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How to Use WordsHave you considered how important words are in your life?  Do you know what the Bible says about our use of words?  Why are words important?

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. “  [Genesis 1:3 KJV]

“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”  [Genesis 1:6 KJV]

“The Spirit alone gives eternal life.  Human effort accomplishes nothing.  And  the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” [John 6:63 NLT]

The Word of God is spirit, giving rise to life – it is not just mere words/sounds.

 We are created in the image of God  [Genesis 1:26; 2:7]– God gave us the ability to use words creatively (or we can use them negatively), that’s why God says on the day of judgement, we will account for every idle word spoken.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” [Proverbs 18:21]

 

 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” [Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT]

 

God wants us to use words that build up (i.e. give life) and not tear down.  Our words are like seeds and every word we speak is like a seed planted.

Jesus said “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” [Mark 11:22-23 NKJV]

 

"Whoever" - refers to everybody - believer and unbeliever alike. This is a law of the universe, just like we have the law of gravity - whatever you believe in your heart and express with your mouth - that is what you will have.

Galatians 6:7 says "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap."

If you speak negative words over your life - that is what you will get.  If you speak positive words, that is exactly what you will get.

 You will notice that Jesus says whoever “says” will have whatever they say.

 

Those who do not believe in God believe in positive thinking and self-motivation.  This in itself is good – the Bible tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. [Proverbs 23:7].   But, positive thinking and self-motivation on their own will not change your circumstances - it is the Word of God spoken through our own mouths that brings into effect the promises of God.  Silence is not good enough.

As Christians we stand and fight the good fight of faith by:

·      Determining what it is in life you are either standing for or standing against

·      Finding out what promises are in scripture concerning the situation you are dealing with

·      Meditating on the scripture until you get your revelation from the Holy Spirit of the application of that scripture to your circumstance (i.e. receive a rhema word)

·      Declaring the promise over the situation that you are dealing with 

·      Believing that you have received what you prayed for and acting as though you have received what you have prayed for even if you don't see it with your own eyes.  ["Just as the body is without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” – James 2:26 New Living Translation]

 

How do you use words to bring about God’s promises in your life?

 

 1.  Read the word of God.  You cannot confess the promises of God if you don’t even know what they are.

 

God magnifies His word above His name – Psalm 138:2.  That means God will fulfil the promises of his word above everything else.

Jesus compared the Kingdom of God with a farmer who scatters seed on the ground – while he is awake or asleep, the seed sprouts but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crop on its own. [Mark 4:26-28]

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” [Proverbs 3:5 New Living Translation]

That means we must confess the truth of God’s promises to your situation - even if it looks ridiculous to those around you.  As a matter of fact, the more ridiculous your confession is in light of your circumstances, the more faith you exhibit – and that pleases God more than anything else.  God is moved by faith.

Jesus Himself was laughed at when he went into Jairus’ house to raise to life his daughter who had died.  Jesus said to the crowd that was wailing and weeping – “why all this commotion and weeping?  The child isn’t dead; she is only asleep.”  He maintained his confession in the face of opposition – and then He threw them out of the house (i.e. He got rid of the negative people around Him who were standing against His confession).  [Mark 5:38-42]

 

2.  Believe in what you confess (i.e. believe the Word of God)

 

“Whatever you ask the Father in my name, He will give you…Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” [John 16:23]

Your belief depends on the condition of your heart.  Your belief will be tested by contrary circumstances and thoughts of doubt.

Our belief is determined by the condition of our hearts.

Jesus said: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed. As he scattered it across his field, some of the seed fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seed sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plant soon wilted under the hot sun, and since it didn’t have deep roots, it died. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants so they produced no grain. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they sprouted, grew, and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” [Mark 4:3-8 New Living Translation]

 

“The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” [Mark 4:14-20 New Living Translation]

 

3.  Maintain your confession

 

Don’t say things that contradict what you have declared or act contrary to what you have declared.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” [Hebrews 10:23 New International Version]

Remind yourself to remain strong.  The Bible says: “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’” [Joel 3:10 New King James Version]

 

4.  Watch what you allow into your heart (i.e. your spirit) through what you hear, what you look at, who you spend time with, the places you go to etc.

 

Be careful of what you listen to.  Whatever you listen to will affect the condition of your heart.  Eventually whatever is in your heart will come out of your mouth as words, i.e. an expression of what you believe.  If you express words that are contrary to the Word of God, you will be bringing forth evil out of your heart:

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” [Matthew 12:35-37 NKJV]

The Bible says: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” [Proverbs 4:23 NIV]

Say what you intend to come to pass i.e. say good things that you intend to come true.  Don’t speak idle words that bring forth results that you don’t intend or words that are contrary to God’s Word.

 

5.  Be Patient

 

“And so, after [Abraham] had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” [Hebrews 6:15 NKJV]  Be patient.  God is faithful to His Word.
 

Living a life in which we use our words in line with the will of God begins with receiving Jesus Christ into your life as Lord and Saviour.  If you have not yet done so, follow the steps below to receive Jesus into your life today. 

 

How Do You Receive Christ into Your Life?

 

If you would like to receive the gift of salvation that God has for you today, make a decision in your own heart that you want to be forgiven of your sins and that you wish to turn your back on a sinful life. Believe in the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ [Mark 1:15]. The Bible says if you confess with your mouth (i.e. actually say it) that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you will receive salvation [Romans 10:9-10]. Salvation is open to any human being who calls upon the name of the Lord [Romans 10:12-13].
 

If you want to get saved right now:

first silently read the text in the paragraph below and make sure you understand it. It is a confession prayer you can use to get born again this very moment.

If in your heart you agree with the content of the statement below then,

read it again, but this time say it with your mouth out loud as you read it:

 

"Dear Lord Jesus, I repent of my sinful past.  I thank you with all my heart that You bore my sins and died for me. Wash my sins away with Your precious Blood. I believe that You rose from the dead so that I may have an everlasting life. I confess that You are Lord and my only Saviour.  From now on I am Yours and I will follow You.  Lead me through the Holy Spirit.  Thank you for a brand new life.  I am born again.  Amen."
 

Did you say the above prayer sincerely to receive Jesus Christ into your life? If so, please click on "yes" below to get guidance on what to do next.

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Do you have any questions about life that you would like answers to from a biblical perspective?  Send me a question through the "contact us" page and I'll do my best to answer.  Remember, if you need counselling, please consult your local church.  Any answers I may give should not be considered as advice or counselling but only my understanding of the application of Scriptures to your question.

 

Have you failed at something?  Are you discouraged by the failure you have experienced?  What does the Bible teach us about failure?

 

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 [New King James Version] (my emphasis)

 

“… a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, [b]ut the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 [New King James Version]

 

“The LORD upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.” Psalm 145:14 [New King James Version]

 

God has not forsaken you.  God said to Joshua “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you.  He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 [New King James Version]
 
Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 [New King James Version] (my emphasis)

 

“Because of the covenant I made with you, sealed with blood, I will free your prisoners from death in a waterless dungeon.  Come back to the place of safety, all you prisoners who still have hope! I promise this very day that I will repay two blessings for each of your troubles.” Zechariah 9:11-12 [New Living Translation]

 

Despite all that you may have gone through, remember not to lose confidence and trust in God.  "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.” Hebrews 10:35 [New King James Version]

 

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 [New Living Translation]
 
Even through your disappointment, remain at peace. Jesus said: "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart.  And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.  So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 [New Living Translation]

 

You can only have the confidence and peace the above scriptures refer to through all your troubles if you know that Jesus is with you through all.  This can only happen once you have received Jesus in your life as your Lord and Saviour. 

 

 How Do You Receive Christ into Your Life?

  

If you would like to receive the gift of salvation that God has for you today, make a decision in your own heart that you want to be forgiven of your sins and that you wish to turn your back on a sinful life. Believe in the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ [Mark 1:15]. The Bible says if you confess with your mouth (i.e. actually say it) that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you will receive salvation [Romans 10:9-10]. Salvation is open to any human being who calls upon the name of the Lord [Romans 10:12-13].

 

 If you want to get saved right now:

 

first silently read the text in the paragraph below and make sure you understand it. It is a confession prayer you can use to get born again this very moment.

 

If in your heart you agree with the content of the statement below then,

 

read it again, but this time say it with your mouth out loud as you read it:

 

"Dear Lord Jesus, I repent of my sinful past.  I thank you with all my heart that You bore my sins and died for me. Wash my sins away with Your precious Blood. I believe that You rose from the dead so that I may have an everlasting life. I confess that You are Lord and my only Saviour.  From now on I am Yours and I will follow You.  Lead me through the Holy Spirit.  Thank you for a brand new life.  I am born again.  Amen."
 

Did you say the above prayer sincerely to receive Jesus Christ into your life? If so, please click on "yes" below to get guidance on what to do next.


Jesus ChristGod the Father is the supreme authority who created everything through Jesus Christ [Colossians 1:15-18] and the Holy Spirit [Genesis 1:1-2].

 

“For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. ‘I am the LORD,’ he says, ‘and there is no other. I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the LORD, speak only what is true and declare only what is right. Gather together and come, you fugitives from surrounding nations. What fools they are who carry around their wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save!  Consult together, argue your case. Get together and decide what to say. Who made these things known so long ago? What idol ever told you they would happen? Was it not I, the LORD? For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none but me.  Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. I have sworn by my own name; I have spoken the truth, and I will never go back on my word: Every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess allegiance to me.’  The people will declare, ‘The LORD is the source of all my righteousness and strength.’ And all who were angry with him will come to him and be ashamed.  In the LORD all the generations of Israel will be justified, and in him they will boast.” [Isaiah 45:18-25 New Living Translation]

 

When Jesus Christ came to be among humans, “Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” [Philippians 2:6-12 New Living Translation] (my emphasis)

 

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, [b]y having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones), [a]nd [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength, [w]hich He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places], [f]ar above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come. And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], [w]hich is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself]. [Ephesians 1:17-23 Amplified Bible] (my emphasis) 

 

God the Father has elevated Jesus’ name such that every knee, whether in heaven, on earth or under the earth (i.e. Satan and his demons) will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord. He is above all and above every title that can be conferred, not only in this age but also in the age to come.

 

No one can come to God the Father except through Jesus Christ [John 14:6] “And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 [Amplified Bible]

 

Have you received Jesus into your life?

 

How Do You Receive Christ into Your Life?

 

If you would like to receive the gift of salvation that God has for you today, make a decision in your own heart that you want to be forgiven of your sins and that you wish to turn your back on a sinful life. Believe in the Kingdom of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ [Mark 1:15]. The Bible says if you confess with your mouth (i.e. actually say it) that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him (Jesus) from the dead, you will receive salvation [Romans 10:9-10]. Salvation is open to any human being who calls upon the name of the Lord [Romans 10:12-13].

 

If you want to get saved right now:

 

first silently read the text in the paragraph below and make sure you understand it. It is a confession prayer you can use to get born again this very moment.

 

If in your heart you agree with the content of the statement below then,

 

read it again, but this time say it with your mouth out loud as you read it:

 

"Dear Lord Jesus, I repent of my sinful past.  I thank you with all my heart that You bore my sins and died for me. Wash my sins away with Your precious Blood. I believe that You rose from the dead so that I may have an everlasting life. I confess that You are Lord and my only Saviour.  From now on I am Yours and I will follow You.  Lead me through the Holy Spirit.  Thank you for a brand new life.  I am born again.  Amen."

 

Did you say the above prayer sincerely to receive Jesus Christ into your life? If so, please click on "yes" below to get guidance on what to do next.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

You are born again and your new life in Christ has just begun! Know in your heart of hearts that you are forgiven, you are free of all your sin, and you are now a child of God. If you were to die this moment, you would spend eternity in heaven. Provided you live your life from now onwards according to God's Word in the Bible, you will have joy, peace, God's protection and blessings in this life, as well as an eternal life. You have been saved from a life without God's presence and ultimately from God's eternal condemnation and punishment (in hell) that will befall those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Having accepted Christ into your life, the Holy Spirit now lives in you and is with you [John 14:16-17]. You may not experience anything extraordinary (no "goose bumps"), but in your heart you will feel an inner peace that will let you know the presence of God in your life.

 

Please make sure that at the earliest opportunity, you go to a Bible based church near you to get baptized and to learn more about the Gospel and God's Kingdom. Jesus expressly requires those who believe in Him to be baptized [Mark 16:16].

 

ADVICE TO CONSIDER AFTER SALVATION

 

If you have just been born again, this is only the beginning of your walk with Christ. Just as a baby first crawls before it walks, know that you too have to learn how to live a Christian life. Christianity is not about living under "religious law". Rather, it is first about learning how much God loves you and building a relationship with God. God is love [1 John 4:16]. When you understand God's love, obeying Him will be out of your love for Him, not because He has made "laws" to be obeyed! Remember that no one is a perfect Christian - although we are born again, our Christian walk is about increasing our closeness to God by increasingly acting in accordance with God's Word and to conform to the exemplary life that Jesus lived on earth. That means you increasingly, depending on God's grace, actively avoid committing sin but if you do sin, you ask for God's forgiveness through Christ, recognise your failure, deal with it and carry on with your walk.
 
There is only one way for you to know God's love for you - God's Word. Buy yourself a version of the Bible that you find easy to read (there are various translations that vary in the complexity of the language used). Ask for help in choosing a translation version appropriate for you.  There are also electronic Bible resources that you can purchase or access on the internet.  Read the Bible everyday so that you get grounded in God's Word (try to get a daily study guide to help you, either on the internet or from your local church or bookshop). However, you will not have enough wisdom to teach yourself the fullness of his Word. The best way to learn is, in addition to reading the Bible yourself, to find a Bible based church in your vicinity and join it - for three basic reasons: the church is the body of Christ [Colossians 1:13] and as a Christian you should be part of it and attend regularly [Hebrews 10:25]; you'll be taught God's Word by people who have studied the Word and who have experienced it in their lives; and you'll meet other people who are also on the Christian walk (some of them at the same stage as you are). Don't try to do this walk alone. There is wisdom in fellowship. Through fellowship, others will relate to you their experiences of their walk with Christ - share yours too - we all need encouragement and lessons from others, and unity in serving and worshiping God. Remember, you probably turned to God because you heard others speak of the wonders of life in Him!
 
You may also find that your social circle changes as you will now no longer feel comfortable with your normal social circles who are probably not born again.  This may not be comfortable but it is a necessary part of your growth.  You may be ridiculed and even ostracised by your friends and family.  Be strong!  If you allow them to influence you, you will inevitably go back to your old ways.  That is why it is important to attend church and start meeting other people who are on the same spiritual journey as you.
 
Pray everyday to build your relationship with God.  When you pray, speak what is in your heart to God.  [Read and print the article on Prayer to help you.]  Without regular prayer and reading the Bible, you will not grow spiritually and you will soon become discouraged and begin doubting your salvation.
 
Above all remember this – God’s Kingdom requires love and faith. Love God above all and love your fellow man as you love yourself.  Have faith in God (trust and believe in Him wholeheartedly). As you read the Bible and begin to understand His Word better, you will realise that His promises are true and you can put your whole life in His hands.
 
With the knowledge of God’s love for you and His grace towards you and your fellow man, through Jesus Christ, it is impossible for your attitude towards God and your fellow man not to change. You become a new person when you accept Christ [2 Corinthians 5:17]. In time, as you walk in God’s Word, the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Who resides in you because of your acceptance of Christ into your life) will manifest in your life – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control [Galatians 5:22].  Do all you need to do to keep your newly found faith.
 

Print this page and keep it nearby as you may not remember all the information in it in the next few days as you begin your life as a born again Christian.  Well done!

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