Words Have Power to React on
Dear Forum-- This reading and the links below demonstrate the necessity of meditating on God's word as David did, and keeping our thoughts positive and on Him! Chronic stress is prominent in our day, and our only hope is in focusing on God and His truths!!~~ Blessings, Lynn M.
"Closely connected with Christ's warning in regard to the sin against the Holy Spirit is a warning against idle and evil words. The words are an indication of that which is in the heart. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." But the words are more than an indication of character; they have power to react on the character. Men are influenced by their own words. Often under a momentary impulse, prompted by Satan, they give utterance to jealousy or evil surmising, expressing that which they do not really believe; but the expression reacts on the thoughts. They are deceived by their words, and come to believe that true which was spoken at Satan's instigation. Having once expressed an opinion or decision, they are often too proud to retract it, and try to prove themselves in the right, until they come to believe that they are. It is dangerous to utter a word of doubt, dangerous to question and criticize divine light. The habit of careless and irreverent criticism reacts upon the character, in fostering irreverence and unbelief. Many a man indulging this habit has gone on unconscious of danger, until he was ready to criticize and reject the work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." D.A.page 323.
THIS DAY WITH GOD, PAGE 137
Preparation for Heaven, May 8
For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 1 Corinthians 4:7.
It is that man may obtain the life that measures with the life of God that the Lord breaks up his worldly ambitious projects, which, if permitted to engross the mind, would unfit him for the future world.
God is testing every one of us. He entrusts us with talents, to see whether we will be thoroughly unselfish in the use we make of them. He tells us plainly, ďHe that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in muchĒ (Luke 16:10). ďAnd if ye have not been faithful in that which is another manís, who shall give you that which is your own?Ē (Verse 12).
Let us remember that we are to be tried by the laws of Christís kingdom. We are not our own to do with ourselves as we please. We have been bought with a price, and the laws of Christís kingdom, the ten holy precepts, present the standard that we are to reach. God is jealous of His law. He tests every man, to see whether he will obey or not.
Man sinned, and death is the penalty of sin. Christ bore the penalty, and secured for man a period of probation. In this time of probation we are now living. We have been given an opportunity to prove ourselves of value in the sight of Him who gave His only begotten Son that we should not perish, but have everlasting life.
One is our Master, even Christ. We are to remember that we are His blood-bought heritage. Godís will is to become our will. Physical, mental, and spiritual gifts have been placed in our possession. In the Bible, Godís will is plainly made known. God expects every man to use his gifts in a way that will give him an increased knowledge of the things of God, and will enable him to make improvement, to become more and more refined, ennobled, and purified.
In this world men and women are to fit themselves to take their place among the nobility of heaven. In this world they are to prepare for translation into the courts above. Those who take up this work as the Bible directs, will, through the grace of Christ, become examples of what all must be who enter in through the gates into the city.óLetter 80, May 8, 1903, to Dr. J. H. Kellogg.