Words Regulate Our Lives

Set a watch, O Lord , before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psalms 141:3 KJV

Our Words must be carefully regulated or they’ll tear our lives up.

Death and life are in them.

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

That, Beloved, is a powerful truth.


Addiction

Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart. Hosea 4:11 KJV

Controlling addictions are demeaning and destructive. The spirits behind them are mercilous.

I had a friend who was addicted to eating. Not being bulimic or anorexic, he was extremely overweight. While sharing a meal one evening he broke down into tears and said, “I don’t know what to do. I don’t eat to live, I live to eat”. Unfortunately it took his life much too early.

Addictions come in many forms but all are designed to steal, kill, and destroy the abundant life that Jesus came to provide for you.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV

As one delivered alcohol abuse, chain smoking, and pornography, I can assure you that living without addictions is far better than living controlled by them.

Before you buy in to the modernist and emergent church doctrines of hyper-grace living consider the dangers inherent in them.

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:1 KJV

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Proverbs 23:29‭-‬32 KJV


Lifted

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 KJV

I was an angry, perverted young man. Life had twisted and warped me beyond belief. When Jesus came into my heart everything changed. He lifted me out of darkness into His marvelous light.

His plan and purpose for me, and you, by the way, is far better than our plans for ourselves.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 KJV

Christ lifted me from the guttermost to the uttermost.

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. Psalms 40:2 KJV

Yes, Christ lifted me. He will lift you too!


Call to Holiness


But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Ephesians 5:3 KJV

Grace is not an excuse to live an unclean, perverse life of excess as many pulpits encourage these days. 

Jesus calls and empowers Christians to live pure, holy lives that honor God and His Kingdom.

The next verse in Ephesians tells us that even our conversation should be evidence of our born-again experience.

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. Ephesians 5:4 KJV

How does your life measure up? Are you walking in the carnal flesh realm or the spirit realm? There is a glaring difference.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Galatians 5:19‭-‬24 KJV

It’s a matter of life and death.

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV


Love Manifest

Greater love has no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 MEV

The ultimate selfless act of God’s love was manifest in Christ Jesus when He gave His life for His enemies.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, being now justified by His blood, shall we be saved from wrath through Him. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, how much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. Furthermore, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:8‭-‬11 MEV


The Question


He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15 MEV

Who, exactly, is Jesus to you? 

This one question is that which seals your eternal destiny. The answer you give from your heart will open the gate of heaven or open the gate of hell.

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:17‭-‬18 MEV

Jesus, the biblical Jesus, is the only door into the presence of God.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.  John 14:6 MEV


Harmony


For where there is envying and strife, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:16 MEV

Jesus came to kill you. Yes, He calls you and I to die to ourselves and to live in Him. Receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior is a covenant to die to self.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 KJV