The power of words is magnified to the “nth” degree when one considers the wisdom of the following Proverb:
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
If one speaks words of life they will eat the fruits of life.
If one speaks words of death they will eat the fruits of death
The enemy knows by controlling speech they can control society.
In this world there is the culture of Hate and Death and the culture of Love and Life.
Mankind has been granted by the Creator the power to choose which culture they will live in.
The bottom line is by our speech we promote one or the other of these cultures.
From the rebellion of Adam and Eve until this very day mankind has been involved in a battle of cultures.
We have been in-between the battle of Good and of Evil.
Thousands of years ago Moses spoke to the Children of Israel about life and death:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Moses was 120 years old when he spoke these words to the Children of Israel after they had aimlessly wandered for forty years in the Wilderness until they finally entered into the Promised Land.
This phrase “Dwelling in the land” under the New Covenant refers to the coming Kingdom of God. It refers to the city whose builder and maker is God. The New Jerusalem of which we who have believed are already citizens.
We who believe and follow Christ have been promised so much of this Kingdom but in reality we seem to know so little of how we are to live in it today.
Why? Because the true Good News of the Kingdom of God that Jesus and His Apostles fearlessly preached has been missing or neglected as our “Daily Bread” for centuries.
Jesus told us that we cannot serve two Masters.
We cannot serve God and Mammon.
Therefore we are always in the act of choosing which culture we will serve.
The Culture of Hate and Death confronts us every day as we live in this world.
However the culture of Love and Life is a Hope like a shinning Light burning brightly.
Now this gets to the crux of where our allegiance truly lies.
Does our loyalty lie with the World’s way of living or with seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness? The question is will we serve God or Mammon?
I love America and what our founding Fathers provided for us when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among theses are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
They initiated a Nation that honored God and His way of living.
Yes! I love America but I love the Kingdom of God much more.
One day America will be no more. America is temporal however the Kingdom eternal and when it is established the pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness will be totally fulfilled.
The Rebellion which began with Adam and Eve is still all about choosing between Good and Evil. Love or Hate.Life and Death. Blessings and Cursing. Freedom of Speech or Politically Correct Speech? The choice is ours as to which of these we will confess and serve.
The line is clearly drawn in the sand. But really it is a line drawn in eternity by the Creator.This line is between Eternal Life and Eternal Death.
Jesus spoke words that are spirit and life.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Taking a stand for righteousness will always bring persecution and perhaps even Martyrdom for some.
We have seen this in our time when those of the Culture of Hate and Death beheaded Christians in the Middle East!
The blood of Martyrs are the seeds and fertilizer of true Christianity.
If we study the Book of Acts and History we will discover how many were persecuted, maimed, tortured and martyred for their faith in Christ. This includes Christ and many of His Apostles and followers also.
Persecution is the price one must be willing to pay to be able to live in His Kingdom blessings.
If we belong to Christ then living in the lifestyle of a Kingdom Citizen or “Kingdom Living” should be our hearts burning desire. Therefore our daily choices must be clear and deliberate.
Today many sit at a crossroads of choosing Life or Death.
My intent is to encourage others to truly investigate the Gospels. Learn of Jesus’ example of Love and Life and His purpose of being sent to Preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God. He made available immortality to all. This is the only Hope for mankind.
Let us allow Christ to reveal more and more of the Kingdom of God to each of us each day as we pray His Kingdom Prayer:
“Thy Kingdom Come
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is In heaven.”