I was asking the Lord about it as it felt like judgement coming and I was trying to reconcile judgement with my God that I know who loved the world so much that he sent his only son to die for us not to condemn the world but to save the world, and he said to me - Sarah "your words create your world."
Everything God created was good and in Genesis we see God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the earth. And through Jesus, God has given us authority and dominion over the earth, the same authority he gave Jesus now lives in us to those who believe. And I realised that as a people we can reap what we sow in respect of our words. The power of the tongue is powerful, it either tears down or builds up, life and death is on the power of the tongue. In John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." And so as a people we need to be careful that we do not bring judgement but that we bring life, we bring hope, we bring healing, we bring restoration, we bring faith and not fear, we bring honour instead of dishonour, we bring joy for mourning etc etc.
We have a huge responsibility currently with the events that have taken place over the last week in New Zealand, and other events happening around the world, and also in respect of an earlier preaching I had at the beginning of the year, that "we are on the brink of war and we needed to watch what we said and what we did" (see the video recording). Lets' be a people who speak life, who speak and bring love to a broken and hurting people.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion -
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks or righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour."