All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me. Psalms 56:5
The words that come from the mouth of the unsaved are deceitful, cursing, condemning, slanderous, envious gossip, mischievous, foolishness, jealous, resentful, begrudging, and spiteful. While these words are negative in nature and no one really appreciates them being said and directed at them, the bible reveals this about those who choose to speak them.
Even among Christians thoughtless words create conditions that reflect work of the sin nature that is active and alive in them. God demands that we use restraint in the words we speak making them wholesome and build others up. However, some of the words we use keep us in captivity and refuse to set us free from the bondage we drag around with us. All because we do not know the principles of God that set us free.
One thing Christians do is to make promises with good intentions but for one reason or another forget to do them. Although we as Christians we attempt to teach faithfulness it is the broken relationships that teach us to be faithful to our word.
Still, the bible tells us that God has promised that every word spoken by his mouth will accomplish its intended purpose. He has also said that not one jot or tittle or the least stroke of the pen will fail to come to pass. Those who know God believe that if God said it you can believe it.
Not being faithful to the words you have spoken can leave the impression that your words are nothing but words or that you are full of hot air. Repeating the habit of not keeping your word often has the power of making you a liar and a deceiver.
In the last chapter we spoke of using the belief of the heart as a foundation for your faith. Unless we harness the words of our heart the words we speak can do as much harm as it can do good. Speaking your beliefs without showing doubt leads to those beliefs being done by God. In other words, harnessing your words is taking control of your life by speaking the words you believe God will do for you.
When asking God to do something for you, believe that God will give what you asked for. However I have noticed lately that the faith of most Christians does not meet the standards of Godís word. They ask believing God will heal either themselves or someone they love and then reveal a different belief in the days and weeks that follow that is contrary to the promise that their prayer was based on.
In other words you can choose your words to establish your faith in God for specific healings, but let your feelings determine the belief that God didnít heal you. I know a person with an eighteen year old son with special needs. This man is a person highly respected in the church and is active in fulltime ministry. Over the years I canít help to believe that he has pleaded with God several times for God to heal his son.
However, his son continues to show the symptoms of his disorder. Even though this man has asked God to heal his son on several occasions he continues to tell everyone he knows that his son has a mental disorder. Is he keeping his son from being healed by the words on his mouth reshapes his faith. In other words he has asked God to heal his son but continues to say what he sees and believes with the words of his mouth. Does this man have two opinions, one that says God heals, and another that says no he doesnít because I havenít seen my sonís health improve.
Seeing God at work in you starts with an absolute belief in God and the belief in the Greek means more than to think as being true. It also means to entrust something such as your life into the care of another. Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Believing that God will give the good gifts to those who ask him (Matthew 7:11) will always be given through the spirit. Though the good gift may not be seen it demands you to be certain that you have received what you not seen. The Bible tells us that,
If this verse were a definition for faith we have to do more than believe. When thinking on its concept there is a matter of being certain and being able to trust or rely on the character of God. God has promised to give good gifts to his children but those gifts must work their way through the actions of the flesh to be seen.
The bible tells that you reap what you sow and for the most part men and women of faith know the concept of this principle. However Christians are prone to repeat the words of other Christians in ignorance. The primary reason Christians repeat things is because they trust another person who is a man of God. However, most of the time have they never tested the words they have heard against the word of God.
Adding content to the word of God that God hasnít said is a way to bring harm to the body of Christ. Adding to Godís word only increases the confusion that already exists in the body of Christ. How do you know what God expects of you if you donít make time to read and study the word of God? Trusting the opinions of another person is not what God expects of his children rather he expects his children to work out their own salvation with God in reverence to the truth of his word.
On the other hand, some people donít do everything written is the word of God. That practice amounts to taking a short cut that leaves the image of Christ unfinished. Jesus said this about that person.
When anyone does not pay attention to what they are doing they can and do say things contrary to the word of God. Whether itís through ignorance or neglect the words you speak can affect the lives of other people adversely. Making a diligent effort to know God changes your outlook on life and how you do things. Knowing God and what he expects of his children will help you to understand that your words may do as much harm as it can do good.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15