Thursday, July 8, 2010

Don't just stand there, Say something

Hi,

I read an article by Kenneth Copeland on speaking to things. Please read the excepts below. It is interesting and exciting.

CIRCUMSTANCES, PROBLEMS, CHECKBOOK BALANCES,RICKETY CARS, WORN-OUT WASHING MACHINES AND ALL KINDS OF THINGS IN YOUR LIFE CAN—AND WILL, FROM TIME TO TIME—TALK VERY LOUDLY TO YOU. THEY WILL TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR FUTURE. THEY WILL TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR GOD-GIVEN DREAMS. THEY’LL TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR PROSPERITY, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CITY AND YOUR NATION.

Most of the time, they won’t be saying anything positive, either. Instead, they’ll point out everything that’s wrong. They’ll remind you of what you’ve prayed and believed God for and say, “You might as well give up on that. Look around you! There’s not one shred of natural evidence it’s ever going to come to pass.” I don’t even have to ask if you’ve had that experience. We’ve all had it. The question is: When things start talking to you, how do you answer?

“Oh, be serious, Brother Copeland! Why on earth would I answer a thing? No one does that!”

Jesus did, and if you’re His disciple, you ought to be following His example. You ought to be doing what He did in Mark 11 when He came across a bad-mouthed fig tree.

He encountered the tree one morning when He was walking with His disciples from Bethany to the Temple in Jerusalem. Having spent the night in prayer, Jesus was headed there to do His Father’s will. He was a Man on a mission, and on His way to carry out that mission He got hungry. “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it” (Mark 11:13-14).

Notice that according to those verses, Jesus didn’t just speak to the fig tree. He answered it. That means the tree said something to Him first. It said, “I don’t care if You are hungry. I don’t care if You are the Son of God. You’re not getting anything to eat off me.”

Why would a tree say that to Jesus?

Because the devil was using it. He was using it the same way he might use a stack of unpaid bills and an insufficient bank balance against you. He was using it to contradict God’s Word and discourage Jesus’ faith in THE BLESSING.

The fig tree quickly found out, however, that it should have kept quiet. It found out it was talking to the Seed of Abraham - Someone who lived by faith in Abraham’s BLESSING, who truly believed God’s promise that whoever blessed Him would be blessed, and whoever cursed Him would be cursed (Genesis 12:3).

When that tree said no to Jesus, it ran head-on into the curse side of THE BLESSING. It heard words from Jesus that no tree ever wants to hear.

For more of this interesting piece, please click on this link.. http://www.givengain.com/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_news_item&cause_id=1254&news_id=89237

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