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I Was, Now I Am by Mayada Naami

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

(Psalm 139:14, NIV)

In the above-mentioned verse, the psalmist is speaking words of affirmation. He is declaring to the world that he is a creation of God, therefore fearfully and wonderfully made.

Lately, I have become mindful of the words that come out of my mouth. In Luke 6:45, the Bible says the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Subsequently, I am also paying closer attention to what people are speaking to me or to others to better understand them and what is in their heart. It is important to encourage one another by affirming someone’s strengths instead of pointing out their flaws. Be the one who builds others up, instead of the one who tears them down. It is equally important to speak kindly about yourself when referring to your own weaknesses. You are a new creation in Christ.

“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

(Mathew 9:17, NIV)

This past weekend, when I asked someone to pray for me, she said she is not a “good” prayer person and then proceeded to pray one of the most powerful prayers I’ve heard. It’s true that in our own power we may be weak, however, in Luke 10:19, Jesus said, “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing by any means shall hurt you.” We are anointed with the Holy Spirit and with His mighty power. The seven spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit first found in the book of Isaiah and are freely given to those who believe. They are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Repeat to yourself daily, “I am who He says I am, not who people say I am.” To encourage is to empower, affirm yourself and others as God grants you the ability. If you’ve enjoyed this blog, please like it and share with others. If you would like to receive blogs from Pearls of Promise Ministries, you can follow us or enter your email on the home page and leave us a comment at the bottom of this page. Blessings from all of us to you.

 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

(Hebrews 3:13, NIV)

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Encouraging or Discouraging? By Lisa Burkhardt Worley

Sometimes when we go through something difficult we ask for a word from God, and He often uses a prophetic friend to speak to us. It’s happened time and time again in my life so I believe in prophetic gifting, but prophets have to be very careful when they speak on God’s behalf.

I am wrapping up a study of the book of Job, and knowing the whole story makes it frustrating to read the condemning remarks of Job’s friends. I am in the final discourse between Job and his “friend” Elihu. Elihu gets it right sometimes. He has a magnificent understanding of God. He says God is “mighty in strength of understanding.” True. He says in Job 35: “God is exalted in His power. Who is a teacher like Him?” Accurate. “Behold, God is exalted—beyond our knowledge!” No argument here. But where Elihu crosses the line is when he infers that Job is wicked (Job 35:8), that Job spoke nonsense (Job 35:16) and that when people are held captive by cords of affliction (Job) then “they have transgressed arrogantly” (Job 36:8–9). Elihu was confident he was right because as he said in Job 36, he spoke on “God’s behalf,” and his knowledge is from “afar.”

Here’s where Elihu failed and where we can fail people today. We judge what is going on with someone even though we don’t know the whole story. If we see someone blatantly sinning, then yes, if we’re a good friend, we should say something. We could attempt to save them from going further down a path of destruction. But if a friend or loved one keeps getting sick or nothing seems to go right in their life, we shouldn’t immediately assume that they’ve done something wrong. God may be using the circumstance to grow them spiritually, or to test them, as he did Job. Who can know the mind of God? However, we know that God is Love and He uses circumstances to draw His children closer.

Our Heavenly Father is an encourager, not a discourager. This week I experienced a small disappointment at school and prayed for the Lord to encourage me if I was supposed to continue. School has added a lot of work to an already busy schedule. Right after I prayed I decided to check a grade on one of my school papers. The professor gave me a high compliment and I was immediately encouraged. It was an answer to prayer and clear direction that I needed to hang in there.

1 Peter 4:8 says, “Above all, love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins” (NIV). That’s what we are called to do. When we receive a word from God through someone else, it should be laced with love. When we are consoling a friend, what we say should be encouraging not discouraging. Let’s carefully pray over our words before they hit the atmosphere. It’s what Job’s friends failed to do.

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Power of Words by Mayada Naami

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit

(Proverbs 18:21, NIV)

For those of you that know me you are going to find this hard to believe, but I struggle with communication. I grew up in a family of talkers, but no one really listened. I remember, as a child, sitting at a table where everyone seemed to be talking at the same time, and I would sit back and wonder who was listening. I shrugged it off thinking this was the norm. Later in life, I married someone who wasn’t a good listener and who liked to argue, which caused me to further struggle with verbalizing what I wanted to say. Only recently, through writing, have I been able to verbalize what I want to say. Over the last few years, my prayer has been for God to give me the ability to speak. In June of 2021, God answered my prayers at Gateway Church. I met a person, his name is Paul, who was very big on being “impeccable with your words.” At first, I thought, I am impeccable with my words. What was he talking about? But, as we spent more time communicating, I realized that he was right when he corrected me after I said things that were not aligned with Truth rooted in Love.

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken (Mathew 12:36, NIV).

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It is said working males average 2000-3000 words per day, and females speak 10,000-20,000 daily. However, both average about 500-700 words of actual value. What I learned about myself the last few years is that I talked a lot but was not saying anything of value. After meeting Paul, I started to be more aware of the words that I was speaking. Today, as I was driving him to the airport, I made a general statement that he was quick to correct. I used to get defensive, but now I realize he is teaching me to be impeccable with my words—and I welcome it. There are over 100 Bible verses referring to the power of the tongue. I cannot quote them all today, but I encourage you to read them and reflect on what God is saying to you through His Word.

In Ephesians 4:29, the Bible says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Let us, as the Church and the Body of Christ, make a daily intentional effort to lift each other up instead of tear each other down with our words.

 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account(Hebrews 4: 12-13, NIV).

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Join the Pearls Team next Wednesday, May 25th from 6-30-7:30 p.m. for our last POP Chat on Zoom before we break for the Summer. Mayada will be presenting the message: “Spiritual Battle-Warrior Princess.” Gifted songwriter and singer Renee Rollins will provide the worship. Email us at: info@pearlsofpromiseministries for more registration.

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