The words we speak are very important. It was words spoken from our hearts that first brought us into the kingdom of God (Romans 10:10,13).
What if our response to that all important invitation from God had been, "Oh, if it is God's will, he'll save me," or "Well, I can ask him to save me, and he'll answer my prayer, but sometimes he says no, so I can't say for sure whether he'll save me or not."
I can see many of you rising to your feet right now crying out, "No, no! The Word of God says he WILL save ALL who call on his name through belief in his risen son. So you can't possibly use this as a scenario. You've missed it badly!"
Well, doesn't the Word of God say he WILL do other things as well. So why can't we take him at his Word for more than salvation? Why must he stop there at keeping his Word?
Our words are very powerful. The fact that our initial access into the presence and power of God (by becoming his child) comes through heart-spoken Words is proof of that.
Our words affect those around us--either positively or negatively. They affect all of our relationships either positively or negatively. They affect us, and our mental, physical and spiritual health, either positively or negatively.
But there are those who will take the scriptural truth concerning the importance and power of our words, and twist it to suit their own self-centered, ungodly purposes.
There are those who take the scripture, that says Abraham called those things that be not as though they were, and twist it into a useless denial of reality.
Abraham was absolutely right to call those things that be not as though they were, because he had God's promise, but there is certainly no record that he ever called those things that be as though they were not. Abraham never denied reality, and that is a subtle difference that many get confused about.
But it is true that the Word of God should always be in our mouth concerning any and all circumstances that may arise in our lives.
We are taught in scripture to "gird our loins with the TRUTH"—which is the Word of God—and it should be always be in our mouths as well as in our hearts.
Are you sick? What does the Word of God say? It says to go to the elders of the church, admit that you are sick and in need of prayer, and have them anoint you with oil and pray the prayer of faith over you.
What is the prayer of faith (faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God)? And what does the Word of God say? It says that God is our healer. It says that when we love him and are doers of the Word and not hearers only—it (his Word) is life to us and health to all our flesh (Proverbs 4:22). And I want to know that whoever is anointing me with oil and praying over me believes that—In fact, I don’t let just anyone pray for me with the laying on of hands.
These are just a few (of many) examples in scripture of what the Word of God says, about how to deal with whatever ails our bodies.
How about gossip? That involves words. Is it going to benefit us at all to go around "confessing" our healing while at other times we are indulging in the sin of gossip? Probably not.
The scriptures command us to let no corrupt communication come out of our mouths. Corrupt communication includes all ungodly speaking—not just cursing. Gossip is a sin. What is gossip? Gossip is discussing (without permission) the personal details of anyone's life who is not us.
The scriptures say our whole body can be defiled by what comes out of our mouths.
Scripture does teach that our physical health can be affected by our words—both positively and negatively. There is a very strong connection between the Spiritual and the physical.
Our words, actions, thoughts and attitudes all work together in affecting our physical bodies.
The scriptures say the curse causeless does not come (Proverbs 26:2). That is why it is so crucially important to acknowledge HIM in all our ways, so HE can direct our paths (proverbs 3:6 kjv).
It is doubtful that the majority of us are afflicted because we are so righteous that a "Job" situation is going on in our lives. But we cannot rule that possibility out, so we need be careful about passing judgment on anyone simply because they may be afflicted. But generally, that is not the case, and if obvious sin is present (all sin is not obvious to the casual observer), it is definitely a loving thing to confront it. Someone's physical life just might be saved. And wouldn't that be a good thing?
Jesus is the high priest of our profession (confession), and there is a reason for that piece of information being included in the Holy Scriptures. In light of that, is it a godly thing for our profession to be dismal, negative and unbelieving?
There is only one thing that limits God and that is unbelief: Psalms 78:40-41, How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
Matthew 13:58, 58: And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
And the scriptures do say, "From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks...."
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Monday, June 8, 2009
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