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How To Change Your Vocabulary 

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Have you ever listened to someone talk and just knew they weren’t from your neck of the woods? Not only does their accent give them away, but some of their words are just, well, different.

Then there are others who talk like you and I, but have such a limited vocabulary they like to either invent words or hyphenate them so they can demonstrate to those listening just how intelligent they really are.

Though I’ve got to hand it to this one guy I knew. Years ago, while serving in our country’s military, this MP I knew used to learn at least one new word each day. He carried a pocket dictionary with him everywhere he went. He would read it while on guard duty at night, and when I would see him the next morning he’d use his new word in a sentence for me. I bet he learned hundreds of words.

One day I asked him why was he learning so many words? What was his motivation?

He explained that he was tired of belittling and cussing out people using the same old, worn out phrases. He wanted something that sounded more fresh and sophisticated. 

He wanted people to think he was intelligent.

So what about your language? Do you have an accent? Does your speech betray you (as someone said to Peter one cold and lonely night)?

Maybe you’re not swearing much, or perhaps not at all. But your speech still betrays you, because you sound as though God is a million miles away, and you can’t win for losing.

How can a person change their vocabulary? After all, James says that no man can tame the tongue.

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water.” (James 3:6-11 ESV)

So what can a person do, if they really want to change the way they talk?

Here are some suggestions:

 

How To Change Your Vocabulary

 

1. Work on changing your heart. The heart is like a reservoir; it gives out what’s been put in. That’s one reason Jesus told us we must be born again.

2. Find ways to bless God and others. Instead of grumbling to everyone at work, find something, even a little something, to be thankful for.

3. Like my army friend, learn a new word each day. But rather than learning words which tear others down, learn ones which will edify yourself and others. Plus, it will get people wondering what you’re up to.

4. Practice speaking the scriptures as you drive to work, work on the car, or watch a football game (during the commercials, of course). Besides, faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing…(Romans 10:17)

5. Ask a close friend to help you. Sometimes you may not realize what you’re saying, so a friend’s ears could help.

6. Listen to the Word of God as you fall asleep each night. Feed your spirit man. God neither slumbers nor sleeps; neither does your spirit man.

7. Don’t stop just because you may slip up now and then. Keep at it! God’s forgiveness works well with His grace.

8. Think on good and wholesome things. For the way to control your tongue is to reprogram your heart and mind.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8 ESV)

“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:2 – 3:3 ESV)

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV)

Your vocabulary will change, when you change.

Try it. Let me know how it works.

Hear The Sound

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Why is there so much confusion in the world? Why does it seem like so many people are double minded?

Confusion is not from God. It is a result of Adam’s sin, and testifies to a lack of peace in one’s mind and life. There is no confusion in Heaven, but Hell is completely chaotic, utterly void of peace.

Jesus is mankind’s peace. The punishment for our peace was upon him (Isaiah 53).

Confusion is a curse. But they who know their God “will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:18 ESV)

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace…” (1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” (James 3:16 NKJV)

If we will train our heart and mind to listen for Heaven’s words, Heaven’s sound, we will make wise and timely decisions. Our decisions may not make sense in the natural, but we don’t walk according to our own wisdom. We aren’t fighting flesh and blood. We’re not using man made weapons. But the Lord “lights the candle”, the spirit man, allowing those who wait upon the Lord to have their strength renewed, and their mind quiet and peaceful!

Confusion, be gone from the people of God. People of God, trust in the Lord with your whole heart, leaning not (depending not) upon your own understanding.

Instead, hear the sound:

Of the trumpet, calling God’s assembly to order. Specific instructions are understood because of the sound. The enemy hears but cannot discern the meaning of the sound; the same sound Heaven will make on that glorious Day!

Of the bells, sewn to Aaron’s robe, as he approaches the holy of Holies. We follow the movement of the Apostle and High Priest of our confession as we hear Heaven’s sound. We know the nearness of the Holy One by the sound of the bells. Listen closely, and you’ll hear him ever interceding.

Of the goings in the top of the mulberry tree – God is on the move. It’s impossible to keep up with God, or trace His steps. Unless He gives us clues, pictures, and slows down a bit, we probably miss Him. But listen to the sound; his actions become evident to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see.

Of an abundance of rain – revival brings refreshing, but it’s muddy business. The prophet of God prepared to be carried along by the Spirit of God. He prepared because he had heard Heaven’s sound. The sound was a warning of judgment, of promise, and of preparation – “Get ready to move.” So he “girded up his loins”, set his jaw, checked his emotions, and prepared to be moved by the Spirit of God.

Of the voices lifted up in joy, expressing their utmost delight in the Savior of their soul! The soul that’s free in Jesus will echo Heaven’s sound through high and holy praise! “How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.” (Psalm 89:15 NASB)

Of cymbals clanging together, in praise to God. The sound of Heaven confuses the enemy. It makes them fight amongst themselves. The sound causes the enemy to be confused and defeated.

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies be at peace with him.

Of the musical instruments of God, of singing and praising with a joyful sound. Of a harp, whose strings vibrate in unison with Heaven’s unique frequency. Hear it, capture it, let the sound fill you. March to the beat of Heaven’s sound and the walk of faith will become easier.

Of the thunderous skies, and a rushing, mighty wind blowing across the land. It’s declaring the awesome power of God, the fear of God, and man’s complete frailty. Arise and shine! For even in the thunder and the rain, light breaks in and resurrects the dead! The mighty wind that spells death to the rebellious, becomes the breath of God to those who hear and obey.

A solemn sound calling everyone to repentance. Listen closely, and you’ll recognize the commands to rend your heart and not your garments. As the earth quakes at the sound of God’s voice, so does the heart tremble in his presence. But repentance is only the planting and death of a seed; soon its shell will break open with new life.

Of whinnying horses, stirred by the enemy’s advance. Hear the sound of alarm, of warning; an unsafe intruder is near, so prepare for battle and victory. Be alert, hear the sound…

Of marching troops, battle, and the many sounds of the trumpet. (1 Corinthians 14) The many sounds are for those who have an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying. No one is ready for battle, for victory, for life or death, unless they hear the sound. “Man doesn’t live by bread alone; but by every word that PROCEEDS from the mouth of God.”

The faint cry of desperation and need. Of many waters and the still, small voice. Of the alarm, loud and clear. Of cherubim wings, flapping in the heavenly breezes blowing continually through the tabernacle of meeting; the place where God communes with man.

A leaf falling from a tree. It speaks without words, but its message is clear. It speaks of change; life is about change. The sound the leaf makes, a reminder that life is always preparing for the next season. The next door to open. Confusion cannot control the person who has heard the gentle sound of a coming change.

Hear the sound of the Spirit, and recognize the leading of the Lord. Confusion is dispelled as the Lord causes his glorious voice to be heard. Listen closely and you’ll hear him calling your name. Yield to the tenderness in his voice. You will hear a word in your ear, “don’t turn to the left or the right. This is the way; walk in it.”

Confusion becomes impotent and muted in the presence of Heaven’s sound.

“And the Lord will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones.”
(Isaiah 30:30 NLT)

He who has ears to hear will be prepared for anything and everything. Confusion gives the right-of-way to peace, perfect peace.

“And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18 ESV)

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