Whatever I hear You Say in My Name – Sermon
Here, I want to speak about the importance of our words and the impact they have on ourselves and others. The Bible tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Our words are a reflection of what is in our hearts, and they have the power to build up or tear down those around us.
The title of my sermon is “Whatever I Hear You Say.” This phrase is a reminder that we need to be mindful of what we say because God is listening.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” This verse highlights the significant impact that our words have. They can bring life and encouragement, or they can bring death and discouragement.
As Christians, we are called to use our words to bring life and edification to those around us. In Ephesians 4:29, we are instructed to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
Whatever I hear you say in Numbers 14: 28
In Numbers 14:28, the Lord is speaking to Moses and the Israelites after they had rebelled against Him and refused to enter the Promised Land. The Lord tells them, “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ declares the Lord, ‘what you have said in my hearing I will do to you.'”
This statement is a warning to the Israelites that the Lord had heard their complaints and murmuring against Him, and He would take action accordingly. The Israelites had complained about the challenges they would face in conquering the land, and they even wished they had died in the wilderness rather than face the obstacles ahead.
The Lord is reminding the Israelites that their words have consequences. They had spoken against Him and His promises, and as a result, they would not enter the Promised Land. This was a severe punishment for their lack of faith and disobedience.
This verse serves as a reminder to us that our words have power and consequences. We must be careful about what we say and how we say it, especially when it comes to our relationship with God. We should strive to speak words of faith, trust, and obedience to Him, rather than words of doubt and complaint. May we always be mindful of the words we speak, and may they bring honor and glory to God.
The words we speak are not just heard by the people around us but by God as well. In Matthew 12:36-37, Jesus says, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”
This is a sobering reminder of the power of our words and the responsibility we have to use them wisely. We must guard our hearts and minds so that our words are full of grace, truth, and love.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, let us be mindful of what we say and how we say it. Let us use our words to bring life and encouragement to those around us. May our words be pleasing to God, and may they bring glory to His name.
In Proverbs 16:24, is says; “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” May our words be gracious and sweet, bringing healing and life to all those who hear them. Read also: There Is Power In The Tongue: Declare These 7 Powerful Words/Prayer Every Day
Whatever I hear you say in My Name 1 John 5: 14-15
In 1 John 5:14-15, the Apostle John says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” Read also: Sermon on ‘The Power of Prayer Acts 12: 1-10’
This passage is a reminder to us that when we pray to God in Jesus’ name, we have the assurance that He hears us and will answer our prayers according to His will. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are acknowledging that He is our mediator and that we are approaching God through Him.
Praying in Jesus’ name also means that we are aligning our prayers with His will and purpose. We are asking for things that are in line with His character and His plans for our lives. This is why John emphasizes the importance of asking according to His will.
When we pray in Jesus’ name, we are also demonstrating our faith and trust in Him. We believe that He has the power to answer our prayers and that He cares about our needs and desires. The Bible says there is no other name by which we can call and be saved except the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus is powerful.
“Whatever we ask” in Jesus’ name refers to our prayers that are in alignment with God’s will and purpose. When we pray in Jesus’ name, we have the assurance that God hears us and will answer our prayers according to His perfect plan for our lives.
6 Key Notes to take on ‘Whatever I hear you say’
God knows the heart why should I ask?
You are correct. Even before we ask Him, He knows about them. But he wants us to continue asking him until he does all. This is seen in where he says; “I post watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they should keep praying all day and all night. You who pray to the Lord, don’t be silent! 7 Don’t allow him to rest until he reestablishes Jerusalem, until he makes Jerusalem the pride[l] of the earth.”
You are not to stop asking. Continue reminding him His promises. You are like a watchman posted to watch over the walls of your family. Closing your mouth means slumbering and when slumber sets in, sleep will follow. When you sleep, the enemies will come and sow tars.
2. We have become too familiar with God in our asking:
My wife share a testimony with me last month on this. Hear it. Towards the end of 2021, she built 2 websites and started publishing contents. She applied for Google AdSense approval. So, during our New year 21 days prayer and fasting, we listed prayer points of what we want God to do for us for the year. Every member of the church had theirs.
During the 4th day of the prayer, testimonies began to ring among the members. My wife was among those who shared theirs on the 4th day. She said she included her blogs on the list and prayed for God’s favour. She asked and got her answers.
But in 2022, she built a new blog again and has been struggling to get it approved by the Google. Last week she told me the blog is yet to be approved. I was surprised. I said why. She said; “because I have not involved God”.
Most times, issues we think they are trivial tend to linger more than the tough ones. In the spiritual realms, there is nothing like trivial matters. It can linger if you don’t give it the necessary prayer approach.
3. Asking Amiss:
In James 4:3, the apostle James says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” This verse is a reminder that God doesn’t always answer our prayers in the way we want because sometimes we ask with the wrong motives.
Asking amiss means that we are asking for something for the wrong reasons. We may be asking for something selfishly, to fulfill our own desires, rather than seeking God’s will and purpose for our lives. This kind of prayer is self-centered and doesn’t align with God’s character and plan for us.
God desires for us to pray with a pure heart, seeking His will and His ways. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. When we seek God first, our prayers are aligned with His will, and we can trust that He will answer them in a way that is best for us.
Additionally, we must approach God with a heart of faith and trust. Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” We must believe that God is able and willing to answer our prayers according to His will and purpose for our lives.
When we pray, we must examine our motives and ensure that we are asking for things that align with God’s will and purpose for our lives. We should seek Him first, approach Him with a pure heart, and have faith that He will answer our prayers according to His perfect plan for our lives.
4. Come Provoked but not Distracted:
Let your aggression be on the Issue only. There is nothing wrong when you appear in the spirit provoked. But you must let your aggression be on your matter, on the issue, on what take sleeps off your eyes. People like ‘Eli’ may manifest and double your frustration. People like that don’t deserve to receive our aggression. Transfer it your agonizing.
Come to Him provoked but not distracted. Hannah was provoked but she was not distracted. Even when she was accused of getting drunk.
5. Make Positive Utterances First:
We grow up to learn that negative utterances register faster in the other realm. I do not doubt that. So, every beginning of the month in the church when we gather to pray in the morning, I encourage the members of the church to begin the new month by making only positive utterances.
It is whatever I hear you say, I will do, remember. If utterances are registered according to keywords, I will not die will have only only die registered. Failure is not my portion will have failure registered as the keyword. At the day, you have 2 major negative keywords registered.
Instead, we pray this way; I will enjoy long live. I will know success. Favour will follow me this new month. The members of my family are blessed. My children are for signs and wonders…
The person who made the second part of prayer/utterances has registered the following keywords:
a. Long live
c. New month
g. Signs and Wonders
6. Don’t ask, decree or declare without the name Jesus
You cannot separate guns from bullet, if you do, children will paly with it. It has become toy guns. The same way it is when we pray without the name Jesus. In every declaration, decree, prophetic and asking, they must be done mentioning the name of Jesus.
Remind God who he is in that situation you want Him to intervene. Call Him the mighty man in battle, Omnipresence, The chief Monarch of Zion, He who dwells in the midst of Cherub…