“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Proverbs 18:21
Death and life ARE in the power of the tongue. Sadly though many do not understand what “speaking doubt” and “speaking life” are according to the Word of God and have taken this Scripture to twist it, just as satan twists the Word, into their motivational doctrine.
Ten of the twelve witnesses, who went up to the land promised by God to the Israelites, spoke death. Once they saw God’s Promise, they did not believe His Promise was efficient.
“31 But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.
32 And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eats up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature.” Numbers 13:31-32
While Joshua and Caleb spoke life; they spoke that which was true according to what the Lord had promised them.
“6 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 7 And they spoke unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8 If the Lord delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which flows with milk and honey.” Numbers 14:6-8
The modern motivational doctrine, which is cloaked in Scripture, is widely heard among the masses in the world and has infiltrated the church as Scriptural doctrine which in reality is nothing more than commandments of man. These worldly motivational systems deceive the people into lying about themselves through the positive confession of their words, aka “speaking life”, which they sincerely believe has the power to change their reality. In the church, this is nothing more than white witch craft trying to manipulate the righteous spirit world. However, in the world this is their “wisdom” which the Word of God declares as evil.
“14 But if you have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descends not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” James 3:14-15
Lying against the truth will not change the truth. Once we confess the truth of our reality, and begin to seek ye first the Kingdom of God and HIS Righteousness, HE WILL supply our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). All of these things WILL be added unto us; NOT when we are seeking these things but seeking HIM, Jesus Christ, Who HE is and what HE did.
“31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:31-33.
I know the worldly system’s vain attempt to manifest greatness in ourselves through sheer will and determination. Many spend their entire lives in this devilish cycle of unprofitable wisdom while the teachers of such nonsense make millions of dollars.
God’s Prescribed order for daily living is by Grace (the Cross of Christ) through faith (in the Cross of Christ) and He will order our footsteps. Someone said “we’re not talking about Christianity, we’re talking about how to succeed in this world”. Ok, I can accept that…don’t agree with the philosophy but one can believe how they wish. The problem comes when these professional motivators begin twisting the Scripture to seduce God’s Children into their vanities.
As a Believer, I understand the world has their statutes. However, my problem is when the world begins cloaking their statutes in God’s Word in an attempt to appear “good”. Even worse is the fact that most of the modern church has warmly embraced this form of “goodness” and preaches it from the pulpits.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
In order to follow God, we must deny ourselves; deny our intellect, abilities, emotions, education, etc.. Worldly wisdom encourages our dependence on these very things.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
As for me, I will choose to follow Jesus. Through Him all of my blessings flow. At times the circumstances are not pleasing, yet there remains peace beyond all understanding. As I look unto Him, He authors and finishes my faith and confirms His Word…His Promise. I will not speak death in these unpleasant circumstance but neither will I speak a lie denying the circumstances presuming my lie change my circumstances. I will continue to fight the good fight of faith and look unto Jesus. He and He alone will deliver me from this pilgrim land.
-Donna Clark Warren