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by Dottie McElreath

There is no quicker death to a person's anointing, or blessings from God than for them to criticize another's walk with God and I agree that this is a hard thing to do when you run up against a teaching that God has taken you beyond, but this something you must do for your spiritual life depends on it. I'm not saying that He will leave you(1), for He will not ever as long as you love Him, but He will not bless you or anoint you with as great a walk as you would have if you would guard your tongue(2). Before I go any further I must show you what prompted this.

I saw a steep mountain that was encircled with children and at the top was a prize to the winner. Each child was trying as if his or her life depended on climbing this mountain. Some girls were being pulled by their skirts backward and some boys were having their feet pulled out from under them and it was always people behind them that did the pulling. If one child found an easier way of climbing than another, the other would rush to walk on the same ground and they would both fall.

God said that He was the prize and that to get to the top was to receive the mark of the high calling(3) that Paul talked about. Lovely, blessed and much loved people, we were the children. A speaking against another ministry would cause us to slide backward so that we were further away from God.

Have you not noticed that there are periods when you feel God's presence in a mighty way and then there are times His spirit just is not as close and we don't stop to think that it might have have been a slip of the tongue that caused it. I'm not talking sin here I'm talking to mature Christians. We are more accountable for what we say than the sinner who never came into a church. We have the power of life and death(4) in our mouths and this is not given to babies but to adults and when you have proved that you can be faithful in the little things He will take you on to the BIG things in God.

He said, "Let me show you what they could do."

I saw the children take each other's hand and they encircled this mountain and I'm talking about multitude's of children. There were rows and rows of kids holding hands around that mountain and I saw them begin to climb. As one slipped the ones behind caught him and held him until he got back on his feet and began to climb again.

I saw bands of light like rainbows began to descend from the top and fall on first one row and then the next as they climbed higher and there were continually more children coming and joining hands.

He said, "Look what they can do when they all work together for a common goal. They can change a nation and then a world if they'll only learn to work together so tell them now for this is the message that must go out."

"Tell them to beat their swords into plowshares(5) and get to work for the harvest, for now is the time."

I did not stop and interject the verses in here because I wanted you to understand without reverences what the message was and below you will find the verses to back this up.

I am going to interject something here that might help you to understand where I'm coming from on this. I used to bowl on leagues with my husband and I was never a good competition bowler. I always tried to better my own score and pulled for everyone bowling, even the opposite team to bowl their best and one time a man sat down beside me and said, "I would rather bowl against any team but yours."

This puzzled me because it seemed every team out there enjoyed bowling with us so I had to ask, "Why?"

He said it was hard to compete against someone who was pulling for you and I learned a valuable lesson that night. God chose this for me to learn and I've never forgotten this so that is why you'll hear me repeatedly say I pray for each and every person that reads this newsletter to go on in what God is doing in your life and if I can help in any way, I'm a phone call away. My desire is to make your life easier, not to climb on your shoulders, and with God's guidance I hope to never be a burden but to always have a "helps ministry" to my fellow climbers. So come on, one foot after another let's climb this mountain together!

1. God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.

2. Guard your tongue.

1 Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

James 3:5-6 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! {6} And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

3. Mark of the high calling.

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

4. Power of life and death is in the tongue.

Psalms 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

5. Beat their swords into plowshares.

Isaiah 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

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