Tag: Words

You Are Framing Your World


Have you ever stopped to think about what God’s most powerful, creative force is?

I’m referring to His Word.

In Genesis we read the story of creation, how He spoke our world into existence.

Out of the abundance of His heart He speaks…

He created mankind, using Himself as the pattern, and breathed into them the breath of life. 

His Word. 

And believe it or not, He has given that creative force to man… 

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)

What shall we do with our words? Where will we allow our words to take us? 

“We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.” (James 3:3 – 3:5 NLT)

What kind of world will we create (or frame) with our words? 

“By faith we understand that the universe was created (KJV-framed) by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)

I love watching home remodeling shows, where someone completely guts an old house and frames in new walls. The framework makes it possible to finish the house, and it is the defining factor of exactly how the house will look and function. 

So it is with our words. Whether we believe it or not, our words frame the kind of life we’ll have. They determine our direction and disposition, and decree what will or will not be allowed to attach itself to our life. 

In a house, doors and windows cannot be added unless the framework allows for them. No extra lighting or electrical outlets, either; not until the framer says so. 

What are you saying about your life? What are your words creating? 

Are you and the Living God on the same page? 

Do your words agree with His?

If the Kingdom of God operated according to the words YOU speak, would God’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven?

Remember, it was Jesus Who said, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34 ESV) 

God demonstrated just how powerful words can be when, out of the abundance of His heart, His words framed the world as we see it.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). We live the way He has designed when we are continuously feeding on what He is saying (in His Word and by the Spirit). As His word brings life to our inner man, our heart, it then follows that out of the abundance of our heart our mouth speaks; creating and framing a God-minded, God-favored kind of life. 

Our tongue will steer us through life’s channels, and will keep us from becoming shipwrecked. 

So, what kind of world are you framing for yourself, your family, and those around you? 

Are you enjoying the life you’re living? More importantly, is it the kind of life which invites God’s Presence and help? 

And where will you eventually end up?

It is so very important we understand our greatest power, and frame our world as it should be. 

Full of life, and pleasing to God Almighty.

Trust Me

“C’mon, man. You can trust ME.”

You’ve probably heard those words a time or two, haven’t you? “Trust me”. 

Whether spoken by a fast talking used car salesman, a slick politician, or a guy who is trying to put the moves on some unsuspecting chick, words which should carry some of the greatest worth are deemed trite and meaningless. 

Has something happened to the English language? 

No. Just to the human experience.

“Trust me” used to mean, “You can take me at my word. Whatever I say, that will I do. Nothing will keep me from honoring my word. For my word is my bond, and if necessary, I will swear to my own hurt to make sure my word is fulfilled.”

It USED to be, when a person made a deal with someone, they would shake hands; a picture of ‘cutting a blood covenant’ with each other. The handshake signified to each person the seriousness of their solemn oath. They each knew the underlying message to the other was “you can trust me”.

There were far less written contracts needed, or used. 

But these days, contracts aren’t even worth the paper they’re printed on. 

Why? 

Because people, many people, don’t find anything wrong with saying one thing and doing another. Whether it’s a university basketball coach, or a marriage partner; the oath and the contract holds very little value. 

And I’ve discovered something. Those who don’t see the value in keeping their word are the very ones who have a difficult time trusting someone else. 

Now here we are, a nation preparing to elect a new president. Each candidate is trying to gain our trust. They’re saying, “Trust me”, to a nation that really doesn’t know what trust means.

How can a nation trust when they don’t value their own words?

Our currency proclaims, “In God We Trust”, but do we?

This nation doesn’t trust God. If it did, God would be more a part of our world. Evident in our activities, our behavior, our decisions, and our morals. 

We do everything we can to erase even the mention of God from our society and vocabulary. 

Maybe, just maybe, if we started holding OURSELVES accountable to the promises WE make, we just might find the moral fiber and backbone to hold OTHERS accountable for the things THEY’VE promised. 

“Trust me” should be the most powerful oath a person could ever say. But it isn’t anymore. 

Maybe someday. 

“O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart…who swears to his own hurt and does not change.” (Psalm 15:1-4 ESV)

“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it.” (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” (Psalm 118:8 ESV)

Potty Mouth Christians

  
I almost hate to use “potty mouth” and “Christians” at the same time; and I wouldn’t if it wasn’t true. Unfortunately, it is true.

Some Christians have potty mouths. Maybe I should say, some “so-called Christians” have potty mouths.

Before you get mad and quit reading, I do not mean that anyone who has a potty mouth isn’t a Christian. But some, who may think they’re a Christian because of their church attendance, good deeds, political party, or any other activity which may give them that “Oh, I’m so good” feeling, are not only sadly mistaken, but have become self deceived.

So what is a Christian? 

The term, “Christian”, was first used to describe the group of Christ followers in Antioch. 

“…And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Acts 11:26 NASB)

The DISCIPLES were called Christians. A disciple is a learner, a student, a pupil. A disciple of Christ is a student of, one who learns from, Christ Jesus. Disciples of Jesus not only have placed their faith in Him as their Savior, but have also accepted His command to “repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

The gospel (good news) is the power of God to salvation (Romans 1:16). It is the gospel of deliverance, forgiveness of sins, the new birth, and eternal life. 

It was never meant to merely be a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card; one that’s presented to Saint Peter at the appropriate time. 

The gospel has always been, in God’s mind, and in the mind of the New Testament writers, the means by which the whole human race no longer has to be separated from their Creator God. No longer does sin’s nature need to dominate mankind. Through faith in Jesus, the Sole Focus of the gospel, the believer is translated from one kingdom to the other. The kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

And since there’s only two kingdoms, spiritually speaking, it’s imperative for everyone to hear, and obey, the gospel. 

So a Christian is a disciple, a follower of Christ, an adherent to the gospel of Jesus. Not perfect, but through faith and obedience inherits His promises, is endued with His power, and allows His Presence to fill them so His fragrance and favor flow through them into the dark, depraved world. 

That’s how I came in contact with the gospel. Someone, a disciple of Jesus, a Christian, brought me the good news of Jesus. But not so much in what he said. He didn’t know a whole lot at that time, because he was such a new believer. But he knew Jesus. His Presence, His fragrance and favor, oozed out of my friend and captured my heart. 

If he’d had a potty mouth, I wouldn’t have wanted what he had. 

A potty mouth does not present Christ to the world. They cannot be following Christ, for Jesus does not talk in such a manner. 

A person doesn’t have to use swear words to be a potty mouth. But I’ve noticed this about Christians; if they’ll gossip, or speak about someone in a demeaning and hateful manner, they’ll probably use vulgarity as well. 

If a person doesn’t set a guard over their mouth, you can expect to hear just about anything every time they open it. 

Christian, if you are determined to follow the Lord, do something about your mouth. 

You may say, “I just can’t help it. After all, Pastor James said, ‘No one can tame the tongue.'”

That’s PARTLY what he said. Here’s the rest…

“Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.” (James 3:3-12 NASB)

James teaches that the tongue, because it is connected SPIRITUALLY with the heart (spirit of man), it is like a rudder. The tongue can, and does, direct a person’s life; at least to a large degree. Though small, it is very powerful. Though not considered important, like one’s appearance or social standing, it can make or break a life, relationship, church community, or even a nation. 

And though no man can tame it, it still stands; “these things ought not to be this way.”  So what can a person do? 

To change the tongue, to rid it of its poisonous venom, one must work at changing the heart. “For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Or, to be a little clearer, change the heart’s perception of what’s right and wrong. 

In other words, renew your mind with God’s word; His word which is “life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh.” 

For His Word, planted into the heart and mind of the Christ follower, will moment by moment be at work removing the old and replacing it with the new. 

He will help you and I learn a new vocabulary; the language of the Kingdom. Words that are carriers of faith, life, healing and wholeness. Words which lift the hearers to new levels of faith and encouragement. Words that can cleanse and repair dirty and damaged souls.

Potty mouth Christian, let’s put an end to that phrase; shall we?

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:29-32 NASB)  

Ten Reasons Why – Our Words

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Ten Reasons Why Our Words Should Be Few

1. In the multitude of words, sin abounds.
“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19 NLT)

2. Wisdom is recognized by its few, well-chosen words.
“A truly wise person uses few words…” (Proverbs 17:27 NLT)

3. Uncontrolled tongues can start fires.
“And the tongue is a flame of fire…It can set your whole life on fire…” (James 3:6 NLT)

4. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)

5. A fool is recognized by what he says.
“Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28 ESV)

6. Words are carriers of creative or destructive power.
“…wrongdoers…sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows.” (Psalm 64:2-3 NLT) “A fool’s proud talk becomes a rod that beats him, but the words of the wise keep them safe.” (Proverbs 14:3 NLT)

7. Worlds are framed, constructed, by words.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God…” (Hebrews 11:3 ESV) “and he upholds the universe by the word of his power…” (Hebrews 1:3 ESV)

8. Words are seeds to a harvest.
“The sower sows the word.” (Mark 4:14 ESV) “Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating.” (Proverbs 18:6 NLT) “…You will always harvest what you plant.” (Galatians 6:7 NLT)

9. Words of faith don’t return void; they accomplish what we send them to do.
“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:11 NLT) “And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says…and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11:22-23 ESV)

10. Guarded lips, guarded life.
“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” (Proverbs 13:3 ESV)

Can you think of other reasons why it’s better to let your words be few? If so, what are they?

I Hate Cancer

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I hate cancer!

Cancer: a malignant tumor of potentially unlimited growth that expands locally by invasion and systemically by metastasis (which is the spread of a disease-producing agency (as cancer cells) from the initial or primary site of disease to another part of the body; also : the process by which such spreading occurs).

An evil, malevolent tumor of unlimited potential growth that expands by invasion…

An evil tumor. An abnormal new growth of tissue that possesses no physiological function. Something that draws life and energy from that which it’s attached itself to. It serves no benevolent purpose. It steals nutrition, kills good cells, and destroys any resemblance of life.

Cancer isn’t just a disease in a body, but a hellish disease that affects people’s thoughts and attitudes, causing the destruction of relationships.

Adult Language

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Language is probably the most powerful force known to man. The means of communication. The ability to express one’s thoughts, desires, and opinions; expressions which can mend relationships or start wars, create covenant or sever completely.

Language is a sacred trust given to mankind by God Almighty. It is so sacred, He connected a person’s spirit with their tongue; language’s instrument. People reveal the condition of their heart (spirit) through the words they speak.

Jesus said, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.” (Matthew 12:33-35 ESV)

Pastor James wrote, “For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs.

“So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 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? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.” (James 3:2-12 ESV)

Okay. We speak what our heart is full of. Language is the heart’s fruit. Our words can trip us up, or help us stand. They can bring peace and joy, or stress and anxiety.

Our language, the ability to communicate, must be considered a holy, sacred, and powerful gift; or we will misuse it and, possibly, abuse ourselves and others.

And then there’s the language labeled “adult language.” What is really meant by “adult language” is profanity! “Profane” is to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt. For instance, asking God to “damn someone, or something” is abusing the sacred gift we have. It is showing contempt toward the Creator of the gift of language.

I’m Just Sayin’

20130525-205519.jpgThere’s a phrase going around that has me wondering, “why would someone say such a thing?” I mean, if I said something I meant, why would I add, “I’m just sayin'”? And, if I didn’t mean what I said, why did I say it in the first place?

The phrase, “I’m just sayin'”; not sure where and when it was first used, but it’s sure made its way around the country.

The Urban Dictionary calls the phrase, “The irrefutable way to diffuse any situation. Saying “I’m just sayin'” is to be used immediately after a burn, or after a distasteful opinion is given. There is no response to “I’m just sayin’,” that can’t be followed up with another “I’m just sayin'”. With the proper use of this tool, it is possible to deliver a rude comment or burn and have it bounce off simply as an opinion disguised as an objective opinion, and who can argue with you over an opinion that you don’t apparently support.”

Well, I’m just sayin’ there’s a better way to use those 3 words. I’m just sayin’ I believe we should believe what we say and say what we believe. I’m just sayin’ we ought to go beyond just sayin’ and begin believing the power in what we’re saying.

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ’Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.” (Mark 11:22-23 ESV)

Jesus was “just sayin'” you’ll have what you say if there’s a heart connection with your mouth.

Solomon wrote, “death and life are in the power of the tongue…” James penned, “a ship is controlled by a small rudder”, comparing the rudder with our tongue. Something so small controlling something so large.

So, are you enjoying the fruit of your “just sayin'”?

What if you began to change your “just sayin'” to “God said, so I’m sayin'”…and then say what He said?

God never “just said”; He always has said what He believes and believes what He said. He doesn’t say one thing, but mean something else. “Forever His Word is established in Heaven.” His unchangeable, everlasting Word!

There’s really no place in the believer’s life for rudeness, distasteful opinions, vulgar responses; anything that would make us want to add an “I’m just sayin'”. So, we should use the phrase for something constructive and life bringing!

For example, I’m just sayin’, “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91)

I’m just sayin’, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.” (Exodus 15:1 ESV)

I’m just sayin’, “Great is the Lord, who delights in the welfare of his servant!” Psalm 35

I’m just sayin’, to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you. All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah (Psalm 66:1-4 ESV)

I’m STILL sayin’, “The Lord reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” (Psalm 96:10 ESV)

I’ll say it again, “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:1-2 ESV)

Yes, I’m just sayin’, to you and everyone, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:4 ESV)

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31 ESV) Isn’t that worth sayin’, worth believin’?

Stand before God, and just say, “Jesus is Lord!”, “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 ESV)

Listen closely and you’ll hear the Spirit and the Bride just sayin’, “Come”. An invitation to life for all eternity!

It’s not sarcasm, not an empty promise, not wishful thinking, but honest to goodness truth; the kind only God can give and provide.

That’s what I’m just sayin’!

How ’bout you?

The Firebugs

FirebugsKids do crazy things!

Teenagers do even crazier things!

Boy teenagers, who like to play with fire, well, they’re just plain dangerous!

They just don’t know it.

I have a brother, Jim, who’s a year older than I. Believe it or not, we were teenagers once. And, it’s nothing short of a miracle we made it beyond the teenage years!

We had a lot of fun! Even when there was a risk of getting into trouble, we “weighed the advantages against the disadvantages”, “counted the cost”, and jumped in with both feet.

Now, mind you, we weren’t mean kids. We never bullied anyone, as we were “peace loving” boys. See, guys our size are smart to be lovers of peace. It just makes sense.

Anyway, we would do stuff like skip school, egg cars (that’s a story in and of itself), set off firecrackers in school, smoke cigarettes (and blow smoke into a policeman’s face -Jim), make fun of ugly girls (we knew one we called “The”), and practice being “cool”.

Oh, and play with fire.

We really enjoyed throwing aerosol cans into the burn barrel. I know, not safe, should only be done by professionals. But, how does one become a professional? Practice!

We were well on our way.

In fact, I enjoyed playing with fire so much, as an adult I found work in two different foundries; a place that allowed me to burn wood, pour hot iron, etc. But, back to our teen years.

The best thing(?) we did was up in our bedroom. I’ll set up the story by giving you a little history. Both Jim and I really enjoyed building model cars. We’d buy a new model whenever we’d save enough money to buy the AMT brand kits. We’d purchase spray paint and enamel brush paint for each kit, as well.

Jim was the one who could really add detail to the model. I’ve seen him take little pieces of string and glue them on an engine to give it plug wires. He registered each vehicle he built with his own Department of Motor Vehicles, even issuing the cars little license plates (to scale, of course). He devised a way to make a vehicle appear to have been in a traffic accident, dented fenders and all, so he could repair the dented fender with a new one.

This is where the “fun” really began.

As I said, we liked to play with fire. We didn’t mean any harm, not at all. But fire was needed for the purpose of authenticity, so we used it.

Our bedroom was on the second floor of the house. It was an average size room with hardwood floors. Our twin beds were positioned so that there was a big open area in the middle of the room. This is where the “vehicle accidents” took place.

We had learned, at an early age, if you poured rubbing alcohol on a wooden floor, then lit it, the alcohol would burn, but not the wood. Completely safe! (We didn’t noticed it was ruining the floor’s finish, but, hey, we were young.) We would “practice” this burn technique after it was time for our lights to be out. You can imagine, alcohol burning, flames dancing on the floor, creating a really cool light display throughout the room.

So, my brother came up with an idea. A terrific idea! Cover an area of the floor (about 4 square feet) with alcohol, but right before you light it, pour some of the fluid on the car fender that needed “repaired”. Then, light the floor, roll the car across the floor into the flame. Upon entering the flame, the vehicle ignites. Let it burn for a short while, then, before you blow out the fire, take another car and simulate an accident. After the soften fender is dented, blow out the fires, and presto, you have a perfect fender bender.

I don’t know how many fenders he repaired. I will say this; he had the busiest body shop in town.

Until Dad entered the room!

One evening, after many nights of perfect burning, the fire got a little out of control. I was laying on my bed, watching Jim try to stomp out the fire. Well, apparently Dad heard the stomping also, and decided to investigate.

I can still hear those footsteps coming up the stairs. Dad’s footsteps on the stairs, and Jim’s in our room; like they were trying to outrun the other.

Dad won.

The bedroom door flew open, and our mouth’s opened even wider. Dad’s eyes were screaming even louder than his voice! To this day I don’t know if the fire I saw in his eyes was just a reflection of the burning floor, or something else. My guess is, something else.

Busted! Boy, howdy, busted!

That was the end of Jim’s body shop and my fire building and maintenance “program”.

As you can well imagine, we did have to contend with a different kind of fire the rest of the evening. Ouch!

We THOUGHT we had the fire under control. We never thought there was even a possibility of losing control.

People feel the same about the words they use throughout each day. They don’t realize words can be like fire. They could be saying things just for fun, not meaning to hurt anyone.

Houses burn down, lives are destroyed, through hurtful, insensitive words.

James writes: “In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” (James 3:5 – 3:6 NLT)

You may not be a firebug like my brother and I (were). But your words have the capacity to burn the “finish” off of your closest and dearest relationships. Even if you don’t burn your house down, you can ruin the value of your relationship.

You must decide how you are going to use your words.

“Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.” (Proverbs 16:27 NLT)

“Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” (Proverbs 26:20 NLT)

“A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.” (Proverbs 15:1 MSG)

Don’t be like some silly teenage boys. Think about your words before you become a firebug and “set the floor on fire.”

Well, Shut My Mouth!

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In the beginning, God created Adam with the ability to speak. Open mouth, form words, and speak the words using breath from his own lungs. The words themselves were to flow from Adam’s innermost being, just like his Creator. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the spirit, the mouth speaks.

Adam and God had quite a time together. Adam spoke and named all the animals and God said, “That’s good, Adam. Real good!” I’m sure God showed Adam how to mix faith with his words, because “without faith it is impossible to please God.” I’m certain God told Adam the same thing Jesus told His disciples: “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23 NKJV)

Adam learned from The Master how to “call things that be not, as though they were…”. He learned his tongue is the most powerful and important part of his body. With his tongue he could bless or curse, heal or hurt. (James 3)

After “the fall” I believe much of what Adam had learned by revelation from God became lost, or covered with spiritual darkness. Sin has that effect on us. However, just because he no longer knew certain things didn’t suddenly make those things untrue! For example, I may not realize, or remember, how powerful and indiscriminate gravity is. But if I step where I shouldn’t, WHAM! I still may not understand what happened. Couldn’t explain it if my life depended on it. But…

No, there was still power in the words he spoke. And there’s still power in the words we speak! The things we dwell on become the things we believe. The things we believe will become the words we speak. And the words we speak will frame the world we live in! After all, we were created in God’s image. Notice in Hebrews 11:1-3 – God framed His world, and beyond, by His Word.

Sometimes I forget that truth; or else I’m just too lazy to make myself say the right thing. So, sometimes I simply need to SHUT MY MOUTH!

Yep! My world, your world, this WHOLE WORLD would be better if we simply shut our mouth at times. And shut it we would, if we really believed the power of the heart and tongue. “Believe those things you say will come to pass…”

But we must communicate with one another, so we can’t simply have a zipper stitched to our mouth. There are people and things to bless, and God to be worshipped and adored. There is the enemy of all mankind to defeat, and his operations and schemes to curse. Unity and the bond of peace develops as we speak the same thing in love.

Yes, there is a time to shut our mouth, and a time to open it wide! May The Lord open our understanding to this powerful truth, giving us wisdom to know when to speak and when to shut our mouth!

Here are some scriptures that may help us understand the truth about our words.

A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent (Proverbs 17:27-28 NLT)

Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut. The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless. The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense (Proverbs 10:19-21 NLT)

Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. (Proverbs 4:24 NLT)

Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. (Proverbs 13:3 NLT)

The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. (Proverbs 15:28 NLT)

Fools’ words get them into constant quarrels; they are asking for a beating. The mouths of fools are their ruin; they trap themselves with their lips (Proverbs 18:6-7 NLT)

Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble (Proverbs 21:23 NLT)

A time to be quiet and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7 NLT)

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21 NLT)

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:19-20 NLT)

…We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire… (James 3:3-6 NLT)

Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. (Proverbs 26:20 NLT)

Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back, (Proverbs 29:11 NLT)

There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. (Proverbs 29:20 NLT)

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