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WORDS - A Life and Death Message

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. —Psalms 19:14
G od created everything with words. He spoke and it was so. We are created in God's image and the words we use are important to Him and are very powerful. Words can make or break the spirit of a child or even a man many times. Words helped to mold and shape us into who we are today. The old saying, " ... words can never hurt me " is a very deceptive lie from the enemy, not to mention is contrary to the word of God.

"Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and they that love them will eat the fruit thereof" -- Proverbs 18:21

The Hebrew/Chaldee word for love in this scripture is "aheb" which means to have affection for, like a friend. We will bare the fruit of what we speak either towards life or death. Many Christians continually speak words of death without even realizing it. For the past ten years, in my home and also in my parent's home, around my siblings and both my parents, we have continued to support each other by reminding each other of those words we are speaking. It is important to have a good support system with like-minded family and friends to break the habit and atmosphere of using words of death and negativity. "The letter of the law killeth, but the Spirit giveth life".(2Cor. 3:6). May we speak life and not death, even in using or speaking the scriptures. Jesus gave us a stern warning in Matthew 12:36 where He said.. "But I say unto you that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account of it..." That word idle from the original language means lazy, useless, or barren. Basically using worthless, useless words.

Some examples of death, barren, or useless words are phrases such as:

  "I almost died laughing", "I died laughing",
"That ticked me to death", "that makes me sick",
"I am sick and tired of ...," "That kills me,"
"I'd give my right arm for ..." "I'm afraid that..."
" I about had a heart attack,"

          ........... and Many similar statements.

None of which are true and do we really want to be saying those things about ourselves, over us, or even yet—setting that example for our children. For our children will use the same words that we do. Jesus spoke and it was so. He gave power to men who spoke words and things happened!

Our words are powerful.
He said "... if we had the faith of a grain of mustard seed, (which is probably the smallest seed in the world, ) that we shall say unto this mountain, remove from here to yonder place, and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."—Mat. 17:20, Luke 17:6 and in Mark 11:23 He said "For verily I say unto you whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatever he saith."

Herein lies a problem that often times works against us.. whatever we say and believe with all our heart, we shall have and it shall come to pass----good or bad.

" Well, I knew it would happen to me", "This always happens to me", "My mother had cancer, My grandmother had high blood pressure.. so I'm sure I will get it too". "Every time I come here I always get stuck in traffic", "This always happens to me". "I knew it, it's just my luck".

I would say that the Lord hates the word luck possibly more than any other useless word in our vocabulary. This word doesn't exist in the Bible. I would suspect that it has pagan origins because it removes God from the situation or circumstance, giving credit to something which Christians should not believe in at all. How can we give glory to God in all things if we speak, "good luck" to others instead of blessings to them. If we say, that was just good luck, we are removing God from our conversation even if we don't actually believe in luck. If we don't believe in it, then this is another word that should be totally removed from our vocabulary.

Do we pray that God will have control over our lives, our homes and our children? Do we believe that He does? Do we believe that He works all things for our good? If we do believe these things then the word coincidence is another idle, useless word that doesn't belong in a Christian's vocabulary. It also contradicts the Bible and is not found in scripture.

Consider the power and authority we have been given by Christ. He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my father." --John 14:12. What can be greater than raising the dead, healing the sick, cleansing the lepers? This does happen overseas in foreign countries where they are given the word and haven't been exposed to years of doctrine that has been passed down from generation to generation like here in the US, basically watered down with man's interpretation. One reason it happens rarely in our country is because of our unbelief in the scriptures. God, being the perfect Father, must be able to trust us with little things before He can trust us with big things. We will gain strength in our faith, our prayers will receive answers—answered more quickly and we will have more power in the words we speak if they line up and not contradict God's word. As the Lord trusts us with the words of our mouth, He can then trust us with more power in the words that we do speak.

I've experienced this over the years and still it amazes me with what power and authority I have, sometimes in the words that I speak. I am not different than you or anyone else. God is no respecter of persons. God's word says whatsoever we do shall prosper. That's what it says, so either God's word is true or it is not. At our old house, my neighbor was amazed at how my rose bushes grew and bloomed. She loved roses too and would buy all these expensive foods and fertilizers for hers. She dug in the dirt and pampered her roses quite a bit without much growth and she asked me one day what I fed mine. Apparently she had been watching and had never seen what, if anything I had been feeding them. My reply was .. "God's word". If I do anything, I might prune them now and then and that's about it. I enjoy beautiful things that are low or no maintenance. BUT, I do walk outside admiring their beauty and just say aloud, "Thank you Lord that whatsoever I touch shall prosper." He will command the blessing. (Deut. 28:8) It is that easy. It is that simple. The fruit speaks for itself. She knew it was true. In Psalms 1:3 "...and whatsoever we doeth shall prosper." The original word for "doeth" means what we are given charge of. The definition cites a paragraph of things the word "doeth" means. God's word is powerful, active and alive. It is a creative force. Do we believe it? Or do we stumble with doubt and unbelief? The word admonishes us to not leave the simplicity of the gospel. But yet, we have. For one thing, we have let doctrinal differences divide us. We need to be challenged more to grow in Christ and His teachings. Consider Hebrews 6 verses 1 and 2.

"Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go ON unto perfection, (original word maturity) not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

The Bible tells us the above things cited are the "principles of the doctrine of Christ". Yet we don't hear much teaching regarding these things as our doctrine, much less gone on further as the word instructs us. We have let in old wives fables, the ways of the world and exchanged men's teachings or conversation for God's word. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Col.2:8)

Another word not found in the Bible, is the word wish. It's a very subtle word. I'm talking about using it in the context of wishing upon a star.. when, if you think about it, we really shouldn't be wishing anything at all. Shouldn't we be praying about it? Doesn't it sound idle if we ask or want something and those requests aren't made known to God or asked of Him? I can't imagine Abraham or Moses saying that they wished about anything. I don't believe they ever used that word. If I say to my husband.. "Honey, I wish you'd come here a minute." Why do I need to include the word wish anyway? It is a rather worthless, idle word that we don't need to use if you think about it. Try to practice eliminating a couple words at a time from your vocabulary. The Lord will quicken your spirit and remind you. Thus far, when I've totally removed a word, He has always been faithful to given me another to deal with.

"... If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body."---James 3:2

" For the word of God is [quick] original word-- (living), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword..." --- Hebrews 4:12

"He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."---Psalms 107:20

He sends His word through us, we should speak His words.

"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few." Ecc. 5:2

"For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also many vanities; but fear thou God." Ecc. 5:7.

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words; and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit." Prov. 17:27

"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to thy bones." Prov. 16:24 --- words affect our health.


Words can turn situations and atmospheres completely around!

"A soft answer turneth away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger." -- Proverbs 15:1

"A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit." Prov. 15:4

The words we use can and will hinder our prayers.

If what you have read here has encouraged you and quickened your spirit, you can pray and God's grace is sufficient. The Holy Spirit is there to remind you and help you watch for those careless words. I often pray the following scriptures over myself.

Father, please.. "Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and keep the door of my lips." Ps. 141:2. Let my words be always with grace seasoned with salt that I may know how to answer every man. (Col. 4:6)

The Bible says our prayers go unanswered because we pray amiss. When we personalize and pray God's word, we can be confident that His word is His will and are not amiss. Psalms 141 verses 1-4 are wonderful scriptures to pray. Don't feel condemned, for the Lord is not finished with any of us yet. :-) Since the Bible tells us .. out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks", It does not take a strong gift in discernment to know how much, or how little of Jesus one has in their heart. All they have to do is speak. If these things are not basic principles that are taught and are fruits in the lives of your Pastor, or leaders of your church, then I would strongly suggest leaving that church. Pray and ask the Lord to lead you to one that will help you grow and help strengthen your faith and not tear it down with doubt and unbelief.
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