ENID, Okla. —
Hello my fellow pumpkins. I have been out-of-pocket due to back surgery. Thank you so much for your prayers and continued encouragement.
I first wrote this column on Oct. 22, 2005, and thought it appropriate to run again for this season.
A woman was asked by a co-worker, “What is it like to be a Christian?”
The co-worker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in and washes off all the dirt. Then, He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff, removing the seeds of doubt and unbelief, hate and greed. Then He carves you a new smiley face and puts His light on the inside of you to shine, for all the world to see.”
You know, we all stand guilty of being so very “full of it,” from time to time. Full of ourselves, full of worry, full of anger, all mixed with seeds of doubt and unbelief, hate and greed. We get so caught up in our own little pumpkin patch and the worries of this world that our light becomes dim, and our smile fades. Subsequently, the confessions of our mouth pretty much equal the thoughts and emotions of all that’s stirring on the inside of our little pumpkin minds. It becomes noticeably clear, especially to others, that it’s time to scoop out the yuk and get rid of all those bad seeds.
Did you know that Jesus placed Himself at the service of our words? He became our go-between, representing us to the Father-God. He sits at the right-hand of the Father, ever making intercession for us.
Moses, like Jesus, was a “go-between” for God and His people. There were times Moses cried out to God, telling Him how the people exhausted him, wearing him down with their murmuring and lack of faith.
Friends, we must give the Holy Spirit faith-filled words of confession to work with, and not tie His hands with whining and words of doubt.
Jesus is ready and willing to confess us before the Father-God, but He can only represent us to the Father to the extent we allow Him too.
Genesis 1 shows us how God created the heavens and the earth with His words — “Let there be ... and it was.” It’s important to be very careful of what we say, or decree, because it will be established for us (Job 22:28).
Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” We can speak life for ourselves and others, or we can speak death to ourselves and others. Jesus spoke death to the fig tree in Mark 11:14, and it never bore fruit again.
In Mark 11:23, Jesus said, “if you will say it, you will have it.” Speak to your mountain. Speak to your situation. Attack it with the word and “you will have whatsoever you saith.”
In Jeremiah 5:22, we are told the sea has to stay within the boundary of the sand, because of a never-ending decree by God that it cannot pass it: “And though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?”
Wow! What assurance! When the devil comes to attack with his toothless roar and waves of sickness, lack, doubt and depression, he cannot stay! He must take his junk and poison ... and leave! We have been given the power to govern the devil’s boundaries, my friends. For what is bound on earth is bound in heaven and what is loosed on earth is loosed in heaven (Matt. 18:18). We get to say so.
Folks, don’t allow the yuck in your pumpkin to steal your future or your joy. Speak to your mountain, create your world by speaking what God says about you and how He sees you.
Just a little food for thought while you’re cleaning and carving your pumpkins for this fall season.
Let your light so shine and have a fun Halloween.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, today is the day of Salvation. Read John 3:16, ask Him into your heart and rejoice.
Keep the faith and worship somewhere today!
Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (580) 548-8140.