Prov 8:8-9 “All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to Him who understands.”
There have many times I’ve been called to the hospital by parents whose children were there for a medical situation. Numerous times while standing with the parents I’d hear the medical personal gave the worst-case gloom and doom possibilities to the parents about their children. I could literally see fear begin to consume them. At that point I would take them aside and encourage them instead to prepare their hearts for God moving in their child’s life and to pray for a miracle because God had a better report.
There were those in Jesus day that saw miracles before their very eyes but still didn’t believe them. Their own pride blinded the reality of His power and brought them to the place of denial concerning God’s love, His compassion, and His willingness to be intimately involved in our life bringing miracles of healing. John 12:37-38 says, “But although Jesus had done so many miraculous signs before them, they did not believe in Jesus, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
I’d always encourage them, “The medical community is a blessing and grace to all. They do the best they can in helping people with the knowledge, the medical science, and expertise they have. They are a blessing! But, they are not the end of the story! God wants us to look to Him for our report – to lift our hearts toward Heaven in prayer and stand on the promises God has set before us in His Word. Let’s believe His report. Don’t let 20 seconds of words from a well meaning person undermine your faith in Jesus – our Healer, our Provider, our Deliverer, our Counselor, and our Peace.”
It was time for them to keep their own words right and be careful what they chose to listen to and believe. It’s not about denial. It’s about believing in the compassion of God to answer prayer and help us in troubled situations.
Words carry power. Words as a rule do have the power to affect and shape how you think, how you believe and how you act. They affect you from the little spontaneous seemingly insignificant things all the way down to the core values of your life. That is why it is so critical to be careful of what you listen to or allow within you. You may think, “Come on Tim, you are making words out to be like they were a life or death situation.” If you thought that, you are right, I am. Prov 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Listen to what I say! Words are spoken every day that try to bring fear upon you – working to overwhelm any faith you have that God cares for you and will help you!
One of the greatest examples of harm ever done to a group of people through words are the words of the negative report that 10 of the 12 princes of Israel brought back to God’s people after they went and scoped out the promised land God had told them was theirs. He told them it was a lush land. He wanted scouts to go check out how rich the land was so they could come back and give a good report to the people to trust God and move into the land. They weren’t supposed to bring back a negative report. God had already promised them that they would be able to overcome every enemy by the strength of His Spirit because He was in covenant with them. When they came back, they started to give a good report but quickly turned to words of fear.
Reading from Numbers 13: 27-28 & 31-33, they spoke these words: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak (Goliath) there… “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are…. The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
This evil and fearful report – was not what God wanted them to say. They were to report words of faith and trust in God. Instead they spread the spirit of fear to all of God’s people with the exception of two faith filled warriors – Joshua and Caleb who refuted this evil report. Their bad report talked God’s people out of His promised land. They were too fearful to enter. God had their best interest at heart. All they had to do was let their words and heart agree with God’s Words and heart and they would have had all these blessings of inheritance.
Every day we are faced with multiple opportunities to pass the test of filtering what we listen to and thinking and speaking good words over every situation we face in our lives. We will fight many battles of adversity but they are battles for God to win if we can just keep our faith intact. Speak negative words of outcome over hard situations and I guarantee you, they will undermine the faith of your heart.
Do your words line up with today’s Fresh Manna? Are “the words of your mouth filled with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse being in them?” Don’t wait for tough times to learn to speak right things that agree with what God is promising us. Purposely shape the words of your mouth to speak God’s promises. You may have adverse circumstances facing you but speak Psalms 46:1. “God is my refuge and strength, my very present help in trouble.” You will find that your words spoken in agreement with God will strengthen your faith and usher miracles into your life. Let your words reflect your faith, not your doubts!
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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