Thursday, January 23, 2014

Power of the Tongue

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
(Isaiah 55:11)

The word of God has divine power because it is the Words of the true and living God. But your own words are also powerful, especially when you speak God's Word. You can overcome Satan through words:

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)

Ö  Confession by your mouth is part of salvation:

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:8-10)

Ö  Because your tongue is a powerful instrument; using it for the good and the furtherance of God's word should be your first priority knowing that your tongue has the power to bring spiritual death or life as you minister to others:

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

Ö  You can also snare yourself with your own words. You can get yourself into difficulties by what you say:

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)

Ö Your words can prevent you from acknowledging the power of God:

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? (Psalms 12:4)

Ö  Satan uses the things you say to cause a breach in your spirit. A breach is an opening through which he can enter:

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

Ö  What you say affects your soul:

A fool's mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (Proverbs 18:7)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

Ö Your words affect your whole body:

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (James 3:6)

Ö Your words affect your whole life:

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)

Because the Word of God is so powerful, believers have a responsibility to make it known to the world. The early Church assumed this responsibility for the Word of God. They went everywhere preaching it:

Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.  Acts 8:4 

And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.  Acts 13:49 

They asked God for boldness to speak His Word.   The Word of God increased throughout the world because of their faithfulness 

And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.  (Acts 6:7)

So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.  (Acts 19:20)

The Holy Bible is the written Word of the one true and living God. There is special power in these words of God:

For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

You will never receive the fullness of God's power until you experience the power of His Word.

Because the Word of God is so powerful, we are obligated to share the truth of it; not water-downed, candy-coated versions, but the pure and undiluted word of God.  Believers have a responsibility to make it known to the world; not just within the confines of the church. The early Church assumed this responsibility for the Word of God.   The disciples went everywhere preaching it.  They asked God for boldness to speak His Word: 

And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word . . .

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
  (Acts 4:29,31)

The Word of God increased throughout the world because of their faithfulness 

God confirms His Word with signs following. One cannot wait for the signs to precede the Word. You have a responsibility for spreading this powerful Word to the world. 

v      God puts His Word in you so you can speak it to others:

I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.   And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.  Deuteronomy 18:18-19

And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, 'You are My people.'  Isaiah 51:16  Also refer to:  Jeremiah 1:9; 3:12; 5:14; 26:12; Ezekiel 2:7-8.

v      If you are taught in God's Word, then you have a responsibility to teach others: 

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.  Galatians 6:6

v     You are to preach the Word throughout the world: 

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  Luke 24:47

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  Mark 16:15

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
  II Timothy 4:2

v    You are not to speak your own words, but His words: 

If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:  Isaiah 58:13

v   You are not to be ashamed of the Word: 

Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.  Mark 8:38

v   You are to teach it to your children: 

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.   Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Believers prevent the flow of God's power in their lives through their own words. They speak coveteous, idol, and foolish words. They argue over commandments of men that turn people from the truth of the Gospel. They speak evil words about others, murmur, complain, boast, and lie. They speak words that cause division, words of cursing and bitterness.  Then they wonder why they are powerless.

Remember: The flow of God's power in your life is not only affected by the power of HIS Word, it is affected by the power of YOUR words.

(Biblical Study)


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The First Commandment - Love

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.
 (Mark 12:30)

This is the first and greatest commandment -  that we are to love God!

To understand the power of love, we must know what the Bible teaches on the subject. The spiritual fruit of love, this powerful force, is not the type of lustful or carnal love depicted by the world. It is “unfeigned” love, which means it is a holy love. Unfeigned love is the type of love we are to show to others:

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently. (I Peter 1:22)

This command did not start when Jesus came on the scene, God commanded the children of Israel:  

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  Deuteronomy 6:5

It was told to the historian, Luke:

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. 
 Luke 10:27

Your love for God is tested by your obedience to Him:

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)

But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. (I John 2:5)

There is no misunderstanding or misinterpreting this commandment.  Jesus could not have put it more clearly:

If ye love me, keep my commandments.  John 14:15

The second greatest commandment is love of others:

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:31)

Jesus wants us to love others as much as He loves us:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. (John 13:34)

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. . .

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:9,12)

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.  (John 17:26)

It is by love that you are recognized as a believer:

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35)

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (I John 3:14)

If we do not love other believers, God's love is not in us:

He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (I John 2:9-10)

Jesus emphasized this to the disciples:

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
  John 13:34   

Love of other believers results in spiritual unity which is a powerful force. When the disciples were united in prayer, 

*        Pentecost happened                               (Acts 2), 

*       They were of "one heart and mind"     (Acts 4:32) and 
*         With power continued to testify          (Acts 4:33), 
*        They devoted themselves to the unity of fellowship (Acts 2:42) and 
*         Many signs and wonders were done  (Acts 2:43).

All other principles of spiritual power, all spiritual gifts, all ministry must operate through the power of love, or they are useless. When everything else fails, the power of love will succeed.

We are to love our enemies:

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. . . 

And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? For sinners also do even the same. . .

But love ye your enemies, and do good. . .
 (Luke 6:27-28, 33, 35)

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matthew 5:43-44)

Our love is to abound, which means it is to continually increase:

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment. (Philippians 1:9)

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:  (I Thessalonians 3:12)

We are to be rooted and grounded in love:

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

If we are to be filled with the fullness of God and His power, we must have love. It is important to power because it eliminates fear:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)

We are to walk in love:

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. (Ephesians 5:2)

We are to "forbear" or relate to others in love:

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

We are to keep our self in love:

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. (Jude 21)

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  (I Timothy 6:11)

Faith, which is also important to power, works by love:

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6)

Our work for the Lord is to be a labor of love:

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;   (I Thessalonians 1:3)

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (Hebrews 6:10)

As we near the end of time here on earth, the love of many will not endure. It will "wax cold," which means people will become uncaring:

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.     (Matthew 24:12)

But we are given the assurance that nothing can separate us from God's love:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  (Romans 8:35, 38-39)

The greatest love is the love God had for the sinful world. He showed that love by sending Jesus to die:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.       (John 3:16)

Jesus demonstrated this great love as He willingly gave His life on the cross:

Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.  But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:7-8)

It is this powerful force of love  --the love of God--  that the Holy Spirit desires to develop in our life:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.  (Romans 5:5)

Remember, all other principles of spiritual power depend on this one: The power of love.

(Bible Studies)