Do you hear yourself?
In this era of cell phones, computers and social media we are in constant contact with the world around us. With that connection comes the ability to share our thoughts on some topics in several different platforms. The technology gives us a voice that is not only local but worldwide.
But, is that a good thing?
So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath James 1:19 NKJV
Slow to speak! What a concept! But why?
Slow to speak because our words have power.
Life and Death is in the power of the tongue and those that love it (the tongue/speaking/the sound of their own voice) will eat the fruit thereof. Pr. 18:24 NKJV (emphasis mine)
Well, I don’t know?
I’ll never be able to do that!
I’m not smart enough or strong enough or fast enough or….or….or….
Whatever it is that we think or believe about ourselves, our life and or the world around us can be heard in our speech.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matt 12:34 and Luke 6:45
Whatever we believe to be true down deep inside of us is what we say and because we say it we are living it – even if what we think/believe/speak is not true.
Jesus taught on the power of prayer (speech) when He said that we could move a mountain with our words. Now, regardless of what you might think about this idea, lets keep in mind that it’s Jesus who is telling us this. Not Man. Not Me.
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Mark 11:22-24 NKJV
So Jesus tells us if we don’t doubt in our heart and believe (in our hearts) and speak what we believe without a doubt, we will have whatever we say.
So lets examine our lives and see what we have. What we have in our life is what we believe we deserve and what we have said aloud about our lives. We either agree with what the Word of God says about us or we don’t.
I’ll make this personal so as to make it real for you. I have been working in construction for over 35 years and have always had a problem finding reliable helpers. There it is. What I have just told you is what I say to anyone who asks me why I work alone. It is true that a long list of young men have come and gone over the years. Is it because of my beliefs about helpers? Is it just that I’m a hard man to work for? I hope not. But if I look at this aspect of my life and measure it against my speech I have to own it.
The Word of God would say that God will provide my every need and that includes a young man who earnestly interested in learning a trade and being a reliable helper. I’ll begin saying that from now on and let you know how it turns out.
Until then. Look at where you are and ask yourself if you are happy with your situation or what Jesus has said about your situation. BTW if you are uncertain as to Jesus’s opinion of your situation just read His Word and you will learn what He intended for you. Then speak His word over your life.
So I ask you again. Do you hear yourself?
PS. This is a topic that is close to my heart as you can see based on the many posts on this subject. I would like to mention two very important things regarding this topic. First, I am not a part of nor endorsing the “Name It Claim It” doctrine that some do. I am taking God at His Word and do not wish to manipulate in any way. Secondly, like the Apostle Paul, I am not trying to say that I have attained any level of success here. I do press on towards the mark of the high calling of Jesus and wish to encourage others. Thanks