The Battle Over The Spoken Word

There is a battle taking place over the spoken word.  People are picking and choosing their words so carefully to avoid offense and yet, offense is stirring on all fronts. When we pick and choose our words so very carefully, we actually can dull or dilute their meaning so as to leave them with little or no effect.

Voice Not An EchoSo often we speak and before we finally get to the point, we hide our meaning behind so many qualifiers that it’s hard to actually find the point. These qualifiers (excess words) serve to only diffuse the truth in an attempt to make everybody happy and satisfied with a sense of entitlement.

Too many games being played as people try to stand for all things and actually in doing this, we stand for nothing and the beat goes on. Speak the truth.

Speak the truth at all times or say nothing at all. And don’t fear man…….walk in wisdom speaking the truth found in Christ, at all costs. It’s actually worth it. We feel good inside when we know we have not compromised our core beliefs. Walk in wisdom also. That gives a double benefit in not only knowing when to speak but what to speak, the right words. .

Truth Will Set You FreeWisdom weaves a path as we speak truth. This path can be through the minefield of public opinion which will annihilate you with opposing words if you challenge any sacred cow. This path can be accusatory as people think your words are not loving enough, kind enough. Wisdom weaves a path and it is not easy but as I said, if you stand for everything, you stand for nothing. How desperately we need truth speakers that don’t hesitate to sound forth what is  necessary for these days.

What is truth, you say? Truth is embodied in the person of Christ Jesus who actually said that He is the way, the truth and the life. People are aghast, at times, at the brevity of that statement and what it truly implies. Truth? One way? Christ?

Yes. He said it. He meant it. It’s often said that to say something like that, one must either be a lunatic and liar or a truth speaker. I believe He is a truth speaker and my life centers on this truth. Jesus Christ.

There is a path of wisdom in speaking truth but even when spoken the best way possible, offense is on the rise, stopping up the ears of those who refuse to hear any side but their own.

DebraIn Christ, Debra

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Story Week – Part 2/5 – A Young Man – Disengage!

Heart MonitorThe sound: “It is what it is.” A universal sound continually piercing the heart of the young man. This sound is quite subtle but also persistent. The prince of the power of the air uses sound waves to invade and impact a generation of young men. This enemy is no respecter of persons so is able to strike deep in the heart of young men. Color, culture, environment – he shows no favorites. He strikes at the heart to gain a generation, taking them captive to the darkness.

When the young man could not bear one more moment of the droning sound of hopelessness and chaos, he did what he knew to do to escape.

Disengage!

Disengage: Separate or release from something in which there is an attachment; remove troops from an area of conflict.

Put those earphones on and block everything out.

Divorce, chaos, arguing, abuse, violence in the home – Disengage!

School – an emotional war zone of bullying, rejection, peer pressure and violence of the physical type or emotional violence perpetrated on the heart. – Disengage!

Drugs, alcohol, sexual pressure – temptations on all sides!

Hand reaching upPut on those earphones and enter a world where technology conforms you to its own image, where you actually continue to lose yourself without even knowing it. This sound through music, videos or games penetrates and permeates the life of the young man, providing a means of escape from the reality of his own pain. Put on those earphones and trade one sound for another. But what’s the trade-off? The droning of “It is what it is” is left behind. What takes its place? Pulsating sounds that deify violence, rage, death, anger, and hate.

These alternative sounds consistently interject themselves into the void of the young man’s heart. A void will always seek to be filled in some way. To disengage from one sound simply means that you engage in something else.

A battle rages all around this young man’s life. The enemy exploits and uses treachery, knowing exactly what he is after – a generation of young men with a cry in their hearts. They are lost amidst a desire to be found. Looking for a genuine authentic life, they seek truth but only see lies and deception all around. This young man, one individual in a generation that is looking for the light but does not know where to find it.

Great men in times and seasons past have addressed this with words of wisdom and grace. Peter, a disciple of Jesus Christ says it like this:

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9 Message)

Paul, another mighty man of God, says it like this:

This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life–or–death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon (Ephesians 6:12-17 Message)

It is a battle. Looking from the outside in, one can often feel that we are losing more ground than we are gaining. A generation of young men finds Christianity archaic, irrelevant, powerless and boring. Like David, their hearts cry out, “Is there not a cause?”

All the while, Father God knows best. The great I AM is whispering to the young man, a better way, a more excellent way. Right in the midst of his darkness, the sound of the great I AM is whispering destiny and purpose.

More to come……

In Christ, Debra Westbrook

DebraRivers of Eden Ministry is called to challenge people to a life of creativity, revelation and intimacy in Christ. Marvin and I look forward to hearing from you, allowing us the opportunity to minister in the grace and love of Christ in your gathering, church, home group or conference.  Currently we are planning a trip to Kenya in July in which we are looking forward to establishing new relationships with leaders for a Kingdom purpose. Contact us on Facebook or Twitter for more information.