by Pastor Tim Burt
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, compassion, and willingness to be intimately and miraculously involved in their life. We see this in John 12:37-38 (NLT). “But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him. This is exactly what Isaiah the prophet had predicted: “LORD, who has believed our message? To whom has the LORD revealed his powerful arm?”
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 and a gift to us from God! But, they are not the end of the story! God wants us to look to Him—to lift our hearts toward Heaven in prayer and stand on the promises God has set before us in His Word. Let’s look to Him. Don’t let words from a well-meaning person undermine your faith in our Healer, our Provider, our Deliverer, our Counselor, and our Peace—Jesus our Savior.
It was time for them to keep their own words right and be careful about what they chose to listen to and believe. It’s not about denial. The circumstances are real, but they aren’t the end of the story! It’s about faith—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 heart and attitude from the little spontaneous seemingly insignificant things, to the most important issues of your present day life. Your worlds impact and shape your world and the feelings you feel. That’s why it’s 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. Proverbs 18:21 NKJV says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Every day we’re faced with multiple opportunities to pass the test of speaking words of life and blessing or defeat and death. We all experience adverse situations but they are battles for God to win while we keep our faith intact. Speak words of fear or gloom and I guarantee you that they will expand in your heart and erode any faith you may have in God to affect your situation. They will turn prayers of faith into a faithless wishbone.
Do your words line up with Proverbs 8:8-9 NIV? “All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.”
The words you speak are important. Yet you don’t have the power to control you tongue and thoughts without God’s help. Don’t wait for tough times to learn to speak right things that agree with what God is promising us. Learn to lean on Him and submit what you speak to Him. Purposely shape the words of your mouth to speak God’s promises daily and in every situation over every matter. You may have adverse circumstances facing you, but speak Psalm 46:1 (NLT) “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of 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!
Psalm 39:7 (NLT) “And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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