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Words of life
Sunday 15th March

Words of praise encouragement thanks


 If we know it or not words have power 


The example pen is mightier than the sword.


Words change the atmosphere bring hope bring life.


Words can play over and over in you mind and bring peace when meditating or can bring fear when your being tormented.


Many of The psalms are often laments unashamedly powerful words of grieve but most of them turn around in the end.


“As a deer thirsts for streams of water, so I thirst for you, God. I thirst for the living God. When can I go to meet with him? Day and night, my tears have been my food. 


People are always saying, “Where is your God?” When I remember these things, I speak with a broken heart. I used to walk with the crowd and lead them to God’s Temple with songs of praise. 


Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God and keep praising him, my Saviour”


Psalms 42:1-5 NCV


In contrast


“On the last and most important day of the feast Jesus stood up and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. If anyone believes in me, rivers of living water will flow out from that person’s heart, as the Scripture says.” Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit. The Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been raised to glory. But later, those who believed in Jesus would receive the Spirit.”


John 7:37-39 NCV 


What we know about our ultimate need,  is that we can live without food for many days but water is something we cannot live without.


The need for God in our lives is as close as our thirst.


The psalmist desperation in his words, feeling the lack. Feeling abandoned 


God doesn't want us to be lacking.


When we lack anything it's all we can think about.


God wants our focus to be on him.


The god we know isn’t trying to keep us in need but give us freely his spirit 


If in the back of our minds we believe that somehow God is trying to spoil the party that all he wants is to keep us in fear and subject to him, dependant on him, 


The opposite is true god wants us to live an abundant life.


So with our psalmist in psalm 42, what has happened to him that these kinds of words coming from him.?


He used to be full of praise but his words are crying to God and his tears the only thing he has to quench his thirst.


If the only thing that is quenching your need is uncontrollably tears then our soul is truly in trouble.


Psalm 40 


“I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of destruction, out of the sticky mud. He stood me on a rock and made my feet steady. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many people will see this and worship him. Then they will trust the LORD.”

Psalms 40:1-3 NCV


You know when someone record is broken 


They have been stuck in the past like mud 


This is why praise is important.


More than singing songs at the beginning of the service.


Praise is our expression to God but it's more than that.


Praise is our realising live giving words into our lives.


There is something powerful when we hear ourselves express thanks to God.


Out of the overflow of our heart our mouth speaks 


What has happened in our lives often comes out from us, when we have a need so great we can nothing but cry out.


The psalmist knows his need for God is great, and being cut off from God is unbearable.


Like Jesus on the cross cried out my God myGod why have you left me.


Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I should put my hope in God and keep praising him, my Saviour”


It's takes a wake up call sometimes, we don't often associate things quickly enough.


  We realise all of a sudden, I haven't had my praise time or worship, I've missed church I've neglected that time with God where I'm refreshed energised enthused.  I'm beginning to thirst.


What he realises that he should stop being sad and keep my hope in God and give him praise.


The psalms are full of example where people choose to praise God


“Yet I will always have hope and will praise you more and more. I will tell how you do what is right. I will tell about your salvation all day long, even though it is more than I can tell.”

Psalms 71:14-15 NCV


Praise is a choice the psalm says while I have breath I will praise you.


Praise is an outward expression of your love for God.


You can choose to express your love for God at any time, and in any situation.  


You can praise Him for who He is, for what He has done, and for what He has promised to do.


Your praise can be addressed directly to God, but it is often directed to others around us, proclaiming His greatness and encouraging others to praise Him.  


Praise can even be directed to the spiritual forces in the heavenlies, proclaiming the greatness of the true God.


Worship is your loving response to the manifest presence of God.


When we praise God, He will respond by revealing His presence to us.  


When you experience God's presence, you are able to respond directly to Him, and tell Him how much you love Him.  


That response is called worship.  


In worship, you experience intimacy with God, and express your adoration to Him.


We are talking about life giving words


The words with which we praise God have life in them.


Speak life 


Choose to pronounce good things 


Words have creative power


Jesus is the word of God described in john 1.


The second scripture we see Jesus crying out


Jesus talking about the spirit of God in us would come out of us like living water.


Jesus' offer of the Spirit is both universal and addressed to individuals: 


If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink (v. 37). 


Water is essential to life, Jesus said in john 4 if you have the kind of water he gives you will never thirst again and this time he says you will you never thirst but you will be able to give this water to others.


Jesus gives examples that people with understand.


Basically you need water to live just like you need God to live.


Many people don't see their need for God.  


The first requirement is thirst. Everyone has spiritual thirst, for it is part of the human condition. 


Our need, our thirst, is what we bring to our relationship with God.


What do we thirst for? What do we really desire? 


Many in the world today try to satisfy this thirst with many things 


Sin is our seeking relief from this thirst in something other than God.


Jesus invites those who know their need, those who are poor in spirit ( Mt 5:3), to take the initiative and come to him and drink.


Drinking refers to believing, which means trusting him, receiving his teaching and obeying his commands. 


This faith will enables us to receive the Spirit and enter a relationship with Christ. 


All of this is based on who God is and what he has done for us. When we believe we open our hands to receive what his grace offers--we come and drink.


Out of us flows this water bringing life to others.


Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks


When our hearts are filled with love nothing is too much for us.  We are willing to go the extra mile believe the best turn the other cheek, give when people ask with generosity.


On the other side our words can bring pain to others 


What if I told you that the source of most of our problems could be found within us—from the neck up? 


You'll find it in the thoughts that come from your mind and the words that come out of your mouth. 


We must realise and understand the power carried by our thoughts and words. 


They're so powerful that they can bring either blessings or curses into our lives, depending on their nature. 


Our thoughts and words are like the rudder of a ship—they may seem small, but they affect the very direction of our lives.


When we react negatively, we allow fear to take over our thinking. 


We begin to dwell on things that haven't even happened and may not happen. 


Worry is mostly caused when we operate in the realm of fear.


Our negative thoughts cause us to speak the words that'll shape our future. 


We're constantly tempted to think wrong thoughts, but we don't have to accept them! 


We have a choice! 


Pray Lord Set a guard over my mouth 


We need to purposely choose right thinking and speaking. 


In the Bible, Proverbs 18:21 says, Death and life are in the power of the tongue…. 


We must choose life generating thoughts. When we do, positive, powerful, life-giving words will naturally follow. 


Believing is the first important step to switching our thinking from being negative to positive. 


Right thinking leads to right speaking.


If our soul (mind, will and emotions) is full of negative things, we'll find those things coming our way. 


On the other hand, when we hear, read, think and talk about God, the Truth and more positive things, we'll find that those good things will come our way. The choice is ours! 


What are we feeding ourselves on?


Let us Say this out loud together 



Psalm 91:2

Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you.” God will save you from hidden traps and from deadly diseases. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. You will only watch and see the wicked punished. The Lord is your protection; you have made God Most High your place of safety. Nothing bad will happen to you; no disaster will come to your home. He has put his angels in charge of you to watch over you wherever you go. They will catch you in their hands so that you will not hit your foot on a rock. You will walk on lions and cobras; you will step on strong lions and snakes. The Lord says, “Whoever loves me, I will save. I will protect those who know me. They will call to me, and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble; I will rescue them and honor them. I will give them a long, full life, and they will see how I can save.”

Psalm 91:1-16 


What have you been saying about your situation?


When you feel the pain in your body, don’t say of the Lord, “God wants me sick to teach me to trust Him more.” Instead, say, “Lord Jesus, I thank You that by Your stripes I am healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)


And while trying to make ends meet, don’t say of the Lord, “The Lord keeps me poor to keep me humble.” Instead, say, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)


So find out what God’s Word says about your situation, believe it and declare it. And because God’s Word cannot return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11), you will see what you believe and confess come to pass


When we thirst God promises to not only quench the thirst but cause our belief to bring life to others.


Close with some wisdom from proverbs 


“My child, pay attention to my words; listen closely to what I say. Don’t ever forget my words; keep them always in mind. 


They are the key to life for those who find them; they bring health to the whole body. Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. 


Don’t use your mouth to tell lies; don’t ever say things that are not true. Keep your eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good. 


Be careful what you do, and always do what is right. Don’t turn off the road of goodness; keep away from evil paths.”

Proverbs 4:20-27 NCV


In Colossians in the living bible it says let heaven fill your thoughts.


Think on things above, meditate what his words mean to us, get his word in us his spirit in us and allow his spirit to flow out of us like streams of living water


God doesn't want us to thirst, he wants us to be satisfied with him his word and his spirit.


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