"Give me a Word to sustain the weary; awaken my ear to listen." - Isaiah 50:4

Tag: grace

Crop Failure

As I meditated on the previous blog, the idea of sowing and reaping a harvest remained with me, and my reflection turned to the seeds of our words.

Proverbs 18:21 -“There is life and death in the power of the tongue and those who loveit will eat its fruits” – warns us about the power of words. If we’re to be honest, there are many things we’re reaping now because of words we spoke over our own lives in the past. Sadly, there are seeds of doubt, criticism, fear, and even low self-worth that we have (consciously or unconsciously) planted in other people’s hearts (or have had people plant in our hearts) by words as well.

This idea of “life and death” being in the power of the tongue, and the idea that we’ve “spoken” so much into existence without really being aware of it, caused me to petition God. I asked Him if there was a place for repentance and forgiveness, as it relates to the fruit of unintended idle or negative words spoken in the past. He showed me that in the same way that I have indirectly or unintentionally spoken things into being, He has given me the power to go back and speak death over every seed I should have never planted by my words in the first place.

He gave me the thought of praying for crop failure over every negative or idle word (seed) I may have spoken (planted) ignorantly, in anger, or otherwise. While an apology is always warranted for saying what should not have been said, we also need to address the seeds that were unintentionally planted in the spirit, that will begin to take root and bear fruit regardless of our apology.

This is the power of God’s Grace! The idea that we don’t have to accept or live under the burden of our failures or mistakes, but we can access the Grace of God to move forward. So, although we do have power to speak life, God has also given us the power to speak death to the things we foolishly spoke life to. Yes, there is indeed life AND death in the power of the tongue. And because God’s Grace is never to be taken lightly, for granted, or as a justification for sin (Romans 6), let us endeavor to be more mindful of the things we say as seeds are being formed and planted by our words, intentionally or unintentionally.

Prayer: Father, I decree and declare, with the confession of Proverbs 18:21, CROP FAILURE over every unintended seed that I have planted by my words in my own life and the lives of others. I declare the soil infertile and the seed unfruitful, in Jesus’ Name.

Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. – Psalm 141:3.

Let my mouth be filled with Your praise and with Your honor all the day. – Psalm 71:8

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight,O Lord my strength and my redeemer. – Psalm 19:14.


Hiding: From cover to Cover

The game of hide-and-seek originated in the garden of Eden. It involved two people hiding from a God who sought after them. Their approach to hiding involved two aspects, which are still quite common today.

Firstly, they ran for cover (i.e. a physical place to hide). I cannot imagine Adam and Eve standing in the middle of the garden in open view, considering the sin they just committed. No, they found a place to hide – behind a tree, a rock, in the bushes, somewhere. Quite similar to what we do today. When we’ve sinned or feel guilt/shame for an act we’ve committed or a mistake we’ve made, we literally remove ourselves from certain places – we go into hiding. We may refrain from attending church or other gatherings with people who know us and have high expectations of us, and from those who would hold us accountable. Some of us go deep into hiding, confining ourselves to our homes, rooms, closets, etc. It is no different from what Adam and Eve did.

Secondly, they not only ran FOR cover but they tried TO cover their sins (i.e. not wanting their sins to be exposed). In their day they used leaves and figs…. in present day we use different masks, relationships, false witnesses, lies, church (and other) positions, defense mechanisms, and a plethora of wrong/harmful practices. The motive is still the same though – to cover up or hide our sin.

Despite our modern day take on hide-and-seek, the “game” initiated in the garden of Eden continues today. Same script, different cast. We’re still sinners hiding from a God who continues to seek us, to reason with us despite all we’ve done (Isaiah 1:18). You see, we’ve given up our original Covering and have instead tried to find other covers for our sins. We blew off His Cover, and in order to find us He now has to blow ours!

We often don’t like the process of “being found” or in present day terminology “being found out”, because it involves exposure. We’ve become so accustomed to hiding in dark places that the Light is almost blinding. We consider this process painful…. oblivious to the fact that more damage could be done to us if we remained in the dark. Fact of the matter is, hiding from God is like standing behind transparent glass and foolishly hoping not to be seen (Psalm 139:7-12). You see, God’s love is a love that cannot operate in dissimulation. It BLOWS our cover so He can BE our Cover! His ultimate aim is our protection.

The question today is, which would you rather: Having the mask ripped from your face so you can finally breathe, or continuing to suffocate under the guise of having it all together? Would you rather stay hidden in the darkness of condemnation, or step into the Light of God’s love and grace? Do you want the tedious job of having to hide all the time… changing places and faces, or would you rather have your sins be hidden for you and completely annulled? Do you want to continue living a lie, or are you ready to embrace truth? The choice seems pretty clear to me.

So, my brothers and sisters (in my King James Version voice), here’s the conclusion of the whole matter — Although we ditched our Covering to hide under covers that really don’t cover, if we’re willing to blow this temporary cover we’ll have the opportunity to be eternally covered by The Ultimate Coverer!

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