Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pastor's Ponderings, January 19, 2016

Saying What God Says About Me

What are you speaking out loud about your life?  What is the story that you are writing about your life that is determining what is or what is not and what shall be and what shall not be in your life? God wants us to say what He says about us and not what other people say about us. He wants to use our tongues to speak His story into our lives (Psalm 45:1). The dictionary defines decrees as an official order issued by a legal authority. Elizabeth A. Nixon wrote in Charisma Magazine, “…decrees are a tool by which we cause the truths of the heavenly realm to be manifest into the natural realm so they become our daily reality.” 

We have to understand our tongues have the power of death and life in our lives (Proverbs 18:21).  Our tongue must be submitted to God because that power can be used for good or evil. No person has the total power to control it (James 3:5, 7, 8).

Let us be quick to hear, but slow to speak so that we will not speak rashly (James 1:19). Our tongues, sometimes used cleverly, casually, or carelessly can say some things that we wish we had never spoken.  But the right word at the right time can change everything in a situation (Proverbs 25:11).

Since we will have to eventually give an account of every word that we say (Matthew 12:36), let us read and study His word and then only speak what God would lead us to say so that we can encourage His blessings in our lives and in those around us.

Psalm 45:1
New International Version (NIV)
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer

Proverbs 18:21
New International Version (NIV)
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

James 3:5, 7, 8
New International Version (NIV)
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 1:19
Amplified Bible (AMP)
19 Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];

Proverbs 25:11
Amplified Bible (AMP)
11 Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken at the right time

Matthew 12:36
Amplified Bible (AMP)
36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will have to give an accounting for every careless or useless word they speak.

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