Have you ever met anyone (perhaps yourself) who has lost everything in a fire?
I cannot image what it must be like to see the things you have worked so hard for your whole life go up in flames. The memories that were passed on from generation to generation, the adorable things your children made in school, the many memories you made in your home–all disappear.
One spark of a cigarette or a campfire that was not fully put out can cause destruction beyond words. The pain or even death by one careless act could devastate a life or a family.
Likewise, one word unfitly spoken can kill a relationship or ruin a life.
Words like, “I can hardly wait until you are eighteen to leave my house.” Perhaps a statement like, “You will never be good enough,” can “kill” a person’s spirit for the rest of his life, unless God comes in and releases healing. Sometimes this healing and restoration can be a long process.
James 3 talks about how we can train every kind of animal there is on the face of this earth, but not one person can tame the tongue. I have tried, believe me. And often the harder I try the worse it gets, because only Christ in us can bridle the tongue.
So, each day it needs to be a surrender of our will to His. Consequently, what will come out of our mouth will be honoring, up-building and encouraging. One word properly spoken can change the direction of a life and turn that person from darkness to the Light. Proverbs 25:11: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Inspiring words can be like a spark of fire setting a life on fire for God like a glowing forest that is ablaze and cannot be controlled by human hands. God created by words, and so can we create new and fresh thoughts in people’s lives.
Isaiah 59:21: “’As for me, this is my covenant with them,’ says the LORD. ‘My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants–from this time on and forever,’ says the LORD .”
Words are the power that is within us to rebuild or destroy. Which do you choose?
I hear Jesus say: “The greatest tool I have given you is My words. Use this tool to open up new doors in your life, to set the captives free and to bring people into My Kingdom. It is only by My Spirit you will be able to do this, for in your own strength your words will produce death and not Life. Let Me fill you on a daily basis with My Spirit, so you will become a spring refreshing people with Living waters.”
If you are interested in receiving this blog to your inbox on a weekly basis you may sign up as you scroll down on the right panel and sign up in the oblong box located just under my picture.
Brushed by God .
This book gives a refreshing look at inspirational art ( prophetic art) exposed in church, to individuals, on the streets and in parks. The book shares many experiences on how almost any body can do prophetic art for people you love or want to reach for Christ. This book is for every one and a delight to read. See side panel for details. If you live outside the USA you need to add $5.00 extra for shipping by air.
Drawn by God
This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
The book will make you hungry to know more of Who God is and answers questions like, “Does He really care about the small stuff in my life? How can I give Him first place when I feel like I am losing it and I feel He does not love me anymore? Do we need conflict in our life? What about generational blessings? How far will He go with me? What about impossible situations? How do I ever attain to living a life that is bathed in God’s rest?”
The book also shares personal examples of how the author faced tremendous difficulties in her own life. How in her youth during the war in Holland they were hiding Jews right under the nose of the Nazis who occupied a castle next door. The pain she experienced in her broken youth when she felt like no-one even realized she was around. How God became her Father and her Mother when she herself was just a young mother, longing to be free from much bondage.
The book is based on spontaneous prophetic art and how God wants to speak to each one of us not only through His precious word, but through anything that comes our way
Spontaneous Prophetic art is practiced in some churches where the artist steps forward as the worship starts and asks God for a spontaneous picture for the congregation. After the worship, the artist explains the meaning of the picture and shares what she or he senses God wants to say to the people at that point in time.
Most of us have heard the maxim, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” We may try a hundred word-related ways to comprehend a truth, but somehow, pictures engrave the heart. When the picture matches the words well, the reader is more deeply impacted.
Each devotional highlights an aspect of life – a challenge, a question, an irritation, a potential decision – and offers biblical truths in a practical, encouraging voice. See sight panel how to obtain this reviving book. Orders outside the USA pleas pay an extra $5 for shipping by air.
Pleas also check out this e-book on Amazon.com and Barns and Nobles