“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12 NKJV
God has been reminding me and teaching me a lot lately concerning the power of the words.
Words originate out of the abundance of our heart and mind and then the power of the words that are spoken, are crafted by using the tongue.
The tongue is a world of iniquity in our members and is a constant fleshly pursuit to conquer, or it will conquer you!
The actions and effects of words can cause lasting change for a lifetime and choices we speak eternally!
God’s Words are forever settled in heaven and on earth. Words are very powerful and are active seeds and once spoken into our atmosphere can cause change, both blessings and cursings.
As The Army of The LORD advances and takes the land, we must acquire and continue to learn the vocabulary of Heaven.
I often hear this verse of The Bible;
“Study to be quiet and do your own business, and to work with your own hands.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11.
Learning to become quiet and taking time to really think about how we conduct our lives, will guide us through tough times.
For it is through our conversations, oaths, vows and business dealings with others that we must display our integrity and master these things to become a further fruitful work of maturity in The Kingdom of God, to press on and upward!
Whether we believe it or not, people are watching us and how we deal with each other and how we deal with the lost, and how we conduct our business in this world like paying what we owe.
Financial mismanagement is rampant in the organized religious Church. When we do not pay our bills or pay what we owe, we are actually stealing! (Exodus 20)
People are watching us in all our business dealings. I have seen and witnessed such financial mismanagement and lying, exaggerating, stealing, not paying bills that it made me literally sick to my stomach.
I have witnessed such mismanagement in so-called Churches that is pure fraud. I have seen examples of minister’s stealing money from a prophet who was supposed to get that offering.
If we make a contract with someone or some business to buy a thing over time, we are supposed to pay them, as we are supposed to do all things as unto The LORD.
I know a woman who takes her whole paycheck and gives it to a Woman’s Ministry and chooses not to pay her bills.
I have seen that same family go from house to house after foreclosure. That minister will be held accountable for not correcting the woman for not paying her bills — and stealing.
These are supposedly Christians. We need to take a close look at those ministers, to see what they are.
In my past, I have learned not to do business with many so-called Christians, for they are the worst kind to do business with! Does this resonate with you?
I also have witnessed stealing words from other prophets and stealing other prophets’ experiences and claiming those experiences as theirs.
“Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” says The LORD, “who steal My words everyone from his neighbor. Behold, I am against the prophets,” says The LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’ Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says The LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies and by their recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore, they shall not profit this people at all,” says The LORD. Jeremiah 23:30-32 KJV.
Stick To Your Word; Back It Up With Your Life!
Integrity, Honesty and Loyalty,are outstanding and upstanding character traits!
Having work ethics, sound judgment, dependability, paying what you owe and doing the right thing through our words, actions and beliefs is uncompromising!
It is not what you do in public that measures you, it is what you do especially when no one is watching. That is where the rubber meets the road!
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19 NKJV.
Anyone having been in The Kingdom of God for very long, knows the importance of our words and how weighty they are, both in the positive and the negative.
The Bible talks about not being quick with our words, not using our mouth like a garbage can.
Searching the scriptures reveals the source of all life, and in the earliest stages of all life is the tongue and the power it uses to form the words that come out from our own heart past our lips is what creates good and evil. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34)
There was a woman in San Antonio Texas in the 80’s whom I met at a Church, and we knew each other the entire seven years that I lived there.
During that time, I got to know her very well and maybe you can identify with her life. She started coming over to our home and began taking advantage of our generosity, and she would always control all the conversations.
I asked God if he wanted me involved with this woman and his answer was, “Yes!”
As I prayed for her, The LORD began to show me things, then suddenly, she started regressing and staying away.
That did not surprise me, because I knew I was dealing with demonic forces that had been within her for a long time.
NB: I cannot, nor can you, help anyone if they think they know everything.
I can only do what The LORD says, and once I have done everything He says, my job is over.
I am not responsible if the person rebels. The LORD removes me from that situation.
Then there were times he brought me back into her life, when she was willing and obedient to hear from The LORD.
We had services in our house and every month we would celebrate whoever had a birthday. The Church would celebrate birthdays one Friday of each month.
I remember her coming in that night and she was non stop talking even through the service. There were three people who had a birthday, and she was one of them.
The ministry had gotten a cake and she happened to be in a good mood and came in for service after being away for some time. After service, everyone came in and we cut the cake and shared it with the entire ministry.
She bluntly came in running her mouth and said she had to go, then shockingly she proceeded to take the entire cake home with her!
I said, “Wait a minute that cake is for everyone that has a birthday.” She did not take the cake home.
I know this was an extreme example but isn’t this like most of the so-called Church? This woman had some really big issues with the love of money (everyone else’s money), entitlements, and proper social interactions.
I continued to pray as to why God wanted me in her life as she seemed bent on trying to discredit, slander me, and curse me but The LORD would not release me.
I once again would forgive asking others to forgive as well and remain patient with her.
The LORD taught me so much about his never-ending Grace and Mercy through her love-hate relationship with me. He would lead me at times, when I was the last person she wanted to see me, lead in with a smile of compassion and kindness, while I remained silent.
She continued to spin and spin with words until she finally sat down to listen. Yet God, in His Mercy would speak to her need and He never missed it.
God puts up with a lot in our lives, but He never releases us from His Care. Isn’t it comforting to know that no matter how messed up our lives are, that we are never too far from His loving kindness that leads us to repentance?
There are people just like her in The Body who need deliverance. Those who don’t know what to do with their own wrecked life.
She took liberties and would just show up at my house at any time without calling, asking, or doing what’s normal for people to do to be polite.
Her son was my son’s age, and they would play. I remember she would always talk, and she would always gossip, slander, and blame everyone else for her problems.
It was hard to get a word in edgewise with her. However, I learned a whole lot about her by listening to every word and watching her actions.
God continued to have me pray, fast, and minister to her, even when she would get angry with me and go away.
The LORD never cut off the relationship until we left the state. I look back on that time and think how wonderful it was that The LORD taught me so much through her.
I did not rejoice in what she went through, but I thanked God for teaching me through her life. For her, it was a love-hate relationship that we had, because she had deep rooted issues that dealt with abuse. She suffered physical, emotional, and horrible spiritual abuse.
She was molested by her father, who was a Baptist Minister, and she had horrible trust issues with spiritual leaders.
It took time getting to know her, but I saw the woman and I also saw the child that never was healed from all that happened.
I remained faithful to what God said, and I tried through the years to help her understand the importance of words and how curses must be broken, especially generational curses.
But on top of all of that, having her own biological father, who was the minister in the Church, sexually abuse her over and over, she could not get beyond that point.
I knew it was horrible and I do not know what I would do in that situation. Yet, through it all, I saw the Grace and Mercy of God in how He approached her, because her mind at many times was driven to insanity.
To imagine one’s own father doing such a thing would be very hard to process. Yet, to be honest, I do not know who could process and be healed of such a thing, unless The LORD himself performed a sovereign work of healing from the inside out.
I was able to minister to her while I was there, and she did get some deliverance ,and I trusted that The LORD would continue, since we had orders in the military to leave the state.
But true to form, she got very angry with me for having to leave. But these traumatized precious ones are the type of people that need the true Church, with the true liberating Power of Deliverance!
The religious Church world and Babylon System are not ready for people like this. People in organized religion expect people to come to the Church who are already refined and defined in life.
But that is not how it is! And there are a lot of people who are self-medicating in various ways to cope, because of trauma that they suffered.
Many suffer in silence, thinking they are too messed up to be helped. However, in the eyes of The LORD, this treatment of people is the worst.
In fact, religious or spiritual abuse in my opinion is the very worst. When will the true Church arise and shine? When will we become the hospital? A place of healing and restoration?
As we mature in The LORD, He expects us to be holy in every appearance. Not only the way we present ourselves, but in our mannerisms.
It is The Will of God to be Holy with every word, and in all our conversations dealing with mankind and business. For The Bible says “be holy — for I AM Holy.” (1 Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44)
I know that holiness is right, and that especially applies to the way we communicate with people. I will warn you of this, that there are those who run to and fro, who major on titles and lofty positions saying, “I am prophet this…” and “I am Apostle that….”
Oh, and let me not forget, that they demand that you call them these titles too! Like “Bishop this’…” and “Scribe that…” They purchased lofty titles; they promoted themselves to high levels of religious prominence, even in some spirit-filled organizations.
They are even found among nondenominational spirit-filled assemblies and found on Christian Television having multitudes of videos without end. Those who promote themselves, do not realize that every word they speak or write — is being judged.
These pride-filled, head-stomping, title-seeking, ladder-climbing, jumping deceivers will find out there is nothing spirit filled at the top of man’s pursuits, only evil spirits.
Serving Christ is nothing like a political campaign to win the lofty towers and castle walls. Obtaining positions in religious organizations and businesses is a dog-eat-dog world. This is not the Church of the living God, and what Christ began!
Being an apostle, prophet, or any leader in the Church, is a life of loving servitude. As we mature, we must find the way of laying down our life the way Jesus laid down his life for his friends. It is a spirit-fed spirit-led life of surrender to the Cross, as we pick it up daily.
I remember a long time ago when I thought I knew everything and had so much to give! I will never forget what happened to me!
I came into a meeting and I brought my concordance, and I brought my books thinking, I have got all the help I would need for these poor dear people who needed me!
So, I walked into this group with my inflated pride and as I walked in, I heard The Holy Spirit say, “Sit down and learn! You don’t know as much as you think you know!”
Well, that was my New Beginning of Learning what it meant to be truly promoted in The Kingdom. The last is first and to be first is last.
Learning through the years, the humbling trials and tribulations to process the fruit of the vine of being prepared as His divinely processed vessel. Cheers! (Acts 2)
If it were me dear reader, I would have you spared from such things, but I am not God, and He knows best.
But actually, it depends on you to a certain degree, in how long it takes for a horse or mule that must be bit, bridled, and broken.
To live a life of brokenness, is to depend on The LORD and pray, “God, how is my heart before You today? Are you still my top priority and in the place where you should be?”
Then seek to love Him first and foremost, and then all the other things will fall into their proper place. (Matthew 6:33)
Not so long ago, it was an honorable thing to agree about a thing and shake hands. Shaking hands was as good as your word or bond.
God has been showing me how vital it is to be honest and speak rightly about all things. Once we speak our words, we must own our words and what those words produce. The results of our circumstances are greatly dependent on what our confession is.
You say what you mean and mean what you say, study to be quiet and weigh every word before you speak.
Also learn to become a listener and learn to possess your soul and do not blurt out everything before you can speak and back it up.
The words that we speak originate out of our hearts. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Study to be quiet and you can learn a lot about a person by listening to their words and conversations. Our words are our bond even when it is difficult or inconvenient.
Words of an oath are so important, because there are spiritual forces that have witnessed what we said under oath. For example, when a person comes into a marriage and exchanges vows is what places authority on their covenant together.
Whatever oath, covenant, and words we speak, speaks volumes like an open book.
I would be amiss if I did not say this; If oaths are broken, it attracts the demonic and causes an open invitation for curses that follow the violator.
I am not saying that this sin and situation cannot be repented of, but we must take ownership of our condition and the words and oaths and the effects of what they have done in our lives.
Until we admit our sin and take ownership of our condition, we can never be set free. Once we confess our sin and take the ownership of blame, then true repentance can come bringing with it lasting change and deliverance.
May we all open our hearts so that we learn the lessons to become victorious in our lives in all respects, in Jesus’ Name!
“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to The LORD the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Matthew 5:33-37 KJV.
We have a greater level of personal responsibility and accountability to make sure we are living in alignment with the words of The LORD.
We are being held to a higher standard and those who read these words are witnessing this!
Our words, promises, covenants, oaths, and vows we made to God when we received Jesus Christ as Lord! AND a personal responsibility to guard our heart, put a watch before our tongue and mouth, keep our vows to God and man especially in marriage, and in all our business’s dealings with the world and the Church.
We must remember to live our lives above reproach!
Let your yes be yes and your no, be no!
Realize that what we do in secret is openly displayed, nothing is hidden from God, and we must remember to do ALL things as unto The LORD and serve and prefer one another in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and LORD!
Glory Hallelujah! To Him who sits on The Throne and unto The Lamb.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey