Having What We Say
"For verily I sayunto you, That whosoever shall sayunto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.Therefore I sayunto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receivethem, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:23-24
How’s your conversation going?
What things are you continually talking about? How much time do you spend talking about problems, troubles, discontents, dissatisfaction, fears, anxieties, failures, ailments, arguments and offences, real or imagined? How much time do you spend talking about things that have not happened, but you fear them anyway.
There is something seductively compelling to us in rehearsing negative things and an innate monitor in us that resists speaking things as we desire them to be in the midst of the circumstances to the contrary. We say to ourselves, “we’re just facing reality…telling it like it is.”
A man once said to me in gest, but with the intent of revealing "truth," “Life is hard! If anything good happens, it’s an accident!"
Yes life is hard, but that's not all the story. Jesus said, in Him we have the possibility of peace and good cheer because He has overcome in the world. So, if we're in Him we have also overcome the world.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
There are two positions here, one in Jesus where we have peace, and the other in the world where we shall have tribulation. Jesus said He has come that we might have peace and that we might have life and that more abundantly.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
So here too, we have before us two contrasting intents for how we will live, one with life and that more abundantly through Jesus Christ, the other subject to theft, killing and destruction by the devil. The choice in either case is ours. We are in the world, no doubt about it. All humanity has its origin here on earth. And this is a place where tribulation is found.
The way of life or death is ours to choose.
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, thatI have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19
We make our choice for life or for dearth daily, because what we are saying continually is bringing life if its from God, and death if it is from the thief.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21
Our conversation sets the course of our day and day-to-day the course of our lives. If we will have our lives filled with blessing and peace we must choose blessing and peace by what we choose to say of ourselves and of our lives.
Wisdom would say to us to choose life. When faced with the opportunity to just hew continually on a negative matter, we can choose to express the matter in all its ugliness and then choose to first, cast the care of it on to Jesus, then to speak life and blessing in top the situation by the Word of God.
When we use our words to speak God’s Word we participate in creation just as our Father God did when He created the world, we imitate Him as dear little children. This is a profound truth of our new life in Christ. The world cannot understand this and our old nature cannot comprehend it, but our reborn spirit of life in Christ Jesus gives us the knowledge of the light of truth that is revealed in Jesus.
“…(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…” Romans 4:17
“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.” Genesis 17:5-6
God changed Abram’s name from Abram meaning Exalted Father, to Abraham meaning Father of a multitude while he had no children. And for the next 10 years he still had no children but his name was still Abraham, Father of a multitude. God called him what he wasn’t as though he was. It was 11 years after the promise before Ishmael was born and 25years before Isaac was born through whom the covenant would be fulfilled.
The multitude of Abraham’s children includes all the descendants of Ishmael and Isaac and all those who through the Seed, Jesus Christ received and will yet receive the promise by faith.
As we continue to speak the Word, (the promises of God concerning us) over time it will cause whatever the opposing matter is to dissipate and be removed far from us. It will bring to us whatever is lacking or needed in our lives, it will cause our hearts and minds to be at rest in Jesus Christ our Lord and we will walk in Christ in life and that more abundantly.
Speaking the negative circumstances of our lives just brings more death. Speaking the Word of God brings life. We can have what we say and keep on saying, continually and unchangingly, never giving up until we see the fulfillment of the promise. What ever God has promised He will fulfill.