~Learning to Speak the Word

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Learning to Speak the Word
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Gracie Hill

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus!

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There are more changes coming, but, for now, enjoy and learn from Gracie as she writes about

Learning to Speak the Word.

Speaking the Word must begin with learning the word. That begins with reading the Word and placing it in our minds continually, until it filters down into our hearts as we continually repeat it. This process works so well that the advertising business has used it for their products. It changes the way we think.

James is a good place to start the renewing of your mind, with the goal of placing God’s word in your mouth.


Picture a teapot. God’s word, living water, is poured into the pot. It filters through the tea of your mind into the body of the pot, your heart, and is poured out the spout, your mouth, to refresh those around you.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV)


The words of the song come to mind: “Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our soul to another, O Lord let us be a generation that seeks your face, O God of Jacob.”

Matthew Henry wrote the following for James 4:1-10:

“Draw nigh to God, in his worship and institutions, and in every duty he requires of you.” 2. Cleanse your hands. He who comes unto God must have clean hands. Paul therefore directs to lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting (1 Tim 2:8), hands free from blood, and bribes, and every thing that is unjust or cruel, and free from every defilement of sin: he is not subject to God who is a servant of sin. The hands must be cleansed by faith, repentance, and reformation, or it will be in vain for us to draw nigh to God in prayer, or in any of the exercises of devotion. 3. The hearts of the double-minded must be purified. Those who halt between God and the world are here meant by the double-minded. To purify the heart is to be sincere, and to act upon this single aim and principle, rather to please God than to seek after any thing in this world: hypocrisy is heart-impurity; but those who submit themselves to God aright will purify their hearts as well as cleanse their hands. (Emphasis added)

(from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)

Drawing near to God requires faith, repentance, and reformation. It requires clean hands, free from wrath and doubting. It requires a pure heart, free from double-mindedness. It requires a single purpose, aim and principle. We believe, we turn from the present way of thinking, we change to a new way of thinking as we converse with God, we accept his way of thinking. We put it into action, denying doubts and WRATH {The Bible declares that all people are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph 2:3) (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)}. Sin is a translation of wrath. We keep a single purpose that has one aim, to please God, and one principle to be what he wants.

To summarize,

we believe,

we turn from the present way of thinking,

we change to a new way of thinking, [the renewing of our mind] as

we converse with God,

we accept his way of thinking,

we act by denying doubts and wrath (sin), and

we focus on a single purpose that has one aim—to please God,

and one principle—to

be what he wants.

Read the Word, learn the Word, speak the Word, share the Word.

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What do we know about faith? Conversations on the Word

“So then, faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  Romans 10:17

“But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Can it be said that God is not going to place upon us a burden impossible?  If he states that without faith we cannot please him then is it right to believe that it is possible for us to have faith?  Can it be said then, in that place, it is our responsibility to have faith, develop faith, own faith for it is possible and necessary?

So, how do we get faith?  We need it for salvation to begin.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

So then, can we receive faith as a gift?  We receive salvation as a gift. We do so by exercising faith.  How is that?  We state it; use our mouth to confess our faith.  Our words bring it into existence.  “the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart:  that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. ” Romans 10:8-9

We state it and believe it.  Belief is needed in conjunction with the stating of faith.  Faith comes by hearing, hearing is followed by belief,  and this is followed by a statement. The words delivering faith must be spoken to the one who hasn’t heard.  They are heard and received.  They are restated as a personal confession and faith is built.

God’s Word has the power.  We exercise it, access it by hearing it, then speak it.  The gospel is the message we receive from God’s Word.  It should be the words we speak.

Now that we have received salvation and claim him as Lord, what does that mean?  It means we can rejoice in our salvation, for healing both physical and spiritual, for deliverance, for a personal relationship with him.  We have been given the status of children of God, joint heirs with Christ.

It also means we have responsibility.  No child of any king goes without responsibility; in fact they carry more than the average citizen.  The same is true for us.  In James we are told if we know to do something and do it not it is sin.  In Luke, Christ states the servant who knows (God’s) the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what he (God) wants will be beaten with many blows.”

Ouch!

Now try to say “that doesn’t apply to me” when you read something in God’s Word spoken to his people.  Don’t know about you, but if I study God’s Word to learn about my God and then find I’m supposed to be doing something, I better do it.  For one, if any of us asks someone for something, or to do something, that person having told us they love us, and they do not follow through with our request or take offense, we doubt their love or at least the sincerity of it.  Can we expect less of God?  Yet, he continues to love us.  We just don’t always get what we ask for.  Wonder why?

What are your thoughts on this?

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Visit with the GrandKids

Dan, Kim, Erin, and Clayton visited with us this past week (7/20-25). We had a wonderful time hanging out, talking, working together on various projects, and playing with the kids.

Dan is the youngest of our four grown children. He lives in Albuquerque, NM and has worked for Intel Corp. for the past 13 years. He is taking on a new job with a church as part of their media team. Dan will be working with a group that maintains the church’s website. He is taking a major cut in pay, but both he and Kim feel that this change is of the Lord. Therefore, we may confidently say, “The Lord is my helper…” (Heb. 13:6)

Dan spent a great deal of time working on the website making some changes that I needed and helping me to get it ready for the changes the Lord is leading me to make. Some exciting things are forthcoming.

This blog you are reading is also a product of our work together. He goes through it so fast that I have no idea what it was that he did. Now that he is on his return home, I can spend some time trying to familiarize myself with this new format. (This is my first posting.)

Gracie took Kim and the kids to Branson to the outlet mall one evening to buy Erin and Clayton some outfits. You would have thought it was Christmas morning the way they came running into the house when they returned!! Excited is too mild a word for the joy in their little hearts! That was special; and Gracie said they had a rich and rewarding time together.

The grandkids love being out here with Gramma and Grandpa, because they get to do things that are not possible within their city life. They arrived asking if they could go pick vegetables from the garden. When I told them we had some new baby chickens, Erin wanted to hold one immediately. They went with me every morning to gather eggs and feed the hens.

Their uncle MIke (Dan’s brother) came for a visit Monday, and he brought water guns for them to play with. Poor chickens! Egg count went down for a couple days as the hens tried to regain their composure.

We picked blackberries and beans, ate lots of ice cream, played with Timber the dog, chased fireflies, read lots of books, played Sequence and Mexican Train Dominoes, got wet on the “Slip N Slide” and in the pool, and made the cats nervous with so much activity.

Erin wanted to read from her new Bible and she chose Psalms 1 and 2 (NIV). She breezed right through “inheritance” but stumbled over “pottery.” I was amazed at the skill she demontrated! She is only 6 1/2 years old. Kim and Dan have done a wonderful job.

We were sad to see them leave.