The Basics (6)

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

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2 Peter 1:3 – According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

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In our discussion over recent days, we have examined three powerful basics needed to serve the body of Christ and our Christian walk at the highest level.  Though not exhaustive in our study, we have taken a look at EARS to hear what Holy Spirit is saying, EYES to clearly see what Father in doing so we can accurately recognize signs, and HEARTS/MINDS of clear understanding that will enable us to build upon a long-lasting foundation.  Today I want us to look at one more element of these all-important basics, and that is having a MOUTH/TONGUE with the boldness to righteously speak, “Thus saith the Lord.”

We live in a day of a myriad of voices all about us, all seemingly seeking for our attention.  Some of them are intent upon speaking truth that carries the potential to free us and enable us to follow hard after the Lord.  But sadly, I believe the majority of those voices lead us to deception, either ignorantly or deliberately.  We must be aware that good intentions alone are not sufficient to guide us at this hour.  We MUST know and have the truth.  I am convinced there are many good people with right intentions who are deceived.  I am also convinced that there are many evil people who deliberately speak lies, flatteries, sweetened words intent upon deceiving the people of God and ultimately overthrowing the church and righteous living.  They need to be clearly recognized, identified, and challenged by those who know truth, boldly proclaim truth, and do so with such accuracy that the words from their mouths could be highlighted with “Thus saith the Lord.”

In times like these in which we find ourselves, multitudes of people are hurting, troubled, fearful, and deeply deceived.  In such conditions, it becomes easy for one to lean towards SWEET words that appear to comfort, and avoid the SALTY words that can often sting, especially in the wounds created by all the turmoil about us.  Still, the Scriptures do NOT declare that we are the SUGAR of the earth, but the SALT.  But because sweetness is so much more generally sought that saltiness, many voices give themselves to the sweet.  Because of that, many vocal platforms, including many pulpits, have replaced the true salt of God’s fiery breath that purifies and preserves with breath mints of social popularity kept in darkened pockets in religious wrappers.  Pray, my friend, that from the church will arise salted voices that heal, preserve, and retain the water of the Word in this world.

Manna for Today – 2 Peter 1:1-12; Philippians 4:9; Matthew 6:25-34; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6; Proverbs 15:4; Psalm 12:3; Proverbs 7:12; Proverbs 26:28; Ezekiel 12:24; 1 Thessalonians 2

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