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Words are Like Arrows

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If you took an inventory of every single word that you spoke what do you think that you would find out about yourself? Have you ever thought about it?

God cares about the words that come out of our mouths. How many negative words do you think that you speak on a daily basis – words that are cursing your life or cursing others lives? Sometimes we don’t give it any thought. We can be driving down the road and someone cuts us off and we call them a stupid idiot or worse… is that right? Are they really a stupid idiot or did they simply not see our car there? When addressing our spouse or children, what words are we speaking over them?

The Bible is clear that we must choose to either speak life or death, blessing or cursing. I hope that after reading this, God will prick our hearts and we will only choose life and blessings.

The words that we speak have a long-lasting effect – they go out into the atmosphere and stay there forever. We cannot take our words back. We can rebuke words from bearing fruit but if we spoke death or cursing to someone directly, it is sometimes difficult for people to forget those words because they can cut so deeply.

Sometimes it is best to be silent rather than to speak in order to avoid saying something that is hurtful to a person. God wants us to speak life and to build people up and to fill our mouths with praise and thanksgiving to Him. He made us in His image. He spoke things into existence. We do the same but then we wonder why we are defeated, tired all of the time, in pain all of the time, in lack all of the time…. Could it be because we spoke it into our lives?

Below are just a few scriptures of what God has to say about the importance of our words and also a few declarations that you can make using the scriptures to help you to speak life.

James 3:10 (NKJV) For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 

Jeremiah 9:8 (HCSB) Their tongues are deadly arrows — they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peaceably with his friend, but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

Ephesians 5:19 (HCSB) speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father

Proverbs 10:11 (NLT) The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.

Proverbs 13:3 (NLT) Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.

1 Peter 3:10 (NLT) If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.

Ecclesiastes 3:7b (HCSB) a time to be silent and a time to speak;

Declarations:

Psalm 19:14 (HCSB) May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 16:23-24 (NLT) From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Psalm 49:3 (NKJV) My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding.

Psalm 141:3 Lord, set up a guard for my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips

Isaiah 50:4 (HCSB) The Lord God has given Me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word.

 

 

 

 

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Why Do We Pray

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If God already knows what we're going to ask (Matt 6:8), and if God is sovereignly - in control of all things (Eph 1:11), then why pray?

Prayer affects God's plans

In Exodus 32:9-14   The Lord tells Moses that he will destroy Israel in His anger and start again with Moses' own descendants. Moses pleads with God, urging God not to destroy His people, and following his prayer, God relented.  Prayer affects God.

Prayer lets us talk to our Heavenly Father.

In the end, prayer is a mystery- a mystery of God's providence as He rules and directs His creation according to His will, and as He reacts to and interacts with our thoughts and actions. How God's sovereignty and our prayer life fits together in a logical system is ultimately beyond us; the secret things belong to God (Deut 29:29)

So, what is the purpose of prayer? To talk to our heavenly Father who loves us. 

God wants to hear our prayers.

Jesus makes a bold promise in Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and for everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

No qualifications, no limiting conditions; just an open invitation to ask, search, and knock. In Luke 11:13 Jesus’ point is to underline that God is a loving and generous Father, not a stingy God needing to be convinced that anyone deserves anything good from His hand. 

For anyone going through times of deep anger, real suffering, and periods of doubt, prayer means bringing all of our life into conversation with all of God's grace. So why pray? So, we can talk to God and not just about Him!

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