We are four days in to discovering five simple and practical steps to turn what may seem like a tomb-experience into a womb-experience. The Lord has been showing me how in this season of being shut in and separated from the rest of the world, is not the end of the dreams and visions that He has given us. It is only the beginning of something new and fresh. The dawning of a new era.
Right now, we have an opportunity to create and environment where seeds of faith can take root and start to grow in our hearts. Due time is coming. When we emerge from this period of isolation, there will be a great work that has taken place on the inside of us. However, we have to choose to partner with the Lord as He creates the impossible in us.
We have been following the example of Mary (Luke 1) as she received the Word an it was made flesh in her. She conceived and gave birth to Salvation: Jesus the Messiah. You and I can follow her example by following 5 simple and practical steps that will turn our tomb into a womb for the impossible.
These steps are found in Proverbs 4:20-27:
Step One: Pay attention to what you are hearing
Step Two: Stay in the Word
Step Three: Guard your heart
And today, we are looking at step four:
Watch what you are saying
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech.”
Proverbs 4:24 NLT
Whenever I have read this verse, I have always though of perverse or corrupt talk as cussing, slander, gossip or lying. But I believe that it is much more than that. I believe that it includes every world that does not line up with the Word.
The word ‘perverse’ is defined as: showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable.
Coming into agreement with what God says is a form of surrendering to His will for our lives. When we speak words that do not line up with His promises, we are deliberately obstinate. You may think this is a little harsh, but I believe this is much more serious than we think.
I see this as I read Zechariah’s response to the word from the angel, Gabriel, in contrast with Mary’s response. Zechariah knew that in the natural, it would be impossible for him and Elizabeth to conceive a child. He refused to believe the angel. Gabriel’s response is harrowing:
“I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news! And now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you won’t be able to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time.” (Luke 1:19-20 NLT).
The angel shut Zechariah’s mouth. He was unable to speak any words that would be detrimental to the conception of this miraculous baby. The angel had to do this, because our words can either nurture the Word in us, or destroy it.
Proverbs 10:11 says that death and life is in the power of the tongue. I have always wondered why it said “death and life” and not “life and death”, why is death mentioned before life? This is just my opinion, but I believe that we are naturally geared to speaking negativity over ourselves and our lives. Even over others. We have to mind what we say!
We are not going to speak life without making an intentional decision to do so. We have to speak that Word we have been given out loud, consistently and continuously. That is how we nurture the promise of the impossible in us. When we do that, that Word will come to life at the proper time.
Don’t be like Zechariah. Respond like Mary: “Let it be unto me, according to your Word.”
Schedule a few minutes a day to speak life intentionally over the seed of the Word that you are nurturing into life.
If you have it written down on a visual aid, put it where you can see it often. Speak it out loud whenever you see it. Speak life on purpose!
Find someone you can be accountable to. Someone you trust. Ask them to pull you up when you speak anything that doesn’t line up with your promise.
Dear friend, I pray that you will have the discipline to keep nurturing the Word implanted in your heart. I pray that you will find new and creative ways to use your words in line with the promise that God has given you through His Word. I come against any words that have been spoken over your seed that is not life-producing. I cast them down and I declare that the Word that God has spoken to you, will not return void, but it will accomplish everything for which it was sent.
Today, I hear the Father say: “Precious Child. Created in my image: Co-creator. Carrier of my Spirit and my Truth. As you release the Words that I have spoken to you, it will produce the life that you are expecting in hopeful anticipation. The power is in the Word. Plant it. Water it. Nurture it. Due time will come. Stay in it!” ❤