“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Shut your mouth already – now, let’s continue to talk about everything you need to know before you open it again. I am trying to cover this in only 6 posts – 4 more to come. Are you ready to jump back in?!
Dear Heavenly Father – We have seen so many loose mouths spitting out lies, negativity and curses – help us to not participate. Let us discern truth from lies and live in truth. Help us to stand firm in the positivity and hope of our redemption. And please keep and guard us from speaking curses, especially unknowingly. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Talk, words, and utterances from our mouths can be the most powerful tool of God. But it can also be used to curse, lie and destroy. In light of some of the shockingly inhumane responses to the presidential debate (in the United States) and the United States’ president’s diagnosis of covid-19, we are studying the power in words. Responses have come from all over the world, so this is prevalent to all my international readers as well. And as I have read world news from other countries, loose mouths carelessly speaking is a global pandemic. Let us first apply these lessons to our own mouths before we are too quick to judge others.
We are all guilty of saying things out of order, saying things we regret, and saying things we didn’t mean in the heat of a painful situation. We have all spoken carelessly from time to time. We may not have wished someone dead with our words or knowingly cursed someone, and we may not have said things so horrible as we may have wished we said… But we all have something and we shall be held accountable for it, even under grace, as Jesus said:
“But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the Day of Judgment.” Matthew 12:36 NASB
So let us learn and understand. Ask forgiveness now for the careless words, repent! And let us learn to be careful with words and thoughts. Let us speak life as we studied yesterday.
“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” Proverbs 25:11 NASB
As we try to use life giving words – let’s look at what the Bible says about us NOT using life giving words:
“The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, 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 3:3-6 NLT
Corrupting your whole body – well, there goes all that repentance work we did in order to be counted as righteous; therefore no longer clean without spot, no longer assured of heaven. “Lord, Lord… but I did all these things in your name…” “Oh evil one – your tongue destroyed you” (Matthew 7:21-23)
Our words can set fires…. Fires usually kill, steal and destroy. It says here that it is set on fire by hell itself! As a believer, in a relationship with God – should our words draw hellfire up here to destroy people? The very same people Jesus died for? The very same souls that someone is praying for you (or someone) to be led by God to show God’s grace to?! Oh Lord, help us! God is leading us to a few verses here and we should understand what He is saying – open you heart to understand.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 NIV
Every word you say – ask yourself if those words steal from someone… steal their reputation? Steal their joy? Steal their opportunity to see a real and powerful God through you?
Ask yourself if your words kill. Words can curse death onto someone.
Ask yourself if your words destroy… destroy self-esteem? Destroy hope, grace and mercy? Destroy belief in God?
If your words steal, kill or destroy – then you are doing the work of the thief (the devil and adversary of God). Maybe it’s time to question who you serve and if you truly believe in God? Let me explain further…
Ask yourself if your words are true. Are you lying, misleading, manipulating??? If you are lying, then, in the words directly quoted from the Bible:
“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44 ESV
Therefore if you are lying, misleading and manipulating – your father is the devil and NOT God. You are not of Christ. Furthermore…
“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” James 1:26 ESV
Oh Lord, do not let us be worthless to your Kingdom! Do not let us trade our adoption into your inheritance for a place as a child of the devil! Oh God, please forgive us and cleanse us! We, the people of the year 2020, are in need of some deliverance from our evil ways – some serious, humble repentance.
Are your reading this because God wanted to talk to you about your careless words? I am warning you, so that you will not miss what God is doing. He wants you to repent and come back. He loves you and has a plan for you but it does include learning to shut your mouth! Maybe a minute ago you did not even realize how far away you had become – all that matters is any conviction you feel is there for you to repent and be made clean. Then do not dwell in condemnation – it is not of God.
There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus – repentance brings redemption. Period. Time for us to take a close look at our words and
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 NIV
Sweet healing words! Let us spend today speaking sweet healing words!
Sweet healing into our relationship with God! Sweet healing into our family relationships and within our homes – Sweet healing to our homes – Sweet healing to our children, and their children and their children! – Sweet healing to our pets – Sweet healing to our finances – Sweet healing to our job and ministries – Sweet healing to our government officials – Sweet healing to our nations – Sweet healing to our souls and the souls of the prodigals and the souls of the lost – Sweet healing to our lives – in the name of Jesus ~amen!
Speak it – pray it – believe it.
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