& What We Are Supposed to DO, or Say, About it!
The Life of a God-Follower (one who Loves YeHoVaH Elohim, and is therefore as obedient to HIS Word as possible) should be full of Blessing! But we all know, and more often focus on, the parts of Life that are too often full of intrusions, disappointments, and unexpected little unpleasantries. Some people love to say, “Shit Happens”. And when it does, sometimes it REALLY stinks!
But you know what we are to do when IT happens? GROW UP, CLEAN IT UP, and MOVE ON! Because, just sitting by the steaming pile, sniffing it periodically as we pout, will never get us past that series of unfortunate events! Wallowing in it will only make US stink as well. And THEN we pout because people don't want to come near us! Go figure!? Sorry for the less than elegant analogy, but it IS one that today's social climate can understand!
However - if we are EVER to live a life of VICTORY, instead of eternally being the pitiful victims of negative happenings - we MUST, eventually, get it that WE are NOT in control of the UNIVERSE! AND, we MUST learn to FULLY TRUST THE ONE WHO IS! BUT There are some things over which HE HAS given US CONTROL!!!
It would be great, then, IF we (those of us who CLAIM to know and LIVE The WORD of The GOD Who Is in control) learned to properly manage, and finally take full responsibility, for that which HE has given US to control! Like our thoughts, feelings, finances, goods, reactions and words, to begin with!!!!
The “loose cannon” approach to life – in which one just spouts whatever pops into the head - will only yield a castle full of holes!!! (How would I know that? I'll leave that up to the reader to ponder! Lol)
The point being, & we must finally get it, that WORDS are weapons – not the toys we've made them to be - which we must learn to GUARD and USE WISELY (and, for some of us, in much less volume)! The words we speak must be spoken with intention, clarity, and purpose. And, when they are pointed, they must be aimed at the correct foe! And, an important adjustment we need to make, as “believers” is that they must also be based on Truth. Which, for us, is The Word of our ONE GOD! As well as spoken from a motivation of Love.
Because, what most have missed, what has not been properly taught or acknowledged in most of mainstream "Christianity", is that WORDS have POWER! WE HAVE POWER! We are literally loaded cannons! But we must be careful what we allow to be loaded into our brains and hearts! Because that which comes out of our mouth is the product of those!
So, that which comes out of our mouth with a firm belief structure behind it WILL MANIFEST the product which it declares! If we constantly speak lack over ourselves we will lack, if we speak sickness and believe that it has a place in our lives, then it will. But if we firmly believe that we have had healing made available to us by The Blood and Sacrifice of our LORD, then THAT will manifest in our lives, as we faithfully speak that out!
The thing we miss is that we must first be careful what we BELIEVE. What we store in our hearts! Because it is what we BELIEVE that we will eventually speak, and what we speak in faith – or in fear, which is merely negative faith, or faith in the negative – WILL come to pass on some level. Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45, both indicate that it is out of the abundance of what is stored in the heart that the mouth will speak! So being careful what we store is very important!
Mark Twain is attributed as saying, “It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” Which means, if one is a fool, do shut up!
But James, in The Word of God says it this way; “Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving];..” (James 1:19 Amp Version)
Being "slow to speak" is simply to recognize that you don't have to say something all the time. The writer of Proverbs said it this way: (Proverbs 17:27-28) “A man of knowledge restrains his words, and a man of understanding maintains a calm spirit. Even a fool is considered wise if he keeps silent, and discerning when he holds his tongue.”
This does not mean, however, that simply being quiet out of a spirit of self-protection or cowardice, because of an unwillingness to confront evil, is a wise decision! We MUST SPEAK TRUTH IN LOVE, to situations of conflict in our lives, in order to affect change.
So, Saints of God, let's endeavor to get our thoughts and Words under full control, the control given to us by the Power of The Spirit of God in us. The fruit of The Spirit, or Character Traits of God, which are made available to us by His Spirit, are listed in Galatians, chapter five;
This Scripture is telling us (& if you read the entire book of Galatians it lays out the vast difference between spirit living and flesh living....) that we have power to OBEY the Word of God, that WE have full access to HIS character! We mere humans have the power to LIVE within God's Law, by willingly cooperating with His Spirit to cultivate these character traits within ourselves.
These “fruit” will get stronger with time, as exercised, and as we weed away the “sucker fruits” of the unrestrained flesh, which drains the life of God from us and weakens His character within us. We must become students of The Word, and devoted followers of our ONE RABBI, YESHUA The Anointed One! It is HIS Anointing which gives US the POWER to OBEY! Not only to “keep God's Law”, but to DO what HE did in the earth - free captives, heal the sick, open blind eyes (spiritually & physically), and rid people of pesky demonic strongholds, which keep them from the freedom God meant for all His creation! That possibility is incredibly appealing to me!
But, if we want to live the GOOD LIFE that GOD set up for us, then we MUST get control of these tongues – and to get control of our mouths we must first get control of our thoughts! Which means that we can not believe every thought that trots across our brains! We must weigh each thought against The TRUTH of GOD's WORD. And then we must be careful to ONLY speak TRUTH – from a motivation of LOVE.
The guys in Dragnet, back in the day, were quick to say, “Just the Facts, Ma'am, Just the Facts!”. But I must upgrade that demand to “Just The TRUTH!”. Facts are temporal realities, which can be changed by Faith in The Truth!
If we do not like the facts which come through our lives; if we are constantly besieged by unpleasant realities, then, perhaps, we should take stock of what we believe, and what we say! If we live in “A Series of Unfortunate Events", then it is obviously time to make some adjustments in those areas of thinking, believing and speaking. Because, you know what they say, “to keep doing (thinking, saying, declaring) the same things – while expecting different results, is insanity.” We have no business being insane or profane. Let's learn to use our Father's tools, weapons and words to His Holy purposes, as HE intended.