A Clear Sound in Christ

TruthIntimidation enslaves us within a prison of fear where we feel threatened, bullied, harasses, and subdued. When words are used as a weapon to silence us, they paralyze and take our breath away. We gasp for air at times, losing our voice, losing our sense of who we are, what we believe. It takes courage to stand up for what we believe in. But, is there any other way? To constantly compromise by appealing to the masses leaves one divided inside, lacking unity and wholeness. To constantly look around before one speaks trying to step in sync with a current sound is not necessarily wisdom but a fear of man.

I am going to reference yesterdays blog – digging a little deeper in what she said in the first paragraph.

Speak the Truth
Frances J. Roberts

“Lo, I say unto thee, be not intimidated by anyone, but speak forth My Word, even as I give it unto thee. Ye have written freely and fearlessly. Now speak in the same way. Thy spoken word must be brought into conformity with the work I have done within thee. This ye need for your own personal sense of unity. This ye need for your own strength. For the house divided against itself cannot stand; neither can ye so long as ye bear one testimony in thine heart and another on thine lips. 

In other words, speak the truth, no matter what it costs. And if you can’t speak the truth, t stay silent, waiting in wisdom for the right time rather than walk in presumption and end up in a war of words. It all goes back to when to speak and when to be silent.

The Truth Will Set You FreeWords frame our life – our own words (For as a man thinks, so he is – Proverbs 23:7) and those of others. Words are meant to build up, even if they are strong words. Wisdom helps us see what to take in, what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Wisdom will not be silent and looks for those who can handle the heat in order to speak truth in the person of Christ.

Intimidation makes us cower and hold back and in the process, we lose ourselves and our voice. Not a good thing for any of us.

In my salvation there is wholeness, a unity in Christ, the life of Christ forming my life, my thoughts, my being. The Living Word  forms me in His image, imparts to me mind of Christ and transforms me in His divine nature. The truth (the person of Christ) sets me free. I am not a parrot and neither are you. His creative expression is to flow freely through our lives. Yet, look around? There is continual opposition to silence Christ in me, the hope of glory. So, what to do? Speak the truth despite the cost. Truth is in the person of  Christ. It is not vague and nebulous but contradicts the prevailing sound of the world, in true love, empowered in abundant grace.

Today, one’s voice can be silenced completely or lost amidst an ocean of information and social media noise. I believe that the sound of the Kingdom, moving contrary to the world while being in the world, will sound forth through many in this time. It is and will be a sound that will not cower when confronted by lies or deception. Truth is moving right through the lies and deception to forge a clear path in the midst of darkness. Truth in the person of Christ, the reality of His salvation and the message of the Kingdom is clear, filled with the fresh breath of the Spirit, and so contrary to the confusion today.  The world waits for a clear sound and many will be drawn to this clarity of conviction. But, we have to speak, know when to speak, how to say it and ultimately pay the price for our words. Many simply don’t want to hear it but who can resist speaking forth the glory of Jesus Christ.

Words overflow around us. Information increases in leaps and bounds. Opinions escalate and force their way in to be heard. Yet, truth is in the person of Jesus Christ – this sound will never be silences and can never be extinguished no matter what kind of opposition comes against it.

Speak the truth – not in quantity, but in quality of life that flows through us in Christ. This sound change nations, revitalize cities, transform people and raise up a standard of life in a death culture.

Debra 2In Christ,

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Too Much Information?

Words Words WordsDo we lose our ‘edge’ through excess words and non-stop talking? Does excessive talking erode our sense of spiritual authority?

It seems that in Christianity as I see it at times, we have lost our “edge” and perhaps lost our way, being defensive many times as we speak forth truth in Christ. Are we aware that an offensive strategy is more powerful than a defensive strategy? At least to me it is.

We often use our words to:
Try to prove something
Try to justify our belief
Attempt to qualify our belief in why we are right in the face of opposition
Explain and explain our belief, stripping it of power
Defend our belief, almost sounding as if we don’t believe what we are saying

Excess words, which many of us are guilty of, can often stem from insecurity within ourselves. Do we really believe what we are saying or through excess words are we trying to convince ourselves? Jesus spoke words that were spirit and life, infused with eternal glory and power. It is time to speak less but to speak with power. Speak the truth that is in Christ or say nothing at all. Say what needs to be said, be quiet, and let the Holy Spirit do the work.

An example:

MakeItWorkHave you ever watched what typically happens during an altar call at a church, assuming there even are altar calls for salvation anymore? The leader wants the atmosphere just right – darkened lights perhaps, people put at ease by soft music. Then inevitably, words flow forth something like this:

“Close your eyes everyone. Now don’t be embarrassed and don’t look at anyone else. Relax, Jesus loves you. With every eye closed, Jesus is calling to you today. Do you want to receive Him as your Lord and Savior? Lift a hand right where you are sitting. Come on – just lift those hands. (After a few minutes of silence with gentle music) It’s your day. Just lift those hands. There I see one, I see another. I’m waiting. Do you know that today is your day? This is the day for you to meet Jesus Christ. I’m going to take five more minutes – I know there are more of you out there.” (Then at this point in the waiting, there may be words, words and more words.)

I dislike this for many reasons. To me it seems contrived at times, like a bad script that is played out without any thought of revelation being in the mix or resting in the power of God, without excess words, allowing Holy Spirit to do His work in the hearts of those listening.

Excess words can erode spiritual authority. I am not saying that we should just be quiet. What I am saying is to allow Holy Spirit to direct the course of our words – knowing when to speak and when to be quiet. I am saying that we have the reality of Christ in us. Therefore, being sensitive to His Spirit, through the gifts of the Spirit, accompanied by discernment and wisdom, fewer words can do it and in the process glory is given to the Lord. Paul says:

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NKJVS)

Sometimes we just give too much information after the initial revelation. Silence is wisdom. Why is this so deep in my heart today?

It goes back years ago while ministering in a church in Finland. I remember looking out at the congregation, thinking to myself that Jesus’ words held power. Sometimes, all He said was “Be healed.” Healing flowed into the reality of His words. He did not explain, justify, prove or qualify His actions. In effect, many times He was enigmatic and completely misunderstood. But, He did and said what He saw the Father doing and saying.

Apart From MeIn this service, I walked up to a person, laid hands on them and without one bit of fanfare or Pentecostal excess, I laid hands on their back and said “Be healed.’ I don’t remember all that happened that day. For me it was not the point. What was important to me was that when faith is strong in my heart, I just speak, simply believing in Christ. Faith in Christ, not faith in my ability to do anything. My focus shifts entirely into Christ and I just do what I see the Father doing in Holy Spirit. I speak. I sing. I prophesy. I focus and just walk in the Spirit, responding to the Spirit and God receives the glory.

In Africa, we lined people up at the altar, turned down all the excess noise, and sang over people, not even touching them. We stripped the atmosphere of any attempt to take attention away from God’s glory at that moment and let eternity flood in, flowing and powerful. Words of wisdom flowed, words of knowledge and prophecy and in the presence of eternal words, healing, restoration and renewal flowed.

My purpose in writing this today: Just to remind us, as carriers of His glory – we hold this treasure in jars of clay. Christ in us = reality. Quiet down, release control and allow Holy Spirit to flow in and through our lives.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7 NKJVS)

DebraIn Christ,

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