Greetings in the name of the High Priest of our confession, the Lord Jesus Christ. Happy New Year! We once again have a new start, just as His mercies are new every morning. Every year can be a clean slate if you allow it to be. Let’s make 2022 the greatest year of our lives by allowing God’s Word and Spirit to transform us even closer to His image and likeness. Challenges of this world may grow harsher, yet we can rejoice that while we are in this world, we are not of this world.
As Christians, we have been given weapons (if we will use them) to be more than conquerors in this life through Him who is above all things, Jesus. We walk on this earth in fleshly bodies as earth warriors—commanding all the power of heaven, in Jesus’ name, to manifest throughout the world in these Last Days. We exercise this power with our words. Our words should be His Words. His Word is known as a two-edged sword that is able to divide the soul and the spirit.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12
The soul is comprised of our mind, will, and emotions, which is being redeemed by the continual study of God’s Word (Rom. 12:2). The way an event makes us feel, whether angry, discouraged, sad, happy, or fearful, is based on accounts of what our mind remembers we have experienced or been taught. Our soul, according to experiences, can influence how we react, which includes the words we speak almost 100% of the time. However, it is our spirit that should be controlling our actions and words.
As Christians, our spirits have been born again of the Spirit of God (John 3:5). He is the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom. 8:11). The two of us are intertwined, allowing us to operate on earth in that very same power. The power is activated by God’s Words, the two-edged sword.
The sword of the Lord is the Word of God. One edge of this sword is the written Word that God has said. The other edge of the sword is when you believe and say the same thing God has said. However, much of the Body of Christ has a dull edge. Their offensive weapon is in need of sharping, so they find themselves using their defensive weapons to survive. This ought not be so!
God has given us the ability to suppress Satan and attack the gates of hell (Matt. 16:18). Those gates are more open than they should be today, with a flow of darkness, wickedness, and destruction pouring out of them. We must sharpen our swords and use our mouths to speak life into every situation. Many of you would think that Satan is causing the trials and tribulations in your life. I pray those reading this do not believe God causes these perils (John 10:10). It may come as a surprise to you that most everything happing in your life, in the natural, is on account of your words.
And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. —James 3:6, NLT
The King James Version of the Bible states that your tongue sets in motion the wheel of nature around you. Given the number of people talking fear instead of faith, including those in the Church, it is no wonder the world is in its present condition.
God explains life very simply in His Word; there are few mysteries. Many sometimes do not understand why their loved ones died or why they are sick. However, God plainly states that His people are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge or because they refuse to act on that knowledge.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. —Hosea 4:6
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21
Our words are of the greatest importance, for when we speak, we either propel life and heaven around us or death and hell. “Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word” (Psalms 103:20). In this passage, we see that His angels, who are mighty, go into action when they hear the Word of God. They are drawn to anyone who gives voice to God’s Word (the Bible). In contrast, our words of doubt and unbelief put every evil of hell into action.
As we enter 2022, we are closer than ever before to the coming of Jesus and the Tribulation Period. In the book of Revelation, Jesus warns us of the day in which we live. What we say about ourselves must align with what He has said about us. When Jesus addressed the Smyrna church (Rev. 2:8-11), the church was under heavy persecution in a very impoverished location. This church had become focused on circumstances around them instead of what He has provided. Jesus reminded them, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich).” Their confession, or words, had begun to be in contrast to what God had said (II Cor. 8:9).
This year, let your words be HIS WORDS like never before. Your life and the lives of your family members may depend on this. Repent for any words you may have spoken that God could not act upon. Ask Him to let those words die in the ground and never bring the harvest Satan would like to see.
We have a new year before us to speak God’s Word over ourselves and our loved ones. By doing so, we will see life in Jesus’ name if we only believe. I certainly speak these words over you:
“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” —Numbers 6:24-26
Thank you for all you do for this part of Jesus’ ministry in these Last Days. Until next time, remember, Jesus is Coming soon. Come, Lord Jesus!