Proverbs 18:21… “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (KJV). Your life depends on the decisions that you make. Talk life, not death. Our text teaches that “construction” and destruction are the results of what you say. Proverbs 16:24 reads, “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Kind words makes for healthy people and a richer spiritual life. God gave speech for creative purposes. He never gave you anything that wasn’t good for you.
Job 32:20 reads, “I will speak, that I may be refreshed” (KJV). Dismiss grief from your life by using good words. If you do not want weakness, don’t describe yourself as weak. If you are tired of being frustrated, avoid frustrated talk. If you do not want gloom, cut out gloomy speech. Our text (Proverbs 18:21) is a law of life. Good words produce a good life. “You reap what you sow”; Galatians 6:7 teaches this. The medical profession knows this is true. Both belief and doubt are living attitudes, and those attitudes become your conduct. When you speak you put either faith or doubt into your life. Choose faith. “Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you” (Matthew 9:29).
PEACE… John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (KJV). What a great promise. Recently I heard a TV preacher comment on the word “peace.” He said that this word means “possessing adequate resources.” So I decided to look this word up. The word “peace” means “to join, to have quietness, rest, wholeness of life,” which includes success and (by implication) prosperity. I went a little further and discovered that peace includes a fourfold meaning…
a) Health… i.e., physical well-being.
b) Prosperity… i.e., freedom from want. Also security and protection.
c) Victory in warfare… i.e., freedom from demonic oppressions and peace between individuals.
d) Christ’s peace leads to salvation and security of the soul in this life and the life to come. This is what Jesus gave us. You knew this all along, didn’t you? But have you got this peace? Are you living this kind of peace daily? Jesus said it–believe it and receive it.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT… In the Old Testament, the high priest never inspected the person bringing the sacrifice. He always inspected the sacrifice. He never condemned the person, but if the sacrifice was blemished he rejected it. So also with God. When you come seeking salvation, God doesn’t inspect you. He inspects the sacrifice (Jesus) and finds Jesus to be without blemish. When you come to God through Jesus Christ, He does not condemn you. He saves you, because it is the sacrifice that is without blemish.
AND… Luke 14:15… “And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God” (KJV). Some folks try to sound religious in the presence of the preacher just to get their two-bits worth in to sound spiritual.
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER… People have sung this hymn for so long that finally all the saints have gathered at the river. But the Holy Spirit is urging them to cross, and only a few have the faith to do so. It is easier to camp at the river than to risk the dangers of fording it. Everyone is satisfied to camp where they are… on the wrong side of the river. They have built their buildings and pitched their tents. The messages from the pulpits are filled with “tolerance,” and sin is no longer definable. People have no idea what they believe. Many preachers are making money by selling other people’s experiences. They have also lost the faith, the daring, to venture out into the fresh experiences that God has planned for them. Big changes are taking place in the world. People who do not cross the river do not change the world.
Pastor George Belobaba
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