Christians are called to speak creative words of life into our personal domains. We should always be voicing positive, uplifting words over our family, friends, associates, church, town, state, country, and even distant lands as inspired by the Spirit. (Corrective words are okay if directed by God and spoken in love.)
To consistently speak negative, critical words is contrary to God’s will. Those who insist on spewing their harsh judgments are in rebellion, and scripture calls this witchcraft. Refusing to speak life by giving someone the silent treatment is also rebellion and therefore witchcraft.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry - 1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV.
We are made in the image of God, and we should behave as such. In my experience, the Lord has been my biggest fan—my most devoted cheerleader. He has put in my heart the desire to encourage others, just as He's done for me....
After a long absence, I'm beginning again to post short, casual articles to this blog. 2016 turned out to be an extremely busy year. God gave me a "green light" to self-publish, so I compiled a devotional book that includes 90 of my INSPIRATION articles (not these blog articles).
I have a new-found respect for traditional publishing houses. I imagined the preparation for my book would take a few weeks—possibly a couple months. After all, the book was already written. But this project gradually stretched into five very long months of determined effort. Many intimidating hurdles had to be conquered. "Giants of the land" were teaming up to stop me. (Technology had to be confronted head-on. Hidden information was hunted down and forced to come out with its hands up.)
No, self-publishing is not for the faint of heart. But God kept remi...
Photographing traffic on the interstate at night is always fun. The creative possibilities are far-reaching. Of course, since God has been creative from the beginning of time, He passed this valuable attribute on to His children. We see proof of it throughout the world, in almost endless expression.
Some may think that human creativity is limited to things like photography, painting or home decor. And if we're so inclined, we might reach farther to architecture, engineering or a form of science to exhibit our ingenuity. All of these things are good, but God has even more for us. Instead of limiting us to physical materials for use in drawing, building and even growing things, He invites us to a higher domain with a loftier purpose.
As born-again Christians, we have prime access to the creative, restorative power of God's written Word. Every verse is a building block—every precept is a tool....