Monthly Archives: April 2013

Cleanse our lips Lord!

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So I have proven to you that we are blessed. I have proven to you, from scripture, that our unbelief robs us from the blessing of God manifesting in our lives. But in these last few days, in a lot of soul searching, I found another reason, closely linked to the first. Listen to this:

Psalm 50:16, 19, 20: What right have you to declare my statutes, or take my covenant in your mouth… You give your mouth to evil and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother.

WOW! Do you remember God’s covenant with Abraham, that covenant that we are joint heirs to through our belief in Jesus Christ? We cannot take that covenant in our mouths, in other words pray it, claim it, speak it etc, while our mouths are filled with evil.

When I got the scripture above, I flipped through the book of Proverbs. I really mean flipped through. Just with a quick scan, I found 74 verses that make mention of what should and should not be on our lips! 74 verses!

The most popular one of these is probably this one:
Proverbs 18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it, will eat its fruit.

The crux of these 74 verses in Proverbs are the following:

We should not have any of the following on our lips:
Deceit: don’t bring people under a misconception of what you are going to do or what you mean;
Lying: don’t lie;
Perversity: stay away from dirty jokes;
Harsh words: be careful what you say when you get angry;
Spiteful words: don’t try to hurt people with words, regardless of what they have done;
Tale bearing words: don’t gossip;
Flattery: those empty compliments just to get something;
Prideful words: don’t be full of yourself, be humble instead;
Words that sow strife: be the peacemaker, not the one causing the fight;
DEATH: speaking sickness, negativity, death.

Instead, we should have this:
Knowledge: don’t pretend to know it all, speak only with authority on that which you have knowledge of;
Truth: don’t lie;
Righteousness: be just, be honest, speak only what is righteous;
Wisdom: if you don’t know the answer or the solution, keep quiet; if you give advice, make sure it is good advice;
Excellent speech / Acceptable words: don’t use words not socially acceptable, so stop swearing;
Gentle tongue / Soft answers: don’t react to the challenge to fight, instead give a soft answer and be the peace maker; don’t judge too harshly, give soft words;
Sweetness: it must be a pleasant experience for people to talk to us, they must walk away with a sweet taste in their mouths;
LIFE: speak positively, speak life!

There are many other places in the Bible where we are warned about the fruit of our lips. We will eat our words, Proverbs 18:21 says so. What you say, you will be filled with.

James tells us to slow down with our words:
James 1:19 So then my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

You may get angry by the way. You have Biblical permission to get angry. But you may not sin in your anger.
Ephesians 4:26 Be angry and do not sin.

Before we can walk in the blessing, we have to stop cursing ourselves.

“Lord, cleanse our lips, so that we may be worthy of having Your covenant in our mouths.”

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Why can’t we just have faith?

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I think faith is one of the hardest things to get going in our lives.  There are some people with a natural gift of faith – our youngest daughter is like that.  But the average Christian doesn’t have that – we have to work at it.  But why?  Why is it so difficult to just have faith?  Why can’t we just take the promises of God, believe it all, and see it manifested in our lives?

I have been chewing on this for a couple of days.  Well over a week actually.  And believe me, I am fighting my own fight of faith.  Don’t make the mistake to think my blogs are aimed at preaching to other people.  Oh no!  My blogs are aimed at preaching to myself!  I just share it in case somebody else can use it too.  I am currently reminding myself daily that I am blessed.  I am not under the curse of the law anymore.  I am blessed.  Did all the aches and pains in my body just disappear?  NO.  They are still there.  I just don’t give them credit anymore.  I am working on my faith.  I want to get to the point where I am healed because I am blessed.  I am working on my faith so that I will be strong.  I am working on my strength so that I will be filled with faith.  It doesn’t just happen.  And I am far from done.

But why is it such a struggle?

I think we have become too independent, too self-sufficient, too strong.  In Biblical times, God was all they had.  If God didn’t provide rain, there was no food.  There was nothing and nobody else they could count on.  That hasn’t changed, but our perception has certainly changed.  We work for salaries and don’t have to trust God directly anymore for food on the table.  We grow up with this misconception that we have to provide for ourselves, fight for ourselves, fend for ourselves.  And then one day we realise that we need faith, and we discover we have nothing.  We only have ourselves.

We confess with our mouths that we have faith, but do we really?  We pray for a headache and if it doesn’t go away immediately, we thank God for clever people that invented aspirin and we pop a pill.  Where is the faith in that?  If we don’t even have enough faith to make a headache go away, what will we do when we are faced with something serious like cancer?  Then we don’t even pray.  We just run for the nearest doctor.  In between the doctor’s visits, we plead with God “Oh God heal me!”.  God has already  given the healing.  All of it.  We are not under the curse anymore.  We are under the blessing.  We need faith to manifest that healing.  There is nothing more for God to do in this regard.  It is up to us now.  God told us to go and heal the sick and raise the dead, yet we turn around and plead with God to do what He told us to go and do!  Talk about passing the buck!

I know there are people that will disagree with me.  That’s okay.  We are all entitled to an opinion.  This blog is my opinion.

In my opinion, I need faith.  I need a lot more faith.

You can decide for yourself whether you need faith too.

So what blessings do we have?

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Did you read Deuteronomy 28?  Did you see the blessings that is part of your inheritance through Jesus?  I love the way The Message says it:

….. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:

God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
    the crops of your land,
    the young of your livestock,
    the calves of your herds,
    the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.

God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.

God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.

God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.

10 All the peoples on Earth will see you living under the Name of God and hold you in respectful awe.

11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.

Read it again slowly!  Look at this!

The blessings will be so much, it will spread out BEYOND us; God will LAVISH us with good things; He will THROW open the doors of his sky vaults; WE will be blessed; our CHILDREN will be blessed; our ANIMALS will be blessed; our WORKPLACES and WALLETS will be blessed; we will have so much, we won’t have to borrow; we will have so much, other people will realise God is at work in our lives!

So what is wrong people?  Why do we not see this blessing manifested in our lives?

The clue is in the last verse of the passage I quoted above.  “… by going off following and worshiping other gods”.

I know you are thinking, ‘but I don’t do that.  I am not serving other gods.  I am not worshiping other gods’.  What this speaks of is unbelief and lack of faith.  We do not believe in God’s provision anymore.  We do not believe that this blessing is true.  We do not believe that we can be so blessed in today’s day and age.  We do not believe that we really have this portion allotted to us through Christ.  And we even justify our unbelief through phrases such as ‘bad things happen to good people’, ‘we live in an imperfect world, we just have to accept the sickness and trouble that comes with it’, etc etc etc.  What utter rubbish!

We are to lazy to believe the Word of God in all its fullness.  We are too lazy to fight with our own lack of faith!

The blessing is there.  God has already given it.  To all of His children.  He doesn’t have to do anything else.  It is up to us now.  What are we going to do?  Are we going to believe the Word of God, or are we going to keep confessing our trouble in this world, and in so doing, actually confess that satan is stronger and we just have to accept it.  Harsh words, but they are all true.  Think about it for a while.

My God said it, I believe it, that settles it!