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Speaking out and sowing seed: the 5 W’s (Part 2)


Hey Guys,

As promised, this is another instalment of my Speaking out and sowing seed: the 5 W’s series (how cool, I have a series LOL!!!) For those of you who may not have read the first part, have a look as the previous post to get up to date! ENJOY

3. WHO are you speaking and sowing to?

This is something I’ve learnt the hard way and if you take one thing from this post today, I beg you take this… Its NOT everything God is doing in your life and everywhere God is taking you that has to be spoken out. There are some seeds which are fragile, that God plants in your life and leaves with you until He’s ready to work and perfect it, so in the meantime it’s between you and Him. Cos a premature testimony often ends up just that, premature and cut off. It’s like you cut of the ‘imony’ and all you’re left with is the test 😦

I may be coming across as a sceptic but believe me when I say that its NOT everyone will be on the same track as you. Even with good news, friends will openly be ‘happy’ for you but secretly, they’ll be backbiting, or consumed with jealousy, harbouring malice against you, through no apparent fault of your own. Ultimately, there will be some people who will envy the fact that God is using you in ways that He’s perhaps not using them. So, if you’re gonna share your seed make sure it’s with those who will water it, not kill it. Just like when you were little and you had to ask permission to play out, I do the same with Daddy God and revealing His plans in my life. If He says no, then that’s exactly what it’s gonna be. What’s the worse that can happen if its between you and God? Nothing, exactly! Prevention is better than cure and clarity is better than confusion, so don’t put yourself in a position where you’ll find your seed, dream or God given vision being clouded and dispersed into a million different pieces. To accomplish things in life, we need discipline and focus, so a strategy that never fails is to keep your eyes and ears fixed on God. If you don’t know and you’re not sure who you can trust ask God for discernment, direction and revelation. I read somewhere, that “fulfilling your destiny requires having the right people around you” and never has a truer word been spoken!

4. WHERE are you speaking and sowing?

Words as seeds need to be spoken onto fertile ground.. That fertile ground could be anything from speaking into someone’s faith or life, encouraging an action or realising a dream. Either way, to be effect, you’ll need to speak into something that will germinate your seed. Going back to my point about fragile seeds, its not always beneficial to speak them out even if you think the audience is appropriate. Sharing something in a fellowship group or bible study may seem like a good idea because surrounded by men and women of God, you assume they’ll help water and care for your seed. However, just because the context and location is right, that doesn’t mean heart conditions are. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, Jacob got Esau’s birthright and Cain killed Abel. So if blood could betray blood, all of a sudden, a friend doesn’t seem so infallible?! By no means am I saying don’t trust others, or be accountable to anyone, but I am saying just like jealously motivated sin in the aforementioned situations, the enemy uses jealousy to corrupt hearts and steal blessings.

This is the penultimate bit guys, stay tuned for the last part!

Spread the word, feed a spirit, encourage a soul 🙂

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Speaking out and sowing seeds: the 5 W’s!


Hey Hey Guys!!

 After writing up this post it ran over 4 pages and I know you won’t read it all, so I’ll serialise it, in a few bitesize chunks so you can catch a blessing daily, and also it’ll get my post count up LOL!

 People who know me personally, know I have a mouth on me, yes I’ve got jokes for days but I can also be extremely serious and inspirational (If I say so myself ;)) But I often wonder, and God OFTEN asks me what am I doing and sowing when I open my mouth?
 
This morning I was having a whiskers at my twitter timeline and reading different things, and I caught a revelation quicker than my timeline could refresh! This wasn’t a totally new revelation, because the more I pray for discernment I get it, much to the detriment of my emotional health lol, when your eyes are open, they can’t be closed as easily! But I guess, it was always lingering at the back of my mind. So I was seeing some tweets, and realised that despite the purpose of social networking sites, and especially micro-blogging sites like twitter, speaking your mind isn’t always  beneficial to ones self.

Through His word, the Bible, God continually warns us and brings our attention to the power of words and our mouths. Literally, Proverbs especially is full of wisdom on how to use your mouth and words wisely:

  • The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23).
  •  A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled (Proverbs 18:20).
  •  Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)
  •  Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)
  •  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” (Proverbs 17:28)
  •  Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath’ (James 1:19)
  • Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

So that’s why voluntary vocal censorship is a must as evidenced by Psalm 141:3 which says “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Because we only have one mouth and it’s the same mouth we use it to speak life and healing (Proverbs 12 v 18), to command and possess authority over situations, to decree victory, to move our mountains and, to more often than not, defile ourselves (Mathhew 15 v 18). So this is why words as seeds and representatives of our minds and hearts are so important.

So I started to really soak in what God had spoke to me, and here’s what came to me. Make sure you comment cos I’m extremely interested to hear/read your thought on this!

So let’s cut to the chase, and get onto the 5 W’s of speaking out and sowing seeds:

1 & 2: WHY are you opening your mouth, WHAT purpose has been fulfilled?

 I’ve met a lot of people, Christians and non-Christians alike who often confuse praising the works of God with blatant bragging. Celebrating God’s marvellous-ness is one thing, but bragging about what you’ve supposedly done for yourself, and even forgetting to cite the Author of you life is another thing. I’ve met many Kingdom braggers and it really gets my goat, because they sometimes brag about things that didn’t even bare good fruit. Humility shouldn’t be an art form but a life form.

 Bragging about things that didn’t bare positive fruit is useless, it just means that you’ve possibly wasted your own time or there’s been a disconnect between the Visionary and vessel. You went here, did this, met that person yet nothing came of it, so why are you opening your mouth? If your end fruit is rotten before you even sow the initial seed, DON’T release words from your mouth to spread decay. Speak life, and be life!

 Most importantly, don’t brag about what you did or even what God has done in your life if you’re not looking to sow a good seed with it. Don’t tell me what’s been done, but what you’re doing and what you’re going to do with it! Instead, tell me about the change you’ve made, the lives you impacted, the good fruit bearing seeds you’ve sowed, then we’ll have something to talk about! And if you haven’t made an impact yet, tell me what God’s placed on your heart, how He’s equipping you to take you to where you need to be.

Are you encouraging and uplifting your brothers and sisters or using the work of God to compete with others in the natural. I’ve got this job, that grade, that car etc? Rather than using your situation to confound unbelievers, and open their eyes to the presence of God in your life. Before you speak, think if what you’re gonna say will benefit the Kingdom. Will the flowering of your seed be a testament to the glory of God or simply an ego boost? 

 This is the first bit guys, stay tuned for the next 2 parts!

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