Scattered

Have you ever considered who or what you are putting your trust in? Who or what do you trust to protect you? Who or what do you trust with your most important decisions? Who or what guides your steps? Who or what would you trust with your most valuable possessions? Who would you trust to take care of the people most important to you?

Do you trust Siri to get you to your destination?

Do you trust the 24 hour News Channel to keep you up to date on world events so you can protect your family?

Do you trust the financial institution to make good decisions with your money so you actually have some when you are ready to retire?

Do you trust your pastor to tell you the truths that will save your soul?

Do you trust the interpretation of scripture you have grown up with to be THE right answer to all of life’s theological questions?

Do you trust your children’s teachers to teach them the things that will make them succeed in life?

Do you trust your friends to meet all your relational needs?

Do you trust your family to meet all your expectations?

Do you trust that cell phone to protect your child when they are out of your site?

Do you trust that cell phone to protect you when you are out and about?

Do you trust Facebook to build and maintain connections in your life?

Do you have a trusted book or author to teach you important, life altering truths?

Do you have a favorite ministry that you put all your faith in?

Do you trust yourself to get the job done right?

I recently went on an event where I was encouraged to unplug for almost a week. I decided to not only unplug but to travel without my phone. This event included an 8 hour adventure into the great outdoors alone with God. My youngest was very disturbed that I would wander into the woods all alone without a lifeline…cell phone. She wanted to know how I would get help if something happened to me.

I obviously returned from that adventure no thanks to the wonders of technology. I also found out a little about trust while I was there. I found out why there was so much internal chaos and tension in so many areas of my life even with television and books and Facebook and cell phones and friends and pastors and ministries to manage all the things in my life. I had plenty of trust…but it was just misplaced.

I wasn’t trusting God. I wasn’t believing He was in charge. I wasn’t believing He would do all He has promised. What is the opposite of belief? Yup, that was me. WAS!

WAS…and then I came home and got BUSY!

Yesterday, right before I started writing this post, God nudged me and reminded me I was doing it again. I know it was Him because it wasn’t condemning. It was gentle. He was asking me how I had been spending my time. He was asking me where I had been putting my trust. My anxiety was up and my countenance was low and He asked me to stop and look at Him. He asked me to stop and get back together with Him. He asked me to put down everything in my hands and just spend time with Him. He asked me to get out of the 4 or 5 books I’m in the middle of reading and get into the one He wrote for me.

And then He said it again thru the words of a preacher that He knew I’d be hearing last night. He confirmed what He had said just in case I wasn’t paying attention the first time. This was good. It was good because I have a track record that God is changing. I don’t know what your experience of hearing God is, but I tend to hear SLOWWWWLY. It isn’t uncommon for me to finally clue in to what He has been saying on about the 3rd day and the 3rd or 4th attempt to get my attention. But this time I knew what He was saying when he said it and He provided a really quick confirmation that it is important.

He is building my trust in Him, but He needs my attention turned to Him to do that. It is no wonder I feel so unsettled and so scattered with my trust thrown around in so many places other than the One place with any power.

Fill it so I can spill it!

“God can use the enemy to point to the provision of Jesus. Whatever the enemy has planned, God has provided an alternative instead. It’s our heritage to move in the opposite spirit. Think the opposite, move towards it, reposition yourself for blessing!” – Graham Cooke

This quote took me back to something Bob Hazlett said a couple of weeks ago at VOA that made it into my notes.  “If you fail to prophecy over your promises, someone else will.” The someone he was talking about is the enemy of our souls who is out to steal, kill and destroy every good and perfect thing that God has promised us.  The bible is full of promises for each one of us and they are meant to be personal.  God means them for all His kids.  He means them to bless our lives.  And it IS important to declare them over our lives.

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

This isn’t a new scripture, but, like so many others, it’s meaning becomes richer as time moves along.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read it?  I’ll admit that up until a few days ago I looked at it far more from the warning side than the side of blessing.  Be careful what you say…you don’t want to be speaking death over something or someone.  Don’t put those negative thoughts into the atmosphere…they might come back to bite you.  I was looking at what could go wrong if the wrong words were spoken.  I was looking at that rotten fruit.  But what about the power of life and the fruit that produces.  What if that is what you love?  Words of life?  What if those are the words you desire to come from your mouth?
What are you declaring?  What are you prophesying?  Who are your words coming from…the Giver of Life or the one who wants to steal, kill and destroy?  What about the life-giving words you could be declaring?  What would happen if every word spoken was a declaration of His promises?  What if even half of our words were a declaration of His promises?  What if you just picked one promise out of His word for your life and declared it and believed it with the faith of a mustard seed?  What if you stopped allowing the enemy to steal the words out of your mouth?  What if you stopped allowing the enemy to twist words so you only saw the negative side of things?  What if you stopped letting the enemy tell you all the promises are for someone else or for some other time?
What if you got a chance to pray for someone and instead of just saying a silent prayer, you actually opened your mouth and let the words flow from the ones God placed on your heart for that person…regardless of how they sounded to you?  What if He highlighted an incredible promise for you or your family in His word and you declared that one out loud over your life?  What if you believed the promises in His word and started speaking them over your life because you want some of that?  What if you believed His promises for the future more than the reality of your current circumstances?
Why have we been so conditioned to believe words that judge and condemn?  Why are we so afraid to declare His promises that are clearly in His word?  Why is it easier to declare words laced with unbelief instead of words that require faith and trust and belief in a God that sent His son to set us free and heal all our diseases?
Lord, fill my mouth with your words of life and light.  Reveal your promises to me so that I may speak them boldly and release YOUR power into the world around me.  Forgive me for every word of death that has been spoken from my lips.  Cleanse my lips and my heart for your service.