Declare the Word (The Word W.O.R.K.S.)

I read this very inspirational post entitled “We Believe What We Tell Ourselves”. It was all about positive internal messages we give ourselves, and how they alter our view of ourselves. This was good stuff, but it fell short of being God stuff. Words, indeed, are powerful. They can change your mind and shape your future. But God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It’s more than just words on a page. God’s Words are life-giving and life-changing.

It is so important that we immerse ourselves in the Word of God. We do this in many ways. Reading, listening, studying, and writing the Word are all methods to engage deeply into the scriptures. We should also practice declaring God’s Word!

Declaring God’s Word is to speak the Word aloud. Yes, aloud. Why? When we speak the Word, we bring to mind what God’s Word says about our circumstances. This helps to banish fear and doubt.
We proclaim victory over the enemy, we declare that he is a defeated foe. We also develop a habit that can help shape our words and our responses. When we are faced with challenges, we instinctively respond with the Truth, rather than with worry, fear, and apprehension. As we speak the Truth, it will become more and more real to us.

I know many will say, “But what about how I feel?” Or “This seems fake to me.” Declaring God’s Word is not a magic formula that ignores the facts. However, when you Declare God’s Word, you choose God’s Truth over facts.

So join me this month as I declare God’s Word. During the month of July we will be declaring God’s Word, over ourselves, our children, our spouses, our churches, our jobs, and so much more. Each day we will be posting our daily declarations. However, on Fridays we will post audio of the week’s declaration.

How many of you will step out on your faith and join the challenge? Declare the Word!

I hope you decide to join us in this challenge! Invite your friends, too.

It’s simple to follow along. Just like our Facebook page and follow us at http://sparrowssongministries.com. We can’t wait to declare God’s Word with you!

 

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Write The Word-July

Hello Everyone!

     We are finally in July! We are midway through the summer, children are out of school, schedules are changing but God’s Word still remains! Things are shifting and changing all around us, but we can still be confident that the Word W.O.R.K.S!  I’m still hearing great things from you all and hope to continue hearing stories of renewed faith, hope, and joy as you Write the Word.  God is so good.

Look out for our new challenge coming in July 7th!  We are going to Declare the Word for 31 days.  Join us as we speak life into our situations and circumstances and exercise the power of our tongues.  

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21

Don’t forget to join us on Facebook for encouragement and giveaways and other fun!  

Your friend in the journey,

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Keep Walking on to Your Miracle

I have heard that a miracle happens instantaneously, and healing over time but that doesn’t explain the miraculous healing that happened for the ten lepers in the Bible. Read the story here Luke 17:11-19.

As He traveled, Jesus met ten men who were plagued with leprosy. These men asked Jesus to have mercy on them (vs. 13), and He did but, it didn’t appear right away. The lepers “stood at a distance” (vs. 12). There was no laying on of hands. There was no crowd, no music, no lights, no camera and, seemingly no action! But there was a Word! A word spoken by the giver of life—‘Go, show yourselves to the priests’ (vs. 14). Without hesitation, the lepers went.

Some would say, ‘Your blessings are tied to your obedience.’ And that is true. Having free will, the lepers could have scoffed at Jesus’ direction and continued to be lepers. However, faith was essential to the lepers receiving their healing. As Jesus explained, “your faith has made you well” (vs. 19). These lepers had faith in Jesus. As they called to Him from their place of desperation, they believed He had the power to heal them. Their faith, coupled with obedience led to their miracle.

Some of you may be in a place of desperation. You may be in a desire situation and need answers. Maybe you’ve been dealing with a condition that has troubled you for some time. Think back to this story and see the steps the lepers took:

1. The ten lepers knew who to call. The lepers were fully convinced of the power Jesus had to heal. He is both able and willing to meet our needs. Some times we forget, or even forsake to do the simplest thing—ask. James 4:2b says “You do not have because you do not ask God”. Have you truly asked God in faith for what you need? Don’t think you are worrying God. It is His good pleasure to give you what you need (Luke 12:32).
2. The lepers received Jesus’ words in faith. Jesus said “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” According to the levitical law, only the priest could declare these men healed. Why else would they go to the priest except to receive a declaration of healing? Jesus Words were like a promise of healing to these men. What had Jesus promised you through His Word? He promises healing, miracles, and deliverance from all kinds of circumstances.
3. The lepers walked in obedient faith. The priest could indeed declare these men healed, but at the time the Word was spoken, they still had the physical appearance of leprosy. Nothing happened immediately in the physical. But they received their healing when they believed. Then they obeyed until healing manifested—“And as they went, they were cleansed” (vs. 14). I can imagine them checking their skin, to see if the sores were still there, but continuing to walk. I imagine them checking each other over, looking for signs of restored health, yet journeying on to see the priest.

“As they went,” all ten were healed. Are you continuing to walk? Are you journeying on? Waiting can be the hardest part (for me it is). But we’ve been graced to wait on the manifestation of God’s promises. But we must keep walking in obedience and keep believing what He has promised.

I can’t leave out the last part of the story. Only one leper came back to say thank you. One of ten. How sad. Jesus refers to this one as a foreigner, a Samaritan. Presumably, the others only believed they had one need, to be healed. But this one Samaritan came and threw himself, in gratitude, at the feet of the Master. He needed more than just healing—he needed Jesus. And when he entered the presence of Jesus, even being a foreigner, he knew the appropriate response—gratitude and worship.

Dear ones, don’t allow your situations and circumstances to stop you. Ask God for the things you need. Believe the Word of the Lord in faith. Move forward in faithful obedience. When you enter the presence of the Lord, respond to His goodness with a grateful heart of worship. And don’t stop. Keep walking on to your miracle.

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Walk This Way

 

But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:5,6 To read more, click here

How do we know that we are truly abiding in Him? The surest way to know is that we walk like Jesus walked. Christ’s life is an example to us. His life was always about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). He walked in constant fellowship and dependence upon His Father, and sought to please Him in all that He said and did (John 12:49; John 14:31).

Because of Christ’s obedience, even to the the point of death, we have life! (Phil. 2:8) And with this life, we should do all that we can to please Him. This begins by allowing God’s Word to transform us. Hear, receive, obey, and apply the Word to your life and you will begin to see change. This is how we walk in the Fruit of the Spirit. This is how we grow in love. When we obey God’s Word and allow God’s love to be perfected in us, we will walk in love towards our fellowman and will abstain from the sinful things of the world. Love and obedience are manifested in our lives when we walk like Jesus.

This is not to physically imitate His movements, but to be an imitator of His actions, closely observing the Word of God to know what He did, how He responded, how He obeyed, how He loved, and how He served. Once you know what He did, do what He did! He has set the path before us, so we cannot go wrong if we walk like Him.

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Write the Word-May

Hello dear ones!

Still writing? Many have expressed a desire to finish the year strong. Well here you are—a list of suggested scriptures for the month of May! Like always, use them as you see fit. Allow God’s Word to permeate your soul. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16

Happy writing,
Your friend in the journey,
Sparrow

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