Pastor Rick Mora

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Change Your Address

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

My Address is Changed

Joshua 1:1-9

Turn the Page.

You need to be able to accept change in your life. You need to let go of the past. You must be willing to move forward, to start afresh, to take a new step when the time calls for it. Listen to the first words God speaks to Joshua…

(v. 2) “Moses my servant is dead.”

God said to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead…it’s time now for you to move on.

Turn the page.” You need to ask yourself today, “What page in my life needs to be turned?

What part of the past am I hanging on to?

what ways do I allow yesterday to hold me back?”

What is in your past that is blocking your future?

Let go of it. Turn the page.

Stake your Claim.

God made a promise to the people of Israel.

(v. 3) “I will give you everyplace where you set your foot…”

God is making the same promise to you today. He wants to give you every place where you set your foot. Here’s what I mean.

God wants to give you ownership of every area of your life.

He wants to give you authority and power in every area of your life.

He wants to give you dominion in every area of your life, Spirit Soul & Body.

(Romans 8:37)

Paul said, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

God made you to win.

He made you to succeed.

He made you to thrive.

He wants you to walk in victory.

God wants you to thrive in the every area, natural and spiritual life.

Are you struggling in any area of your life, are you struggling with living in an emotional vacuum.

God has given you dominion in that area.

You can experience love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control.

Look at your life; look at every place you set your foot: home, work, church, ministry, your social life, your health, your finances, your extended family, and on and on.

Decide today to believe that God wants to give you dominion in each of these areas. And as he promised Joshua,

(v. 5) “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life.”

Does that mean Joshua never lost a battle?

It does mean that he lived his life in victory, are you living your life in victory today?

Claim your promise.

It’s time to stake your claim

God said to Joshua,

(v. 5) “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

(Hebrews 13:5) (Matthew 28:20)

You are never out of God’s sight. He sees you all the time.

He’s with you all the time.

He watches over you all the time, accept it, and believe it, and claim the promise.

Say this to yourself, God is with me always.

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from anguish,
sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints,
so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there has only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The years when you have seen only one set of footprints,
my child, is when I carried you.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Footprints poem, Remember the part where there was only one set of footprints in the sand?

God said to Joshua and the people of Israel and he’s saying to you:

Every step you take, every place you go, I am with you.

In your victories and defeats, in your good times and your bad times, in your dark days and in your bright days, I am with you. You can count on me.”

If you want to make your move into the Promised Land, then claim the promise of God’s permanent residency in your life.

I will never leave you nor forsake you.  Acknowledge his presence. Expect it. Live in it.

Ezekiel 36:26-27

Where does the Holy Spirit Live

I Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.”

There is something about that word “within.” “I will put My Spirit within you.” “His Spirit is within me!” Christ is in me by His Spirit today as surely as He was with the disciples. It is amazing to realize His Spirit lives within us and often we don’t pay any attention to Him at all.

It’s time for you to make your move.

Turn the page on the past: Look ahead to what God will do in your life today and tomorrow.

Stake your claim on your territory: Begin to expect God to give you dominion in every area of your life.

Claim the promise of his presence: You’re not in this alone, and you never will be. He is with you always.

CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS

(v. 18) Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

As we all know, the word dwell means to reside. Where you dwell is where you live.

Are you living in the past or the now?

God is saying through Isaiah, “Don’t live in the past.” He’s not saying “don’t remember the past”

in fact, a couple of chapters later God will say, “Remember the former things, those of long ago.

(Isaiah 46:9) So, he’s not saying “Don’t appreciate the past.” He’s saying, “Don’t live there.”

Don’t settle for second best, my best is yet to come.

Change your address and turn the page.

Some have difficulty letting go of the past because it was good. Others have difficulty letting go of the past because it was bad. Both are equally disabling.

Change your address. Change where you dwell. This means to change what you think on. It’s time to let go of them, the best is always yet to come.

God spoke through Isaiah, saying, “Do not dwell on the past,” because our God is not the God of yesterday. He’s the God of today.

Change your address from the past to the present & future

Examine your life, were you at, what address are you dwelling at.

You still getting junk mail from your past address.

Joshua was a very successful.

He was successful because he paid attention when at the very beginning  when God told him; “Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you, do not turn from it to the right or left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”  And that is exactly what Joshua did. As I see it there are four parts to the formula for success.

First, Joshua was to know God’s Word. Although not spelled out in so many words, every thing depended on Joshua knowing and studying the word of God. If law to be his guide in everything he did, and it was, then Joshua would have to know what the law said.

Secondly, Joshua was to talk about God’s Word.  The text says in verse 8, “this Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, …”   Joshua is called upon to include the word of God in his daily conversation.

Third, Joshua was to mediate on God’s Word.

Joshua is told “…. but you shall meditate in it day and night.”  Mediation is the next step beyond just knowing about and talking about the word of God.  Mediation means to think about or contemplate how to apply the word in your life

Finally, Joshua was to Obey God’s Word In Its Entirety. This is the last element and is the most important.

Joshua is told that not only is he to know, speak about, and mediate on the word, he was to obey it.  God said,

“Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you, do not turn from it to the right or left, .., that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.

Christian breaks down.

Most Christians know a lot more of the Bible than they are applying.

It is not that we do not know what is right; it is that we do not do what is right.

God set the Pattern to Rule and have Dominion

Genesis 1:26-28

Jesus also set the pattern to Rule and have Dominion

(John 14:12)

You can do the miracles Jesus did and even greater.

Jesus gave us His power and authority; we simply have to look at what areas He showed dominion over.

Jesus showed dominion over:

Nature (see Mark 4:39)

Sickness and diseases (see Mark 2:10-12)

Evil spirits (see Mark 1:23-27)

Death (see Luke 7:12-15)

Poverty (see Matt 14:16-20)

Temptation (see Heb 4:15)

Sin (see Mark 2:10)

Pastor Rick

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The Power of Hope, Don’t Give Up

The Power of Hope, Don’t Give Up!!

THE POWER OF HOPE

Don’t Give Up
1 Peter 1:3-9

John 11:17-21

What is living hope?

The New Testament of hope is very different from our normal thinking about hope. We say to someone: Will the Bucs win the Super Bowl? And they say: I don’t know; I hope so.

In other words, hope as we think about it, is a desire for some future thing which we are uncertain of attaining.

I think of Proverbs 13:4, 12, 19

4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul,
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

That is not the way Peter speaks about hope.

When Peter says in 1 Peter 1:13 hope fully in the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ, he does not mean we should desire it and be uncertain of it.

Hope is not a kite at the mercy of winds, but a sure anchor of the soul, penetrating deep into the invisible, eternal world, the Kingdom of God!!

The Resurrection and the coming of Christ is a matter of complete confidence for all believers.

Hebrews 6:11-12 we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope to the end.

So we can define hope, as full assurance, or strong confidence that God is going to do good to us in the future.

Jesus said I Am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:21-27

Peter calls it “living hope / living faith

What does that mean?

The opposite of a living hope /Faith, would be a dead hope, Dead Faith

James 2:1-26

Faith without works is dead James 2:26

This faith / Hope, is barren, fruitless, unproductive.

So living faith and, living hope would be fertile, fruitful, productive hope.

Living hope is hope that has power and produces changes in once life.

This is what living means in Hebrews 4:12 where it says,

The word of God is living and effective.

So the Believers hope is living and effective!!

A strong confidence in God which has Resurrection power to produce changes in one’s live.

John 11:21-11

Back to 1 Peter 1:3, 23-25. In verse 3, Peter says, “we are born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

That is, our hope arises from being born anew and this new birth comes in through Jesus resurrection.

There is a gap between the resurrection of Jesus and your new birth 2000 years later.

1 Peter 1: 23-25 help fill the gap. Peter says, “You have been born anew not of perishable seed but of imperishable through the living and abiding word of God; for all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord abides forever.

That word is the good news which was preached to you.” Connecting the resurrection of Jesus and your life 2000 years later is the Word of God, The Gospel, The Good News!!

The gospel is the message, preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried and that he rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-4).

2000 year ago the resurrection reaches our heart and begets hope.

The reason Peter says we are born anew to a living hope is because when we cease to place our hope, (our desires and longings) on things that are in the world, and instead place our hopes and desires on God, then a new person has been born anew or Born Again.

The Stone Was Rolled Away

(Matt. 28:6-7)

6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.”

The “Stones” In Your Life
Today, do you have a “stone” in your life that you want God to roll away? If you will let Him, God will roll away the stone of depression, worry, and anguish from your life. He will replace that stone with His peace, hope, faith and assurance.

He said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you….”

If you are sealed in a tomb of your own making, and you want to be set free, then let God roll the stone away! When the stone whatever is hindering you in your life is rolled away, you will be free and able to receive all that God desires to give you.

John 11:38-44

Take away the Stone verse 39

Loose Him and let him go verse 44

The resurrection Power inside Us.

In Romans 8:11 tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us.

We have the power to rise above doube, fear, compromise! We must never let that lay dormant in us; the world is looking for Christians to be the people who allow the living God to have His way. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in us!

Happy Resurrection Sunday to all!!

Pastor Rick

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Running The Race

Running the Race of Faith

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

Matthew 7:13-14

Every time the Bible talks about how many will go to “Hell”, the word “many” is used.

1-The gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matt.7:13-14, in the Sermon of the Mount).
The road to Hell is wide, full of pleasures and selfishness…  the gate is wide and many take this road and enter this gate.
2 On that day many will say to me: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name… (Matt.7:21-23).


3 “Many are invited, but few are chosen”
(Matt.22:14).
4 “Someone asked him: Lord, will only a few be saved?.

He said to them: Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many will try to enter and will not be able… (Lk.13:23-29).

What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? (Matt.16:26).

2 Timothy 1:1-5

We are creatures of habit. What we do today influences what we do tomorrow. When we are inconsistent today, we make it that much more likely that we will be inconsistent tomorrow. And when we pursue righteousness today, we make it that much more likely that we will pursue righteousness tomorrow.

So remember: No athlete receives the victor’s crown unless his training is consistent. Be consistent!

Paul brings out this idea of consistency in verse 5, where he says no one wins the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules. For the ancient Olympic games, the rules governed not only the competition but also the preparation. Athletes had to train hard for ten months — or they were not allowed even to compete for the prize.

In training, consistency is everything. Without consistency, you will never fulfill your potential.

Sometimes the Christian life is presented to us as a one-time conversion, followed by a joyful life of walking with Christ ever after.

Well, that’s not my experience and that was not Timothy’s experience either. Paul’s exhortations to Timothy again and again emphasize persistence, making a continuous effort: He tells him to “keep on fanning into flame” the gift that is within him, “keep on being strong in the Lord.” Later in this letter he will tell him to “continue in the things you know and have become convinced of.”

Timothy was tempted to inconsistency, he was tempted to give up, he was tempted to abandon the hard work of living the Christian life. So am I. So are you.

We don’t live happily ever after following our receiving Christ. Instead, day after day, hour after hour we are presented with the option:

Are we going to follow Christ, or are we going to follow the world?

Are we going to believe Satan’s lie when he says, “Just this once! Just this once! You can be a Christian tomorrow; one day makes no difference!”

Or are we going to be consistent in your training, consistent in your devotional life, consistent in your resisting temptation, consistent in your pursuit of righteousness, faith, love, and peace?

Be Disciplined

I’m using the term “discipline” to refer to parts of our life other than running. For training to reap its maximum benefit, an athlete must discipline his entire life, not just his time on the track.

A well-trained athlete must avoid distractions, must eat well, must get sufficient rest, and must avoid engaging in activities that could result in injury.

A coach may put together a perfect training program, and an athlete may follow that training program to the letter — but if he is not eating well, he will never fulfill his potential.

Runners are faced with many distractions, many enjoyable or pressing activities that can divert them from the pursuit of excellence.

we as Christians face many possible diversions. The author of Hebrews uses a running analogy to make this point to us Christians when he writes, “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” If we’re running, we don’t want extra weight on our backs, we don’t want our feet entangled with diversions.

We need to avoid all that, and focus on our goal.

Psalm 1:1-6

The Way of the Righteous and the End of the Ungodly

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Pastor Rick

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Water Bottle

Water Bottle

Living Water

God is looking for water Boy’s and water Girls to serve

The LIVING WATER

The Lord expects us to water others.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Imagine that we are at a marathon race. Many contestants are lined up at the starting point, but one especially catches your eye.

He’s in his sixties, but he looks much older. You can tell that his body has endured many hardships. The thought goes through your mind that the old guy could die on the course. You wonder, “Why

is he even in the race?”

But as the race gets underway, you’re amazed that the old man holds his own. In fact, he even pulls in front of the pack. And to your utter astonishment, as you stand at the finish line, you see him

Sprinting far ahead of his competitors.

As he comes across the line,

You expect him to collapse in a heap. But, instead, he turns and trots back to an earlier point in the course where a younger man in his late thirties seems to be losing steam.

The older man jogs alongside the younger man, saying, “Come on, you can make it! Hang in there!

Don’t quit!

If that really happened, I would want to know,

What does this old guy have that I lack?” Clearly, the old man knows something about endurance. He is an example of how to finish well.

I didn’t make up that story. It really happened, but in the spiritual race, not in an actual marathon. We read about it in Paul’s second letter to Timothy.

The apostle was in his sixties, but his body bore the marks of much suffering. He was in a cold, damp dungeon in Rome, about A.D. 67, awaiting execution at the hands of Nero.

There were many reasons that he could have been discouraged even quiet the race.

In 1:15, he writes, “all who are in Asia turned away from me.”

In 4:10, he mentions Demas, whom he had formerly called a fellow worker.

But now he had deserted Paul, having loved this present world.

In 2 Timothy 4:14, he warns Timothy about Alexander the coppersmith, who did Paul much harm.

In the Race of Life

God wants to ask you this morning will you refresh others for me.

2 Timothy 1:16

What Refreshed Paul

1 Corinthians 16:15-18

Philemon 1:4-7

2 Timothy 1:16-18

Onesiphorus was one of Paul’s Spiritual Sons and he loved Paul so deeply and unconditionally that he sought him out in his suffering.

2 Corinthians 7:6

Do you see the example here? God uses people to refresh people.

We see this time of Refreshing in the life of David by Jonathan

1 Samuel 23: 16-17

That was all David needed to hear and immediately his Spirit was Refreshed to go on.

Refresh:

The word Refresh means, to make fresh again.

Refresh” in Greek means to “properly cool off or to relieve.” Paul was refreshed by Onesiphorus’ steadfast, consistent presence in his life.

What makes you fresh?

A cold shower

A good night’s sleep

A week’s vacation

All the above are true and more we can add but let me ask you?

What refreshes you spiritually?

2 Timothy 1:16 Paul say’s for he often Refreshed me.

Onesiphorus name means “profit bearer.”

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to bring joy and blessing to those around us.

Onesiphorus was interested in the lives of others. We can see in Verse 17 that when he went to Rome, he sought Paul out “very zealously.” His life was not consumed with his own concerns, but was devoted to encouraging others.

We need an Onesiphorus in our lives, and we need to be an Onesiphorus in others’ lives.

Let us seek ways to serve and refresh one another.

Who refreshes you, and will you refresh others?

John 4:6

We see the women at the well, Jesus us there being wearied from his journey, sat by the well

Verses 7-15

The women at the well, will you give me a drink?

Other words Jesus asked the women to bring him some refreshment, even thou it was him who was Living Waters.

Jesus asked us as well to bring him something that will refresh.

God has called us to be reservoirs of his love and flowing rivers of living water.

Proverbs 11:25

The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.

Matthew 25: 31-46

The Lord expects us to water others.

It’s not enough to go through life living for ourselves only.

Proverbs 11:25

Gives a great promise in applying this principle, “And he who waters will also be watered.

One way we can refresh the heart of Jesus is by watering others. Jesus talked about water more than once. He tells us that when we give a drink to others we have done it unto Him.

Let me ask you this Question?

Where are the water boys and water Girls?

John 4:

This woman is considered as a water Girl.

Jesus imparted to her water, that she did not have to draw from an earthly well so that she would never thirst again spiritually.

This living overflowing, refreshing water, gave her the power, the ability, the anointing to serve this LIVING WATER to the entire village of samaria verse 28

The world is saying water boy, water Girl I need a fresh drink of the living water.

The question here again is will you serve the world, the Living water that was given to you, for it will flow out of you, a well of water springing up to eternal life for others.

There are 2 types of people

Those that need the LIVING WATER, and those who will give the LIVING WATER

Which one are you?

Luke 4

Let’s use the verses below to “WATER” ourselves and one another.

MONDAY: And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but

encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is

drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

Tuesday: But the good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s message and

produce a huge harvest–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been

planted.” Mark 4:20

(You might want to read the whole parable — Mark 4:1-20

Wednesday: The generous prosper and are satisfied;

those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT)

Thursday: God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help

each other, passing on to others God’s many kinds of blessings. 1 Peter 4:10 (Living)

Friday: “Bring one-tenth of your income into the storehouse so that there may be food

in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I won’t open the

windows of heaven for you and flood you with blessings.”

Malachi 3:10

Pastor Rick


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Love Covers you

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins

Love Covers You

(Genesis 9:19-27) 

One day, Noah drank too much wine and as a result he shamefully exposed himself. “He became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.”

Gen. 9:20 while he was fast asleep, his son, Ham, happened to walk in on him and see him lying there naked. Notice Ham’s response: “Ham saw his father’s nakedness and TOLD his brothers.” Gen. 9:22

Ham’s brothers, Shem and Japheth, responded to the situation very differently.

Their action demonstrated the character of God. They “took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backwards and covered their father’s nakedness.”

Gen.9:23

Their action was an expression of the heart of God. Because God is holy, he cannot look upon exposed sin without condemning it. Instead he covers it with mercy. God blessed Shem and Japheth, including their descendants but he punished Ham with a curse.

In the Bible, nakedness is associated with shame.

1Peter 4:8

Love covers a multitude of sins

What did Peter mean when he said that love covers a multitude of sins?

Did he mean that if we love others like we’re supposed to, their sins would be forgiven?

No, it can’t mean that because the forgiveness of sins is something only God can grant through repentance and faith in embracing the message of the gospel.

Does it mean that we’re supposed to just ignore the sins that we commit against others or that others commit against us?

No, it can’t mean that because Scripture tells us that the sins that we commit against one another need to be confessed and forgiven (Matthew 5:23-25).

Does it mean that if we love each other like we’re supposed to, God winks at sin and turns a blind eye to it as though it didn’t exist?

No, that can’t be either because God doesn’t wink at sin. There is a death penalty for sin (Romans 6:23) and the soul that sins will die (Ezekiel 18:4) It can’t mean these things, so it must mean something else.

Proverbs says, “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions” (Prov. 10:12, NSAB).

It covers in the way that it does not broadcast nor stirs up the failures and sins of others.

When Peter wrote the words, “love covers a multitude of sins”, he wrote them in the context of our relationships. Here’s the passage in its fuller context:

Part of loving one another earnestly means that we are quick to forgive others when they sin against us. “Above all”, Peter said, “keep loving one another earnestly” SINCE or BECAUSE “love covers a multitude of sins.” In this passage, loving one another earnestly means that I possess a heart and attitude of love and readiness to forgive and walk in love.

It is no mistake that God says in His Word that the world will know us by our love for one another.

Not miracles. Not healings. Not tongues. Not prayer. Not even our good works.

But our love for one another!!   (John 13:35)

“If someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” Gal. 6:1

Then after the offender has humbly admitted the truth,“…you ought to forgive him and comfort him, so that he will not be overcome by excessive sorrow…reaffirm your love for him”

2 Cor. 2:7

This is love it is a demonstration of the character of God, as is written,

Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

When someone sins against us, they often don’t know it. It is not helpful to overlook it. It will keep on happening, and damage both you and your offender. “If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out his fault.” Matt. 18:15

God did something similar to Shem and Japheth in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve ate the apple from the tree, they “knew they were naked” (Genesis 3:7). To cover their shame and nakedness, God made garments of skin to clothe them (Genesis 3:21). This is how love acts regarding the failures and sins of others. Love does not broadcast nor take delight in the failure and sins of others.

Pastor Rick

Lets Love one another!!

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The Redeemers Shoes

The Redeemer’s Shoes

The Redeemer’s shoes starts in Genesis and ends at the Cross.

We must gird ourselves with truth. We must go with the shield of faith. We must put on the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation.

Eph. 6:11.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

We must have our feet shod with the gospel of peace. Think of a soldier who put on almost all the armour. Suppose he put all this armour on except the shoes and went out with bare feet. He wouldn’t go far.

Take the gospel of peace. Put on your shoes. You must go or you’re not a soldier. A bare-footed soldier would turn back when he meets the first encounter.

Prepare to go and take the gospel. Your shoes are the “preparation of the gospel of peace.”

I call it……………………..

The Redeemer’s Shoes

All things are now Ready

We must go quickly. Tomorrow may be too late for us to go. We must do more going than we do talking.

James said, to be a doer of the word and not just a hearer only.

Luke 11:28,

Don’t just study God’s Word for the sake of studying.

Be sure to put the Word into practice in your life.

Jesus said in Luke 11:28 “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” (NLT)

We must go to every street, to every creature, every alley in our city.

Last week we talked about feet, and how beautiful are the feet of him who brings good news!

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
Your God reigns!”

We must go to the blind, lame, deaf, and poor person, the Sinner.

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Isa. 56:7

Isa. 55:1-3

There is room for them all.

There is room for you this morning at the cross of redemption.

His house is a house of prayer for all people.

The Cross is the Place of Redemption for all people.

We must see that each individual person gets the invitation.

It is a commandment for us to go, and not only a request.

You are wearing the Redeemer’s Shoes of the Gospel!!

Luke 14:22

And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

Luke 14:23

Our invitation must be more than mere words. “And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Hurry and go after every sinner.

How many guests will be present at the GREAT SUPPER?

You determine that!

Going with The Redeemer’s Shoes of the Gospel

Mark 16:15

And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

This commandment is given by the Lord Jesus Christ after He arose from the dead,

It is the great commission for us all. It is given to each and every Christian.

You may say that He is only giving this command to the twelve, but we must realize that this commandment is given to each individual.

Matthew 28:19-20.

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

The main ministry is “going forth.” It is the first GREAT ESSENTIAL. We must go after sinners. We must go into all the world. That includes every street in your city, every crossroads! Every person you come into contact with.

The Redeemer’s Shoes

Is the Gospel of Peace to mankind?

Pastor Rick Mora

Sermon

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Words Can Hurt

Pastor Rick

“Sticks and stones may break by bones, but words will never hurt me”


TAMING YOUR TONGUE

(James 3:1-12)

James is going to teach us about the use of our tongue.

How do you use your tongue?

Someone has said that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, and small minds discuss people.

The church that James is writing to was full of small-minded people who gossiped about each other and tore one another apart with their tongues.

I wonder if we have churches like that today?

I wonder if we have people like that today?

We’re quick to avoid murder, stealing, but we often assassinate fellow believers and leave destruction in our wake by the way we use our tongues.

Husbands have stabbed their wives with words that are as sharp as daggers

Wives have lashed out with tongues that cut and pierce.

Parents have devastated their kids by repeated blasts of venom.

Children have exploded at their parents with volleys that have leveled the family like a bomb.

Churches have been wiped out by wagging tongues that have sliced, diced, and chopped people to shreds.

“Sticks and stones may break by bones, but words will never hurt me” is not true.

Words hurt people deeply. We need to learn to tame our tongues.

James says that the taming of your tongue is anything but an easy task!

Verses 7 and 8 he writes, “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue.”

We need to learn to tame our tongues.

James tells us four critical truths about the tongue, which should help motivate us to try to tame our tongue.

THE CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE IS A MARK OF YOUR SPIRITUAL MATURITY

First, James says that the control of your tongue is a mark of your spiritual maturity. In verses 1 & 2:

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

James is saying here, “If you want to GAGE THE LEVEL of your spiritual maturity, consider your tongue.”

James says that you can tell a person’s spiritual maturity from listening to a person’s tongue!

He makes this point by speaking first to those in the church who aspire to be a teacher. This is not necessarily limited to those who hold the office of teacher in a church. We all have wanted to use our tongue to teach others. Have you ever said in anger, I’ll teach that person a thing or two?

meaning we want to give them a verbal lashing, A Piece of our mind.

James says, “not many of you should aspire (desire) to become teachers because teachers will face a stricter judgment.” They will be held accountable to God for what they have said to others in His Name.

If you learn to control your tongue, James calls you a “perfect man.”

This does not mean that a person is sinless. But is a very mature person.

YOUR TONGUE IS THE MOST POWERFUL PART OF YOUR BODY THAT STEERS WHERE YOU GO IN LIFE

Next James says that your tongue is a most powerful part of your body that steers where you go in life. He makes this point by using two interesting illustrations. In verse 3 he compares the tongue to a small bit in the mouth of a large horse. He writes in verse 3:

Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

When you ride a horse you can guide that large 1,000 pound animal with a little 4 ounce piece of metal.

In verses 4, 5 James compares the tongue to a very small rudder on a large ship.

Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.

James is referring here to the great ships that plowed up the waves of the Mediterranean Sea in his

Days they were steered by a little rudder about a foot long.

The tongue is the most powerful member of your body that steers where you go in life. If you can control it, then you can control the rest of your body.

YOUR TONGUE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BE VERY DESTRUCTIVE

The third thing that James mentions is: because your tongue is so powerful it has the potential to be very destructive.

See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fir, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

There are some great forests in the America, yet every year thousands of acres of beautiful forest land are destroyed by someone who leaves a smoldering ash in a campfire or carelessly tosses a cigarette out of a car window. From just a little spark an entire forest can be set ablaze.

So it is with words! One word of gossip, one lie, one insinuation, one harsh criticism and the fire can begin. Human hearts, dry from a lack of genuine love then catch fire and the it spreads from heart to heart across a community and then leaves behind it charred and burned reputations, broken hearts and broken homes. And the damage can be severe and extensive!

James tells us here that there is a whole world of evil that the tongue can bring to pass. When James says that “the tongue is set on fire by hell!” he means that the ultimate source of that evil can actually be traced back to Satan himself.

Those who spread gossip and slander are used by Satan to cause discord, strife and pain between people. The devil is called the “Slanderer.” The word „devil is slanderer.

James goes on and gives another example of the destructive nature of the tongue.

He writes in verse 7 and 8:

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

When James says the tongue is a restless evil, he is still thinking of the animals referred to in verse 7.

Like a lion behind the bars of a cage, it still stalks back and forth it is restless. You open the door and back it goes back into the wild. That’s also true of the tongue. Control it today and it will leap out tomorrow.

Speak kindly now but it can turn and spit out hatred in a moment. It’s a restless evil always waiting to break free.

James says that it is “full of deadly poison.” Your words can be like a snake in the grass that sinks in it’s fangs and then crawls off. And yet its poison remains to hurt, destroy and possibly even kill. Once the poison is injected it begins to spread and is very hard to extract. That is true of your words. They can be like verbal Poison.

YOUR TONGUE CAN BE A GREAT CONTRADICTION TO YOUR Faith

Fourthly, James says that your tongue can be a great contradiction to your faith.

With it we bless our God and Father and with it we curse men, who have been made in the Image of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield both salt water and fresh

James is speaking to Christians. He says that he is writing to people who says, “Praise God” and call God “our Father”, then they curse their fellow man.

Think before you speak.

The words of our mouth, once we released words out they are in the Realm of the Spirit, and has gone out to perform its Task.

Speaking the right words at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure. The application of God’s principles on this subject will greatly improve your ability to get along with others and help you develop further in your walk with the Lord.

Examine how you use your tongue.

Just as we can hurt others with our words, so can we speak soothing and beneficial words that build, uplift and strengthen those around us.

The correct use of words takes the wisdom of God:

but the tongue of the wise is health” Proverbs 12:18

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:24. Soothing and beneficial words can actually be health to our bones.

A Time to Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

King Solomon showed us that there is a time for everything. He instructed us that there is both “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Encourage Others

Ephesians 4:29

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We should be striving always to build up and encourage others.

King David was very careful about how he spoke and what he spoke about. He said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me  Psalm 39:1

David made sure he looked to God, as we all must, for the essential assistance in controlling the tongue. He asked God humbly for His help: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14 Just as David did, we must ask God for wisdom to control our speech or words.

But the word is not just put into our mouths so we can speak to ourselves it is given so we can speak it to others.

Both those who already belong to Christ, and those who don’t yet know him. God gives us his word, as he gives us his Spirit, so that we can be his witnesses.

Our witness comes by what we say, not just with our words, but with our deeds too.

That’s why Jesus commanded that we teach people, not just so that they might understand, but so that they might obey Mt 28:19-20.

As the saying goes:

Actions speak louder than words.

But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Dt 30:14)The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak. (Nu 22:38)

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EXAMINE your TONGUE

“Double Edged Sworrd”

EXAMINE your Tongue

Pastor Rick Mora

Dueteronomy 30:14

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Genesis 1:

“In the beginning, the earth was void, dark, and chaotic.

God’s words created the world and all its inhabitants. He pronounced it blessed and very good.

His creation aligned with His Word.

Speak God’s Word

Our words create chaos

Our words create a mess when it’s human and not Faith.

Speak God Word in season.

Proverbs 15:23

Hebrews 4:12

The word of God as defined in the bible is a double edged sword.

That means it can cut two ways, the one receiving the given word and the one giving the word.

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,

”  The Greek word for “double-edged” is “distomon” or “distomos”. “Distomos” is defined in Strong’s

(1) as having a double mouth as a river. It comes from the Greek word “dis” meaning twice and the Greek word “stoma” meaning mouth or the edge of a sword.

We could say that God’s word is intended to be mouthed twice.

Once by God and then returned by our mouths.

(Isa 55:11)

(Ez. 3:3-4 NIV)

Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them.

(Acts 10:44 NIV)

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

(Rev. 12:11 Amplified Bible)

And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, ….

(Prov. 18:21 NIV)

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(1Cor. 2:4,5 NASB)

My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

We release the power in God’s Word by returning it to God. So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:11 NIV)

We return God’s word by speaking it! God watches over His Word to perform it! God’s power is released!

By faith watch Him work according to His will, doing what He desires and achieving the purpose on earth He intended!

Warning: News Flash!!

Put your SWORD back in its place.

Matthew 26:52

”Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

It’s Hard to Take Back a Word once it comes out of your Mouth, it’s like toothpaste.

Have you ever squirt toothpaste out of the tube and then try to put it back into the tube?

Do the words you speak have a direct impact on the lives of others?

James 3:2-10.

These verses cries out, YES!

We must bridle our tongue to our own body.

when your life is not going just right, examine your tongue and think about what you are saying.

Does it bless you or curse you?

If you want success stop claiming defeat by the words you speak.

James 3:3 says:  a bit in the horses mouth can control the whole horse, a small rutter can control the whole ship.  The mouth controls the strength of the whole body.

When you speak weakness you will be weak, and when you speak strength you will be strong.  When you have strength, you will have good direction.

James tells us that the tongue is “unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Man can tame the beasts of the field but cannot tame his tongue. All it takes is one or two ill-placed words, and you have offended someone, started a rumor, gossiped or criticized, and eroded a portion of your character.

The tongue is the most powerful member of your body that steers where you go in life. If you can control it, then you can control the rest of your body. This should help motivate us to tame the tongue.

You and I really need to be aware of just how serious this problem is. The bridling of our tongue takes effort.

Think before you speak.

The words of our mouth, once we released words out they are in the Realm of the Spirit, and has gone out to perform its Task.

When you speak out something that is not of God, right away cut it out by the root.

Speaking the right words at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure.

The application of God’s principles on this subject will greatly improve your ability to get along with others and help you develop further in your walk with the Lord.

Examine how you use your tongue.

Just as we can hurt others with our words, so can we speak soothing and beneficial words that build, uplift and strengthen those around us.

The correct use of words takes the wisdom of God:

The tongue of the wise is health”

Proverbs 12:18

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:24. Soothing and beneficial words can actually be health to our bones.

Think about that!

A Time to Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

King Solomon showed us that there is a time for everything. He instructed us that there is both “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Encourage Others

Ephesians 4:29

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We should be striving always to build up and encourage others.

King David was very careful about how he spoke and what he spoke about. He said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me  Psalm 39:1

David made sure he looked to God, as we all must, for the essential assistance in controlling the tongue. He asked God humbly for His help: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14 Just as David did, we must ask God for wisdom to control our speech or words.

But the word is not just put into our mouths so we can speak to ourselves it is given so we can speak it to others.

Both those who already belong to Christ, and those who don’t yet know him. God gives us his word, as he gives us his Spirit, so that we can be his witnesses.

Our witness comes by what we say, not just with our words, but with our deeds too.

That’s why Jesus commanded that we teach people, not just so that they might understand, but so that they might obey Mt 28:19-20.

As the saying goes:

Actions speak louder than words.

But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (Dt 30:14)

The word that God puts in my mouth, that must I speak. (Nu 22:38)

Pastor Rick Mora

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Double Edged Sword

“Double Edged Sword”

The Word of God

“Double Edged Sword”

The Word of God

Dueteronomy 30:14

But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.

I have put my words in your mouth Isa 51:16

Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. Jer 1:9

God gives us his word. It is not a word that he puts in our minds. It’s not a word that he puts in our notebooks. Those are not the places that the word of God is meant to abide. He puts his words… into our mouths.

Psa. 119:11

We are to renew our mind with the Word of God.

The battle for the mind is dependant on three things:

Setting our minds on the right things,

Renewing our minds with the right things

Fixing our minds on the right things.

Setting your mind on the right things means to set your mind on things above.

Col 3:1-2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things

When we set our minds on things above, we don’t allow Satan to detour our thoughts.

We know what we need to be thinking and by setting our minds on things above and not on earthly things,

Peter had set his eyes on below and above. And we can see the outcome of each event

Matthew 14:22-33

In this passage in Matthew, we see something that I think is very significant. Jesus had been preaching and, as usual, had attracted a large crowd. Five thousand men, besides women and children, had gathered to hear Him, and He not only taught them, but He also fed them all. After He had fed them, He sent them away, and instructed His disciples to get into a boat and go out onto the Sea of Galilee while He Himself went to be alone to pray.

While Jesus was in prayer, the wind became boisterous, and the waters of the sea became severely troubled. But in the fourth watch of the night (somewhere between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.), He went out to the boat, walking on the water! When the disciples saw Him, they were frightened, and thought they were looking at a Ghost, knowing this, Jesus said “Be of good cheer,. it is I; be not afraid!”

Peter, was always the first to speak up, good or bad, verse 28

Peter, following Jesus instruction, proceeded to go out to Jesus; and he too was walking on the water!

But when Peter realized what was going on, and saw that the wind and the waves were tempestuous, he was afraid, and began to sink down into the water. Peter immediately cried out, and Jesus stretched out His hand to catch him. And as Jesus caught him, He said ‘0 you of little faith, why did you doubt?’

Jesus then took him, and they got into the boat; and when they did, the storm immediately ceased,

in this same account in the gospel of John (6:21), it says that they were immediately to the other side of the sea.

There is something very significant that I want you to see in this account.

Something that I hope will help you

You see, Jesus has gone up. And we are left here below to face the storm.

Yet, we do not have to face the storms of life alone; He is ever with us.

Hebrews 7:25

As long as we hear His Voice, and obey His Word, we will be on top of the troubled water, or, on top of the storm – the situation that troubles us, we will be on top of LIFE. But when we take our eyes off Him, and begin to go our own way, and focus on other things, we will begin to sink down into that which we are focused on.

When Peter followed Jesus instruction, He was on top of the water, as troubled as it was. But when Peter took His eyes off Jesus, and began to look at the troubled water all around him, he began to sink down into that water

What He was FOCUSED on began to CONSUME him!

And it’s the same with you and me. You see, just as Peter sank into the troubled waters, we too will sink if we focus on the trouble that is all around us!

Now, I know, there are many things out there to trouble the waters. There will be storms in life. But do not focus on the storm! Because what you are focused on will consume you!

That is why we must keep our eyes on Jesus! Because as we are focused on Him and his Word.

We will be Victorious in this Life!

Let God’s Word Consume you!!

Eph 4:17-18

We must continue to be renewed.

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. we must fix our mind.

In the King James, it translates “Gird up” our minds.

It means to prepare our minds.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;

We have set our minds on things above and we now look at things the way God does, then we renew our minds by constantly reading the Word of God to know His will

John 6:63

The words that I speak to you are Spirit  and they are life.

Luke 8:11 14-15

God’s word is meant to be spoken. It is designed to be verbalised. Faith comes not just be reading, but by hearing.

Pastor Rick

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Let your Words be Divine

Let your Words be Divine

“Double Edged Sword”

Let your Words be Divine

“Double Edged Sword”


Dueteronomy 30:14

“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”

By God’s words the universe was created. When God speaks he watches over his word to see that it accomplishes its purpose (Isa 55:11) God has given us his word and continues to guide us and teach us the right way to live. Even when we mess up he is there to help us get back on track.

We saw this with peter, God said to peter after he denied him three times, and found him back in the old lifestyle, Jesus said to Him, Feed my Sheep etc.

Remember it’s the Kindness of God that draws us to Repentance!!

The word of God is that light.

God’s word corrects us. When we do something wrong the word of God is like a mirror. When we look into it, it shows us what God expects of us, where we went wrong and how to get back on track.

Or back on the right path.

James 1:23 says that “Anyone who listens to the word of God but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

The word of God aligns us with God’s will.

2 Chronicles 7:14 it says “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Timothy 4: 1-5

God’s word leads us. When we don’t know what to do we can look at God’s word for knowledge, understanding, wisdom and guidance?

James 1:5

Psalm 119:101 “I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

We can see that the Word’ is vital to staying on the right path. If you were travelling down a dark road and got lost because you could not see where you were going, you would appreciate some light so that you could find your way.

Have you ever stub your toe in the Dark?

The word of God is that light.

God will shine his light even in the Dark times of your life, or on the smallest member in your Body as the Toe to get your attention.

We saw this in Jacobs Life.

Genesis 1:

“In the beginning, the earth was void, dark, and chaotic. God’s words created the world and all its inhabitants. He pronounced it blessed and very good.

Why?

His creation aligned with His Word.

Speak God’s Word

Our words create chaos

Our words create a mess when it’s human and not Faith.

Speak God Word in season.

Proverbs 15:23

Hebrews 4:12

The word of God as defined in the bible is a double edged sword. And that means it can cut two ways, the one receiving the given word and the one giving the word.

Let’s look again at Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, …”  The Greek word for “double-edged” is “distomon” or “distomos”. “Distomos” is defined in Strong’s

(1) as having a double mouth as a river. It comes from the Greek word “dis” meaning twice and the Greek word “stoma” meaning mouth or the edge of a sword.

We could say that God’s word is intended to be mouthed twice. Once by God and then returned by our mouths.

(Isa 55:11)

(Ez. 3:3-4 NIV)

Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them.

(Acts 10:44 NIV)

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.

(Rev. 12:11 Amplified Bible)

And they have overcome (conquered) him by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, ….

(Prov. 18:21 NIV)

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(1Cor. 2:4,5 NASB)

My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

We release the power in God’s Word by returning it to God. So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11 NIV) We return God’s word by speaking it! God watches over His Word to perform it! God’s power is released! By faith watch Him work according to His will, doing what He desires and achieving the purpose on earth He intended!

Put your sword back in its place.

Matthew 26:52

”Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

It’s Hard to Take Back a Word once it comes out of your Mouth, it’s like toothpaste.

Have you ever squirt toothpaste out of the tube and then try to put it back into the tube?

Do the words you speak have a direct impact on the lives of others?

James 3:2-10.

These verses cries out  a resounding YES!

James tells us that the tongue is “unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Man can tame the beasts of the field but cannot tame his tongue. All it takes is one or two ill-placed words, and you have offended someone, started a rumor, gossiped or criticized, and eroded a portion of your character.

You and I really need to be aware of just how serious this problem is. The bridling of our tongue takes effort.

Think before you speak.

The words of our mouth, once we released words out they are in the Realm of the Spirit, and has gone out to perform its Task.

Speaking the right words at the right time can mean the difference between success and failure. The application of God’s principles on this subject will greatly improve your ability to get along with others and help you develop further in your walk with the Lord.

Examine how you use your tongue.

Just as we can hurt others with our words, so can we speak soothing and beneficial words that build, uplift and strengthen those around us.

The correct use of words takes the wisdom of God:

but the tongue of the wise is health” (Proverbs 12:18).

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life …. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones

Proverbs 15:4 Proverbs 16:24. Soothing and beneficial words can actually be health to our bones.

Think about that!

A Time to Speak

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7

King Solomon showed us that there is a time for everything. He instructed us that there is both “a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”

Encourage Others

Ephesians 4:29

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

1 Thessalonians 5:11

We should be striving always to build up and encourage others.

King David was very careful about how he spoke and what he spoke about. He said, “I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me  Psalm 39:1

David made sure he looked to God, as we all must, for the essential assistance in controlling the tongue. He asked God humbly for His help: “Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” Psalm 141:3 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14 Just as David did, we must ask God for wisdom to control our speech or words.

Let your Words be Divine

“Double Edged Sword”

Pastor Rick

January 10, 2010 Posted by | Mora in the Word | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment