Most would agree that what you say and how you say it makes a big difference in your life.  I say what comes out of your mouth  is who you are (Matthew 12:34).  Our words save us or condemn us.  The Bible tells us; “From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.  The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. “  (Proverbs 18:20-21)  And Jesus taught us; “A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.” (Matthew 15:11)    What you say and how you say it is who you are.hqdefault

Far too many Christians live their lives as spiritual children.  They are born again and still remain babies – they babble or speak baby talk.  They don’t know the language of faith.  Others,  learn a stilted, immature mixed language of faith and worldly- wishful thinking.    The Bible tells us this isn’t good; “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14) Why are we unskilled in the ’word of righteousness?’  Why is there so much baby talk among Christians and so little of His Word spoken among ourselves  and into our own lives?  These are important questions to ask ourselves.  For now let me just observe that mature speech comes from practice and growing in our faith.

kl-faith-as-small-as-a-mustard-seed-1-953x1024What is this language of faith and the power of it? Jesus tells us; “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)  He goes on:  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  (John 14:12-14) Notice, we have to believe and we have to use our mouth and ask using the language of faith!

So what is faith?  The Bible tells us plainly; “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:1) For; “. . .  by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” (v. 2)  Is there a good testimony in what you hope for?  Is your faith based on what you believe about God and His Word over what you see with your eyes?   I think a major shortfall in many a Christian’s life deals with our hopes and expectations.  Our hopes never exceed our expectations.  We desire things in proportion to our abilities, our station in life and WHAT WE WANT FROM THE WORLD!  We save for what we want because we expect our paycheck will eventually cover cost.  We hope for the big house, the fancy car, the prestigious career and the tropical vacations because somehow we expect that good people deserve good lives.  Somehow desiring what God wants always comes second to what we want.  There is  no possibility for faith in a soul that places God in second place.  Idolatry empties out the power of our lives.

The apostle James nails our problem  with faith;  “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You desire but do not have,. . . . You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  (James 4:1-3)  If you find your faith journey going around in circles it’s because you’ve got one foot firmly planted in the world.  You can’t speak any word of faith into your own life or anyone else’s.  Like a baby you can’t stand on your own two feet unless you’re hanging onto something or someone  in the world.  We’ve got the wrong priorities – spiritually immature priorities and the earning power for a full-grown worldly adult.  And we wonder why we have no authority over our life.  We’re hanging on to the temporary and seen things of the world and not relying the unseen but eternal Word of God!  This is your problem, my problem and our problem.  It blocks our spiritual maturity and renders our speech ineffective.  We have no power because we do not speak from His authority but rather out of our own wants, anxieties, fears and yes – lusts.

Listen to what Jesus tells us about speaking with authority; “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”  (John 14:10) And what are the words that Jesus speaks ; “I have not spoken on My own, but the Father who sent Me has commanded Me what to say and how to say it.  And I know that His command leads to eternal life. So I speak exactly what the Father has told Me to say.”  (John 12:49,50)  I we claim to be disciples of Jesus we should emulate His teachings!  What stops us?

The healing of the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda is a case in point.  Jesus discerned that the real problem was one of choice;  “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’” (John 5:5,6)  For thirty-eight years the poor man chose to try to get well by his own strength; “The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’” (v. 7)  It didn’t work.  Then he made a different choice – to take Jesus at His Word; “Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’  And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.”  (v. 8,9)  No more talk of being dunked in a pool.  Well you might say; ‘If Jesus said that to me now in Person, I would be healed of my ailments too!’  That’s no excuse.  Unlike the poor paralytic, us, Born Again Christians have His Holy Spirit speaking to us 24/7 – why aren’t we listening and choosing His Word over our own strength and worldly thinking?!!!

The solution is as simple and effective as it is frightening.  It is  frightening because it puts the responsibility for falling short right on us – right here, right now.  We must choose to speak on His authority, by His Word and do His Works.  That’s right it’s our decision to exercise what God has given to us freely.  God told Cain at the beginning; “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”  (Genesis 4:7)    Jesus gave His disciples the same authority He gives us; “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  (Luke 10:19)  And Jesus saw our problem all too well; “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  (Matthew 26:41)  All too often we choose to live life following our flesh rather than the Holy Spirit.  We give in to anxiety, fear and lust because it’s easier, safer and feels better because we’re not responsible.  Going with the world’s flow is better than standing firm on His Word.  AND WE CHOOSE it because it takes the pressure off us.c7a4fd4542b18e0448ccfa6aa0df6c39

Many say, well that just blames the victim; the poor person that dies of cancer or heart disease or any other disease we fear, didn’t choose to live for Jesus.  This is not what I’m saying.  Everyone is going to die someday (Hebrews 9:27). What I’m saying is don’t let cancer, or the fear of it kill you before your dead.  Disease names are just words, and certainly not God’s Word – don’t let them rule your life.  Here is the Word of God;  “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies. And everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” (John 11:25,26)  Believe, speak and live that Truth rather than the lying slippery words of disease.  I will die someday but I’m not letting any word of man kill me before my God appointed time.  And even then I won’t stay dead, not because I’m so tough but because God is Who He says He is!

So, how do we turn our lives around.  We simply make the decision in our soul – our mind to listen through our spirit as the Holy  Spirit speaks into us.  When cancer or some other disease says ‘you will die,’ we pay no attention to this dire word from our flesh.  When the Holy Spirit says to our spirit; “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5), live by that Word.  We choose to listen to the Holy Spirit and we choose to walk in His Word, not our flesh fear; “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)   It’s our decision, the responsibility is ours  and when we quake in fear and our flesh says; ‘I can’t do that I don’t have enough faith,’  listen and speak what the Holy Spirit says; “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” (Philippians 4:13)  The awesome and awful truth is the only person stopping you from living an authentic Christian life is YOU!  That’s awesome because you can choose to change and awful if you choose not to.

Dear brothers and sisters – stop dying of your fears and start living now, today, immediately!