Spirit of Poverty – Part 6
So, let me start today’s post with a bit of humour.
I’m trying so hard to not let the weather discourage me from getting out and walking. And I’m also doing this whole new training process with my “funky feet”. Yes, it’s cold and wet, but the shoes dry so quickly, and it’s absolutely wonderful to walk and feel all the bumps and texture of the road under my feet – sort of like a reflexology massage as I walk.
Anyway, I had to smile this morning – I’ve left what appear to be “barefoot” tracks in the snow where I walked. I’m sure that’s going to turn a few heads as people head out of doors this morning! I wish I could see their faces!
Ok, so now let’s move on to the Spirit of Poverty – Watch Your Mouth! By Bill Axtell:
Another area which can cause either bondage or freedom lies in the power of our words, which we call our confession.
Deuteronomy 30:10–“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
Proverbs 6:2–“you are snared by the words of your own mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.”
Words are powerful. Words have the power of life and death; they are both creative and destructive.
God used words in everything he did and does.
Hebrews 11:3— “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
God created the earth and everything in it by the power of His Word. Jesus was the Word of God personified. His words were life and death.
Let’s look very carefully at our words or confession and the power they hold over overcoming the spirit of poverty in our lives.
The definition of confession (for our purposes) is: to testify to something we believe and know to be the truth. It can be positive or negative. We have the tendency in our society to think of the word confession only in a negative context, like confession of a crime or guilt in a situation; confession of negative feelings or beliefs. But the Word of God tells us in Hebrews 4:14, to hold fast to our confession as Jesus our High Priest. Timothy 6:12 tells us that we have confessed the good confession of our salvation in the presence of many witnesses. Our confession as Believers is who Jesus is and what He has done and is doing in our lives.
Let’s look at a few examples of what God’s Word says about our confessions and our mouth.
We already saw in Proverbs 6:2, that we are snared or entangled by the words of our mouth. This was in reference in the ancient world to co-signing or guaranteeing a loan.
It is pertinent to us today, because we function under the New Covenant, of which Jesus is the surety. We have certain rights, privileges and responsibilities under this agreement and one of those is to speak life–not death over situations in our lives!
Proverbs 13:3— “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”
Proverbs 12:13-14–“The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous will come through trouble. A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.”
Proverbs 14:3— “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.”
The preceding verse actually is talking about the tongue.
James 3:5-6— “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”
James 3:8-10— “8But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.”
So we see that our mouth or tongue can easily get out of control. But, Praise God, we can control it!
Proverbs 18:20-21— “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, and from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
We must get into the Word of God, study it, know it and believe it. For us to eat of the fruit of our lips we need to be sure we are producing the right kind of fruit.
Matthew 12:34-37— “”Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. “For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
We are justified and /or condemned today by the words of our mouth. The Lord expects us to hold ourselves accountable for our words. This self-control is not only to eliminate gossip or complaining, but also applies to how we speak and apply God’s Word over our lives.
Jesus gave us very specific instruction on how we are to pray His Word.
Mark 11:23-24— “”For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Notice two components in this verse–saying and believing!
You should speak life and faith over your situation. When speak to your mountain, believe it will be removed you will have it removed. We are talking about acting out your faith, without which you cannot please God.
Romans 12:3— “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
Ephesians 2:8-9— “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Our salvation is a gift of God, we believed we were saved, because God gave us the measure of faith as a free gift to take that first step and believe in Jesus. Faith is a gift from God, to believe in all the promises He has given us in His Word.
Romans 10:17–“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” God gave us His Word, we believed in it, study it and it stimulates the gift of God to grow in our lives daily. It is the EXACT SAME faith you used for your salvation, not a different faith! We need to direct your faith and apply it daily in our lives.
Amen! Go speak some great words of God over your life today!
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