Things Not to Say
"If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?" Deuteronomy 7:17
Do you ever think about the words you speak to yourself and others? The words we speak should be encouraging and uplifting. Our words should be edifying (Romans 14:19). Words are living things... "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." Proverbs 19:21. Speaking words of fear or words that create lack keep the original sin alive and in control (Romans 6:12). Sowing in the flesh is a life lived in a state of broken agreement with God's Word.
Dispossess is to evict someone out of your property. God has given the 'nations' to Israel so it as already their land. The Israelites limited God when they kept returning to slavery (Psalm 78:41). The Red Sea parted when they needed to cross over, they had guidance by a cloud and by fire, food was always provided and water was supplied through a rock, yet the urge for the familiar was strong when they came under pressure. The Israelites were used to a predictable, slave lifestyle; the challenge of a new way was overwhelming. What we say with our mouth and believe in our heart can limit God's abundance in our life. If we say, "This is too much for me", "I don't know what to do", "This is too hard, "I am overwhelmed by this", or "I just can't do it anymore", we just bound the Holy Spirit from being our helper. It is a challenging idea to believe we can limit God by how we believe and speak. Scripture tells us that faith comes by hearing. It is dead without action. Faith is speaking the things we need, want or desire like we already have them (Romans 10:17, James 2:14, Mark 11:23).
God's Spirit is always with us. Hebrews 13:5 tells us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." If we believe God is only with us some of the time, we aren't putting our trust in Him, but ourselves. Fear takes over and our peace will be shaken (John 14:27). The moment we feel alone or we feel under pressure, fear is present. Replace negative, doubtful thoughts with God's Word. What will you say after you hear what He says?
What the Lord Says
I will do for you things far beyond what you can think or ask... believe this (Ephesians 3:20). Because I am limitless, you can have great expectations... believe this. The more challenging your life is the more you will see my power at work. Circumstances are your teacher and revealer. My Holy Spirit is given to you to abide with you forever (John 14:16). Holy Spirit, it is Your job to be my peace, my power to choose, my plenty for all things and my purpose to show forth the love of Christ (this is an 'all the time' relationship).
What the Lord Says NOT to Say
1. "And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect (listening with the intent to obey); and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither it be heard out of thy mouth." Exodus 23:13. Self-consciousness based on fear is one of the biggest 'gods' in our culture. A 'god' is any emotion or thing that controls us and holds us in bondage. Fear will tell us we shouldn't, we can't, we'll fail anyway or what will others think? What do you call a disease? Call it what it is... an illegal, defeated thing that cannot stay in your body.
2. "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Isaiah 33:24. To the degree that statement annoys us, that is the degree we still think it is normal to be ill. "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." III John 2.
3. "Let no corrupt communication proceed our of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Ephesians 4:29.
4. "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile." I Peter 3:10.
Learning what God says in His Word to say or not to say requires awareness and practice! Prayerfully study I Peter 3:8-12. Lord Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit in me as my power to choose, I choose to watch over my thinking and speaking until I routinely and easily speak words of faith that works by love. In Jesus Christ's name. Amen.