on. Give bullies a new direction, give them hope for a better life. Pray that the students will show their teachers respect so that they will know how to be respectful when they get out into the workforce. Students need to know that they will not succeed without having respect for others, but with respect they can have great success. Pray the students will understand that success is attainable for them, every one of them. Nothing can stand in their way, nothing in their home life, no teacher, poverty, physical obstacles, nothing can keep them down – if they will believe they can have the good that they speak. Pray that the students will learn that their words are powerful, to affect good in their life or to bring harsh challenges, they get to choose what life they want and then speak the right words.
So here’s my challenge. I include myself in this challenge.
Let’s all begin to speak blessings out loud toward our community, our city, our nation. Let’s make sure we speak 20 blessings every day to our city and neighbors and strangers we pass by. That’s not that much. I say a minimum of 20, why not up it to 40, but start with 20. Make it a point to speak a blessing every time someone offends us. Wherever we are, when we witness any kind of injustice, we’ll speak a quick blessing over the offender. Speak a blessing over anyone who breaks in front of you in line or steals your parking space or cuts you off in traffic. We’ll practice speaking blessings over people everywhere. Bless the co-worker who rubs us wrong and is really annoying. Speak blessings over the disabled. Speak blessings over the military, those in uniform and the veterans. Bless those in hospitals when you drive by.
Bless them, even if it’s in a whisper. They don’t have to hear the blessing, but speak it anyway.
At first we might not “feel” like blessing an enemy or a rude person, bless them anyway. Sometimes I try to think, ok, the person who offended me or did something mean to me might be having a really bad day. They might be trying to deal with more stress than they can handle and they don’t have any help. They are maxed out on stress, at their tipping point. Bless them. We don’t know what kinds of things they are going through.
I think of the young people out there who are scoundrels, mean, angry, rude, obnoxious. I wonder, what kind of life have they had? Did they have parents who don’t care about them? Do they have both parents? Are they or were they bullied by someone in school? Were they or are they being abused by someone they love and need? Have they lost hope. Are they afraid of what’s happening in the world today?
We don’t know what things people are going through or went through in their childhood, not the strangers we pass by and sometimes even some of our friends. Bless them no matter what.
Let’s all start now and speak blessings over the people we come into contact with or pass by on the street. Bless all of the houses in our neighborhood. Speak peace over your neighborhood. Speak blessings of plenty so your neighbors have food and water and their needs are met.
On top of that, I’ll share something that I did last year. I printed out an aerial map of each of my family’s neighborhoods and drew a circle around it and I’m praying over them and their neighborhood, for peace and protection and blessings for their needs. Speak safety and protection over your city. Lord, I bind the enemy so that no terrorist can attack my city, my state. I bless my city so that no tornado can set down here to harm anyone nor to damage any property.
Words are powerful. Words affect our world. They affect everything in our lives. They cause things to change.
Say blessings over your own home, over all of your vehicles, over all of your property, over your finances and your bank account. Never speak words of doubt and never speak words of defeat or sickness over your household. The tongue is a hard thing to control. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you with your words. My mom used to tell me I never thought before I spoke and she was right, but I’m learning how vital her wisdom is to think before I speak. I know I need God’s help controlling my tongue.
Our challenge is to SPEAK BLESSINGS AND BELIEVE GOD FOR THE RESULTS!
The Lord bless you all with everything you need and desire in your life!