OK!! I was so anxious to get people who just switched to the email group and those who remained on the FB group caught up on all the past messages so that we’d all be ready to move on to this next confession! God has already poured out such awesome confirmations for it this week! Our next confession to focus on is:
“I do not live by bread alone. I literally LIVE by every Word that comes from the mouth of God!” (Matthew 4:4)
The Lord is so amazing!!! He started giving confirmations before we even began. Friday night, when Jesse and I were taking communion, I was praying over the bread (Jesus, the children’s Bread, broken for our healing) and was led to specifically pray that as we take this bread, EATING and DIGESTING it, that we’re PROCLAIMING that as we EAT and DIGEST Jesus and His Word that it/He is IN US and is Life to our WHOLE BODY and health to ALL OUR FLESH!
Right after that, when we went to bed, the Lord gave Jesse this word from Ivan Tait’s book Letters from God:
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature. II Peter 1:4
“Every promise received is a DOORWAY to a part of Me. Every promise DIGESTED is a light aglow within you. Every promise PROCLAIMED is an arrow released to its target. All of My promises are pieces of Me. EAT MY PROMISES, and you will add a new part of Me to your life. EAT ALL OF THEM, AND YOU WILL HAVE ALL OF ME. My promises are My bond. They reveal Me to you. They draw the lost out of their dungeons and caves. They bring hope to the lost and joy to the rejected. My promises answer all of the questions of the searching heart. MY PROMISES ARE MEDICINE TO THE SICK, resurrection to the dead, peace in the storms, AND A RUDDER FOR YOUR SHIP. Tie My promises to your soul, and you will escape every corrupting influence of this world. You will be PRESERVED from the Adamic nature and all of its evil impulses. become PROMISE-ADDICTED. I have already SENT you your next promise.” (Copyright © Ivan Tait, Letters from God)
Since I do not typically pray those specific words when we take communion, we were amazed that this word He gave right afterward also spoke of “EATING,” “DIGESTING,” and “PROCLAIMING” His Word/promises. We knew the Lord was speaking/confirming! This word was full of so many other confirmations for us. I’ll mention a few:
~ I emphasized “Doorway” due to the things He’s been speaking to us about receiving the “keys” to the “doors” that need to be opened (as mentioned in pt 3 of the Hobbit notes).
~ “Medicine to the sick…” is highlighted for obvious reasons (His word as “medicine” has also been a recurring theme recently).
~ “Preserved” has also been a theme the past year (Psalm 119:50 NIV & others).
~ And “I have already SENT you your next promise,” due to our last confession – that He sent His Word to heal us.
~ But I emphasized the part about “rudder for your ship” because right after reading this, Jesse then read from our Healing Confessions Book (which these confessions come from). He “randomly” opened to the page that talks about THE TONGUE and the importance of speaking in agreement with and declaring God’s promises ~
“… What I say has the power to affect my WHOLE BODY. My tongue has the ability to STEER THE WHOLE COURSE OF MY LIFE. So I guard my lips and therefore guard my life. …” (this confession is based, in part, on James 3, below)
“And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his WHOLE BODY and to curb his entire nature. 3 If we set bits in the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their WHOLE BODIES about. 4 Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, THEY ARE STEERED BY A VERY SMALL RUDDER wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.” James 3:2-4 AMP
We couldn’t help but notice another word about the “WHOLE BODY” being emphasized again (as I’d prayed during communion ~ that He/His Word is Life to our WHOLE BODY and HEALTH TO ALL OUR FLESH, based on Prov. 4:20-22), but we were also amazed to receive two words in one night which spoke of our lives being steered like a ship. The word from Ivan’s book spoke of God’s promises being “a RUDDER” for our ship and now the Lord was connecting that same concept back to our tongues being likened to “a RUDDER” that has the ability to turn our WHOLE BODIES and steer the whole course of our lives, as a small rudder is able to steer a large ship, even in the face of EXTREME “WINDS” OF OPPOSING CIRCUMSTANCES.
“And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.” James 3:4 NLT
This is such a POWERFUL TRUTH, confirming things the Lord had been reminding us of again in the past weeks ~ of the POWER and NECESSITY of putting HIS WORD/PROMISES in our mouths ~ AND not just meditating on them (eating/digesting them), but declaring them, confessing them, proclaiming them, and warring with them. He’s telling us to put the two together ~ the RUDDER of His Word/promises and the RUDDER of our tongues. When we get the two in agreement we will be sure our ship is heading on the right course and that we will overcome the storms of life! This word was also awesome confirmation because we’ve been asking Him to show us every “course correction” we need to make in order to come into complete “DIVINE ALIGNMENT” with His assignments and destiny for our lives! Of course, we’re seeking Him to shine His light of truth IN US to reveal all that must go (as we all must do). But in addition to working with us on those things, He’s bringing us back to the importance of declaring HIS WORD, HIS PROMISES He’s given us, over our lives (surrounding us again with another series of admonishments to HOLD FAST OUR PROFESSION/CONFESSION OF FAITH, FOR HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL! Hebrews 10:23).
When I was typing all this up Saturday morning in my journal, the Lord reminded me what our next confession was and I was absolutely thrilled beyond measure to see that He had already started our confirmations in advance (through these words about eating and digesting Him/His Word)! In addition, He’s also already given us this passage TWICE this week:
“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT COMES FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LORD!” Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (read whole chapter)
We have experienced the literal truth that we do not live by (eating & digesting) bread (physical food) alone, but by EVERY WORD that comes from His mouth. We have been through seasons where we felt we could not go on, take our next breath, or survive, except that He continually gave us the next Word we needed to make it. Through this process, we have truly experienced the power of His Word to sustain our lives from moment to moment, day to day ~ we call it “Holy Spirit mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” or “Holy Spirit life support.” He’s always faithful to breathe that next living, life-giving rhema word into us at just the right time to save and sustain us. Truly His Word/Promise preserves our lives! (Psalm 119:50 NIV)
I know this is LONG. Sorry. Time to wrap it up! I’m looking forward to seeing how God continues to manifest Himself in our lives this week as we meditate on and confess this promise that we live by EATING and DIGESTING Him and every Word from His mouth, and as we bring the RUDDER of our tongues into agreement and unity with the RUDDER of His Word/promises in order to bring our entire lives and WHOLE BODIES into ALIGNMENT and ON COURSE with HIS WILL!!!
Blessings and Prayers! Laura