Intentional

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The word intentional speaks of something done on purpose, or having a reason for an action. In other words I am doing this because I am expecting a certain outcome. For 2017 I am committed to be more intentional about what I do, what I say and how I act.  I have also resolved to me more intentional about how I pray.

As believers many time we do not use the authority that has been given to us when we pray. We pray simple prayers of thanksgiving and request without any real focus of what we are asking for, or what we need God to do. Sure we want God to bless us, but what does that really mean? There are some things that we can decree and declare in the name of Jesus. When we pray with the power and authority that we have been given we will see things shifting, not only in our personal lives but in our nation.

The believer has been chosen by God to be the catalyst that brings change to this world. It is through our prayers that we can receive information from the heart of God. At times our prayer request are so far off focus from what God wants to accomplish. Learn to seek the heart of God in your prayer time and then you can pray according to His will. We can stand firm on what His Word says and we can decree it in the earth.

First John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” If we have Jesus, He is greater than he who is in the world. His power is greater than the power of satan. We have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.(1 Corinthians 15:57). We can be intentional about how we pray and expect to receive what we ask of the Lord.

 

Scriptures taken from NIV

The word satan is not capitalized intentionally

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

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images.jpg“If anyone among you seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain” (James 1:26)

Have you ever said something and wish you could take it back?  I know I have many times.  Most of us do not realize the power of our words.  The Word of God is very clear on matters of the tongue.  Improper use of the tongue can be very damaging.  The not bridling of the tongue and being ready to speak of the faults of others is a sign of a vain religion. If one claims to be a Christian and does not know how to exercise control when it comes to the matter of speaking this person is delusional.  In other words you are fooling yourself in regards to your walk with God.

James writes that the tongue is a small member but boast great things. “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” (James 3:5).  The word boast speaks of being prideful in the way we talk.  Bragging about what we possess and who we think you are.

It is vital that we who profess the name of Jesus strive to practice self-control regarding our tongue. I like many others have been guilty of speaking out about those things that do not involve me.  Let’s make a declaration this year to pray more and talk less.  After all it is prayer that changes things and not our loose tongues.

The tongue can hurt or it can heal. It can bless or curse. It can speak life or it can speak death. Many underestimate the power of this small member of the body.  “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”(Proverbs 18:21)

James 3:8 “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” While the apostle does say no man can tame the tongue he is not suggesting it is impossible, but it is extremely difficult. In fact I would say without the grace of God we are embarking upon an impossible task. But with the grace of God all things are possible and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.(Philippians 4:13)  (Matthew 19:26) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Don’t let the enemy trick you into speaking when the Holy Spirit is whispering “be quiet.”

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

http://www.evelynjtaylor.org

Scripture taken from NIV