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The Word In Our Words

mouthsProverbs 18:21 NIV “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.

Matthew 8:8 NIV “…But just say the word and my servant will be healed”.

Our words are powerful. Our words are so important James devotes the entire third chapter to the power of the tongue. The books of Psalms and Proverbs alone have twenty five plus verses dealing with the words we speak.

God created the world and everything in it except man with words. Jesus calmed the storm by speaking to it. Proverbs 6:2 NIV tells us “you have been trapped by what you have said, ensnared by the words of your mouth”.

The word ensnared is Strong’s #4334 meaning to be captured, seized, trapped, or taken prisoner. It’s clear to see that the words we speak are serious business.

Matthew 12:36-37 in the Wuest Expanded New Testament says, “Moreover, I am saying to you, Every word which men shall speak which has no legitimate work, which is inoperative and thus morally useless and unprofitable, they shall give an account of at the day of judgment, for by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned“.

The gravity of our words is astounding. When we speak death over our finances, I can’t afford that, I always have more month at the end of my money. When we speak death over our health; I get the flu every year, yeah such and such is going around and I always get what goes around. Instead of saying you always get what goes around, say, yeah that’s going right around me and I’m not catching it. When you start to develop symptoms speak the word. If your child is struggling with grades speak life into them don’t speak the bad grades they get. Pray they will retain what they study, tell them they can learn the subject they are struggling in.

Matthew 12:34-37 MSG “You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

The words we speak are directly related to what we allow ourselves to think about. The saying goes garbage in, garbage out. If we allow ourselves to think negatively, if we feed on TV shows that aren’t uplifting, that are full of negative talk we will begin to speak those things.

Just like we choose what we watch we can and we must choose to speak words that line up with The Word. None of us became negative overnight. We didn’t learn to speak ill of our bodies overnight, and we won’t change our speech in a day. We must purpose to speak the word and we can only speak the word if we are in the word. If we aren’t reading our Bibles, reading good Christian books and not just the novels how are we going to get in the habit of speaking the word?  If you only hear one or two sermons a week how are you feeding your spirit man? Find some good Bible teaching to listen to on the way to work. DVR some broadcasts to come home and watch and not just four hours of all our favorite weeknight dramas.

Take the last two months of the year and make a quality decision, for the next 61 days I’m going to read a chapter a day, I’m going to listen to teaching as I drive to work, I’m going to DVR or watch online faith filled teaching. Do small things that help change your thinking, when your thinking begins to change your mouth will follow.

If we will do this consistently till the end of the year I can say I believe each of our attitudes and lives will be dramatically different and we will go into 2017 completely different people and next year will be a full year of nothing but speaking the word and seeing it produce results.

The bookshelf has resources to help change the way you think in different areas and help change the way you talk.

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What Does the Fox Say?

brnThere are so many voices in our lives; negative, positive, pointless, demeaning, uplifting, there are so many voices. When we have problems in life we typically go to a friend to get advice, many times when people ask us our opinion we knowingly or unknowingly base our opinion off of what someone else has said.

There is a song that has gone viral on facebook and many other outlets, the song is What does the fox say? It’s an interesting little song, it points out that all animals say something, but nobody knows what the fox says…. until now

The first time I heard that song I started laughing, but the other night as I laid in bed after watching the music video this thought occurred to me, many voices in our life are like the fox, no bases and sometimes no point.

We constantly find ourselves asking what are friends think, we look at television for advice and to know what to say, how to act, how to respond. We want to be up on all the latest trends, but when was the last time you asked, what does the WORD say?

We quickly go to a friend for advice, we quickly consult a financial advisor, we quickly run to the doctor at the first sign of a symptom, but how quickly do we run to the Word?

The Word says there is a wisdom in a multitude of counsel, yet what underlines that is Godly counsel, Word based counsel. You can get someones opinion but is the persons “opinion” founded on the Word.

The truth is we all need to get some Word, we need to feed on the Word, the Word has every answer, so if you will allow me, today I am going to feed you some Word.

Casey, I’m confused, I don’t know the direction I should go?

Isaiah 30:21 tells us we will hear a voice behind us saying this is the way walk in it, wether we should turn to the right or to the left.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

Psalm 37:23 declares that the steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord.

Casey, I am having financial difficulty –

Proverbs 10:22 tells us that THE BLESSING of The Lord makes truly rich and He adds no sorrow to it nor does toiling increase it

Psalm 35:27 says the Lord delights in the prosperity of His servant

Malachi 3:11 is a great Bible promise, to the tither it is declared that the devour is rebuked because of your giving.

Philippians 4:19 says My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus.

I’m not feeling well, I’ve had a bad diagnosis –

Isaiah 53 asks us a question, whose report will we believe?It goes on to say that the Bible report is healing, verse five says He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement needful to obtain peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.

Psalm 107:20 declares that He sent His Word and healed us – See, this is why we need to get the Word in us, it brings healing and deliverance.

The Bible says I have kept your word before my eyes and I meditate on the word day and night so that I will have good success.

You’re having trouble overcoming, get in the Word – We overcome by the Word of testimony, the Bible is one big book of the testimonies of the goodness, the faithfulness, and the promises of God!

2 Peter 1:4 says we have been great and exceeding precious promises!

2 Corinthians 7:1 NIV, Get your Bible and turn there, “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of the reverence of God”.

To find the therefore, read verses fourteen through eighteen of chapter six.

We need to have the Word in us, read it every day, it can’t come out if we only get it once or twice a week in church, we need to feed on it everyday. The reason believers doubt is because they aren’t in the Word.

Faith comes BY hearing NOT HAVING HEARD!

Get in the Word, don’t listen to the fox get in the Word so the Word can come out and change your situation.

One last scripture, Jeremiah 1:12, I am watching over my Word to perform it.

Job 22:28 says we shall declare a thing and it will be established.

We establish one of two things with our mouth doubt or belief, fear or faith.

When you put the Word in, the Word comes out, and the Word produces good results!

How do you get a good hundred fold return on your words? Speak faith all the time!

Have you ever wondered what the 30 and 60 were? Speaking the Word 30% of the time and doubt the other 70%, speaking the Word 60% and doubt the other 40% of the time.

Speak the Word, your faith will be built, you will have peace, and peace changes the situation.

The Power of a Positive Word

mouthsProverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

The Message says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

Our words either encourage or discourage. Romans 14:19 (MSG) “Help others with encouraging words.”

Our words have power, In the Living Bible, speaking of Jesus it says, “He used no word carelessly. Jesus addresses the importance of our words in Matthew 12:33-37 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

The fruit that Jesus is talking about is the words of our mouth. Verse thirty six is very interesting; Jesus said we will give account for every idle word we speak. The Word idle means useless, unfruitful, not productive of good, vain, non important, and not tending to edification.

What idle words do we speak? Corse-joking (which the bible says we shouldn’t do (Ephesians 5:4)), hurting someone and not realizing it, or recognizing we did when they bring it to our attention, purposefully saying something mean when someone upsets us, and the list goes on and on. Some of us need to repent right now for idle words we have spoken. Just say this out loud, Lord I repent for all my idle words, the ones I can remember and those I cant, I ask for and receive forgiveness and ask you to help me to put a watch over my mouth in Jesus name.

Look at what The Message says, “It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously.”

We know Romans 10:9-10, we must say out of our mouth Jesus is Lord to receive salvation, everything we receive comes by word, everything we give comes by words. We have all heard, actions speak louder than words, that is not always true, someone can be as nice as ever to you, but if you hear them say something hurtful about you to someone else that can and most of the time does cancel out all the nice things they can do.

We have all at one time said, I didn’t mean to say that, yes we did, or I didn’t mean it like that, yes we did. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, we may not have wanted to say something like we did, but we meant the meaning.

Now I know we all can misspeak, we can get our words twisted around at times, but most of the time when were caught saying something, we meant it, we just wish we wouldn’t have been caught saying it.

Our words have more effect and affect than what most of us realize, let each of us endeavor to build up and encourage ourselves and each others with our words, let’s speak life not hurt.

In closing I want to encourage you to ask yourself two questions, one, how do I talk about myself and second, how do I talk two and about others?

You need to speak positive about yourself, don’t say I’m ugly, say I am created in the image of God and I look good. When someone pays you a compliment say thank you, don’t say this old dress, or this old suit. Say thank you at every compliment, it builds up God’s image of you inside yourself. If you have a weight problem speak well of yourself, say I can loose weight, say you are the size you want to be and do what you need to do to get there. Call your job BLESSED, don’t say you hate it, say you enjoy it. Your words change how you see yourself. If you don’t speak well of yourself you won’t see yourself in a good way and you won’t think of yourself in a good way. Write out a list of scriptures that say who you are and confess them out loud daily, that’s how you see yourself the way God sees you.

Our words are little things but they have a big impact, use each word wisely. Retrain yourself word by word to speak The Word over yourself, others, and life’s situations.  Take things moment by moment, if you mess up repent, then speak the right words, then move on.

You can change your words, how do you do that? By getting in The Word and lining your words up with His Word. Begin to do this and your life will get better, your situation may not change instantly, but when our words change, our mind and attitude follow, and when that happens our situations aren’t far behind.

The Faith and Words Connection

fwToday I want to talk about the connection between words and faith. We know according to Romans 10:9-10 that salvation comes by grace and faith through the confession of our mouth, that is the beginning of our faith and our words but there is so much more.

Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”

The power of our words are revealed in a number of passages but to start with we will look at Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” The Message says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit you choose.”

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope [faith (KJV)] without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Our faith is what we believe, what we know, and what we trust and faith is released or shown by the words we speak. If we say something it’s because we believe it, If we talk about something a lot it’s because we enjoy it, if we talk positively about someone, their traits and their advice it’s because we trust them.

We should enjoy spending time in the Word of God, it’s our direction for life, it is God speaking to us. We should believe in and have faith in the Word enough to speak it out loud in situations, when we get a bad report we should believe the report of the Lord, which is the Word of God and declare it out of our mouth. When people come to us with a problem or complaining about something we should answer with the Word of God. If someone comes to you and says they are having back problems call them healed in Jesus name.

One of the key verses on the connection of faith and words is Mark 11:22-24 lets look at it and notice how many times Jesus talks about saying something. Mark 11:22-24 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 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. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Notice the order in the verses, we are to have faith in God, we are to say, we are to believe, and we are to receive. Let’s look at some language right quick,

“Have faith in God.” – Some translations say have the God kind of faith. God does everything by words; he created the world with words.

“I say to you…”

Whoever says…” – any and every believer can say.

“Does not doubt in his heart…” – Jesus got rid of those who doubted he could raise the girl up in Matthew 9:25, we need to surround ourselves with people of like precious faith, 2 Peter 1:1.

“But believes…”

“Those things which he says will be done…”

“Therefore I say to you.”

Whatever things you ask” – Whatever you ask in faith, this is a blank check for anything you can believe for within the guide of scripture of course.

 believes that those things which he says will be done…” – There is no room for doubting, we must believe, we cannot second guess and we cannot have two confessions. We cannot say we are healed in church and say we have pain at home, our second confession cancels out the confession of faith. We can’t pray for finances and talk about not having the money to pay our bills. Proverbs 6:2 says we are snared with the words of our mouth. James says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. We cannot have two confessions. We must retrain our minds and our mouths to only speak what lines up with the Word of God. As E.W. Kenyon said, you will find that you have been so carefully trained in the confession of wrong, of failure, of weakness, of sin, of sickness and in want that it will take a great deal of discipline through the Word to cure you of the habit. (The Power of Your Words, pg. 24).

“He will have whatever he says…”

 “Therefore I say to you…”

Whatever things…”

Believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

In order to have faith and learn and retrain ourselves to speak right words we must be in The Word. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Faith doesn’t come by having heard, we must continually hear, we must continually learn. Find teachers that will teach faith and train you in right words, get the CD’s and DVD’s spend daily time in the Word, read through the Bible, its not too late to start, if you’ve done it before, do it again you will always see something new if your heart and spirit is open to the leading and teaching of Holy Spirit.

If you have heard this for the first time, I will talk about it more in the future but a good place to start learning this truth and how to retrain your mouth is the book, The Power of Your Words by Don Gossett and E.W. Kenyon. I have barely scratched the surface in this teaching, but pray what we have gone over has been a blessing to you and stirs your heart to speak right words.

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