Let us take a look at today’s bible verse… God reminds us that our words and the way we use our speech greatly impact the quality of life we enjoy.
(37) “For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words, you shall be condemned.”
Jesus said this in the gospel writing. He was saying that if our speech (expression) is not in agreement with God’s Word, it is not justifiable. This verse has been used many times to deal with gossip, bad rumors, calumny, and slander. We’ve found that while it is sad that a person is a slave to such destructive habits it is even more unhealthy to encourage them. We must remember that this is a spiritual battle. There is no staying with it. “…it is restless wickedness that defiles the whole person, as it is the cravings of the flesh and blood.
What does the Bible say about destructive habits?
(13) winners under the palm tree are eating the fruit of their devilish schemes. (14) Their produce will be plundered in the same way as those who groweth the thorn bush. (15) They are like thorns on the road, growing up due to strife.
This year, I will meditate on Isaiah’s verse, “but the Lord will bring you out of your lands that you may see the expectation of his Promise.” I want to bring this message to the young people I speak with about personal finances, business finances, and the like. This verse speaks about the expectation of God’s promises. We expect our blessings and curses will be according to God’s Word. We must maintain a strong standing with the Word of God in our hearts.
We must be able to judge a person’s heart with our words in conforming to a relationship. We are likening an apple to a tree. We are not approval and acceptance machines. We are not people who run in fear and condemnation. We, as believers, have been called according to God’s blueprint. So, some of the trials and challenges that we face, at least on a small scale, are well in advance of the time they will come. Everything that is known to us was written about in the Word of God. So, expecting a specific thing to happen, or not happen, is perfectly natural.
For example: Since the beginning of time, all of mankind has been struggling to get the first drop of water on the earth. Before man was Plane, he had to struggle to get water to breathe. He had to struggle to get food to eat. There is nothing wrong with the animal kingdom in this. They know the desperate need for water. In the same way, mankind needs to know and understand the loving need for water.
The Bible teaches us that God quenched the Spirit of God, which then caused a feeling of restlessness within the minds of His people. When He was taking Moses up onto mountains, the burden of water from a burning bush drove him to distraction and he struggled to breathe (see Exodus 3:13-22).
So how should we as humans deal with the situation? We need to realize that the water is going to burn and give way to the fire. Therefore, we can stand safely in its path. The same way the fire burned Moses’ brother to pieces (see Joshua 4:10), God can use the same obstacle to show us the love of His grace and mercy.
Moses was put into a sacrificial situation to show the people His glory and authority over Egypt, and the benefits of living by the commandments (see Exodus 3:7). Do you see the point? All it takes from the fire is water. The greatness of God is not simply because of water, but of the grace of the wind blowing in the bodies of His saints (see Psalm 24:1-2).
Many people honestly don’t know where to begin. Maybe they did not have the benefit of growing up in a home that taught the Word. Maybe they did not grow up in church and went to church, but it did not fulfill their inner need. Maybe they do not participate in a church because of a false conviction that it will be too commercial. “Church”, as we used to call it, is not a replacement for the Body of Christ.
God is building a house of prayer, grace, and power that each believer will use for healing purposes, to connect with Him daily and fulfill His will. The church will be a place where His children will weep and mourn, rejoice together, and build each other up (see Acts 2:28). Because the church folks all carry the same exact needs, our way of doing things will work.