Where Will You Be Next Year?

Have you ever given serious thought about your future? This same month and day will roll around again next year. You'll be another year older but will you be any different? The only way that the problems of today will be behind you is if you're dead, or if you have made different decisions and taken different actions. So many of us simply show up each day and expect the bad to somehow get better without any action on our part. That's foolish, and it's also unscriptural. As believers in Jesus Christ His word must be the ultimate authority in all we say and do. Period. There is no room for even the slightest hint of negotiation concerning that, and why would we debate it? The scriptures have the answer for every need we face.

I don't want to be going around the same mountains this time next year that I'm going around now. Do you? One of the things that will make a difference in where we are this time next year is the words we speak…by that I mean specifically making the words of our mouths line up with what the Bible says.

Like it or not, we live in a word created, word controlled universe. God created it that way from the beginning. He brought everything in our world into existence by calling those things that were not as though they were. He set everything we know as life in motion by speaking into the darkness and saying, "Light Be!" (Genesis 1:3)
As creation unfolded everything evolved and came into being exactly as God said.

The entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation makes it clear that we live in a word activated system. It has always been that way and always will be. We can't change that fact, but we can change the quality of our lives and our environment by the words we speak.

Proverbs 13:3
He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
Keeping the words that come from your mouth pure is so vital to living a successful Christian life. When you go to the doctor, one of the first things he says to you is, 'Stick out your tongue'. A doctor can tell a great deal about your overall health just by looking at your tongue. Scripture tells us the same thing. The state of your tongue is the true indicator of your spiritual condition. If we keep our mouth, we keep our life.

Jesus explained it this way in Matthew 12:34-37.

KJV 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

This verse from Matthew verse clearly reiterates the importance of our words. Since we are justified or condemned by our words, if we are to live successful lives in the Kingdom of God we must only allow the words of God to come out of our mouths. What are the words of God? The scriptures are the Words of God, but also every word that carries love, life or hope is also the word of God. Our words should always release Him and bring love and life and hope to the hearer and to ourselves.

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