Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3:1).
My wife recently reminded me of a story that a pastor once told us when in Entebbe, Uganda. He told us how he had a kennel full of dogs. He chose two of these dogs and spoke life to one and death to the other – continually for a period of time. After just weeks one of those dogs began to slowly die. Then the pastor felt sorry for the dog and began to speak words of life over it instead, but it was too late. Death had taken hold and that dog sadly died. What a crude and cruel experiment you might say. But this pastor found out, in this somewhat rudimentary way, the extent of his words. Evidently our words cause a “reaction” no matter what, for good or for bad.
Dr. Mike Murdock in his book, “Wisdom for Winning” says, ‘One friend noted an inner depression when he indulged in revealing the flaws of others: “The words of a talebearer are as wounds...” (Prov. 18:8 KJV). God brought healing through the Word: “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Prov. 21:23KJV). He goes on to says to guard your conversations’ (page 164).
Jesus can only use our faith filled words to fulfil His purposes. Any other words we speak will be judged. Matthew 12:36 says that we will be judged for “every idle (or careless) word that we speak”.
In fact the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) states that the Greek word (argós) generally used for “idle or idleness” in the New Testament literally meant, inactive, useless, empty gossip, nonsensical talk. Whereas the Strong’s Concordance #692 takes argos (pronounced ar-gos') as generally meaning; inactive, unemployed; lazy, useless; barren, idle or slow.
So this means that Jesus will either use or only judge our words. With this in mind James warns that if our tongue is unbridled it can actually ‘…set on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by Hell.’ (James 3:6) In Hebrews 3:1 however we are instructed to; “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ [or the Anointed One] Jesus” and the word translated as “profession” in that verse can also be translated as “confession.” This means that God appointed Jesus to be our High priest, only over our confession – which is our “declaration of FAITH.”
Having said all this; both our words - faith filled words and our words of idleness have affected our lives up to this point. In fact we could say that our lives today are the “direct-result” of our own consistent choice of words. So perhaps now’s the time to change our vocabulary, especially those who don’t like themselves very much!
True to His Word, Jesus Christ as the Apostle and High Priest will faithfully back our words - but only when we speak what God says in His Word. Think about it, God placed such a high premium on “words” purely because He can only “agree” with His own Word in our mouths, and this is what He wants to bring to pass. It is a total revelation to some that mere “words” can be so literally powerful that they can change the very course of our eternal destiny.
As Christian we have an “out-and-out” obligation to speak “right words” and what a difference they can make! We all know that from the very beginning of our experience with Christ, we came head to head with the power of words and the awesome difference that they can make, “...if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Many people around the world now confess faith in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and proclaim that God had raised Him from the dead, as a result are no longer hell bound, but heaven bound! Mere “words” mingled with truth and faith changed their eternal destiny forever. But we must also consider that if words can change destiny, words can also change anything!
There is “power” in words. In fact the spiritual forces of life or death are “released” through our words alone. This means that “beyond” our conversion experience we must continue to make the right choices with our words! Knowing God’s Word is essential for this. And by speaking “right Words” like this we can help steer the course that God wants us to take; knowing every word we speak will affect everyone else around us; for good or for bad.
What an awesome responsibility we have! All the idle and fruitless chatter we once enjoyed is now a privilege we can no longer indulge ourselves! For when we committed ourselves to Christ we also committed our mouths to Him. This we can never change; our mouths are too significant to trifle with; either they are fountains of life or death, blessing or cursing, something becomes too serious to be jovial about, especially as one matures in Christ. We are totally accountable.
Once again Jesus is not committed to “any” words that we speak; only to spoken-words of faith that agree with His and as High Priest of our confession (spoken faith in His Word), Jesus becomes obligated to bring-those-words-to-PASS, but let me point out that it is the Holy Spirit who brings-them-to-LIFE. We see this in John 6:63 where it says; “It is the Spirit Who gives life [He is the Life-giver]; the flesh conveys no benefit whatever [there is no profit in it]. The words (truths) that I have been speaking to you are spirit and life” (AMP).
Think about it, if the very words that Jesus spoke were inspired and brought to life by the Holy Spirit how much more do we need the help! So together our High Priest and the Holy Spirit work together, to bring our words to life and to pass! “...the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14 also Rom 10:8).
Then 1Corinthians 1:4-5 also tells us that Jesus “enriches our utterance.” That is, He takes our words of faith and enriches them with His. So no matter how we look at it, the words we speak have the ability to carry the very creative force of Almighty God behind them. What weight that is! And they are “bound” to come to pass! “I thank my God… Jesus Christ; that in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge…”
As mentioned in the last “Truth for the Journey”, God intended us to be the “prophet of our own lives,” so that we could bring good things to pass by using our mouths to “affirm” His word. “...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things…” (Matthew 12:34-37).
It’s evident therefore that an opportunity exists to all of us; to bring forth life or to bring forth death. Some people imagine that their words don’t “bring forth” anything! But for those of us who understand differently and have had this “revealed” to us by the Holy Spirit, now have a responsibility to act upon what we know.
For the rest of our lives we must act wisely - every single time we open our mouths! No longer can we leisurely engage in idle chatter. On the other hand we can still be spontaneous and free – sure! - but with “restraint” and self control, knowing that EVERY word will be judged.
To finish I heard Ulf Ekman once say, “Put a padlock on your mouth and only speak when God gives you the key!”
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father I thank you that today I am free. My heart is free, my mind is free and my mouth is free. But I will not use my freedom to sin. I will choose wisely with thoughts and especially with my words. I understand Father that I am a co-creator with You, for this reason use me today to bring forth LIFE wherever I am. Amen
CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Today I choose to manifest the heart and purposes of God in and through my mouth. I have a RIVER OF LIVING WATER that flows through me and will refresh others. My joint mission in life, with Christ and His Holy Spirit, is to bring forth life through the spoken word; chiefly with God’s word in my mouth. I am therefore God’s “mouth piece” today and fully understand that “every” word I speak has the potential of life and for death. With this knowledge and with God’s help I keep my heart and my mouth in check - in Jesus Name.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!
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