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What’s in Your Heart’s Kitchen?

Rebecka Walter

A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction (Proverbs 13:2-3).

Are your lips producing good fruit or bad fruit, righteous fruit or evil fruit, healthy fruit or rotten fruit, desirable fruit or distasteful fruit? Are your lips producing fruit that is genetically modified by man-made understanding or fruit that is organically grown by Holy Spirit-inspired truth (2 Timothy 3:16)?

We eat what we say by dining on the words we speak, for what we say produces the fruit we eat. Therefore, even if unintentionally, the tongue of the sinner produces vile fruit, because the mouth speaks what is in the heart’s kitchen (Matthew 12:34). But a heart that is purified, and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, produces speech that is free from harmful chemicals, and unnatural hormones and antibiotics, resulting in clean and delightful fruit.

Vile fruit produced by the sinner is vile to the producer and to the consumer, because the words we speak have the ability to not only determine our diet, but the diet of the person receiving them.

Perhaps this is why bad company corrupts good morals (1 Corinthians 15:33), and why darkness and light cannot mix (2 Corinthians 6:15)? Why commune with, or stay in the company of, darkness? Is this not why we separate ourselves from the world (John 17:16)?

Words have power. They can create or destroy (Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:20). They can produce health or assure disease.

Ultimately, We determine the menu of our dining room by what we speak, and the outcome of our life or the health of our soul is not only determined by what we physically eat but by what we spiritually consume as well.

Things Aren’t Always as They Appear

Rebecka Walter

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).

Last night I had a dream that an ambush of tigers invaded my backyard just as dawn was breaking. In mission mode, they made their way through the fence and began attacking! They punctured my skin and snarled, flashing their teeth! I fought back with all my might! Eventually, I yelled, “IN THE NAME OF JESUS!”

They began backing away just as the sun started rising in the sky. This allowed me to see more clearly. I then quickly noticed that the ambush of tigers was nothing more than an amateur group of cubs.

Princess, here is what I want to say: This dream reminded me of four valuable things…

1. The name of Jesus IS indeed above every other name.
2. The attacks on our life aren’t as big as they appear.
3. When the SON shines, the truth is always revealed.
4. We may be wounded in battle, but we will not die.

You’re not Fighting God

Rebecka Walter

Princess, don’t be surprised when trials come, for we live in a fallen world where suffering is an unavoidable reality.

Do not forget that the Son of God suffered too. Not only for the sake of His Father’s will, but also for the sake of us.

Jesus was in such agony when He went to the cross that He sweat drops of blood. He made it through, only by his Father’s strength and the understanding of what was to come.

He didn’t dwell on the present circumstance or the aganoy that overwhelmed Him, but the promise that was on the other side.

Princess, this life we live is only a vapor. It is here but will soon be gone. So, don’t let satan steal another minute of your joy. Attack whatever unfortunate circumstance you are facing today, with the corresponding promise in the Word of God.

Your battle is not a fight against you and God.

Princess, your fight is against you and your adversary.

Rescue Them

Rebecka Walter

[1 Peter 4:3] Because we are new creatures, recreated into the image of God, should we now walk away from those who curse and slander us? No… we’re not fighting them.

[1 Peter 4:4-6] Princess, those who stay in the past, will not understand your walk into the future. Those who gratify their flesh, will not understand your desire to crucify it. Those who walk in the ways of this world, will not understand your walk in the ways of the Spirit, but likewise, you haven’t always understood those who chased the ways of God.

Every outcome has a destiny – death or life. Therefore, those born of the Spirit have a destiny of life, but don’t forget those walking in the ways of this world with a destiny of death. They need what you have.

Princess, RESCUE THEM.

Find Purpose in Your Palace

Rebecka Walter

“…Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NLT)

Remember the story of Queen Esther? Initially, she was an ordinary girl like you and me. She wasn’t always reverenced as Queen, she didn’t always call the palace home, and her life wasn’t always an easy one to live.

As a young girl, she lost both parents, but thankfully, her cousin, Mordecai, took her into his home and cared for her. When he discovered the King was looking for a Queen, he knew it was time for Esther to fulfill her God-given destiny.

Once living in the palace, she had the opportunity to save her people; the Jewish people – God’s chosen people, from total destruction.

Mordecai knew this was her purpose as Queen and urged her to fulfill it.

What would have happened if she refused to act? What would have happened if she didn’t obey? What would have happened if she let fear override the call God placed on her life?

Well, you are a Queen too, and where you are is your palace. This is your time to shine.
Do not let where you came from determine where you are going. And do not think for a second that you can’t make an impact like Queen Esther simply because you’re not saving an entire nationality of people, for nothing is too little when a big God is involved.

This is your opportunity to raise your crown and make a difference where you are. Find purpose in your palace, Queen *insert your name*. We need you.

Without God, we are Nothing

Rebecka Walter

(1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not CHARITY, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not CHARITY, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not CHARITY, it profiteth me nothing.

Princess, this is a very powerful passage filled with vessels of hidden treasure! Some versions of the Bible translate the word CHARITY into the word LOVE, which is accurate. But if you dig even deeper, you will discover that CHARITY is actually translated from the Greek word AGAPE, which is the very epitome of God Himself.

(1 John 4:8) …God is love (agape).

In other words, Princess, you could read this passage like this: …I could remove mountains, but if I have not God, I am nothing…I could give my body to be burned, but if I have not God, I am nothing…

Let’s keep digging! Acts 17:28 reminds us that it is in Him in which we live, and move, and have our being, and in the 15th chapter of John, we are promised that without Jesus we can do nothing. Finally, Psalm 103:14 declares that God knoweth our frame and remembereth that we are mere dust.

Princess, we simply need God. Without Him, we are nothing. Without our Creator, we will wither away just like the plants, the animals, and the unbelievers who went before us, for alone, we are mere mortals.

We can do everything this world considers good, praiseworthy, and plausible, but without God it is useless. We can give all we have to the poor, move every mountain that stands in our way, sacrifice our own body for the sake of others, and even prophesy to the bountiful nations, but if we don’t have charity (love, agape, God), we are nothing.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

Jump into the Deep

Rebecka Walter

I recently had a dream that I was standing on the side of a swimming pool, behind two diving boards. The diving board to my right hovered over the 8 foot end of the pool, while the diving board to my left rested above the 30 foot end of the pool. I was asked to choose which board I wanted to jump from, and unfortunately, due to fear, I chose the diving board to my right.

I was then told that whichever board I decided to jump from, God would honor my decision and meet me where I landed.

Princess, the reality is, we choose how deep we want to go with God. We can remain in the shallow end and believe just enough to get into heaven, or we can jump into the deep and believe in such a way that heaven gets into us! Listen, dear sister, Jesus is the best lifeguard, and venturing into the deep will be the best decision you’ll ever make. In fact, it’s a destiny waiting for every believer.

(Mark 16: 17-18) And these signs shall follow THEM THAT BELIEVE; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Princess, let’s rise up and be the ambassadors that Christ calls us to be. Fear is a spirit. Now, kick it out of the way, take root in the position you were given as a child of God, and walk in the authority that’s already yours!

God will take you where you are willing to let Him, and He will honor the decision you decide to make, but remember that the world needs to see Jesus! Not the superficial, powerless jesus that has crept into the church.

Your Army of Allies is Greater

Rebecka Walter

Remember when the great army of Aram was sent to capture and kill Elisha, the prophet and righteous man of God? The king of Aram was upset, because Elisha, hearing from God, continuously warned the king of Israel of the evil plotted against them. This allowed Israel to prepare and avoid the attacks from the Arameans. But look at what happens when the Aramean army arrives for battle:

When the servant of the man of God arose early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisha had asked. Then Elisha went out and told them, “You have come the wrong way! This isn’t the right city! Follow me, and I will take you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to the city of Samaria (2 Kings 6:15-19 NLT).

Look closely. From this passage we are first reminded that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective (James 5:16). Second, we are assured that whatever battle we face, we do not face it alone (Deuteronomy 31:6). Though the Aramean army may have been great, God’s army was even greater.

In other words, Princess, your army of allies is much bigger than the army of your opponents. Stay encouraged, Special One. You are always fully equipped to fight, and the victory is already yours.

Believe

Rebecka Walter

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Jesus said unto him…all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).

After spending some time in thought and in conversation with Jesus, the word I chose to stand on in this new year of 2019 (and every year thereafter) is believe.

Princess, we usually make the Bible much more complicated than it actually is and was ever intended to be. The Word of God is meant to be believed, not debated, and that’s where we fail. Additionally, we need to stop over thinking, doubting, second guessing, and complicating the truth God has plainly written for us to simply believe.

As I was driving my car a few days ago, I began hearing a grinding noise whenever I hit the brake pedal. Logically, we took the car into the shop and waited for the diagnosis. It was soon confirmed that both brake pads and rotors needed replaced in the front end; essentially extra money I didn’t currently have. But I knew my God did, for He’s El Shaddai and Jehovah-Jireh! God is not a broke God…

Philippians 4:19 promises that God will supply all of our needs… ALL, Princess. Not some. Not our most important needs. Not our least expensive needs. Not our needs that are most easily believed for. ALL of our needs. I know sometimes it is easy to think, Okay I know this, BUT… Princess, you have to get that but out of the way! Just believe…

Following the report, I prayed, stood on the infallible Word of God, declared the promises of the Lord, chose to BELIEVE what is written, and I thanked God for it. I prayerfully gathered a seed, mixed it with faith, and planned to place it into the offering bucket at church, believing that God would multiply it 100 fold; thus providing a harvest of the need He already promises to take care of.

Believing God, we told the mechanic not to worry about fixing the car right now. Instead we decided to park it in the garage until the harvest reached fruition!

We arrived at the mechanic, walked in to pick up my car keys, and miraculously the car was already fixed! The lady behind the counter apologized, “I am so sorry. I don’t know how this happened. We know you didn’t give us the approval to fix your car. There must have been a mistake after the guy who originally talked with you left for lunch.”

No, no sweetheart, that was God.

Now, Princess, go to your book shelf, dust off that Bible, and just believe what is written inside. Whatever you are going through, find Scripture that coincides, and BELIEVE it. Stand firm and don’t waver. Watch what God will do.

Do not be Deceived

Rebecka Walter

Princess, there is truth in deception, otherwise it wouldn’t be deceiving!

Remember in the book of Ezra, chapter 4, when the rebuilding of God’s temple was taking place? God stirred the heart of king Cyrus, which ultimately released the Israelite’s from their captivity in Babylon. This then allowed them to return to Jerusalem so that the holy temple could be rebuilt.

As soon as the enemy was aware that a prophecy from the Lord was unfolding, he instantly came to steal, kill, destroy, and disrupt!

Deception: “Wake up, king Cyrus, and look what you’re allowing! Do you not remember these people? They were rebellious, and disobedient! Just review the records! Their past faults and unruly behavior destroyed this city to begin with! Why do you think these people were even in captivity?! Do not be a fool by letting them come back and rebuild, for it will only cost you in the end!” -Satan (Verses 12-16. Paraphrase. My words)

Let’s take a closer look at this word of deception delivered straight from the mouth of Satan. Yes, Israel thus far, does not have a very good track record with God. There were several instances of previous unruly behavior, disobedience, and rebellious activity; therefore, there is truth in this deceptive proclamation. BUT do not be so quick to just accept this tiny brush stroke, forgetting the entire painting on this canvas!

Yes, God’s chosen people were full of faults and past mistakes, but do not forget God’s promises, love, mercies, and grace. When you accept Christ, you become a new creature. The old is gone and the new has come (2 Co. 5:17). When you seek forgiveness and sincerely repent (turn from), God also chooses to remember your sins no more (Is. 43:25)!

Essentially, sweet soul, let the shame and guilt go! Stop holding onto what isn’t even yours anymore! YOU’RE NEW, just like the people returning from Babylon! You’re not that past person Satan keeps reminding you of and neither were they! You may have fallen 7 times, but you’re rising up again (Prov. 24:16)! That mistake you can’t let go of doesn’t define you, darling, Christ does! You were bought with a price, and nothing can penetrate through the blood of the Lamb! God chooses to remember your sins no more (Heb. 8:12), just like the people of Israel. And if God chooses to remember your sins no more, how much more should you also choose to take this stance?

Be aware of deception, darling, for it doesn’t paint the whole picture. Don’t be so quick to recognize the faulty strokes, forgetting that God’s brush actually covers the entire canvas.🖌