Book of Rememberance

Malachi 3:16

Speak Now! Or Forever……….?

I know I said I was going to talk about our gifting and talents in the next post but this has been on my heart much heavier, so Ill get to that another time!

Recently the power of words has been on my mind. Not just mine though, seems to be a prevalent topic amongst Christians these days. At my Bible study on Wednesday I brought it to the table – this idea that we have power in what we speak.

We all know the verses, they are so common and widely used. But are they widely applied? Is it just me and my immediate circle that seems to struggle with this?

I heard a podcast in which the speaker who grew up in a pastoral family said that the pastor father believed so strongly in the power of tongue to bring life and death that it was considered swearing in the family to say “that makes me sick”. Is it going to far? He believed this was bringing a possible curse, bringing that power of sickness into the one who spoke it.

At first I thought, come on that’s really pushing it! But as I studied the Word – about words; I came to see that actually the Bible does say that very same thing!

Proverbs 18:21 The power of life and death are in the tongue. Can you kill someone with your tongue? Well maybe not literally but you can surely kill their dreams, their identity, their hope, and doing so can lead to death both spiritually and physically.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. So soothing words can bring life and healing to someone while perverse and contrary words can break the Spirit. A broken Spirit eventually leads to a dead Spirit.

We all know Jesus’ reply in the wilderness quoted directly from Deuteronomy 8:3 that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. But I challenge you to see. Is it not Gods Word that brings life? Not our own, But speaking the very Words out of the Mouth of God – now that has life-giving power!

Matthew 12:36-37  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

So what are idle words? Those are words that do not bring life (Speaking Gods Word) or as Paul instructs Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph. 4:29) Nothing is to come out of our mouth except these kinds of words. and Jesus warns us that we will be accountable for what we spoke and our words will either justify us (Through Christ Jesus Romans 3:24) or condemn us by our idle, useless, unwholesome talk that is slander, gossip and curses as well as cursing and lying. ect ect. All the things God has asked us to put off.

You can see this same message about reaping what we sow through our Words again in Proverbs 18:20 A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. As well as Proverbs 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

James talks extensively about keeping our tongue and using it properly. Look especially into James 3.

There is great power available to us just by the words we speak. particularly speaking Gods Word. We know Isaiah 55:11 – says His Word will not return void. It will go and do what it SAYS it will do! This is a great promise and you really can’t go wrong if you are speaking the words of Gods own mouth! (So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. )

I think there is a very strong message in Mark 11:23 It really opened my eyes to this whole idea and what God has been trying to tell us through His word for centuries!  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

It does not say whatsoever he believeth, but whatsoever he SAITH! You must speak the word. We see when Jesus was praying He did so out loud. He cried out to the Father, He spoke to everything (fig trees and demons, people and sickness, wind and waves) He didn’t just think it, or wish it He spoke it.

Last thing I want to bring up is the Bible calls the Word of God our Sword. As I talked in a previous post about the Armour of God we need to learn to wield the Sword. Knights and Swordsmen weren’t just handed a sword and sent on their way, NO! They practiced daily and extensively to become great men of war. So must we! We must learn how to wield the sword properly. Our tongue is also likened to a sword (Psalm 64:3, Proverbs 12:18, Heb. 4:12) I think there is a reason for this.

I read in Psalm 18:34  He teacheth my hands to war. David is talking about God teaching his hands to war. Likewise, if we want to be warriors of God and use our Sword properly and victoriously we too need God to teach us to war with it!  Rely on Him and He will teach you! Is. 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Is. 54: 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD, John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. AMEN!

I pray Holy Father for us to rely on You, and the power of Your Word to Teach us all things and guide us into living our lives as You desire us to live. For Your Glory and Honour. In Jesus Name I say!

May we all Bless God today!

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Your Calling. Do the puzzle pieces fit?

I have always wondered about my call and purpose in life. I mean I have questioned this and sought God so many times I can’t even tell you! I have fasted and waited on the Lord hours to hear what He would tell me about His Will for my life.

I have been seeking for years. Especially since coming to Japan. Lord why am I here? What should I be doing here? Am I in your will by living here or am I complacent and settling for the easy?

These are questions I have struggled with. I have asked pastors, and spoken with guest speakers in the church, people who have the prophetic gifting and the such. And I have always gotten the same answer.

Basically I am here  – specifically in Japan for a reason and I need not to overlook the small things  I am doing for God, but I should talk to Him about what He desires for me here. Generally I get the whole ” your here and God wants you here, you will know when its time to step up, He is preparing you and when you are ready you will know what to do” type of thing. This has never been very helpful to me to be honest. I mean a little comforting but basically never told me more than I already knew.

I was so frustrated! I can easily see the gifting and callings of those around me. You can clearly see Gods hand in many of their lives and you know they are walking in the center of Gods plan for their lives. Then there’s me. I have always felt useless and like I was wasting both my time and Gods time – especially if I’m not doing what He has called me to do!

As I once again sought God for answers and clarity – I don’t know if it’s that I was finally ready to hear what He has been saying all along or what the thing is all about. BUT I finally have clarity and understanding about how this all works!

God has called each one of us. That’s right. Every single person who is alive at this very moment has a call and purpose for their lives! (I know I didn’t believe it either – I thought that was only for preachers, missionaries ect..) But NO! God’s Word says things like “ALL those called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) and “He has made YOU kings and priests” (Rev. 5:10)  “live a life worthy of the calling YOU have received”  (Eph. 4:1)

There are so many more verses about callings, and reasons we are created ( For HIS Glory) so it’s very clear that God has something specific and special. He has not only created us for something  but also SAVED us for something! (Note we are not saved from Hell we are saved for Gods Purposes and Glory.)

I fasted about 2 weeks ago and have since then gotten loads and loads of revelations and confirmations about things I have been praying and seeking for for years. As I said I don’t know if it’s just that this is the time God has decided to reveal parts of His plan for my life or if this is just the time I have finally been able to empty enough of Bree to receive all that God has been trying to say to me for years.

I asked a guest preacher to pray for me for my calling. I asked him to please pray that I would hear from God and be able to obey what He was telling me to walk into.  This man said something that many other people have said to me in similar situations but I don’t know if it’s just his delivery or what but it has stuck with me, and as I fasted and prayed last week  his words came back to me again and I feel it was God confirming what He spoke to my heart this past week. The man said “Bree be careful – as I feel you are looking for the spectacular but missing the miraculous. Gods will is not a secret. It is there but you are  missing it, you are looking around for something big and showy but its right there and it may just be very small in your own eyes”.

Now every time someone told me this same type of thing I instantly thought about my students. My small little 3 year olds who have grown to love Jesus and include Him in all our daily things and talk about Him as if He is right there in the room. My precious, precious babies, who God has given to me to plant seeds of Truth and Love, Hope and Eternity into their beautiful little hearts.

You probably think im a bit ridiculous to have missed it all these years, but sometimes you have so much information and it doesn’t do you any good at all, but then you get one little tidbit of revelation and it ALL makes sense! 🙂

This thing I have been worrying about and agonizing over for years has finally settled in my heart and I KNOW God has called me to Japan, to teach these amazing kids about the Love and Reality of Christ! He has shown this to me time and time again, reminded me and given me big and small clues along the way. Truth is I was looking for the spectacular (“ministry”) and missing the Miraculous!

I don’t know where you are today. Maybe you are clearly walking in your call, or maybe you know your call and your just waiting for God to align things in your life so you can pursue. But If maybe your more like me then please know – there is a call and purpose. You are Gods workmanship (Eph. 2:10) and He was serious when He created you just the way you are! Seek the Lord for your call, but don’t be silly like me – listen to what those around you may be saying about what you are good at and what comes natural for you.Its a clue to this whole puzzle we call life!

I think in my next post I’ll be talking a lot more specifically about gifting and things I have learned about discovering our gifts from the Lord. It’s all brand new to me! I am very excited and on fire for what God is doing though!!

Bless You!!!

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Lets take a walk…or run!

Narrow is the path. (Matthew 7:14)

The path becomes even more narrow the longer you walk it. You will find in time there is no longer any room for your baggage of the past. You will no longer be able to walk that path with unforgiveness as there is no space for both you and this! (Is 43:18, Matt. 6:15)

As you continue it becomes even more narrow, you can no longer walk this path comfortably with strife (Gal 5:26, Prov. 20:3) or jealousy.(James 3:16, 1 Cor. 3:3) Gossip will also keep you from continuing your journey. (1 Tim. 5:12-13, Romans 1:29-32)

Eventually as you continue walking, you will begin to see that there is starting to be less room for negative thoughts or feelings and even pessimistic words spoken will begin to keep you from walking that path. (Prov. 6:2, James 1:8)

As more time continues and you continue to work your way along this path of Life, you start to realize that in fact there is no room left for even YOU on this path! (Luke 9:23-24, Romans 6:1-23, 2 Tim 2:11)

Oh what a Glorious Day! The day you can say with Paul. It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me! ( Gal 2:20) And you will see that you can comfortably walk this very narrow path as Christ’s body walks it through you!    ( 1 Cor 12:27)

Thank You Lord that we are the body, and you are the head. (Col 1:18) As the body we cant see where we are going, but we trust you as our head, our eyes and our mind ( 1 Cor 2:16) to lead each step ( Ps. 37:23, 119:133) for Your Glory! ( 1 Cor. 10:31)

If your like me (and David) sometimes a walk just wont cut it! 🙂

Psalms 119:32 – (AMP)
I will [not merely walk, but] run the way of Your commandments, when You give me a heart that is willing.

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Minister to the Lord, and Fast!

This has been one of those amazing weeks. You know those ones where you can SEE God working in your life and a lot of what is going is really very tangible. I don’t get these experiences very often so I am really excited when they come my way.

I believe God is working every single day. Even when we cant see it or feel it He is working and He is bringing His Plan together in and for our lives. We live by Faith and not by sight but lets all admit it, they are fun times when our sight catches up a bit with our faith! 🙂

I have had quite a few people talk with me and ask me about fasting this week. Some of which didn’t have a clue that I have just come out of a fast, so that was pretty exciting – and Totally God!

So I decided to just pop up some basics here for those who may not be as familiar or comfortable with fasting. I learned the Blessing of fasting  almost 3 years ago now, and I make it a practice in my walk with God periodically.

There are many reasons why someone may want to fast. The Bible has some things to say about it. In the OT the Jewish people fasted before their big spring feast and their fall feast. As well as for other religious reasons. You read about “The Daniel Fast” in chapter 1 often and many people preach on it. There are two other fasts Daniel specifically speaks about in chapter 9 and again in chapter 10.

I have found 54 different verses throughout the Old and New Testaments talking about or referring to fasting. There may be others but that was my initial research.

There are  also  roughly 15 different topics and reasons the bible discusses for fasting. Some of which are ordered by God Himself (Is 58:6, Joel 1:14/2:12), others are a response to sin or conviction. (1 Sam 7:6, Nehemiah 9:1-2) Some are for prayers or answers,(Ezra 8:23, 2 Sam 12:16, Matt. 6:18, Acts 13:3, 14:23,) others for mourning (Nehemiah 1:4, Joel 2:12) and humbling.(Deuteronomy 9:18, Ps. 35:13, 69:10)

So that being said. I think that as a christian we should fast. It’s a personal opinion you can agree or not but I honestly believe that half the reason we do not see the power in our churches and in christians outside of the church is because we do not consider this to be a part of our christian walk. Jesus said “when you fast……” (Matt. 6:16) Jesus wasn’t saying If you fast, but when. He was assuming that we would be fasting and He wanted to be sure we did it unto God to Glorify the Father. (Zech. 7:5, Matt. 6:18)

There are a few basic reason I know people to fast these days and so I will talk briefly about those few only.

1) To get something from God. Now this is a powerful tool to be used and I am a firm believer in showing God you are serious about this prayer request by demonstrating your sacrifice in order to be ready to receive this request. However this isn’t bribery. You can’t buy Gods blessings and you can’t force Gods hand. He doesn’t owe you anything and if you fast for 40 days and never see the manifestation of your prayer request there is no place for resentment or anger towards God. We do it to show God we are serious, but we trust Him to know that He will manifest it in His time and when He knows we are ready to receive the thing we request.  This is also used for the prayer request of healing self and others. The same stands true. God wants to heal, He loves to heal and it is His Heart to heal, but if you do not see healing after a fast decide in your heart you will trust Him and His plans anyhow.

2)Confession and repentance. This is a great way to clean your life from things that have currently separated you from your loving Father. Especially as He wants us to be Full of HIm and not other junky stuff. Emptying your self and going some time without meeting your fleshy desires is a great way to bring your confession and repentance before the cross and leave it there. Jesus died for those sins and He forgives for them as well. But as noted above you can’t buy God. This is not a sacrifice you are making to pay back for your sins. You can’t do anything to cleanse yourself and you can’t buy forgiveness. Simply ask and receive. Neither can you add to Jesus sacrifice. He did it ALL on the cross that day. But in a right heart and true spirit of demonstrating to God that you agree with His judgement about that sin it is often very freeing to empty your self of the world and Fill up with the Living Water. Drink deeply.

3) To get closer to God. This is usually the easiest one to keep because you’re doing it for no other reason then to just  be with your Father. There are no risks of having wrong motives or buying God like the ones above (unless you feel you will be able to see or feel God and He therefore owes you something miraculous for your sacrifice) but generally speaking if you are choosing to fast to be closer to God your heart is already in the right place! Sometimes I just want to empty myself completely and get fully filled with Him and only Him.

Some notes on what I have found fasting:

  • Day 1 is the hardest because you’re not used to it so you get those cues at the times of day you would normally be eating.
  • Day 2 is the freest. You have gone an entire day without eating and there is a certain amount of freeness you will feel to just spend that time with God. Also because you are starving your flesh and feeding your spirit you get motivation and inspiration to keep living for God and surrendering to Him.
  • Day 3 Huge burst of energy. Its amazing,but with your body clear of all the junk we usually feed it, you will find a surge of energy and an ability to focus and think more clearly and quickly.
  • Day 4 A bit sluggish. If you are like me you busted a move on day 3 and tapped all that energy for day 4 🙂 This is usually when I start day dreaming about food and craving the most simplest things. But also a great day with the bible because your resolve is strong usually so the word seems more alive and more applicable.
  • Day 5 For me I stopped thinking about food and got used to my energy level and have really just enjoyed all my time with Jesus that I feel I can do this indefinitely. Usually this is a time when You start to consider the call of Jesus and the purpose of Him having saved you out of all the millions of people. Much time is spent in quietness before the Throne and weeping at His feet in thankfulness.
  • Day 6 Humility takes a hold. You KNOW you can’t live without God in your life, and you also know you are incapable of doing anything without Him. If God wont do it then it ain’t getting done! This is often when surrender will take place as well and you resolve to do nothing without the Holy Spirit leading.
  • Day 7 a bit of an weird day if this is your last day of fasting. It was often preoccupied for me with thoughts on when “that time” was coming. This is always my lowest day cause I find myself often checking the clock and counting down. I spend as much time in prayer and quietness as possible but find my mind wandering.

Now please know this is only MY experience with fasting. I share it because people have asked me about it and as I just came out of a fast it has been fresh in my mind. I have experienced these in various degrees in shorter fasts and I have had shorter fasts that produced 100X more changes and closeness to my relationship than the longer fasts. It’s not a science or rule. It’s between You and God!

This latest fast was only 3 Days sunset to sunset and it was amazing. The best experience I have yet to have. I learned so many things and had massive amounts of energy to study the bible for hours and hours without being weary or tired. I feel it was preparation for God to move in my life-like never before and I look forward to the manifestation of all that took places over these three days. I also have a lot of material to post on now! haha 🙂

Anyhow, I hope you will pray about your fasting time with God and have the privilege of uninterrupted (by your flesh!) time with God. experience a time of refreshing and allow God to be your bread and drink!

*Acts 13:2

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