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By Ivy Joy Johnson
The Joy Mission 

Delta Dawn When That Light Comes On

Week 37


September 22, 2022 | View PDF

“For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:35-37  Every word we speak leads to a life-or-death decision. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love [using their tongue] will eat the fruit of it.”  Proverbs 18:21.

God simply speaks truth.  Satan knows the legal meaning of every word and will hold us to that legal meaning.  Father God says, “Do not take (carry) My Name in vain (futility, fruitlessness, emptiness)” Commandment number 3.  Exodus 20:7; Deuteronomy 5:11. When we speak, our words must agree with God’s.

Could, ought, would and should are instructional, helpful, encouraging, mentoring words. Remember the little batter who held his bat in an incorrect position and was not connecting with the ball?  But, by invading our thinking with offense, Satan places a condemning, religious slant on God’s good, useful words.

Sacred ‘cows’ named Coulda, Oughta, Woulda and Shoulda have become a part of religious dogma.  Often. these words are used to hammer the thinking and behavior of someone in the church and/or, sadly, in the family. They embody “binding back to the traditions of men which make the Word of God of no effect.” Mark 7:13.

These ‘sacred cows’ are designed to cause undue, deadly strife.

Man’s greatest power lies in his choice to do what God does and in his voice to say what God says.  Jesus said, “I only do what I see My Father do and I only say what I hear My Father say.” John 5:19   When we agree with Father God (Matthew 18:19), an ‘agreement anointing’ comes on our words. This puts Jesus in our midst! He sends angels to carry out what we and Father agree upon!  Philippians 4:6-8

Obviously, agreeing with Satan’s words causes us to SAY what defies God and to distance ourselves from parents, teachers and mentors, not to mention very friends.  It leads to fear of man as a fear of rejection;.  Could we, ought we, would we, should we fail to say, or do, good things only in fear of rejection?  Psalm 27

“For the Word of God is powerful; a discerner of the thought and intent of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 To be kind, gentle and good takes Holy Spirit power.  I chose a COWS free path! I investigated gossip, identified rumor and searched out slander.  What I would do kept me from addiction to any substance, lest I should ‘swallow’ various doctrines or double minded thinking.

I could and ought to listen with my heart.  Investigation led to learning. Learning truth led to applying a love for people and a hatred for lies.  Once able to separate precious people from any vile sin-sicknesses binding them, we are empowered to love as Jesus loves. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”  Matthew 12:35 “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

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