And the Verdict Is…

by Lester Young

Most of us are pretty aware that the Bible is just full to the brim with promises – and not just any promises, but promises made by God Himself. That thought should be enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and sway to the beat a little. But have you ever wondered, “If those promises are true” (and they are),”why is the world – and even more specifically, why are the people who profess themselves to be followers of Jesus – typically in such a bad state?”

The answer to that question is really not all that difficult to grasp. As a matter of fact, the Word of God explains it clearly, in both the Old and New Testaments. When God was preparing the Israelites to enter the land of Canaan, He listed, by the hand of Moses, the blessings that were promised to them (you can actually read them in Deuteronomy 28; they cover every area of life). Now, these were promises, mind you – promises made by God, which means they could be  surer than when He said them. Nevertheless, they were conditional. The people were given the option to choose whether they wanted them or not. God gave them the choice of life or death, blessing or cursing, and told them to choose one (Deuteronomy 30:19). Of course, He also gave them a hint as to what their choice ought to be.

God gave the people His Word. Deuteronomy 30:14 declares that that Word was in their mouths and hearts, so they could do it. In their mouths…so they needed to be speaking God’s Words after Him. When we stop to consider that both death and life are in the power of the tongue (i.e., the words we speak), that concept’s not so terribly difficult to understand (Proverbs 18:21).

The problem, then, arises from the fact that most people (and especially Christians) have little-to-no idea of the actual importance and bearing inherent in the things they let out of their mouths. Most folks don’t even really hear the majority of the stuff they say. Yet, Scripture points out that the tongue is a fire, and it kindles (or starts) the entire course of natural things (James 3:6). All too often, we don’t realize that we are where we are because of the things we’ve spoken in the past. But Jesus clearly taught that if you’re believing it in your heart, you will have exactly what you say (Mark 11:23-24). What’s in your heart in abundance you will speak (Matthew 12:34; Luke 6:45), and that’s what’s going to come to you.

So, here’s the bottom line: God (with His Words of blessing, grace, goodness and abundant life) is on one side; the devil (with his words of fear, cursing, destruction and death) is on the other. God says you’re healed, you’re prosperous, you’re blessed. Your circumstances, however, say something completely different. Both want you to take their words and speak them. The question, therefore, becomes, “Which do you choose…who’re you gonna believe?” And, just like the ancient Israelites, you get a hint: God doesn’t lie! (Numbers 23:10; 1 Samuel 15:29)

You have the deciding vote over your own life and circumstances. The verdict is all yours.

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4 Comments to “And the Verdict Is…”

  1. Words are indeed very powerful, and many are destroyed for not knowing this, for the lack of knowledge of this fundamental principle. It is the natural response of our sinful nature to utter negative, perverse words that are not in line with God’s words; it takes the help of the Holy Spirit and also an act of the will to speak words that build up and heal, and not words that destroy.

    Thank you, Lester, for this great reminder!

  2. A good word, Lester, and very timely, too. As you said, people in general have no conception of the power of the spoken word. We can actually put people in bondage to the enemy with our thoughtless words. And worse, we may even be working witchcraft in their lives by out-of-the-will-of-God prayers. That’s scary business and I for one don’t want to be guilty of that sin. I’ve seen what it has done in the lives of some of the people in our church where people have been praying for wrong things concerning them. It has kept them and our intercessors in constant spiritual warfare to combat the witchcraft. Unfortunately many Christians would say this is nonsense and the resulting complacency has brought the church to where it is today. We have to begin by speaking words of thanksgiving to the Lord, words of praise, then speak edifying words of grace to others.

    • Hi Diane,
      Walking in love – in every area of our lives, including our words – is the key that Jesus continues to teach us. And if His Church is slow in learning it, how can we really expect the rest of the world to? After all, we’re the ones who are supposed to teach the rest of the world, as the Great Commission prompts us. Thanks so much for your input, Diane, it’s always welcome and needed!

      Lester

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