We got two more confirmations of confession #6 last Friday!
“I do not live by bread alone. I literally LIVE by every Word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
A few times, God was also linking our confession in my mind with these other confessions/passages:
~ “I confess God’s Word, knowing that faith comes from hearing the Word of God. As I meditate on and speak God’s Word, faith increases in my heart.” (Romans 10:17)
~ “We LIVE by FAITH…” (For we live by faith, not by sight. II Corinthians 5:7)
Emphasizing to me the connection that
we LIVE by EVERY WORD that comes from His mouth because
we LIVE by FAITH and
FAITH comes from hearing those WORDS
Others may hear the same words we hear, but they may not have any effect if they do not receive those words (combining, mixing, or uniting them) with faith (Hebrews 4:2b – …the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it). But as we continue to hear the Word (eat the Word), meditate on the Word (chew on it), swallow it, digest it, and absorb it, then faith comes, uniting with those words so that they become heart revelation that produce life transformation and covenant manifestation. We live by the words that come from God’s mouth because we live by faith – and hearing the Word is what produces the faith that we must have to live – spirit, soul, and body. Again, it’s our Faith Food or Faith Fuel.
~The theme of MEDITATING ON and CONFESSING/DECLARING the Word as a vital part of this process has also continued, with ongoing major emphasis on the need to bring our tongue under God’s divine authority and in alignment with His Word and will.
~The RUDDER theme also continued last night when Rick Renner talked about getting in “ALIGNMENT” with God’s plan/will (as in our first note on confession #6). He read from his study guide on Dream Thieves (ch 4):
“Just as a RUDDER steers the course of a ship, your divine purpose provides a sense of direction to steer the course of your life.”
!!! This complements our previous rudder theme of bringing the rudder of God’s promises for our lives and the rudder of our tongues into agreement in order to get into alignment with His will/plan and make sure our lives are headed the right direction. Knowing His vision, call, will for our lives is an important part of keeping that rudder on course. In order to make sure we’re doing what’s necessary to make this happen Rick asked:
- “Are your habits and immediate goals consistent with your (God-given) life’s purpose? If not, those habits and goals, although well-meaning, can pull you off course. Are you investing the necessary time and cultivating the kind of good habits that will draw you closer to your dream (or God’s promises) —or are you allowing bad habits to remain that will pull you further away from your dream’s (or God’s promises) fulfillment?”
- “The busyness of daily life can sometimes serve as a distraction that hinders us from becoming the kind of people we ultimately want to be. It is possible to “multitask” ourselves into a state of unproductiveness as a result of nearly nonstop activity. What activities in your life are colliding to prevent you from following God’s plan for your life to the fullest?”
I thought this was appropriate since we may often hear and know that we need to be carving out the time to meditate on God’s Word and declare it (and pruning things that prevent us from doing so), but we still may fail to do so as we should. (It’s the age old deception of thinking we “know” something because we’ve heard it and mentally agree, but as Joyce Meyer says – “we don’t really ‘know‘ anything until we’re doing it.” James talks about us becoming self deceived when we continually hear God’s Word, but fail to put it into practice – James 1).
One of Rick’s questions from last week (chapter 3) ties these themes together:
- “You need to draw from Heaven’s supply of grace in order to remain focused and tenacious. This is done by spending time with God, listening to His thoughts, and soaking up the atmosphere of His presence. Most people wouldn’t even consider not eating daily—and certainly they wouldn’t tackle a physical task without eating physical food. Yet how often do people (try to live and fulfill their assignments) without communing with Jesus and consuming His Word daily —the Bread of Life. What adjustments can you make in order to wait upon the Lord so that you’re exchanging your strength for His MIGHTY, INDOMITABLE STRENGTH and POWER (see Isaiah 40:31) (There are our words again!)?
Rick also talked about the difference between PATIENCE and PASSIVITY last night, which was a profound revelation the Lord had given us through a dream he gave Jesse a number of years ago ~ showing Jesse how often Passivity was trying to masquerade as Patience in his life. We truly need PATIENCE in order to obtain what God has promised (which has continued to be a theme this week), but we do NOT want to be fooled into allowing PASSIVITY, COMPLACENCY, and LUKEWARMNESS to try to masquerade under the appearance of Patience.
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
But we do [strongly and earnestly] desire for each of you to show the same diligence and sincerity [all the way through] in realizing and enjoying the full assurance and development of [your] hope until the end, In order that you may not grow disinterested and become [spiritual] sluggards, but imitators, behaving as do those who through faith (by their leaning of the entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) and by practice of patient endurance and waiting are [now] inheriting the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36
But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience. Luke 8:15
(see also I Peter 4:12-14 and 5:6-11)
We also got more powerful confirmation of the “Taking Back Lost Territory ~ Become More Determined than Hell Itself” note this weekend which I may share more about later.
And lastly, here’s a link to the word I briefly mentioned in the last message about the other ship analogy the Lord gave right after giving us the first ship-rudder words a few weeks ago:
Hope to send confession #7 tomorrow!
Blessings and Prayers! Laura