If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you’ll probably remember a few posts about my prayer walks at MTSU (the local college). If you haven’t been a faithful reader, then I’ll explain. Basically, I took prayer walks on the MTSU campus all summer long. I also continued to take them after school started up again. Well, after I started working at the temp agency, I didn’t take the walks as often as I wanted to. And, I eventually stopped a little over a month ago.
Since I stopped prayer walking, there have been two shootings and one stabbing on campus. Knowing I hadn’t prayer walked in so long and hearing about all of those violent things happening really convicted me. So, today I Trikked to campus and took some time to pray and seek God for specific scripture for the campus/my life/the city/the church.
And, as always, God did not disappoint. While there, I had a great time of prayer and I also received a few awesome scriptures.
1 Samuel 2:1-10 — What first caught my attention was verse 10. “The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces.” While thinking about all of the violence on campus, it was comforting to read that all of the evil that was so prevalent would be destroyed. I was reading these verses in the New Spirit Filled Life (NSFL) Bible. It’s the New King James Version. The NSFL Bible has great explanations, especially for verse one. The verse says, “I smile at my enemies…” The explanation for that verse said it was a cross reference for another verse that means an open mouth devouring enemies.
My next scripture was Isaiah 29:9-24. It talks about praising God with lip service but not sincerely praising Him. It’s idle religion without an honest relationship with God.
And finally, I was led to Psalm 111 and 112. Psalm 111 is an example of the correct way to praise God as a congregation. Psalm 112 talks about delighting in the Lord (i.e. smiling at Him).
After reading all of this scripture God gave me two visions.
One was of an open, smiling mouth of praise that devoured the Enemy (as the 1 Samuel passage said).
The second was of a mouth speaking the words of the Enemy: idle religion, division, disunity and lies like that of the people in the Isaiah scripture.
The church of America has become irrelevant. It’s like the people in Isaiah. Idle religion. Lip service.
The church of America needs to be like the 1 Samuel passage and those two Psalms. We need to delight in the Lord. We need to smile at Him and, consequently, devour our Enemy.
The tongue speaks life and death. The mouth either devours or releases the Enemy.