What Say You?
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31, NASU)
There sure are a lot of words being spoken today. It amazes me at times how much people can talk, and after listening for a while, do they really say anything that you will still remember, or adhere to, a few years, weeks, or even days later? A lot of what is said gets recorded and then archived for decades, but is what has been said really worth saying in the first place and keeping for time?
In all this talking, is wisdom and godly knowledge being shared? Are lives being changed for the better? Is what one says as truth really the truth, or do they have to come back later and acknowledge that their improper lack of memory or speculation about a person or matter just wasn’t the case? (If they even admit their error, or purposely said lie.)
So much of what is being spoken is not worth hearing. It clogs up our minds with garbage, and as it is truly noted, “Garbage in, garbage out.” As a matter of speaking, of course.
So, what say you? That may not be proper English, but again, anything goes these days, right? I am being facetious. Rather flippant too.
What we do say comes out of the mouth that is attached to the brain that has probably been filled with all kinds of information, much of which will not be useful when you really need something to hold onto in a serious situation. If our minds are filled with game strategy, action and love tv and movie scenes, sports statistics of our favorite team, or even pornography for far too many, including priests, Christian pastors, and leaders, how are we ever going to be able to say that which gives life, hope, and the Christ-like expectancy for the bright future we all want, and certainly, need?
Being a man of mostly quiet nature, I ponder this warning from the Lord Jesus which He spoke to His disciples in Matthew 15:10-20,
Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?"
But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."
Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us."
So Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man." (NKJV)
My next book (21st!) coming out this week, of the same title as this message, What Say You, offers inspiration on how we can then live and move in this life, to cause godly effect and actually, cause something positive to happen or bring about in our lives, our families, our cities, our workplaces, and our country.
Too many words are being spewed out of the mouths of those whom basically, just like to hear themselves talk and have nothing good to say.
We, therefore, must be counted among those whom the Lord has spoken words of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, direction, hope, and strength to, so we can then in turn offer life to others around us, speaking “L’chaim!” (To life!)
As the song goes, “Be careful little children what you say.” May yours and my words and actions, which often speak louder than words, bring the life of the Lord Yeshua into the midst of a dark and lonely world.
We have the faith, hope, and love within us, because of His life within us, to give it out through His Holy Spirit working through us. Thus, let us speak forth His eternal life with boldness!
Ahava and shalom,
Love For His People, Inc.
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