[This will be a two-part blog because it’s too much for one blog.] Let’s begin with I Pet. 3:10.
If you want to love life and see good days, here’s what you need to do:
1 Peter 3:10 (KJV) 10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
We need to watch our words because our words direct our lives. Words are the most powerful force in the universe. Everything God does, He does with words. God spoke words and the universe was created and is still expanding. Even science attests to this.
Not only that, since we are created in His image, our words are extremely important, enough to change our eternal destiny. We see in the above scripture that we’re to refrain from speaking evil and guile. So what is the evil being spoken of here? It’s anything contrary to God’s Word. Guile is treachery, deceitfulness, or dishonesty – all of which is contrary to God’s Word. In other words, we’re not to speak negative words. Why? Because what we speak establishes things in our lives. If you don’t like where you are or where you’re headed, change your words!
Remember, if words can change your eternal destiny, then words can change your present circumstances.
Now I want to look at Proverbs 4:20-27. We’ll begin today and conclude in the next blog. Here we see the importance of paying attention to God’s Word.
Proverbs 4:20-27 (KJV)
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
We’ll start with verse one:
Proverbs 4:20 (KJV) 20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
The word attend means to give heed to, prick up the ears. It means to listen up because this is important!
Incline means to stretch forth ourselves, lean into God’s Word to really hear what He’s saying.
So, I ask you why this is so important. Because we have an enemy who is constantly vying for our attention and trying to distract us from God’s life-giving Word that will enhance, empower, and give us victory in every area of our lives. The devil hates this!
Proverbs 4:21 (KJV) 21 Let them [God’s Words] not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
The devil is constantly working to distract us with everything he can: TV, especially the fake news and commercials, social media, doom and gloom naysayers. We have to keep our eyes focused on what God says and guard what we let into our hearts because what we have in abundance is what will come out – either positive or negative. That’s why we have to renew our minds. That’s where the battle is – in our minds. We let so much junk into us that it’s a wonder that we ever do the right thing!
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2 (KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
[We renew our minds with God’s Word.]
Proverbs 4:22 (KJV) 22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
God’s Word is health to all your flesh. The word health in Hebrew means health, medicine, cure, healing, remedy. This tells us that if we get God’s word into our hearts, it will flow out into our bodies and effect a healing and a cure. Wow – what more could we ask for!
God’s word is so powerful. It’s the incorruptible seed and when it’s planted in the good soil of our hearts, it will produce what it was sent to produce! Praise the Lord of Glory!
1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
[To be continued.]