by Dr. Walter Kahler | April 18, 2016
"Tell It Like It Can Be"
Often you encounter people whose words do more harm than good. Now, they don’t think that is the case because they say, “I just tell it like it is.” Unfortunately, “telling it like it is” is not the way of grace, especially when it comes to children. In Ephesians 4:29 you read, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” The word “corrupt” in Greek
is “sapros.” It does not mean profanity but refers to any word that is not useful. That means that the words
that we speak should be useful and they should impart grace to the hearer. Remember that grace is undeserved
favor. In Greek the word “grace” is “charis” and it means “favor.” And this is very important when it comes to
using words. Today, if you travel to Israel you find that there is a growing number of Jewish Christians there.
Now, their entire Bible is written in Hebrew. So, when you read this verse in Hebrew you find that the
Hebrew word for “grace” is “hesed.” “Hesed” means “favor.” So, the words we speak are to impart undeserved
favor. Notice also that this verse says that those words should be, “good for necessary edification.”
The word “edification” in Greek is “oikodomeo” and this refers to a house begin erected and it’s also
where we get the word “edifice” from. So, what God’s word is saying about the words we use is that they
must always be words that build people up. So, God’s word is saying that if you want people or your
children to be built up, then use words that edify them. If you want your children filled with grace then
use words that edify and build them up; because whatever is edifying, imparts grace. This means that
when our kids or our spouse mess up, do we speak words to them that they deserve? If we do then we
aren’t imparting grace. So, rather than “telling it like it is” God is saying we should “tell it like it can be.”
This week be a people builder and use words that impart grace. You, your kids and friends will be
blessed because you did.
Have a great week,
by Dr. Walter Kahler | April 11, 2016
Have a great day,
by Pastor Walter | September 22, 2014
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
The people who have asked about this verse wonder how to actually apply this to their life when everything around them tells them the opposite of what they are praying for. They ask, “how can I believe when I feel so differently.” What they are asking about has to do with faith. You see, the problem that many have, when they pray, is that they are focused on their situation, their pain, their need or their feelings. They pray that God meet a financial need but after they pray they don’t see the answer and they get discouraged or they pray about a pain or illness and it’s not immediately better. When this happens you need to remember that faith looks forward and believes for tomorrow. Think about it: when a woman conceives a child she doesn’t wait nine months to tell someone she is having a baby. NO! She tells someone the moment she finds she has conceived; she doesn’t wait for the delivery. You see, life begins at conception and not at delivery. The baby begins at conception but is delivered to its mother nine months later. In the same way faith looks ahead. The moment you pray, the answer to that need is conceived and you must look forward to the delivery of your answer. Now, what this means is that as a person of faith you can’t be led by your feelings. Now, it’s ok to enjoy your feelings but don’t be led by them because feelings change. Unfortunately many people want to feel it before they have it. But you must understand that God works in the realm of faith and not feelings. Now, when someone combines faith with their prayer something miraculous happens. Mark tells you that whatever you ask for in prayer believe, don’t feel, but believe you have received it. You see, faith is forward looking. Remember that God’s economy operates on faith and without it you can’t please God. But when someone exhibits faith in their prayer; something about that combination attracts God’s attention. You see, there is something attractive about faith to the Father. When He sees someone pray in faith it catches His attention and He hones in with laser like focus. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says:
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him...”
So, whatever you need this week, understand that faith is just trusting that God has heard you and you are relying on His answer. It’s resting in Him. When that happens God moves. Now, there’s something that is key to answered prayer; a prayer of faith is more focused on the Giver of the answer than on the answer itself. When you focus on Jesus you will always find that He is your answer and He is always more than enough. You see, when you are looking for Him, He will find YOU!
Have a great week,
by Pastor Walter | April 25, 2012
I am so excited to have begun 40 Days in the Word. Over the next few weeks we will learn how important God’s Word is for our lives. I am especially excited for each one participating in it because I know it will change your life. That’s what we, as a church, are all about: life change. You see, we are to be about God’s business and His business is life change. This week, as you study the Word, understand that God is changing you moment by moment as you live out what you learn. I am so blessed to be the Pastor of the family known as HighPoint Fellowship. Thank you for going higher and deeper than ever before.
Have a great week,