Monday, October 6, 2008

More with Jon

It's been awhile since I posted an entry from my "before bed" devotional,
A Pillar By Day by Pastor Jon Courson. Here is the entry from October 2nd.

And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you. Numbers 14:26-28

"Would to God that we die in the wilderness," the children of Israel repeated said (see Numbers 14:2).

And, because life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), God said, "Okay. As you have spoken, so shall it be."

Faith and words go hand in hand, for out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). That is why to be saved, we must believe in our hearts as well as confess with our mouths (Romans 10:9-10).

The longer I live, the more I realize that what I say has a huge impact on the unseen world around me. I'm beginning to understand more and more that if I speak critically and cynically even only to my wife, the impact is sure to boomerang back on me. Conversely, if I speak words of faith, I open the door for the Lord to work miraculously.
As I read this a few nights ago it struck me that God is speaking about the evilness of the congregation. He's not talking to or about the pagan Egyptians. He's talking about the people that had seen firsthand His miracles, His faithfulness, and His provisions.

It was a reminder to me to speak blessing and praise in faith. It was a reminder that I belong to a good, merciful, gracious God who loves me beyond comprehension.

It also convicted me to be mindful of my speech and my attitudes, for as murmuring spread through the camp of the Israelites, my murmuring can and does spread through my home and specifically through my children. They will model what they see and hear. I watch and listen to my children very closely because in them is a mirror of profound clarity.

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