Wednesday, December 23, 2009

WTF moment in Christian conversation -- worldly conversation superstitions

Sometimes a Christian says something that makes me wonder.
Here it was: "Well, this is what I want to happen. But I won't talk about it. Because if I talk about it, it may not happen."

A Christian  is supposed to be one who speaks forth. We are children of the word. The devil has convinced so many of us that it's best to err on the safe side by not speaking our wishes or by "hoping for the best but preparing for the worst." It's such a part of some Christian's habit that I want to say, "Didn't James (Jacob actually) say that true religion is having control of one's tongue? But you are so deceived now! You're thinking that having control of your hope and not speaking your hope is 'safe'?" Honestly, what does one do with this kind of person?

We are called to speak forth. If we want a thing, we are to be bold and to say, "I am trusting that God will help me in this. I'm trusting that He is helping me." Instead, we have folks saying, "Well, it's bad luck to speak about this wish. So I won't speak it. And it's best for me not to hope too much." I'm not even going to talk about a neighbor of mine who prays for her son all the time but always says, "If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all."

You don't get saved until you speak it out, until you start to activate what's in your heart. With the heart one believes and with the mouth one confesses to salvation.  The power of our heart linked to our tongues has a power. God has put His words into our mouth.

Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hands.

I won't even talk about the person who says negative things about her future all the time. Okay, it's hard not to talk about negative things in the present. But when someone says in conversation, "I just know such and such will happen." Come now, folks!

There are so many things God has prepared for us to walk in. But we are collaborers with God. We have to speak faith. We don't have to walk around being theological about everything but if we live a life where we live in communion with the father and simply speak with hope....we will have power. You can read the Bible for days but if you speak negatively or speak from a culture or spirituality that has been tainted by the faithless traditions of men, you won't walk in the life you want.

Think of Moses' parents, Amram and Yochebed: They saw that Moses was "a goodly child" and because of that they wanted to spare him from Pharoah's decree. They were ordinary folks who chose to live in faith. It's possible that anyone could be the deliverer of Israel. But Moses' parents were the ones who held on to the small hope: a child as cute and sweet and handsome and lovely as our child shouldn't die. It was a faith thing...and they spoke it to each other. "Amram, don't you think this is the best kid ever? Yochebed, isn't he the cutest thing?" By an inner conviction that was nothing more than parental love, they "decided" to live in faith. Faith had a faithful work, but it was rooted in a decision to be full of faith.

Think of Abel. His blood cried out to God from the ground. Poor murdered Abel -- he saw the life he could've had. He saw the things he could've done. But his life had not gone the way it was supposed to. Yet he cried out. That's all he could do about his lost life. His blood cried out to God from the  ground. The human soul knows there's something in God that wants us to live well. The Christian redeemed human soul should know that God has given us authority and power through the blood, name, and word of Jesus. Then why do we act as if God is a horrible cruel negative being? Do we really believe in the great salvation that Jesus has given to us? True, it's hard as heck sometimes to get some prayers to manifest. Because we have an enemy who battles us. There's an enemy to resist. The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by forth. But when a Christian doesn't even fight, or develops some funky theology about why not to fight, or starts playing conversational wordgames based on the world's superstitions....it just makes me wonder.

We Christians have to be consistent that we speak from heaven. Jesus said "we will give an account for every idle word we speak. By our words we are justified and by our words we will be condemned." Simon Peter spoke from heaven one second, then from hell the next. First he says that Jesus is the son of God; then the next thing he's saying something that makes Jesus shout at him: "Get away from me, Satan!" We have a choice of how to use our words.

We are seated in heavenly places. Our conversation is in heaven. We have a great life planned for us. But we must work with God -- with believing faith in our hearts and with faithful words in our mouth...to speak about what Jesus has provided for us. We mustn't agree with the enemy. We live in God's kingdom. It's a matter of choice. We can align ourselves. Don't let sin reign in our mortal bodies...and allow the parts of your body to be used for sin. Especially our mouths.

Jesus said we are called to do greater works than He did. And look at this...someone talking about not talking because "talking about hope might bring bad luck." What a world!
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