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Monday, August 01 2016

Words are essential to the survival of a relationship.  The wise man said, "Death and life are in power of the tongue".  We know the old adage about sticks and stones is wrong.    Just as words are important in our natural relationships, they are in our walk with Jesus Christ.

In studying this morning, I came across the following scripture:

Exodus 23
[13] And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

It was one of those scriptures that jumped off the page at me.  In this scripture, God is telling the Children of Israel to not mention the name of the false gods that were worshiped by other nations.  The gods made with hands have no power, but would their spoken names give them credibility?  Would the mention of their name release something in the demonic kingdom? God did not give specific reasoning in that verse, but it was important enough that He said not to do it.

When Hosea was calling the Israelites to repentance, he wrote:

Hosea 14
[1] O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
[2] Take with you words, and turn to the Lord : say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

Hosea was specific that it would take words to repent.  

It was Isaiah that prophesied concerning the church:
 
Isaiah 28
[11] For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
 
There are other scriptures, but how do these scriptures apply to us in 2016?  
 
First, in reference to Exodus 23, we should watch what we say concerning the evils of this world.  We are in a spiritual warfare and we could be helping the enemy by our words.
 
Secondly, have you ever heard someone say that they were "praying in their mind"?  I have no scriptural proof that praying through your thoughts is wrong, but I have overwhelming proof that speaking our prayers is effective.  Jesus said to speak to the mountain.  
 
In your personal devotional time, pray out loud.  Yes, God can read our mind, but there is enough scripture to reveal to us that God wants to hear our voice when coming before Him in prayer.  The writer of Hebrews penned:
 
Hebrews 4
[16] Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
 
Our words are important to God and the effectiveness of our prayer.  As Christians, our relationship with Jesus Christ is our highest priority.  Therefore, we should do everything that we can to be pleasing to Him including getting out of our comfort zone.
 
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 09:10 am   |  Permalink   |  Email