Speak Life + Live the Life 2023 Theme

“Speak Life + Live the Life”
It is more important, during this time we are living in, than it has ever been to both know the Word and be willing to live out the Word of God.  James 1:22 says
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
 There is a general ignorance of God’s Word today. It is absent from the public schools, absent from many homes, and so many families do not attend church regularly, so they do not hear the Bible preached publicly. 
It is no wonder there are so many issues in our world today. The politicians seem clueless on how to fix the crisis our nation is in. The teachers are confused, and many are doing what is right in their own eyes (which is dangerous for our kids). And the parents are losing their rights to train their kids the way they see fit. The media, the movies, the tv shows and the streaming services are full of messages that are “preaching” a satanic lie to deceive us all, especially the younger generations who, many of which, have never heard the TRUTH of God’s word!  This is all by design, to purge our culture of any biblical values and to strip our culture of any meaningful or prominent godly influences. 
But Jesus said in Matthew 4:4
 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” 
Our society is starving for the TRUTH. Not an individuals truth, but God’s TRUTH! The truth that we are all created equal and in God’s image. That we are to love one another and treat others the way we would want to be treated. That it is a sin to lie, steal, murder (even in the womb), and to have sex before marriage or to have sex with the same sex. That there is two genders: male and female. That boys and girls are to be raised in a loving, God fearing home, by a God fearing mom and dad! That our purpose is not to pursue happiness, live “our truth”, or just do you…but our purpose is to find our identity in Christ (who will save all who call on Him) and to become more like HIM; embracing His truth and living it out!  These are just a few examples of the TRUTHS that need to be spoken into our society again. 
There is a way to combat this! 
1. “Speak Life”! God’s word and God’s Son is Life!  (John 1:14; 1 John 5:12). Speak the promises and blessings of God over your life and your families life. Stand in the gap when you pray and speak life over this nation. That people will see the truth and it will set them free! That eyes will be open by God and people will come to LIFE!  That the spiritually dead shall be raised!  That there will be a great revival in our land again!   
2. “Live the Life”!  So when we say:  “Speak Life”  This is not just about positive thinking. We are also talking about enjoying the fruit of a life “LIVED” for God!  Thus the Theme: “Speak Life + Live the Life”  Proverbs 18:21 says
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” 
In other words, we can’t just know the Word of God, we must eat it, speak it, and LIVE IT!  Only then will our culture, communities, families, nation, and individuals enjoy the fruit of this promise!
Let’s determine in this new calendar year to combat the evil in our society and the apathy in ourselves and SPEAK LIFE + LIVE THE LIFE!