Write the Word-June

Hello Dear Ones!

Can you believe that we are already in the month of June?  School is coming to a close, seniors are graduating, and summer is upon us. Things are shifting and changing all around us, but we can still be confident that the Word W.O.R.K.S!  I continue to hear stories of renewed faith, hope and joy as you Write the Word.  God is so good.  Keep those stories coming and keep growing in faith.

Look out for our new challenge coming in July!  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

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Your friend in the journey,
Sparrow

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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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Mission Accomplished

I sent three students on a mission to deliver some treats to a buddy classroom.  Twenty minutes later, they had not returned. After finding another teacher to watch my class, I went searching for the three missing students. As I passed the playground, I saw that the class I had sent my students to were at an early recess. I frantically asked the teacher had she seen my students, who were now, in my mind, missing. She said no, but also let me know that they had been outside for about 25 minutes. That said, I ran up to the other teacher’s classroom only to find my three sitting outside her door, patiently waiting for them to return. I was less than pleased, but glad that they were okay. I asked them “why didn’t you just come back?” One little darling answered “we didn’t want to come back until we finished the job.”

After breathing a sigh of relief because I hadn’t lost someone’s children, I began to reflect on a passage of scripture from Isaiah 55:10-11:

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

Precipitation such as rain and snow follow cyclical pattern. When it falls from the sky it doesn’t evaporate until it waters the earth to bring forth growth so that the cycle of sowing and reaping may continue. The rain and snow does its job. It causes the ground and all forms of vegetation to prosper.

More beneficial than the rainfall are the Words of God. It goes forth from the mouth of God for purpose. Every Word spoken has a purpose; a mission for which it has been sent. The powerful Word cannot return empty without accomplishing the purpose for which it was sent. The Word sent forth will accomplish whatever the Lord pleases. Don’t be confused, the Word accomplishes what He wants, not always what we want. Dear friend, this is where trust comes in. We can trust God because He is trustworthy. He cannot lie (Numbers 23:19). We can trust God because He knows what’s best for our lives (Isaiah 55:9). We can trust God because He is working—He is present and actively orchestrating things in our lives to produce good results (Romans 8:28).

Not only do God’s Words produce results, but it will cause us to prosper! Again, this is a matter of trusting God’s will and His ways. Prosperity is not only a matter of material and financial gain, but also of spiritual prosperity where we grow from faith to faith and from glory to glory.  When we grow and move forward in the things of God, we are prospering.

Stake your confidence in the Word of God! Hold on to its promises and apply its precepts. It is powerful and effective, producing great results in our lives. Like my sweet little students, God’s Word will not return without accomplishing its purposes.

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Learning to Stand Still

Learning to stand still may seem like an odd thing to learn. It takes little effort; just do it, right? Wrong! Learning to stand still is difficult for many. Take my second grade class, for instance! I don’t mean a physical posture, but rather a heart posture. One that disavows human effort and stakes it’s hope on the power and ability of God.

In the 14th chapter of Exodus we see the people of God being pursued by Pharoah and his army. They found themselves standing between the Pharaoh’s army and a sea in front of them. At that point, they began to complain. They expressed their regret, they expressed their anger, they expressed their frustration, and they expressed their fears. Then Moses answered,“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” Exodus 14:13-14

Moses told them first, do not fear. Fear is an overwhelming emotion. Sometimes fear makes you run. You want to retreat or remove yourself from the situation. Other times fear makes you fight. Like a bear backed into a corner, you feel like the only thing to do is come out fighting. Rarely does fear make you stand still.

But that is exactly what Moses told the people to do next, stand still. Standing still involves planting your feet firmly.

God has given us something to stand on—something on which we can plant our feet.

We can stand in faith
We can stand in hope
We can stand in trust
We can stand on the Word

It’s difficult in uncertain circumstances, but we must be still!

Don’t sway! Don’t allow the things that come make you sway back and forth or side to side. Stand firm and trust God.  James tells us that a double minded person is unstable in every way. (James 1:8) Don’t allow your circumstances to make you waver.

Don’t lean! Don’t allow impatience or self-reliance cause you to take steps or make decision apart from God’s will. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding”.  

Moses then tells the people, “The Lord will fight for you, just hold your peace.” It maybe even more difficult to be silent than it is to be still. Oftentimes we don’t know what to do, but if you are anything like me, I always have something to say! It’s usually the wrong thing. Complaints, negativity, and doubt fills my mouth, then my heart, until it filters to my actions. In times of trouble, it is important that we speak God’s Word into the situation or be silent. Your words will fail, but His Words lead to victory.

King Jehoshaphat faced a similar situation (2 Chronicles 20). Nearby enemies had come together in attempts to defeat Judah. Jehoshaphat prayed. He was honest, “I don’t know what to do; but Lord my eyes are fixed on You” (v.12). He admonished the people not to fear or be alarmed, because, “the battle is not yours, but God’s” (v.15). King Jehoshaphat had to give a command to trust, just like Moses did; “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17.

There’s the command—Stand still! It can be difficult, it can feel counterproductive, but we must learn to stand still. Sometimes we stand between the enemies taunts and what seemed impossible. We want to react, we want to fight, we want to run, but God says stand still. Plant your feet firmly on the Word of God, and watch Him fight for you! FE870A96-4D50-4E34-AA15-D89198FCAAD6

Tear a Hole in the Roof (Hope in 350)

41A4C780-6626-40F3-9D1B-96553DF2CD2FI have a friend who is seriously ill. This friend has been dealing with a debilitating illness that has cause much strain on their life. I live pretty far away and have been unable to travel to be with them. Therefore, I have felt as if I were at a loss. I continue to ask, “What can I do?”, yet I feel helpless because I’m just so far away. Then I remembered this beautiful story from scripture.  Mark 2:1-12 (also see Luke 5:17-39) tells of five men, one very ill man who couldn’t move his body, and his four friends.

Word has spread that Jesus was in town and many many came to see Him, to hear Him speak and to experience the miracles He performed. So many came that the place where they gathered was overcrowded. I can imagine the friends conversation as they walked, somber mixed with a twinge of hope. They had heard about Jesus and the miracles He’d performed; Heard about the way He spoke with power and authority. If there was such a Man, they had to get their friend to Him! So with steady steps, and steel resolve, they hoisted their friend’s bed and set out on to meet Jesus. When they arrived, they were taken aback! The place was full, no room even at the door. The men may have hesitated for a moment, but then took extraordinary measures. “They made a hole in the roof of the house over where Jesus stood. Then they let down the bed with the sick man on it.” (Mark 2:4b). Jesus was immediately moved by the action of these men. “When Jesus saw their faith . . .” Yes, their act was one of faith. Faith for a friend in a time of need.

We need this kind of faith. Faith for someone who may have found it hard to believe for themselves, faith for someone who has lost hope, faith for our friends.

I know now, what I can do for my friend; for all of my friends. I can tear a hole in the roof! We “tear a hole in the roof” by interceding on our friend’s behalf. Pray for them without ceasing. Keep them lifted up before the throne of the Lord. Encourage them with Words of Faith. No matter what they may be going through, no matter what they are facing, link your faith with theirs, don’t relent, and tear a hole in the roof!