Have you ever given a thought to the power of the things you say? Seriously has it ever occurred to you that when you say something out loud, whether in a conversation with another person or simply by talking to yourself, that you are literally creating something?
Proverbs 18: 21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Each time we speak, (or write in this case), we are creating death or creating life. The power of our words can either hurt people or help people. The only difference between the two outcomes is the motivation driving the words that come out of our mouth. If we are naturally mean spirited, our words carry that spirit of nastiness even if the words sound good or even loving.
Jeremiah 9: 8
“Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.”
But on the other hand, if we are naturally loving, our words will convey that loving heart, even if they are harsh. The invisible motivation that brought the words out of our mouth, (the spiritual aspect), is carried out by the words we speak or write.
Have you ever wondered why nearly every motivational speaker teaches that it’s important to write down our goals? When we really do that, it releases the spiritual power behind those words in our minds. When we release that spiritual power, whether good or bad, that power goes to work on our behalf to accomplish that goal.
Proverbs 18: 21
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
It’s not so much a written contract for ourself, but a written contract for that spirit to accomplish what it motivated in our heart. Whatever that goal may be, the spiritual power behind the genesis of that goal in our mind is now bound to fulfill whatever it promised and we will absolutely experience the fruit of those words.
Now, for a person that is a natural man that understands everything by their five-senses and has no concept or belief in spiritual matters, the previous paragraph is total nonsense. The mere command, “write down your goals” is all that is necessary. Not only that, it’s really all they are able to understand.
1 Corinthians 2: 14
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
But a person that recognizes spiritual things can understand what is written. Now the only difference is this: What spirit motivates your heart and life the greatest, and is behind all of your goals and dreams?
As Christians, we rarely give this a thought. We naturally assume by our religious instruction that the Holy Spirit must be behind all of our thought and desires, so spiritual growth is a natural part of association with spiritual people. Yet we make very little effort to really test the spirit that inspires our motivation. Our test is superficial and normally goes no farther than the belief structure ingrained by our religious instruction. Too many of us rely so heavily upon our church doctrine that the words of Scripture are rarely used as our testing tool. We are taught doctrine from the first day we enter the church door and all scripture is taught from the framework and viewpoint of the doctrine we accept as truth.
To the degree that we are scripturally literate with our doctrine, we are also scripturally discerning against spiritually deceptive motivations of thought. In other words, we are able to test our thoughts against the written Word of Truth. But imagine this, a born again believer who is both scripturally illiterate and doctrinally weak. They know that they are filled with the Holy Ghost but they still walk by the motives of their natural desires and emotions. Without the tempering knowledge of either Biblically sound church doctrine at the least, or a deep understanding of scripture that comes from mature study, what spirit of motivation could deceive that believer to become hateful, vindictive, fearful, defensive, etc.? Are any of these motivational factors born of the Holy Spirit from God, the man’s soul, or are they born of the spirit that controls the world?
There we go, different spiritual factors that influence our lives, our thoughts, our desires, and finally our words. We are back to the core subject of this blog for Radical Christians. The Radical Christian knows the voice of God, their spiritual Father. The carnal Christian still walks by the natural desires of the flesh and/or the spiritual motives of the world. So carnal Christians are still influenced by whatever spirit motivating the reason and desires of their mind at the moment. They cannot discern between God, deceptive spirits or their own thoughts simply because they are still flesh oriented, moved by the logic and reason of their intelligence. The natural believer, or carnal Christian, is a product of their environment and their teachers.
So the words that come out of their mouth carry the power of their natural influences. Those words convey the power of the world around them, the people they associate with, and the structure of belief at the spiritual core of their being. If they exclusively associate with carnal Christians, and they actively set aside or reject spiritually influenced Christians out of fear, the end result can be nothing more than a life motivated by the reason and desires of the flesh. Fear motivation, is the spiritual realm of the world, and of the devil.
2 Timothy 1: 7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
So a Christian minister that believes they are spiritual, meaning they teach spiritual things from the Bible, but is afraid to demonstrate the power of God, is still a carnal Christian. The words they say, carry the power of the flesh alone, their soul based thoughts and desires of the flesh, their personal fears and bias’. This minister appears to be spiritual because they speak of spiritual things, but they deny the true and full power of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for this minister to know, demonstrate, and teach of the true and full power of God. They are limited to the written doctrine of the church and the written words of scripture alone. They compare the natural with the natural and cannot compare the spiritual with the spiritual.
1 Corinthians 2: 13
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”
The Radical Christian, and by extension, the Radical Christian minister hears and recognizes the hand of God in their life. They are not deceived by whispering words from deceiving spiritual sources as easily or as often as the carnal Christian. The carnal Christian only knows “the words which man’s wisdom teacheth.” If their actions and words do not make sense or agree with the Spirit of God’s Word, then their actions and words are not motivated by the Spirit of God but by the spirit of the world.
James 1: 26
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.”
They can speak and minister words that carry the spiritual power of deception and hurt. Without even knowing it, they can minister fear, prejudice, tribalism, and disdain against the power and truth of God’s Spirit. They can teach of their “truth” as the only truth to believe, yet to follow their words, leads to pain, hurt, and destruction.
Psalm 64: 3
“Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:”
This power is natural power or the power of deception. It is subtle and appears to be loving at first, but over time, its true nature becomes evident. This is deception at its truly finest level. This is spiritual deception born of the wrong spiritual source. It is very difficult to detect from within because of conditioning. Just like a frog in a pan of warm water being heated up slowly. The frog will never leap out of the water to safety. It will stay in that warm water until it is boiled alive. By the time it realizes that the water is too hot and dangerous, it is too late and cannot save itself. This is the danger of devilish influence from within the Christian church. But the devil has been influencing the Christian church from the beginning and the many denominations and congregational divisions are the fruit of his influence. Fear is the rule, not the exception. If we want to root out, discern, and defeat fear, we must return to God’s Word.
Hebrews 4: 12
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We cannot limit ourselves to the written Word or to the doctrine of the church in association with the written Word. It is evident that this adherence to the written Word and doctrine has failed. We are still divided in fear of one another and speaking words of fear against each other.
Proverbs 12: 18
“There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.”
If we really want to change our culture and return it to the standard of moral truth and Godly respect, we have to change our method. Merely speaking about the truth of God and preaching about the love of Jesus in no longer enough. Bad people will never change into good people simply by associating with them or hearing preaching. It is painfully evident that good people will indeed change into bad people by association instead.
Galatians 5: 9
“A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”
Culture change requires a recognition that the old ways of failed first. Then we have to repent of the old ways that are failing us. We cannot change our culture back to God with words alone. We have to demonstrate more.
1 John 3: 18
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
If we are spiritual, we must demonstrate that spirit by living and walking in faith. This is the only way to defeat the fiery darts or arrows of the adversary against us. Those words that come from the mouth of natural men and carnal Christians.
1 Corinthians 4: 20
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”
Ephesians 6: 16
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
When we speak, we speak the power of God. We have the ability to produce the miracles of God. Not because the ability comes from our understanding and intelligence, but because it comes from the Holy Spirit. It is the power of God working within us and the words we speak carry the power and authority of God with it. The Radical Christian knows they speak the words of God when they obey the Holy Spirit. The Radical Christian demonstrates their faith in God, their Father, because of use and practice. The Radical Christian lives in the realm of miracles and craves the meat of the Word, not the milk of the Word.
Hebrews 5: 14
“But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
The carnal Christian may fear the Radical Christian because the Radical Christian proves the powerless deception of carnal Christianity. The Radical Christian is able to demonstrate the reality of God, the reality of the living Christ through the power and operation of the Holy Spirit in their lives. The Radical Christian can overcome the world just as Jesus overcame the world. The Radical Christian appears as Jesus to the world.
1 John 4: 4
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
If you say you love, then you are empowered by God to love. If you want to be perfect at one thing in life, why not be perfect at love. If you want to change the culture around you, only perfect love can accomplish that change, because perfect love is energized by the power of God working within you. That is how Jesus overcame the world and changed the Jewish culture around Him. That is how the first century church overcame the world and changed the Romans. That is the only way we can change our culture of darkness today.
1 John 4: 17, 18
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
The Spirit that works within the Radical Christian has no fear. Because the Spirit of God is not the spirit of the world. It is the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Love, and the only way to have a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1: 7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
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