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The Proverbial Journey 18

March 18, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 18

Deed Word Theory.  When I was in Bible college one of the things we discussed was the issue of God’s words and His deeds.  What you find is that God’s word is His deed.  He does what He says and He says what He does.  God said, “let there be light” and it just was.  He didn’t have to make it, it just was and it was good.  This is ultimately played out in Jesus who is the Word made flesh, John 1.  We are made in the image of God and as that image was corrupted in the fall of man we are in the process of sanctification as we become followers of Jesus – be conformed into the image of Christ.  We are working on the issue of our words and deeds lining up.  Today I just want to take a peek at a couple of verses.

20 From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.

What we say has impact.  How we live exposes what we say for good or bad.  When we confess the promises and truth of God, it feeds our lives and leads us to satisfaction in Him.  When we confess hopelessness and sinful things, it leads us down roads to reap those very things.  Often we have more of a love for scandal and self-righteousness than a love for peace and humility.  We will eat the fruit of what we love.  We will eat a bowl full of the consequences or benefits of what we pursue.

The scripture tells us that, “out of the heart the mouth speaks.”  It also says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”  So here’s the deal:

What you say, you hear. What you hear, gets into your way of thought.  What is in your thought life filters down to your heart. What is in your heart comes out in your speech and behavior.

It is a self perpetuating circle.  The more we confess and believe God.  The more likely it is that we will live and walk in a Godly fashion.

So stand on the promises of God today.  I’m not talking about the power of positive speaking and thinking.  I am talking about the power of God’s word which produces God’s deeds.

What do you guys think?

By the way, vs. 22 says that “He who finds a wife finds a good thing” and man do I have a good thing in Lisa!


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