I’ve been down off the mountain literally and figuratively for a little over a week.
Last weekend, I flew to Denver to spend a few days with beautiful blogger friends that I affectionately call, “My People.” They are friends, encouragers, cheerleaders, and prayer warriors.
In a short 48 hours, we laughed until our abs hurt, cried big ol’ ugly cries together, shared a few blogging tips, talked until we lost our voices, talked about the many ways God is working in our lives, and covered each other in prayer.
Yes, it was a mountaintop experience in the mile high city.
These girls call me the “Sage,” which makes me giggle. Seriously, I start most days asking God to help me be less of a mess today than I was yesterday.
And the truth is that the collective wisdom of those beautiful women humbles me. I may be wearing a few more years but they are the ones teaching and inspiring me.
And something they taught me last weekend is HUGE!
I learned …
You Need to Speak Truth, Life, and Victory
I’m INFP on the Myers Briggs Personality Test or Phlegmatic/Sanguine based on the Four Temperaments Test.
I’m naturally an emotional people-pleaser who loves to keep everyone happy and if that includes lots of conversation and laughter … I’m thrilled. BUT, I’m also reflective and sensitive, which means I have trouble letting go of yesterday and find it hard to not worry about tomorrow.
Negative and anxious thoughts can too often be common companions. Oh, I fight it! I work hard to be bubbly and positive on the outside but on the inside, there’s a battle going on.
Now, back to my wise friends.
Last weekend as we prayed together, I noticed something important … they prayed big prayers of faith. They thanked God in advance for answers to prayers just being lifted and spoke each request boldly with confident faith in the One who is able.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20
They spoke truth. God’s Truth!
And I wondered, how often I’ve prayed doubt-filled weak prayers. How often have I lifted petitions from a place of defeat and discouragement rather than faith and expectancy?
So, I grabbed my Bible when I got home to learn more about the truth behind the words I use and I found out that the words that come out of my mouth really do matter.
I’m making some intentional changes in the way I speak and pray because I want to:
♥ Speak Truth
Why is it that we so often allow the enemy to fill our thoughts with his lies when God gave us His truth? So often, I imagine myself in Eve’s place stopping to listen as he hisses the words, “Did God really say?”
Honestly, enough is enough!
You and I have God’s promises and He keeps His promises … ALWAYS!
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise. Hebrews 10:23
When we know His promises. When we hold them close and allow them to fill us with faith and hope … we have the all we need to speak truth, life, and victory to ourselves and to each other.
When we speak truth everyone is strengthened.
We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Ephesians 4:15
♥ Speak Life
Last week, I wrote that I want to LIVE until I die!
When you and I think and speak from a place of doubt and fear, we deny ourselves the fullness of life Jesus came to give us.
“I [Jesus] came to give life—life in all its fullness.” John 10:10
I want to live with the freedom, courage, hope, peace, and joy found in Jesus.
We believe, and so we speak. 2 Corinthians 4:13 (NCV)
And just a few verses later, he wrote:
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! v. 17
Whatever is going in your life or mine, the truth is it is temporary. We have been promised life … full, abundant, and satisfying. That’s reason enough to speak truth! God’s Truth!
Liz Giertz left a comment on last week’s post that said,
“Sometimes the thing that helps me overcome my fears is living as if my future is already here, understanding my eternity is already a reality!”
♥ Speak Victory
I don’t know about you but I need to speak the following truth more often…
THE VICTORY HAS ALREADY BEEN WON!
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57
We have victory in Jesus and I want to live every day like I really believe it!
You and I are:
More than conquerors. Romans 8:37
His workmanship. Ephesians 2:10
Free. John 8:36
Overcomers. 1 John 4:4
Chosen. 1 Peter 2:9
Beloved children. 1 John 3:2
Everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith. So the one who conquers the world is the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:4–5
And now that I know God’s truth that gives life and victory, I can’t help but…
♥ Speak Jesus
We proclaim to you the One who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 1 John 1:1
I’m compelled to proclaim the One who has not only given me eternal life but who has given me full, abundant, and satisfying life today. Victory for today and for eternity.
By His grace, He continues to forgive my failures. He heals my broken heart and gives me peace when the world overwhelms me. He gives me courage when I’m afraid and strengthens me when my battles are hard.
And when I forget whose I am … He gently reminds me.
So, you see, my sweet friends called me the “Sage” but they were the wise ones speaking truth, God’s truth. They were the ones praying big prayers, and loving like Jesus.
Last weekend felt like a tender taste of heaven and I’m so very thankful God gave me those moments and memories. And I’m especially thankful that He blessed me with these amazing women of faith!
Take a few minutes to stop by and visit their sites:
(Who was unable to join us this year. Sad Face)
I promise, you will love them just as much as I do!
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