The power of life and death in the tongue.
I am here to share the Gospel (Good News) with you all. So many good things have been happening in my life and I have to share. I am excited! I’ll have you know that I don’t have an outline prepared, I am just going to go with what the Person of the Holy Spirit leads me to say.
Before reading on, watch the video below for a quick lesson from Pastor Breedlove on the verse Sister Lorraine is about to introduce.
Part #1 of Lorraine’s Gospel :: The tongue
The scripture that saved/changed my life is: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). This scripture changed my life because when I first came to In Christ New Hope Ministry, Inc., I went up for altar call. (Pastor Breedlove always states that we come up to the front and don’t know what we want them to pray for or what we want them to be in agreement with us about.) I was speaking quietly to Sister Madell Breedlove and I said “I don’t know what my gifts are but . . .” and Madell stopped me in my tracks and said, “No! Stop yourself and don’t ever say that because it is not time for you to know what your gifts are right now.” Proverbs 18:21 came to mind because life and death are in the power of my tongue. I was speaking something and I should have been saying something more positive. Now at that time, I was saying (sarcastically, inside myself about Madell), she doesn’t even know me, how is she going to tell me what to say! Even so, the response from her never left my spirit. I was thinking and thinking on that message.
Finally, about 1½ to 2 years later, I apologized to Madell and told her that I had never been taught to say about myself what the Word says. I apologized for my attitude, even though she may have not recognized that I had one. I told her I didn’t receive her response at the time when she was trying to show me something. Now I have been taught (so, I am without excuse) and fully understand that life and death are in the power of my tongue. I could either speak life into myself or death. I had a choice to make and I chose LIFE. I thanked Madell for clearing up my misunderstanding, my thought process.
Part #2 of Lorraine’s Gospel :: His Word
Last year the natural doctors diagnosed me with something. I didn’t receive the diagnosis because I don’t have to accept anything that is not of my Heavenly Father.
I had to take that information to my Heavenly Father and see what he had to say about it. What my Heavenly Father would have me do is go through a process. There were some physical changes and I missed some church sessions. My spirit kept telling me that I needed to be at In Christ New Hope Ministry, Inc. Although I couldn’t be here, I still stayed in the Word of God because that is what got me through. The actual verse that helped to get me through was: “No weapons formed against me shall prosper and every tongue that rises up against me in judgment shall be condemned. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me saith the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17). I had to keep speaking that verse, and the more I said it the stronger I got. I also said “Father, You said You are not a respector of persons (2Chronicles 19:7), it is written in Your Word that You would never leave nor would You forsake me (Hebrews 13:5b).”
A person that works for my husband had already gone through the same process that I was going through. Every time I saw that person, all I could see was a huge smile and joy all over him. So of course I went to my Heavenly Father and began to speak to Him again. I said “Father, You did it for him and I know You are going to heal me. It’s already a done deal.” I had to stay in the Word. I read my Bible daily, particularly Psalms 27. I read this chapter because that was where my strength came from. I had to stay there and stay there. I called the devil a liar, because he would try to get me to say that I was tired or I was not feeling well enough to read. I listened to tapes and to the TV. The person of the Holy Spirit, turned a light bulb on inside me. Ta da! I said out loud one day “I have a son. So, from that day on when I didn’t want to read, my son Tyrone Reaves Jr. would lay at the foot of my bed and read to me. HALLELUJAH!! That allowed me to continue to feed the Word of God into my spirit. I knew I had to stay with the Word, not only that but I had to be consistent:
I meditated on the Word of God
I practiced the Word of God
I gave the Word of God first place in my life
I immediately obeyed the voice of my recreated spirit.
I was feeding my spirit, planting the Incorruptible seed in my heart; but things didn’t start to move for me until I opened my mouth. I was not sharing with anyone but myself so, whenever I came into contact with someone, I began to share the Word and my testimony with him or her. I shared even if they didn’t want to hear it; I didn’t care and was not ashamed.
I made sure I was being heard because the more I put the Word on my situation, the smaller the devil got. I was pouring on him to make him flee. I had already cast all my cares upon the Lord and I knew He was taking care of me. He loves me. Jesus had done so much for me—so I could not just melt. NO! I am stronger than that. Nothing can push me down or stop me. I keep myself in the kingdom of light, in love, in the Word and the wicked one touches me not. I had to speak to be strong. A lot of things have happened in my life by the person of the Holy Spirit. I asked some friends/family to come to ICNHM tonight and I will share a little about those people.
Part #3 of Lorraine’s Gospel :: Angels in my life
Mrs. Abbie Baird :: We used to work together and she told me that she had already prayed me into that office before I actually got there. Every time I looked up, I would see her making her way to my desk with her BIBLE. She was always trying to share the Gospel with me. Even when we set up time to meet for dinner, she would ask me to read a specific area of the bible for discussion, as we broke bread, I never did and was not ready. She was persistent and kept trying throughout the years to help me see what I needed in my life. She knew I would come into the things of God one day. I mentioned my tongue. Abbie would run me up one wall and down the other but, the person of the Holy Spirit would not allow me to speak an unkind word to her. I know she loved and loves me so much and she wanted to share the joy of the Lord with me.
Sherrie Glenn-Taylor :: We used to work together also. She is here tonight because she would always say aloud. “SPEAK IT! Speak it because if you speak it will happen!” It does happen because I am speaking the Word of God with or without any and everybody. I say, “Forget about all that other stuff.” I was (past tense) a child of the world. Now, I am (present tense) a child of the Word of GOD.
Lorna Washington :: She helps me out, by listening and sharing to help each other go through. I was like Abbie, trying to share the good news (Gospel) with Lorna and she was not receiving it. Finally she stopped going from church to church and resisted. She is now happy and asked me why didn’t I tell her life could be this good with the teaching that she was receiving and I told her to go away because I did tell her on a consistent basis. Her and her husband are members of ICNHM.
Lorraine Stewart :: Lorraine and I knew each other because she did my hair. She has a beautiful, peaceful spirit and I wanted to see what and where she was being fed the Word of God. My sister in Christ invited me to attend an Anniversary celebration at Aenon Baptist Church. I enjoyed the message and the music. I decided that I was tired of going from church to church trying to find a home. My family and I went to some Sunday services at ICNHM and I liked what I heard. We kept coming back and, after a few times, I knew that was where I needed to be. The Holy Spirit let me know I had found my church home. I had gone to church all my life and I can’t tell you one thing that I learned. It was all entertainment. I came here and Pastor Breedlove lets everyone know, “This is the classroom. Come prepared with your Bibles, paper and pens.” Be ready to learn. Praise God!!! In the name of Jesus, He gave me what I asked for. I wanted a teaching ministry; I wanted a smaller congregation that I could grow with. Boy! Are we growing, I know just about everybody here, there are some new faces. I also wanted a ministry where the Pastor and wife supported one another. He gave me that and then I had to take a step back and gasp for air. “You asked for all those things”, said the Lord, “now what are you going to do with them?” I wanted to run a few times but, I said He forgives all and I have my chance to grow into things I could never have imagined. I sat there and came to services and continued to attend and now the Word of God is manifesting in my life right now. HALLELUJAH. I now know how to go to the Word and find scriptures to get me through any and everything I am ever faced with. You see, this is my lifestyle. It is a daily practice and I don’t just do it on Sundays and Wednesdays. I am being taught the right way to go about life. I said OOOH, now I have to do my own work. He is not preaching to me, He is teaching me (I mean the person of the Holy Spirit who lives in my Pastor).
Shatoyia Reaves :: My niece is here because I have helped her through some situations using the Word of God. I want her to know that there is no situation or circumstance that is bigger than our Heavenly Father. She can do this. She can do all things through Christ who strengthens her (Phil 4:13).
Flossie Reaves :: My mother-in-law is here because she supports me. Throughout my process, she didn’t pry, she would just come by to see me and I know she has to love me because I was looking really bad. I kept saying, “For we walk by Faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). I wanted to run and hide but she accepted me as I was.
Regina Bradley :: Another one of my sister’s in Christ. Regina was there for me through thick and thin and would call me to pray. She was always reachable and wanted to take me out and spend time with me, but I wouldn’t do that; it was too easy to cling to her and my Father told me to cling to the Word. I had to be obedient. Gina is so sweet and subtle.
Annette Powell:: My sister in the Lord tried to figure out what was going on with me because I was absent a lot from church and she could see that my physical appearance had changed. I kept ignoring phone calls and one day I was stepping out of the shower. I heard the doorbell ring and it was sister Annette. I had to go and welcome her in my house. We sat and prayed and it was a relief. She took the time to let me know that she was not going to give up on me no matter what. She is my prayer warrior and takes the time to help all that need.
Tyrone Reaves :: My husband. OOOH!! I can’t say enough about this man. I can’t explain in words what he is to me. He taught me a lot. He also supports me. I used to be a really nice/sweet person and I got stepped on a lot. That caused me to have hardness about me and I put a wall up between others and myself. No matter what I want to do he pushes and supports me. The most important thing that he taught me is to love people just as they are no matter what is going on around you. He would always say, “Just love them as they are.” I love that man!!
These are only a few of the angels who have been placed in my life over the years. We always say all we need is the Lord. That is true, but the person of the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of each and every one of us and He brings those people out as your help.
Part #4 of Lorraine’s Gospel :: Music
I want to share some songs with you. The first one is “I need you to Survive.” I sang and the congregation joined in. I also sang a little of CeCe Winans’ “Hallelujah Praise” from the Throne Room CD. I know it is not about feelings; I just wanted everyone to know what is going on, on the inside of me. I’ll be honest with you, I am happy that Pastor Breedlove is speaking to the children this week on “The Truth About Hip Hop Music.” It is important that they know what an impact music has on their lives and how this music is feeding into their spirits; it can have a positive or negative influence.
Last thing: If we continue to focus on the Word of God, it will get the job done. It will work for you. Hallelujah and thank you.
To God Be The Glory!
– Sister Lorraine Reaves