Make Your Words Count

I will do to you the very things I heard you say (Numbers 14:28).

If I asked the question, “Does God hear our prayers?” I bet almost all of you would say, “Yes!” But what about this question: Does God hear our complaints?

I believe he does. In fact, I would say, grumbling is a very popular form of prayer. The Israelites prayed daily, but their prayers were idle words and bitter complaints.

“Our soul is dried away (Numbers 11:6).”If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this desert! (Numbers 14:2) Why is the LORD bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? (Number 14:3).

Have you ever muttered prayers like that? I was better off back there! Why God, why?

God had heard enough of the Israelites complaints and he said this to Moses: “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very things I heard you say (Numbers 14:28).

I think my father had read this story in the Bible. When I was little he used to tell me, “Christine, you’d better be quiet or I’m gonna give you what you’re asking for!” Dad had had enough! So had God. Except for Joshua and Caleb, everyone of the Israelites that crossed the Red Sea died in the desert. Their prayers were answered. They got what they asked for.

Your tongue has the power of life and death. Your confessions cause circumstances to manifest. Your words are powerful so make them count. When you go to a restaurant and the waiter comes to take your order, you wouldn’t say: “I’ll have a piece of crap, well done. Cook it so long that anyone who tries to chew it will choke and die.”

That would be absurd. But how many times have you heard a similar comment after the food arrives. “Oh my gosh, this steak is a piece of crap! It’s so tough, if anyone could chew it they would choke and keel over.”

If only you could see God’s angels standing there. They are, you know.

The Bible says that angels are ministering spirits. The Greek word for minister means a servant or a waiter, one who executes the commands of another. I’m not making this up. It’s straight out of the Greek concordance. Angels are ministering servants, waiting to take an order. Angels are responsible to take your words and deliver them to God so that your request can be honored. Literally your words are orders, prayers that are delivered to the throne of God so be careful what you declare.

Now, don’t go feeling all guilty about occasional comments and jokes. God’s not waiting to chop you down. As soon as you recognize that you’ve allowed idle words to come out of your mouth, repent and retract your words. I only used the example about ordering a steak as an illustration, a visual shocker to remind you about how important your words are, but here’s what happens when we repeatedly fail to control our tongue.

Our thoughts become our words.
Our words become our feelings.
Our feelings become our attitudes.

By the time our words change our attitudes, it can get scary. Frequent complaints can turn our hearts bitter. It’s a gradual process that leads to death.

Your words change your world so make them count. What happened to the Israelites is a powerful reminder to us. Be careful not to let idle complaints come out of your mouth. God is listening so choose your declarations wisely. He will accomplish what you ask. He will do the very things he hears you say.


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4 Responses to Make Your Words Count

  1. Angela Hatfield August 19, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

    This Was GREAT!! Thhank you. I hope to share this with friends

  2. Marta Ruffin September 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    This is such a much needed word in our society of people today that just talk without thinking. I am always reminding myself & my daughters how important the words that we speak are. I am so glad that the Holy Spirit brought me into the awareness of this, and I am striving daily to let my conversation be words of life, truth & spirit. Awesome girlfriend!

  3. Andrea Cimorelli September 27, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    I have seen you on my Facebook page several times, but tonight, when I should be sleeping I saw you again and decided to find out just who you were. I am very pleased that I did. I have been through so much in my life and experienced so many of the same things that you have described I was amazed… Thank you. I felt as though you were talking to me. I believe as you do God has been my driving force throughout my life not because my parents brought me up knowing but because at a very early age I got to know him because my grandmother asked my parents to let us go to a vacation bible school. I was about 6 or 7 they said that Jesus was knocking on the door of our hearts and all we had to do was open our hearts to him and he would come in… It made since to me so I flung the door wide open I needed love so bad and if that was all it took to get it I was ready… Jesus did enter my heart and I believe that I have been a lite throughout my life, not me but God shinning through me. I also know of the joy that you are speaking of I haven’t heard anyone else say it, that they had had that kind of an experience. in fact when I was going through it I really thought I have finally lost it I have gone crazy because there was just no way for me to understand it although I did know it was from God I really didn’t know how to handle it… I am so glad that I have met you and hope that you have the time to correspond with me because you sound so much like me and the way I feel about things concerning God… I love the words that you wrote
    Our thoughts become our words.
    Our words become our feelings.
    Our feelings become our attitudes.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story, and wanting to let God work through you to touch other lives and give them more strength to keep moving forward…
    May God bless you, your family and your work…
    Thanks again,
    Andrea

  4. Muharrem November 1, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    Mike & Robin Simpson:Good message. I know that when I feel God isn’t near, I pray God I know you haven’t moved away, but I have. Can I come home? Forgive me for my thkniing I am in control!. What an awesome forgiving and loving God we have! AmenThanks for helping us stay close to our Lord Jesus!Love from Florida!!

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