Are Your Words & Heart Aligned? Part 3
'And Without Faith, it is impossible to please God.' (Hebrews 11:6)
That’s quite an ‘out-there and very bold’ statement am I right? And again, we can either debate it and go around the mulberry bush - or just take it head on. Without faith - it’s IMPOSSIBLE to please God. I.M.P.O.S.S.I.B.L.E. There is no other way around it.
But let’s get this one thing straight though. Just so that we are clear, This is not a way for God to trick us into failing. For one, there are too many promises in the bible that are specifically mean for us personally, to ever believe this is all a trick. The bible says ‘God is light and in Him there is no darkness.’ (1 John 1:5) and that ‘God is Love’ (1 John 4:16) - He is the very essence of LOVE - so His nature cannot be to deceive.
I believe that it all boils down to TRUST. God wants us to trust Him. He wants us to rely on Him and in doing so, we are pleasing Him. When we believe that He can bring healing, or help us meet a financial need or just love us when we feel most unloveable - that is Faith.
- Do I trust God with everything that I'm going through?
- If not, what can I do to change this?
TWO ASPECTS TO FAITH - SPEAKING AND DOING.
How often have you heard the saying - Do as I say, not as I Do. Actually now that is a lie from the pit of hell. We should both be speaking and doing the word and in this way be an example to others, including our children.
James 1:22 says that we should not just be hearers of the word, but doers too. So we lie to ourselves if we believe that we can tell our kids to do as we say and yet act out the complete opposite of what we’re telling them. We deceive ourselves by believing this as well.
God has given us the tools in order for us to live the life He wants us to live. We have a personal love letter from Him (the bible) and confirms in it that our faith will grow when we hear the word. (Romans 10:17). It's what we believe and then follow up with action - without waiting to see the result first.
It's the deep-seated belief that God exists - that He is the great I AM and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek after a relationship with Him.
This often is evident in our speech.
Where we are today is a result of our belief and the words we spoke in the past. Can you read that again? You are a result of your Words. It’s a hard truth to think that you are solely responsible for the words you spoke, decisions you made, and the actions you took to get where you are now.
Luke 6:45 is clear that what is in your heart is what will spill out of your mouth - whether you choose to acknowledge it or not - what comes out of your mouth, is ultimately what you believe.
Have You Ever Said This or Heard These Expressions Before?:
- I'm dying to go to Mauritius.
- My feet are killing me.
- I'd rather be dead than caught wearing that!
- My dad is going to kill me when he sees this.
- I'm never going to get that promotion.
- We’ve been trying for years, I just can’t fall pregnant?
- The doctor said that there is no hope in my situation.
- I just can't get out of debt - It’s like I’m meant to be stuck financially.
- I'm so depressed, stressed and oppressed.
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OUR WORDS MATTER
The bible is clear that darkness is always revolving around our lives and the thief is out seeking whom he can deceive, what he can steal, kill and destroy. It's easy to say these things without a second thought. But what effect do our words have on our lives? Yes, we live in this world, but we are not of this world. As Christians, WE HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT. Noone said it would be easy, but we have to be different because our lives are a living testimony for the world to see. And what we say matters to those who hear them.
Your words, and ultimately the results of your confession, is what can bring someone to Christ or drive them away. That is a responsibility that all Christians carry, whether we choose it or not.
WHAT YOU SPEAK OVER YOUR CHILDREN MATTER
A few years ago I had just dropped our daughter off at school and was walking back to the car. We passed a lady in her mid-thirties who was heading in the same direction with her toddler running just a few feet in front of her. 'Get in there you devil-child' she shouted at the little girl. 'You're the spawn of satan'. I could hardly believe the words that left her mouth an in that moment was completely speechless.
All I could do was stop and pray that the words she spoke would have no effect on the life of that little girl and started speaking life giving words of faith and love over her. Please do pray for her and pray that her mom will find the wisdom and love of God.
It's so important for us to follow the example of our father. God spoke the world into existence, and formed us in His image and His likeness. God told Abraham he would be the father of many nations many years before Isaac, the promised son, was born. (Romans 4:17)
Mark 11:23 encourages us to speak to our mountains (our problems or challenges) and believe it is removed and we will see the manifestation thereof. It does not say - Talk ABOUT the mountain.
We can't pray for one thing but speak the opposite to our friends. This is an example:
Our Prayer: God please heal me of my sickness.
What We Say To Our Friends: I feel so sick. I have this or that disease. (This is in total conflict with what you're asking God. And clearly you are not asking God in faith, because your words are opposite to what you think you believe.
What We Should Be Saying: I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. This disease has no hold over me. My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and no sickness can survive in it. I am healed, in Jesus name.
BEING DOUBLE-MINDED WILL GET YOU NOTHING AND NOWHERE
James 1:5-7 says that a double-minded man cannot expect to receive anything from God. When we say one thing to God and another to our friends, we're being double-minded. You exclude yourself from receiving anything from God when you do this.
When we are praying to God, or speaking to a friend, our words should be in alignment with what we believe. If we are asking God for healing, or a breakthrough in our finances - surely we believe that He is able to provide what we ask for or else, we wouldn’t be asking?
In that same scripture of James - it encourages us to ask God for wisdom. He freely gives it to us when we need it, we merely need to ask.
We also just have to think before we speak. It’s as simple as that. I’m not perfect - and fail at this sometimes too, but I’m more aware of my words than what I used to be. This again is why knowing the scriptures and speaking it over yourself and your loved ones is so important. What better way to win at life than by living it by faith.
We can go to God boldly, because He loves us and when we believe that He exists and believe is able - He will also reward us because we actively seek after Him.
That means our words do not change like the direction of the waves or the wind, but it is stable and steadfast. Our words speak the same language as our hearts which is full of Faith.
- What do I believe about my situation?
- What am I saying to God and to others?
- Is what I am saying opposite to what God's word says about my situation?
- What can I do to change your words and ultimately change the direction of your life?
LIFE IS A CHOICE. WHEN YOU CHOOSE LOVE (GOD), YOU CHOOSE LIFE.
I hope that this series has made a difference in the way you choose your words which ultimately impacts your life. We’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and let us know.
Lots of Love