November 16, 2017

Proverbs 15:1 (NLT) — 1 A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.

This verse seems to me to be saying that my words and the way I say them determine my future. A gentle answer from me keeps angry words from someone else from knocking me over. Harsh words from me will only make things worse

Does the bible support what I just said? Well lets look at two of our previous memory verses for an answer.

Romans 10:9–10 (NLT) — 9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

If I declare by faith that Jesus is my Lord I will be saved. My words spoken in faith just determined my future.

The Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land that God told them he would give them. So they sent in some people to scout out the land. This was their report:

Numbers 13:27–33 (NLT) — 27 This was their report to Moses: “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country—a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. 28 But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak! 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.” 30 But Caleb tried to quiet the people as they stood before Moses. “Let’s go at once to take the land,” he said. “We can certainly conquer it!” 31 But the other men who had explored the land with him disagreed. “We can’t go up against them! They are stronger than we are!” 32 So they spread this bad report about the land among the Israelites: “The land we traveled through and explored will devour anyone who goes to live there. All the people we saw were huge. 33 We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

Their words spoken in unbelief determined their future. Instead of entering the Promised Land they wandered in the wilderness for forty until all the unbelievers died and then they were allowed by God to enter the Land. They should have come and said, “Yes there are giants in the land but God said that he was going to give us the land so lets go and take it”. If they had spoken what God said their future would have been much different.

The bible is God’s word and to show that we agree with what God says we speak his word. We are to speak what God speaks. Words are powerful. God created the heaven and the earth with words. We are created in his image and we are to imitate him.

Psalm 107:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. 2 Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.

According to this verse what are we to speak? God thank you for today! God is good. God is faithful. God is love. God’s love endures forever. God never runs out of love! God has redeemed me. He bought my freedom from a life of sin and made me his child! No enemy can conquer me!

How different would your life be if you believed those words and spoke those words throughout the day no matter what you were experiencing at the moment?

You don’t need to go to a fortune teller to know the future; just listen to the words coming out of you mouth.

Matthew 12:36–37 (NLT) — 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.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!