SUBTITLE: “THE WAY THINGS WORK”
We spoke of , James, the half-brother of, Jesus, and what he may have observed and learned while growing up in the same family. James speaks very boldly about the affect our tongue has on the course of nature! Be sure to read the previous article to this one: “Intelligent Design?”
Can the words we speak really be any more than simply breath and sound? According to the way scripture reveals God has designed things, words and faith are everything! Let me add one more caveat from James, of which we will speak more about soon, but according to this half-brother of our Lord, FAITH without WORKS is DEAD! So when we speak of faith, we are also speaking of works. (More on this later.) For now, let us compare what James has said, to what Christ taught in Matthew 12: 33-37 >
33.) “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad.”
Consider: Fruit is the product a tree produces. It is the issue of its life. We are talking about what is produced, even as our life will always be producing things. Now notice how Jesus immediately begins to relate what we produce to what comes out of our mouth! Notice the direct connection.
34.) “You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you SPEAK what is good and right? FOR WHATEVER IS IN YOUR HEART DETERMINES WHAT YOU SAY.”
King James says> “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
Consider: Do you want to know what is in someone in abundance? Give them free reign to talk! I experience this all the time at work. People know I am a Christian, and most people will make an effort to control the things they say while around me. But I am not deaf, and I hear what they really want to talk about when they are around their “buddies”! The abundance of the heart begins to come out! Now remember, James says that our words are like the bit in a horses mouth! They create pictures in our head! These pictures become our vision, and we go where we are looking! We are playing with the fabric of the universe in a detrimental way! Jesus says that our words indicate what we are producing! AND YOU ARE PRODUCING YOUR FUTURE!!!
Take a moment here to get real honest with yourself. This should be very simple to do. Examine what it is you spend your free time doing, talking about, and thinking about? What is in you in abundance, and how does that compare to what Jesus set as the example of a Christian? You should be able to tell if you are a Christian, or not, by two simple things.
1.) Have you made a sincere profession of Christ, repented of your sins, and asked Christ to save you?
2.) What is the abundance of your heart? Good things? Love? Or selfishness and evil?
These two things should be in agreement, but let’s go on with what Christ said.
35.) “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart.”
36.) “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.”
37.) “The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Wow! This is heavy stuff! We are playing with the fabric of our universe! Setting on fire the course of nature! Affecting our eternal future! Notice how Jesus said a good person “produces” good things from the “treasury” of a good heart. And remember, our mouth reveals what is the treasury of our heart! All of this is connected!
But with the bit a horse can be TURNED! And with the small rudder a great ship can be TURNED. And if a man is able to control his tongue he can CONTROL his whole body! Does anybody see a pattern here? Do we realize we can “TAKE CONTROL” by the application of these keys? We don’t have to be RULED by our passions, or ENSLAVED to our circumstances! Begin to fight the good fight of FAITH!
In “Vengeance Trail- page 2”, I spoke of a sheep wearing a cowboy hat, riding a dark horse, and a sword coming out of his mouth! Do you see the connection? Are we ready to TURN things? Are we ready for a fight? Can the tongue be powerful against our enemy, instead of powerful against us? This is the understanding we need to learn!
I’m running out of time again.
3 KEYS: 1.) God created everything out of Words and FAITH. 2.)Therefore, words and faith affect the very fabric of this universe. 3.) The words must have faith, and faith without WORKS is DEAD!
(I’ve got to start ending.) I have alluded to the fact that I am not talking that much about “Positive Confession”, although that is a small part of the big picture. That is the part that THE WORLD understands. As Christians, we are called to much deeper things of the spiritual “design” of this creation.
What happens when you PRAY? What happens when you do not PRAY? What happens when you understand the power of your words when you pray? What happens when you do not understand these things? Do you see how important prayer becomes when you understand the power of words and faith? And when you understand what this creation is made from?
I’ll give you the most powerful WORD in existence! It happens to be a name…JESUS! What happens when you understand how to use that name? What happens when you do not understand how to use that name? Again, do you see how prayer ties in? Also, when we take authority in the name of Jesus, not just in prayer, but at any time God may move upon you!
What might happen when we memorize all of Psalms 91, and we can pray it out of our belly like a fiery sword coming out of our mouth!!!
What about the “Attitude of Gratitude”?
Yes, this thing goes much deeper than positive confessions. Are you beginning to see endless possibilities? We need an army of sheep whose minds have been saturated in the WORD and a sword comes out of their mouth! A spiritual samurai sheephood! Samurai in Christ! When the devil comes looking for a fight, seeking whom he may devour, lets give him more than he planned on!
AS WE ARE ENDING: I want to go back to how, whatever it is that is in your heart in abundance, those WORDS are painting a picture in your mind, creating your VISION, and we go where we are looking. This is your FUTURE! The VISION begins to motivate us, as God designed it to work! Whether it be to good, or evil! The devil wants to own the “abundance” of your heart. He wants to be the owner of what is in abundance in you! As Proverbs 23:7a says: “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he:…”
Here is the simple process of words… vision… works…leading to destination. (Pictures following.)
As I have written about, I bought a puppy dog, and the vision in my head was for the dog to be able to go with me “a lot”! So, I began to look at my truck and I asked myself, “What could I do to make my truck fit the vision better?” You see, it can all begin with a question. The “question” formed in my head out of “words”, and my mind went to work on the “question”, answering it with “words” that began to create a picture, of which I put “works” with, thereby, causing a “transition”, a “journey”, that ended up at a “destination”.
The question in my mind created a potential future, but it had not manifested in the physical, yet.
In order for it to go from a vision in my spirit, to a physical manifestation, faith plus works had to be applied. Many times we do this without realizing it, because the “desire” motivates us. We end up putting faith and works towards evil things, even though we think we do not want to do it, and yet, we do! We actually take the steps, and use the keys, to make it happen! At any rate, here are some pictures to illustrate, in very simple form, a process taking place “spiritually”, all the time. I don’t know why God has moved on me so powerfully to write these articles at just this time, but let these “simple” pictures hit home, because this is what is happening continually on this planet of choosing, learning, testing, and speaking.
Shadow and I pulled the platform out and had a great picnic as the water flowed by. A VISION fulfilled.