DIG for Monday the 15th of January…..why the constant negativity…..Proverbs 18 v 21

Yesterday I wrote about the importance of what we think, and this also counts for what we say.

It is also very important what we listen to, as we are influenced greatly by what we take in to our hearts and minds.

I have stopped listening to a number of radio programs and stations due to the constant negativity being spoken out.

I was listening to one of the “better” programs today and even they were becoming too negative for me!

They were reporting about a tennis tournament where a British player had done really well winning 6-3 6-1.

This in anyone’s definition is a good result and a result to be celebrated.

However the first thing the newsreader asked the reporter was this, “So is there any evidence of the hip injury we think she has?”

No mention of the score, or how well the player had done or any sense of celebration about the success of the British player.

No, straight in to a negative comment about a potential problem!

Everyone is affected by the words they speak out and the words spoken out over them.

We know that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18 v 21); important for our own lives and important for those we speak about.

I would encourage you to be more positive and less negative; I can assure that this will improve your life and improve the lives of those around you.

Take the challenge and think about the words you are speaking out!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I know death and life are in the power of my tongue, and thank you that I am capable of making more positive remarks”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

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DIG for Thursday the 21st of September…..I can save you so much money…..Proverbs 18 v 21

I mentioned in the message on Sunday how I could save people thousands of pounds; are you interested?

Would you like to improve your life?

Would you like to become a success?

Yes, well there are lots of techniques and courses out there in the world promising to do this for you.

I was looking into one such course the other day and this is what I read; it was about “understanding how people organise their thinking, feelings, language and behaviour to produce the results they desire”.

Now that sounds complicated and maybe that is why it costs a thousand pounds for a two-day course.

But I can teach you the same thing in minutes, saving you a thousand pounds.

Proverbs 23 v 7 says as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

Proverbs 18 v 21 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue.

The course I was looking at majored on how we think and what we say, and suggest that these affect our feelings and our behaviour, and as a result affect our life outcomes.

This is of course true, and it is Biblical!

You don’t need another man to tell you your thoughts and words are vital, God is telling you already.

We can think death or life and we can speak death or life; what are you thinking and speaking over your life this morning?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can change my way of thinking and way of speaking and have a positive impact on my own life”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

DIG for Wednesday the 23rd of August…..you are what you say…..Proverbs 18 v 21

One of the verses that I try to live by and try to teach the church fellowship to live by is Proverbs 18 v 21.

”Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, is one of the most important lessons we all must learn in life.

The words we speak out have a direct impact on our lives and on the lives of those around us.

I wrote about the comments of a football commentator yesterday and I am going to use something else he said tonight.

The Scottish team in question was winning well, but then lost 3 quick goals.

“Well”, the commentator said, “it’s always the same for Scottish football teams, we always do that”.

Even I have a ‘favourite’ phrase about the Scottish national football team; it is, “We are great at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory”. This is a phrase I need to stop using!

As a ‘race’ the Scottish people (in general) are great at talking themselves down; as a nation we seem to be gifted at this!

You may think but these are only words; well the words we speak, according to the Bible, are either death or life.

What are you speaking out over your own life and the lives of your family?

Indeed what are the words that you are speaking out over your nation?

Are they words of life or are they words of death?

They have to be one or the other as they are never neutral.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can have a positive impact on my life, on the lives of others and on my nation through speaking out positive and encouraging words of life”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

DIG for Thursday the 1st of June…..personalise it and speak it out…..Psalm 91 v 10

I was given a gift recently of a book providing teaching on Psalm 91, and I’d like to share some insights I have received as this is having a big impact on me.

I’ve known for a long time how important it is to speak good things over my life, after all death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18 v 21).

This teaching is highlighting to me that this is of huge importance.

What we think and what we say can alter the physical world around us!

I have also realised for a while how important it is to personalise Scripture and speak that out over my life.

For example we can speak out, “Thank you lord that I have been made righteous and now I have your righteousness”.

We can speak out, “Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven of all my sins” and, “Thank you Lord that you will never leave me nor forsake me”.

What I am now learning to do is personalise and then speak out Psalm 91 over my life, and I hope to share this with you in the coming days.

This is a passage that talks to me of protection and security that can only be provided by the Lord.

We all know the type of world we no live in, but even in these evil times we can rest in His love and His mercy.

This is a piece of Scripture that we can “take hold of” and speak out at all times, not just in times of trouble.

There is one verse in this passage that I am very familiar with, as it is one of the favourite sayings of my wife.

“No plague shall come nigh my dwelling” is one of Nunsy’s catchphrases, and she is very rarely sick (Psalm 91 v 10).

And there are lots of others we can personalise and then use for our protection and security.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that death and life are in the power of my tongue, thank you that I can choose to speak out life”.

Psalm 91 v 10…..There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling

DIG for Sunday the 1st of January…..we can learn to control our bodies with our words…..Proverbs 18 v 21

As you will have gathered in the last few DIGs I have an amazing regard for the people of India that we are meeting.

We are praying for many people especially women, who are suffering with pain in their backs, necks and knees through the years of constant hard work.

Many people are being healed however we are trying to teach then people that they can take control of their bodies and deal with the pain as it is starting or even before it starts.

This seems to be a new concept to the people here, but it is an important principle that can really help them if they grasp it.

At home we have taught our fellowship to speak out positive words over their bodies, showing them in the Word that this is a Biblical principle.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue is what the Word of God says (Proverbs 18 v 21).

We can either speak death (bad and negative words) or life (good and positive words) over our bodies (and of course also over other things such as our families, our jobs and our education for example).

Our words have creative power and can change the physical world; that is what it means to have death and life in the power of our tongue.

When our bodies get sore we could say, “Oh well, I’ve been working hard so I should expect some pain”.

Or we could say, “The Bible says I can talk to my mountain (pain) and tell it to be gone”.

We could also say, “By His stripes I was healed so body be healed”.

It is our choice to speak out life or death over any situation, including our bodies.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that death and life are in the power of my tongue, so today I choose to speak life over my body”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

DIG for Wednesday the 14th of December….. the danger of doubt and unbelief…..Luke 1 v 24

I have been meditating once again about the importance of the words that we speak out over others and ourselves.

This has come about through reading again the accounts of Zacharias and Mary.

I also was struck by what Elisabeth was seen to do after she became pregnant.

Elisabeth did not announce her pregnancy to the world; she actually hid herself away (Luke 1 v 24).

Elisabeth actually hid herself away for fie months.

This was enough time so that when she ‘came back into circulation’ it would be evident to everyone that she was indeed pregnant.

People like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it”; a statement of doubt and unbelief.

I imagine lots of people would not believe that Elisabeth was pregnant while she still had a flat tummy, but after five months they could not do anything but believe she was pregnant.

Elizabeth hid herself away from the words of doubt and unbelief that people would have spoken over her.

She knew she was pregnant and did not want to take the chance of encountering words of doubt and unbelief, thus showing us the power of negative words.

Her husband was not allowed to speak out doubt and unbelief but I’m sure there were plenty of others to take his place.

So Elisabeth did what she had to do and removed herself from negative words.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we know that death and life are in the power of the tongue”.

Luke 1 v 24…..And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying…..


 

DIG for Monday the 5th of December…..it is also good not to speak sometime…..Luke 1 v 22

 

Yesterday I wrote about the power of the words of Mary, indeed the power of all our words.

There is another example of this earlier in the gospel of Luke.

When Zacharias was told that his wife was going to have a son he did not believe it.

He was told that he would not be able to speak until the things he had been told had come to pass (Luke 1 v 20).

Why did this happen?

It happened so that Zacharias would not speak out his doubt and unbelief and put a stop to what was going to happen.

You see our words are very important.

The words of Mary put her into the midst of the plan and purpose of God.

Zacharias obviously did not believe and was not allowed to speak out doubt and unbelief.

Our words have the same effect, we can put ourselves into the plan and purpose God has for us or we can remove ourselves.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue; this is a verse we should all know very well.

Mary spoke out the truth and it happened, Zacharias stayed quiet so that it would be possible to happen.

We need to think carefully about what we say, and yes, sometimes we should just keep quiet.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truth that death and life are in the power of MY tongue”.

Luke 1 v 22…..And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless

DIG for Monday the 7th of November…..what a bother this little thing can get us into…..James 3 v 5

The loudest message for me shouting out from the book of James is the power (and danger) of our tongue, of what we say.

I’ve often written and preached on this topic, with one of my favourite verses being Proverbs 18 v 21.

We know that death and life are in the power of the tongue; we know that we can direct our life into good things or bad things depending upon what we say.

James focuses on the negative effect of our words, or as he calls it, the tongue.

These verses in James are a clear warning and challenge to us as believers.

We need to watch what we say!

I know that I still speak out in a negative way from time to time, however I know it is not as bad as it used to be; I have my understating of the Word and a wife who cares enough to correct me to thank for this.

“Well of course you are tired”, Nunsy said to me more than once, “you keep speaking out that you are tired”.

And she was absolutely correct; I would keep complaining and saying I was tired (or “shattered” as my favourite expression was) and of course I was speaking this out over my life and seeing it come to pass.

Our tongue is like a bridle in a horse’s mouth, directing it where to go (James 3 v 3).

Our tongue is like the rudder on ship, decided upon which route it will take (James 3 v 4).

Don’t let your tongue direct you down a road you wish not to take, let it guide you towards a good destination.

Learn from the Word and speak out those truths.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can direct my life with my words and thank you for your Word available freely to show me what to say”.

James 3 v 5…..Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth

DIG for Wednesday the 26th of October…..only sing good words, sing New Covenant words…..Proverbs 18 v 21

I’ve written before about how certain worship songs impact on my life, and these are always songs with appropriate lyrics.

I say this as the tune, the chords and melody should not ‘make’ a good worship song.

It is the words that are important, we should be singing Biblical lyrics or at least words that are uplifting and encouraging.

Take my latest ‘favourite’ for example…

Sickness can’t stay any longer, Your perfect long is casting out fear

You are the God of all power, And it is Your will that my life is healed (Healing is Here by Deluge)

These are good words; these are from the Word of God.

Perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4 v 18) and it is the will of God that we live a life of healing (3 John 2).

These are good words to sing out over your life; remember death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18 v 21).

These are good words to sing out over the lives of others.

I know of some lovely tunes that are used in church but they have lyrics that should not be uttered by a New Covenant believer.

Surround yourself with good worship songs, with New Covenant lyrics that will edify, exhort and encourage.

It is important what we say, so it is important what we sing in worship.

Don’t sing nonsense and don’t sing about old covenant principles that are now passed away!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that death and life are in the power of my tongue and thank you that I can choose to only sing appropriate words”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

DIG for Thursday the 28th of July…..stop murmuring and make the grass greener for yourself…..Proverbs 18 v 21

I read a wonderful quote on social media this afternoon; “If the grass looks greener on the other side…..stop staring, stop comparing, stop complaining and start watering the grass you are standing on”.

This is great advice and it is Biblical.

We can actually change our circumstances and change the direction of our lives; we can make the grass greener.

Changing the way we think and changing what we say can change the direction of our lives; these are good, solid Biblical principles.

As he thinketh so is he says Proverbs 23 v 7.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue says Proverbs 18 v 21.

Thinking in a positive manner and speaking out good things over our lives will make the grass greener, it will improve things; it has to as that is what the Word of God says!

Looking at what other people have (being jealous) and murmuring and complaining will change nothing, and will make us feel even worse.

Stop looking at what others have and you do not, and start exercising the spiritual laws that God the Father put in place.

He wants you to live in health and prosperity and that for me is the definition of living where the grass is green (3 John 2).

But you have to do your bit with regards to believing (thinking) that He wants this for you and helping to see if made manifest (by speaking it out).

This is great advice; stop complaining and start being positive in both your thoughts and words, and I promise you (or rather the Word of God does) that you will see positive change.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that I can change my life by thinking in a positive way and speaking out good things over my life”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof