God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Friday, June 24, 2022

How Do Our Words Affect Our Minds and Bodies?


by Barbara Latta

We hear a lot about the power of our words. Because some uses of this principle have been misused, we may turn a deaf ear to listening to lessons regarding the importance of what we say.

But words do affect our minds and bodies. The Bible is filled with admonitions for us to watch what we say.

I have a small book that is a collection of scriptural confessions, titled God’s Creative Power, written by Charles Capps.

This little printed treasure chest has helped draw me out of doubt, discouragement, and bad attitudes on numerous occasions as I refer to these pages.

And as God sometimes does, we can read passages we have seen multiple times and then BOOM—we get a new revelation out of His Word.

These Scriptures came alive to me more than they ever had as I pondered their deeper meaning.

I hope you will pray over these and take to heart what the Lord is saying to us. His Word is a mighty sword to cut away depression, anxiety, worry, and yes, health to our bodies. I looked these up in the King James Version to obtain the true meanings of the translations in Hebrew and Greek.

A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:20-21 KJV)

Jesus used this same term when he said, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38)

The Hebrew word beten, translated as belly, is also used as body, born, or womb in other Scriptures. And in John 7:38 the Greek word koilia is translated as belly to mean the inner most part of a man, or the womb where the fetus is conceived.

This shows us our words can satisfy any lack in our minds or bodies or can cause death when used the wrong way.

Because we are a three-part being, God doesn’t just heal us in one place. He heals our spirit from sin, our souls with peace, and our bodies with health.

The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (James 3:6)

Words can defile the body.

Words can set on fire the course of nature. The natural production of our bodies can be distorted by what we say against ourselves.

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23)

When we have a wise heart, mouths learn what to say and what not to say.

These are only a few Scriptures that teach us how words can affect our minds and bodies. When we learn to use the mighty Sword of the Spirit to cut away dead thoughts and negative words, we will prosper in health and peace.

As we grow in the knowledge of our identity in Christ, we will also gain the wisdom we need to produce godly speech that blesses us in every part of our being. And this will also flow out of us to enhance the lives of those around us.

What are your favorite verses to help you use words in a positive way? Share your thoughts.

How do our words affect our minds and bodies? (click to tweet)

As we grow in the knowledge of our identity in Christ, we will also gain the wisdom we need to produce godly speech that blesses us in every part of our being. (click to tweet)




Friday, June 17, 2022

A Loving Father's Discipline


by Barbara Latta

My dad was a quiet man and I only remember one time that he spanked me. I stuck my tongue out at my mother, and I was across his knee before I knew I had left the floor. I kept my tongue in my mouth for the rest of my growing years. Although it didn’t feel like it at the time, I experienced a loving father’s discipline.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Abba's Heart - 31 Stories of God's Love for His Children


by Barbara Latta

This month two books I have contributed devotions and articles to have been released.

It’s not a coincidence that both focus on the love of God. Maybe the Lord is trying to tell us something.

He really, really loves us!

Friday, June 3, 2022

How Assumptions Can Hurt Relationships


by Barbara Latta

Assuming we know the motive behind someone’s actions can lead to dangerous judgments. Whether it is in marital relationships, friendships, or business connections, we can traverse into dangerous territory when we don’t gather all the facts before forming opinions.

We can learn a valuable lesson about how assumptions can hurt relationships from an incident that happened when the Israelites settled in the Promised Land.

Friday, May 27, 2022

New Release, For Love's Sake, the Life-Changing Facets of Love


by Barbara Latta

Redeemed by Love

The following is an excerpt from my contribution to the compilation, For Love's Sake, published by Lighthouse Bible Studies. I have always enjoyed studying the book of Ruth and have attained many lessons from this wonderful part of the Old Testament. I hope you will enjoy reading this first section of the article.