DO MY WORDS BETRAY GOD?

June 24, 2021
June 24th 2021

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Proverbs 18:21

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This is a self-reflection blog this week. The title is very deliberate. Do my words betray GOD? 


In a recent meeting, someone echoed advice they’d received from a senior leader that just applies so aptly: "If it feels really good to say, chances are, you shouldn't."


Simple, right? Tell that to Peter.


“And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, ‘Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.’ 74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, ‘I do not know the Man!’

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So he went out and wept bitterly.”

Matthew 26:73-75


Even in Peter's weakest moments, the mark that HE had been with the ONE was still hearable. 


So back to my original question: Do my words betray CHRIST?


In the middle of a struggle, will I speak JESUS into the situation? Or will I speak my emotional intellect and think I can bring peace with the force of my will?


There is nothing more deadly than a CHRISTian's mouth (see Proverbs 18:21). Hence the reason GOD had to burn Isaiah’s mouth clean before HE could send him – one of the major prophets of the Old Testament – to carry HIS message to nations and the world (see Isaiah 6). 



The devil does not have the power to give life and pronounce death. GOD gave that to HIS children, through the death and resurrection of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. 


Practical tips:


  1. If we (myself included) do not have any life-giving words to speak, simply be quiet. 
  2. Ask the LORD JESUS CHRIST to fill our hearts with love for HIM and for people, because out of our hearts, our mouths speak (see Luke 6:45).
  3. Understand that our words have power, and if we want GOD to give HIS authority to build up and tear down with our declarations, then our mouths have to stay sanitized. Actively begin to practice measuring your words against the WORD of GOD. 


Amen.



*All Scriptures are in the New King James Version of the Bible.

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