Thursday, July 21, 2016

What Is Your Heart Full Of?

by Clint Byars at Forward Ministries

Have you ever been taught that God used words to create the universe? And we're like him so our words are creative as well? That preaches well but it actually was God's spirit that created. His words reflected his beliefs and echoed what his spirit was doing. The same is true for us. Words aren't magic, they don't float out into the world and make things happen. But the intention and beliefs behind words change us and to some degree interact with the world around us.

Some sections of the body of Christ attempt to "say the right things" with no results and then blame God when things go wrong. Have you ever developed a "confession list" only to be disappointed when those confessions didn't manifest?

Ultimately you do get what you confess but the deeper truth is you manifest what you really believe, words are just a reflection. If you don't believe in your heart what you're saying/confessing you're actually reinforcing to your heart that you don't believe what you're saying and as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Words alone do very little. For confession to produce the realities of God in our lives we must mix his promises in our hearts with faith and reflect that faith in our words.

When there is a conflict between your beliefs and your words, your beliefs will manifest and create confusion. Learn to get in touch with what you believe in your heart and replace those wrong beliefs with the truth as revealed in Jesus.

God still creates and builds us up by his spirit to this day. Our part is to get our words into agreement with what his spirit is doing. We know that his spirit is continually affirming that we're his children, his spirit is giving life to our physical bodies, his spirit is leading and guiding us into the practical application of truth and the list goes on. So when we look at the power of our words what we're truly dealing with are the beliefs of our heart.

Luke 6:45 NIV - A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

The first half of James chapter 3 deals acutely with our tongue and our words. James knows the dominion of mankind and is seeking to encourage believers to use their words properly; for blessing and not cursing, for building up and not complaining, for maturity and not carelessness.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

A better structuring of that sentence in modern day English looks like this, "You will eat the fruit of what your tongue loves to empower, whether it be life or death."

Yes, words are important. I want you to learn to pay attention to what you say in different situations because you will discover what you believe. Jesus said all things are possible to those who believe. If your words aren't reflecting this truth, don't just try to say the right thing, take some time to meditate on his promises until faith comes alive in your heart and you receive the grace to walk out the promises you say you believe.

Your mouth is speaking what your heart is full of. Listen to yourself and discover what you really believe.

I encourage you to take a little time to listen to this free message on taming your tongueTaming the Tongue audio

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