Shake it off

shake-it-offIt seems that lately God has really been talking to me about words. Words are part of life. You know they are our first form of communication. As a mother of a deaf child it is interesting seeing how things are stacked against those that are deaf.

But where am I going with this. Well, there is two things I feel to reveal that has been on my heart.

1) how often we accept words from a prophet over our lives

2) Taylor Swifts song “Shake it off”

1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”

Matthew 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.”

Matthew 7:15-20 “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.”

My passion is to teach about the prophetic, what the prophetic is, that everyone can prophesy, but not everyone is called into the office of prophet. Being a prophetic based ministry, we find there is so little teaching out there on it, and it is so important that we understand the prophetic as so many these days are allowing anyone to speak words over them without realising the true extent.

Firstly, prophetic 101: A prophetic word is to do three things. It is to comfort, exhort and encourage. It should line up with what you are praying about, reading about or your spirit man will confirm. Anything other than that, you need to shake it off, shake it off.

We had a member from our group message us really rather confused, she had gone to a church meeting and had been called out to the front and told she was a Jezebel. Ummmm What the!!! Our God is a God of love, not a God of that. He will never ever ever embarrass you. So many these days are prophesying in the wrong spirit, and she was so upset. Where is the exhortation, encouragement, or comfort??

Okay, yes God will use prophets to give words of warning, but this is done in a way that only you understand. As an example, my old pastor was ministering at a meeting. At this meeting, God showed her that there was a man (she saw his face and everything) was about to leave his wife for another woman. She said to God, What do you want me to do with this? He then showed her what to say and how to say it so that this man got the message. She explained that there was someone there that had a bus ticket, that there was a black suitcase and that God is telling this person that it’s not part of His plan in this persons life. Simple, no embarrassment, no naming and shaming, done in Love. This man knew it was about him.

But why do we allow people to speak words into our lives, because we love hearing from our Father. These days with the new age and being about to dial in a reading, Christians are getting addicted to prophetic words. It is truly scary how many times we get asked, can you tell me if Mr X is meant to be my husband? Do you have a word for me? Can you tell me if I am meant to go on a missionary trip?

I can tell you, Rhys and I will not prophesy into your relationship. Unless God shows us! We will not give a prophetic word on tap, because doing it in the flesh is a big no no. If God wants you to know something, He will get the message to you. You don’t have to chase the prophet, He can show you in the word you are reading, the person you are talking to or a sign post on the side of the road. He will get the message to you.

As I said earlier words are everywhere. The doctors, the schools, the churches. It’s how we use them that’s important. My son’s school friend was told she would never walk, by doctors. Did her Christian parents say “oh well, must be” No, they broke of those words, they shock them off, and prayed for healing. She not only walks, but runs.

My kids were watching a movie called “Sing” recently, and there was one song that really struck me. It’s by Taylor Swift, called Shake it off. I love when God shows me revelation.

So the lyrics go:

Cause the players gonna play, and the haters gonna Hate, I’m just gonna shake it off, shake it off. Heartbreakers gonna break, And the fakers gonna fake, I’m just gonna shake it off, shake it off.

Matthew 7:1-6 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others.The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.Don’t waste what is holy on people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.”

I love it. How often do we gossip, and are gossip for others, how often we worry about pleasing others. You will always have those that will play you, hate you, break you and be fake to you. You just have to learn to shake it off and put on your Armour of God. It’s about making smart Godly choices, and not just trying to people please.

Words can cut deep, and even though it isn’t our intention to hurt others it happens. Recently, I have been reading a book on warfare within prayer. It’s a brilliant book, its called Armed and Dangerous by Angela Greenig. It is very eye opening into how words that we think are harmless are actually loaded. As the bible says there is power of life and death in the tongue. That the Enemy uses this as an access point.

How often we allow those words to cut us, to steal our self esteem, our calling. I recently was dong a live feed, I am still working on them as I hate being up front. Even now is pretty ahhhhhhhh. But as I was helping out Rhys one night, someone posted that all they can hear is me saying Ummmm. Wow, talk about cutting myself esteem. So I have been struggling to join Rhys again on live feed. The power of words.

I love how God works. As I am writing this Emily is asleep and Grace is watching Sesame Street, and they are singing a song. I love God confirming that He wants me to speak about this. The song chorus goes

“Be careful with the words you use, be careful with the words you say, Be careful with the words you choose. A word can hurt or make your day.”

Even though the person who wrote that I wasn’t speaking very well, didn’t realise that this would mean I would want to be less on camera. So I have to “Shake it off, shake it off” otherwise I am letting those words take control and not walking into my God destiny and letting them rob me of my calling.

So you know you going to have to join me, lets shake it off!!! Shake it off!!!

God Bless, Ruth x x x

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