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Christ: The Cleansing Wisdom of God at Work in Us

 

Welcome to Speak Faithfulness!

This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonginghealing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past. We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8).

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).

 

Your host today is Anna Smit. She is continuing her new series, Upon This Rock, focusing on the life, calling and redemption of Peter.  Today’s episode is being published a few days early, as Anna will be taking a break next Monday.

 

Come be encouraged and strengthened in the Living Word, as Anna shares stories of God’s faithfulness, prays and rests in five simple words Peter spoke about Jesus: “I don’t know the man.” These words can be found in Matthew 26:72 in the English Standard Version. Anna also shares how God is washing her in His Word to cleanse her eyes and remove the logs lodged in them, as she writes her way through and records her way through this very podcast series.

May you too be washed in the wisdom of the Word as you listen in today. May you be blessed by our mighty, living and breathing God at work in you:

 

And may this clip bless you to see the beauty in your scars and to show them to the world that they may see Jesus in their own:

 

 

And may the clip below bless you to be brave in love, to be brave in Jesus as you surrender your own human strength and understanding for Christ’s power and wisdom at work in you. Arise and shine, for your light, our light, has come! Jesus is His Name:

 

 

 

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Christ: The Saving Son of God At Work In Us



 

Welcome to Speak Faithfulness!

This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonginghealing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past. We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8).

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).

 

Your host today is Anna Smit. She is starting a new series, Upon This Rock, focusing on the life, calling and redemption of Peter.  Come be encouraged and strengthened in the Living Word, as Anna shares stories of God’s faithfulness, prays and rests in four prophetic words – “you will deny me” – from Matthew 26:34 (ESV):

 

Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

 

 

May each one of us see the face of our loving Savior reflected in our very own eyes today. May we know darkness is as light to the One who is shining brightly upon us:

 

 

Father, we invite You to flood our hearts with peace, with the truth of our eternally anchored belonging in Christ through His worthiness and His saving power at work in us. Father God open the eyes of our hearts to see You in our past, our present and our future. We long to know You more and more and we invite You to know us fully and wholly too, to shine Your light in and through us. LORD open our eyes to Your glory and majesty that we may shine Your light upon each other and all those You set before us on the path You have destined for us.

 

 

Arise with healing in Your wings to seek and save the lost. Make us Your hands and feet in this hungry and thirsty world. Make Your compassion visible in and through us as we worship you:

 

 

 
 
Yes, we believe You, who have begun a good work in us, the Keeper of the eternal covenant of Your Living Word, from generation to generation, will complete it.
 
 
 
 
Thank You that You are the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 to seek and save even just one of Your sheep, who is caught in the horrific schemes of the enemy. For, You are the compassionate God who sees, searches and knows the hearts of each one of Your beloved children. You declare each one of us Your very own on the basis of Your Son in us. Praise You!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Silence Speaks

Welcome to the very first episode of Speak Faithfulness!

This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonginghealing and  wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past.

 

We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8). For we believe no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).

 

Your host today is Anna Smit. Anna is New Zealand born, but has dual kiwi-dutch citizenship. She is joining you in Spirit from her living room in the Netherlands, where she lives with her Dutch husband and two children.

 

 

Come join her, as she rests in the Scripture: Hosea 2: 15 (ESV):

And there I will give her her vineyards
    and make the Valley of Achor[e] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
    as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.

 

May you leave encouraged and strengthened by this spoken testimony and time of prayer:

 

 

May you know, as Jennifer Dean, who went to be with our LORD last year, so beautifully puts it in Alter’d: Experience The Power of Resurrection (Kindle Location 1232):

“His life is always working in you, when you are consciously aware of it and when you are not; when you are awake and when you are asleep. The blood is always working.”

 

The veil has been torn: you and I may enter into the Holy of Holies, unafraid and unashamed, through Christ Jesus, our LORD. Not because we deserve it, but because He made a Way, where there was none.

 

So, let’s press past the fear and the shame, and surrender our pride. Let’s enter the silence and hear our God speaking, right there. Let’s discover a door of hope in our valley of Achor, just as the shepherds did in the dark of the night and Elijah did from the dark of a cave, so long ago.

 

 

Thank You, Jesus, that You never stop speaking. Today, we choose to honor You alone, by speaking of your faithfulness all day long.

 

Have you ever asked Jesus to give you a One Word for your new year to take you deeper into Him? 

 

Anna has done this for the past five years (2015: choose, 2016: behold, 2017: delight, 2018: joy, 2019: hold) and has been so blessed each time. God has used each One Word to root her deeper in His Living Word, reminding her of His purpose for her and His faithfulness to her and her loved ones as each year has progressed. 

 

This year, her One Word is GO, taken from the Scripture (her emphasis):

John 15:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

 

Here is a more detailed description of its meaning :

HELPS Word-studies

5217 hypágō (from 5259 /hypó, “under” and 71 /ágō, “lead away”) – properly, to lead away under someone’s authority (mission, objective). 5217 /hypágō (literally, “going under”) indicates a change of relation which is only defined by the context.

Source: https://biblehub.com/lexicon/john/15-16.htm

 

She is beginning to taste of this GOing already and seeing how it is woven together with repentance. It’s all about our leaving of the old (striving, sinking into fear and pride, led by self-focused fleshly desires fed by shame) to GO forward into the new God is holding out to us (resting in His love, pouring it out and living in joy and peace from a servant heart led by the Spirit of God). And she is also seeing the fruit of all the pruning God has taken her through in the past – yes, all that breaking and silence that speaks of God’s love for His Bride was full of purpose. All along God was busy training her to abide in Him. See a beautiful picture of what this abiding looks like, written by a blogger I follow: This Might Change Your Year

 

So, this song is so much Anna’s prayer for this year. May it bless you too:

 

 

Happy New Year! May you see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living this coming week and year, as you also GO in the Name of Jesus to bear beautiful fruit that remains. God bless you!

 

In the podcast today, Anna quotes from Michele Cushatt’s book Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves. You can find more info about this book at https://michelecushatt.com/relentless/

where Michele shares:

“Whether in struggle, illness, death, or failure, the presence of pain causes us to question the presence of God. We pray and watch the sky, crossing our spiritual fingers for hardcore proof of God’s nearness. And in the silence, we sense something more sinister: perceived abandonment.

But what if we could collect evidence that God hasn’t left us?
What if we could be absolutely certain of God’s presence and affection,
strengthening our faith against any assault?”