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I’m not going to try to give all the scriptures that support the importance of positive words. One example: Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” One does not need to be a Christian to know how healing and motivating words can be and how wounding and degrading they can be. That is not the purpose of this post.

This post relates to the “creative” power of the tongue. The idea behind “believe it, speak it, and it will come to pass.” The teaching that if you can imagine it, then speak it, and you have it.

I promised you a lesson from Numbers Chapter 14. Here it is. Beginning with the end of Chap. 13.

On God’s bidding, Moses sent twelve spies to spy out Canaan. They did so and came back with a huge cluster of grapes that took two men to carry it on a pole. They all said it was a bountiful land; ten of the spies warned, however, that the inhabitants of the land were also big – giants even. No way could they overcome them. “We look like grasshoppers compared the them.” Two spies, Joshua and Caleb, said it was true. There were giants in the land, but they could win. “Come on. Let us go.”

The people set about whining and crying about being faced with all the problems. They asked for a new leader. When it came right down to it, they refused to be obedient. They refused to go.

Moses so faithfully interceded for the people. He told God just how wonderful he (God) was, how forgiving, how strong “abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.” The story gets a little long, so I’d better leave some reading to you and get on with my lesson.

The crises passed and the people reconsidered. They decided Moses was right. They said, “we have sinned. We will go do what God wanted us to do. God will be with us.” Moses told them they were too late. That route had just been closed (or something like that). So they took off anyway preparing to fight and win through the mighty hand of God.

The end of the story is that they got whipped up on. The Amalekites and Canaanites chased them all back home except, presumably, the ones who lay dead on the route.

Lesson learned. Speaking the right words at the wrong time did no good. Right words help out greatly when one is obeying. Even when walking blindly, but obeying. That’s the time for “I can do all things through Christ within.”

Consider this verse from Psalms 12:3,4. “May the Lord cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue that says, “We will triumph with our tongue, we own our lips, who is our master.”

My advice. When the Holy Spirit says move, move and speak all the motivating words necessary to fuel your engine for the journey.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Yes, simply “speaking the right words” is not enough. The words have to be matched with actions – and especially when we are looking for guidance / following instructions from God.

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good advice at the end. I also agree with this observation based on Numbers: “Speaking the right words at the wrong time did no good.”

    • oneta hayes says:

      There is a scripture that says “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” I think that is a very appropriate time for words, reminding ourselves of past times with the Lord and glorifying and honoring His name. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Blessings for the great insight. This is great advice: “When the Holy Spirit says move, move and speak all the motivating words necessary to fuel your engine for the journey.”


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