The Common Thread between Garbage and Glory

by Lester Young

Most people wouldn’t think that the garbage of the world and the glory of God have anything remotely in common with each other – and, technically, they’d be right. But while the two reside on absolute opposite sides of the ‘manifestation’ spectrum, they nevertheless share a common thread that – despite being generally overlooked – cannot be dismissed.

What could Glory and garbage possibly have in common? Well, it’s actually sort of a “universal characteristic” indicative of how they both get here – that is, ‘here’ in the natural, on this earth. A few Scriptures should help illuminate things a bit:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it [whether ‘death’ or ‘life’] shall eat the fruit [reward] thereof. (Proverbs 18:21);

“Just like the psalmist who wrote, ‘I believed it, so I said it,’ we say what we believe.” (2 Corinthians 4:13, The Message);

“The tongue is a fire… it sets on fire [ignites, starts] the course of nature [the circuit of natural, physical events]…” (James 3:6).

Yes, it’s the tongue: the words we speak out of our own mouths are the common thread between the garbage in the world and God’s Glory. Why is the world in the shape that we see it today? Because down through history we as a race – the human race – have made bad choices and spoken the corresponding words of sin, fear, sickness, murder and death (Deuteronomy 30:19; Psalm 116:10). Like it or not, believe it or not: we live in a word-based System, and the words we speak carry both power and consequences (Proverbs 18:21; John 6:63).

Unfortunately, the sad truth of the matter is that we won’t be able to clean up and change all the badness in the world, because scores of people will continue to make selfish and sinful choices (2 Timothy 3:1-5). As a matter of fact, things will grow from bad to worse (Matthew 24:12; 2 Timothy 3:13). But that doesn’t have to hinder us: as born-again believers, just because we’re in the world doesn’t mean we have to personally partake of the curse the rest of the world is suffering under (John 17:14-16; Romans 12:2; Galatians 3:13-14).

As beacons of “light in the midst of a crooked and perverse world,” we should be proving to those around us “what the good, pleasing, perfect will of God is” by living it right in front of them (Philippians 2:15; Romans 12:2). And what is His perfect will? That we, as His children, live good, prosperous, abundant lives with Him – in His Presence – throughout eternity (John 3:16-17, 10:10; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:7, 10; Colossians 1:27; 3 John 1:2-4).

Now in order to do that, it stands to reason we can’t use the world’s ways or its words – I mean, all we have to do is look around to see the garbage it’s gotten them. So if we use what the world’s using, it shouldn’t come as any real surprise that we’re going to get the same results they get – which is why we’ve been instructed not to conform to the world but to be transformed into Jesus’ example, and to not take the world’s thoughts and ways but to step up to Gods thoughts, ways and Words (Romans 12:2; Galatians 4:19; Philippians 2:5-6; Isaiah 55:7-11).

If you’ve got garbage – any garbage – in your life, check what you’ve been saying about that situation or circumstance. Then find out what God says about it… and say that instead. Because some things are simply appointed to happen (Daniel 9:26) – and Judgment is going to follow upon them – you can’t change every bad thing in the world. But you can change every bad thing in your life. You’ve been redeemed from the curse, so it has no right to affect you or anything pertaining to you (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:1-13). Remember, the glorious manifestations of God’s Word in your life will use the same spiritual fountain the garbage used to get here – but they both can’t use it at the same time. Change the words you speak to the Lord’s Words of life and blessing, and watch the Glory unfold (Deuteronomy 30:19; John 6:63). As a great man of God once said, “You’re the prophet of your own life!” Mark 11:23-24)


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