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  • Writer's pictureLeisa Wilkins


A word of encouragement and admonishment to remember the power of our words. Not everything we see or hear requires a comment from us. Take a moment to see if God would have you engage, be silent, or pray. His Word is clear on how we, His body of believers, should act and react.

"Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing." (I Thessalonians 5:11 AMPC)

I'm not going to criticize people called by God. I'm not going to question their calling, that's between them and God.

God's creations are unique. The people He calls to minister to them are also unique. Everyone isn't for everyone. The important thing is we must know the Word for ourselves and trust the Holy Spirit in us to lead us along the right path.

I happen to believe that our words have creative power. I also believe that God's Word works. The part we don't always get is the responsibility we have in its working in our lives and even in the lives of others. You can't say, "I'm believing God for healing," and then say, "I have cancer, or whatever illness you've been diagnosed with." (Side note: The diagnosis is a fact and we're not denying it. What we should choose to do is apply the Truth of God's Word to our situation. A better statement would be, I've been diagnosed with cancer, or whatever illness that applies and then stand on God's Word.)

The bigger question is why aren't we praising God for the people they reach, people that have made a quality decision to serve God, people that others may not reach? What I know is, God meets us where we're at to take us where we need to be when we submit our lives to Him.

Why do we as believers look to criticize other believers instead of walking in love? That doesn't mean we don't address sin it just means we do it in love and never from a public forum.

Our power is in love and unity. Without it the Body of Christ is without power. Let's move above our differences and focus on our love for God and acceptance of the price Jesus paid for each of us to be called His children. Most importantly remember that Jesus died for every single person and as a result each person has value. Let's lead with love and unity and watch transformation take place.

Let this Scripture be the driving force of all of our actions and interactions:

And He replied to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39AMPC)

Be Encouraged! ❤

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