And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words." ---Proverbs 18:21
First, I'll complete my title:
It's time to stop speaking those things we'd hate to watch happen.
Okay, moving on. ツ
This past year I've listened to respected, helpful Christians online and although I admire, even like them, oh dear! Their language. Yikes.
And Honey, I don't mean they swear. No, it's that they (often) use words like these:
"People today never face consequences, so they'll keep becoming worse."
"Our immoral leaders won't change. They'll never face charges."
"Prices will keep rising. Grocery shelves will become emptier."
"I'm afraid the middle class will disappear into poverty."
"I've warned you for years: things are gonna get worse."
Man, often have I quipped, "Well yeah, if you want to be a Christian who writes God out of everything! Sheesh."
Gracious. Talk about misplaced faith. Are we believing for more of what God can do or what satan has already done?
What happened to 'we walk by faith and not by sight'? Or, 'Be it unto you even as you have believed'?
What happened to stepping out of our prayer closet, believing God will answer us, then matching-up our words (and lives) accordingly, perhaps like this? --
"I'm believing consequences will arrive soon for those who mistreat others."
"A day is coming, I believe, when God will hold corrupt leaders accountable. He will deal with them as He deems best."
"I'm praying our economy will right itself soon and in the meantime, that God will provide for His kids as the Bible promises."
"We've not yet experienced the last great movement of God upon our planet. Just imagine the wonder yet to come when millions accept Christ and begin acting godly!"
(Some folks believe these verses from Joel 2 fully happened already, but I'm with the crowd that says, no, not yet. But soon! In fact, I'm following reports online of awesome revival already happening.) --
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. “And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
And hey, what happened to humbling ourselves and admitting we might be wrong about where we are in God's timeline? That we might not be on the cusp of seven years of tribulation? (I'm old enough to remember that back in the 1970's we were all certain Jesus would come bursting through the church door any minute.)
But I digress.....
Anyway, today may we sincerely ask ourselves, "Is my faith based upon God's best or on the devil's worst? Are my daily-around-friends speech patterns wildly different than my prayers?"
From out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks and I'll tell you... I long for my heart to be so full of God's promises that it splashes out hope and blessings upon everyone I contact.
Why? The eternal outcome, the ramifications of speaking opposite, pessimistic words to a confused, suicidal world is far too tragic to imagine.
Oh, the responsibility of it all!
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." --- Hebrews 11:1
Please note in no way am I saying ignore the bad happenings! But rather, face them, pray against them, then believe your prayers/hope-filled warnings/God-led-actions will change things.
Evil lasts only for a season. God, His word, His love and joy last forever.
It's been awhile since I recommended Glamour Days at Youtube. She makes old black and white film come alive! Here's a new favorite (those beach pajamas are positively elegant! I'd be all for folks Today wearing pajamas in public if they looked like those. heh.) ツ
"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” --- Matthew 19:26
Please remember: My posts are always about more than they appear to be.
"For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15