Speak to Your Rock! Pt 2 – Do Idle Words Keep You Out of The Promise Land?
(Ver 1.4) Today is my second blog on the significance of your spoken words. I know it is a controversial subject and one that many Christian do to subscribe to. However, regardless of what you believe about it, your beliefs do not change what the Bible says and the results that you get from the Spiritual Laws that are found within the Bible. In my last blog on this subject, I talked about Why Moses Didn’t Enter Into Promise Land. Because of Moses’ unbelief, God told him that he would not be able to lead the People into the promised land that God had already given to them. Unbelief is one of a Christian’s greatest enemies. This can include unbelief of what the Bible says or unbelief of what the Spirit of God is leading you to do. Unbelief of what I teach from the Bible is also a potential downfall. Not that I am saying I am anything important, unless I say what the Bible says and that makes what I say importatn. I know you do not know me personally, and I know I teach some different things with new perspectives. However, all you have to do is read the Bible and see what it says and then believe it, to see that what I write is true. However, since people recognize there are crazy people on the internet doing the same thing that I do, many discount what I say as being the same crazy ramblings. By automatically dismissing what someone says, people many times miss what God had wanted them to know. Not everyone on the internet is crazy, and some of them have some very profound things to teach if you are open to them. Learn to judge them by the Word of God and be prepared to change your thinking and beliefs. God is doing some really great things in the world today and those who are open to them will enjoy their benefits. If you would like to read this series from the beginning, I would suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“. So today I want to discuss “Spoken Words” ! But not just any spoken words, let’s talk about those that Jesus called “Idle Words”. What are “Idle Words”? Let’s start by reading our primary Bible verse.
Mat 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Wow! That is an amazingly strong statement from Jesus. God tells us personally that the “idle words” that we speak will be judged by God on judgment day. I mean that is a scary statement for some people to even think about. Obviously I can see most people do not believe what Jesus said or either they do not understand what the verse means. Otherwise, they would keep their mouths closed more often. In today’s world idle words are all around us, on our cell phones, on our blackberries, in our emails, on the internet, on TV, on radio, raining down from our satellites, printed in our magazines and fictional books. I mean we are bombarded by idle words coming at us from a multitude of different ways. How many of these text messages that you get or send are idle words? Try to examine your Facebook experience and see how many words are crossing your path that can be called idle words. I know people and I won’t mention any names that appear like they never shut up. To hold a phone conversation with them is impossible, they are the ones speaking and you just have time to say “yea” or “uh?” occasionally. Some people spend hours and hours on the phone talking to everybody about everything. How many of these kind of people do you know? I hope you are not one of them. It would appear on judgment day that we may have to sit or stand around and listen to everything that they said on this earth for a very long time. Doesn’t that sound fun? No! I do not think any of us will be very happy on judgment day.
I am generally a quite person. It is my personality, if you knew me I think you would agree. Other people are different, I know that and I do not fault them for being different. But, nevertheless I believe we need to learn what the Bible says about the definition of “Idle Words”. These are the words that God says we will personally have to account for, so what are they? We need to learn to avoid “idle words” like the plague, but that starts with first learning about what they are. Here is the definition of the word from Strong’s:
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G2041; inactive, that is, unemployed; (by implication) lazy, useless: – barren, idle, slow.
The concepts given to us in the Bible can so easily go over our heads. Because we don’t understand them, we simply ignore them. This word means “unemployed” or “inactive”. That is a concept that most Christians do not have a clue what it means. I’m also not going to do any Democrat jokes right here either, because that would be an example of more idle words. You see idle words are contrasted to be opposite to “employed” words “productive” words, “active” words. These are all work and job related terminologies given to us in relationship to what we speak. Your words ought to be working for you and not just be idle or lazy. How do you have words work for you? This is a concept found in edification, where you use your words to build up like as in a construction project. In my last blog about Moses’ big mistake, God told Moses to Speak to the Rock. Instead of obeying Moses spoke to the people and called them rebellious. God said to Moses to speak to the Rock and get the answer and instead Moses spoke the problem and did not enter into the Promise Land. If you did not read this blog you should, it is one of the best ones that God has given to me. What Moses did was an example of “Idle Words”. Instead of using his words to work for him and get the answer, Moses spoke the problem and did not enter into the promise land.
So we can start to understand now that God says every, lazy, idle, useless, unemployed, inactive word that we speak we will be judged for all of them. How many words in the course of day do you “employ” and that are “productive” to get you good “results”? The clear implication to this verse is for us to change what we say to words that “work” for us! As Christians you should become aware of the words that you speak. Think about what you say before you say it. Just because a thought comes into your mind, that doesn’t mean that you should speak it out. This is a common trick of the devil. Give people thoughts and get them to speak them out. Why is this so important for Satan to do this? People do not understand that God said in Numbers 14:28, that whatever I hear you say that is what I will do to you. People do not realize that God is listening to what they say. People do not realize that God does to them whatever comes out of their mouths. That is very strong! Many times people like to think that God is in control of everything that happens to them. In their thinking they do not believe that they have anything to do with what happens in their lives. It is either bad luck, or just a coincidence, or an accident or just an unfortunate set of circumstances that they are faced with. But, God has given to us spiritual laws in the Bible and this is one of them that every believer needs to grasp immediately. You can very easily discount what I say and what the Bible says, if you do that still does not mean that what happens to you is not something that you at least contributed to. Let me give you another New Testament verse that repeats what Numbers 14:28 says. This is a Bible verse that is obviously controversial and hard for many believers to grasp and believe. This verse is found in Mark 11:
Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Jesus gives us the spiritual definition of Numbers 14:28 and clarifies a few details that were not clearly given to Moses. Many times you will learn that God teaches things in progressive stages. Give you a little bit and let you get it and then give you a little bit more. This way you are not overwhelmed with too much of the new stuff. So God tells us a few things in Mark 11:23 about how the spiritual law of spoken words work. I guess I should start by giving you the context of this verse in Mark 11. Jesus was traveling through the countryside and He sees a fig tree with leafs on it. Jesus then goes up to the fig tree looking for figs to eat. Finding none, Jesus speaks to the fig tree to die and the disciples heard Him. The next day they all walk by the same fig tree. Suddenly one of the disciples notices that the tree was withered and dried up from the roots upward. So what was Jesus doing? Was Jesus just mad or upset at the tree because it didn’t have any fruit on it? No, I do not think so. Was Jesus showing off and saying to them “look what I can do and not you”? No, I do not think so. Did Jesus say “This happened because I’m God and you are not”? Again, No, I don’t think so. Or was Jesus teaching them an object lesson on the spiritual law of spoken words? I believe that Jesus was telling them a spiritual secret and demonstrating the spiritual law of spoken words to His disciples so that they would learn a valuable lesson in life. You’ll have to make up your own mind in what you believe and figure out if Jesus was talking to you also.
You see a disciple of Christ is a word that means a student, a learner, a pupil. Are you one of these? Maybe you think you know everything and you are the master? If you do you are in trouble and covered and blinded by your ignorance. If you are a Christian you are a Christ follower, a student of Christ, or in other words a disciple. So whatever Jesus says to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, he is talking to you also! Do not think that you know more than they do. Learn what Jesus was trying to teach them and you will become what He wanted you to become, more like Him. So what was the lesson of Mark 11:23? Jesus told them and us that if we would speak to the mountain and believe that what we say would happen, we would get exactly what we say. There are so many lessons to learn from this one verse that I cannot teach them all, nor do I claim to know them all. A mountain is a symbolic representation of a situation or set of circumstances that we are facing, possibly an obstacle, either physical, mental, spiritual or whatever we are faced with that appears negative. Jesus told us to speak to it and tell it to be removed and it would obey us, if we believe. Why is it necessary for us to believe? What we believe represents our faith at work. People either believe positively or negatively things around them. They expect good things or bad things to happen to them. Believing involves a decision that you make that even though the problem looks big and impossible to move, Jesus said that it would have to obey you and what you said to it would have to be done!
How many Christians believe that? I do not think there are very many. However, notice what these people who do not believe this verse say and see if it is not what they get eventually. This principle works for you or against in the positive or the negative, because it is a spiritual law! I know this boggles the minds of religious minded fools who do not believe what Jesus said. You see I did not write these verses in the Bible, I’m just a news reporter showing them to you. These verses have been in the Bible for hundreds of years and people have just ignored them. You are responsible for the information that they say and how they apply to your life. God told Moses in Numbers that the Rock would obey his words, but Moses spoke to the people and called them “rebels”. God told him his words would bring the answer and he ended up enlarging the problem. Moses didn’t believe God and didn’t enter into the promise land and this is a lesson for us today.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Greek word for “Idle” is found in this verse in 2 Peter 1:8. However, it is translated as “barren” in this verse. “barren” would mean the basic same thing as inactive or unproductive. God is seeking that you should avoid this situation from occurring in your life. I know it does not directly say “words”, but think about what the verse is saying, “in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus”? Isn’t that words? Isn’t knowledge obtained by words and you can’t say anything unless you have knowledge to do so. Also it would seem that “Idle” is synonymous to being “unfruitful”. God is telling us in this verse in 2 Peter that we should not be either of these. You see to be “barren” can also mean to not bear any fruit. Jesus cursed the fig tree in Mark 11 because it was barren. Do you think he was symbolically giving us some valuable clues to spiritual things? It is also interesting to see the context of this verse. Let’s look back at a preceding verse:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The promised land, symbolically represents these “exceeding great and precious promises” that God has given to us in His word. As this verse says, that these promises have already been given, we are now required to possess them. To become a partaker is the same as to become a possessor. God had given Moses and Israel the promise land and told them to “partake” of it. They did not believe God and therefore failed to obtain what was freely given. The promise land represents the blessings of God. The promises of God also represent the blessings of God. Because Moses did not believe he remained in the curses in the wilderness and died there. This is a powerful type and shadow of what we have facing us today. There are giants in our promise land today trying to intimidate us and keep us out of possessing it. How do we do this? We speak words that are “working”, “productive”, “active”, “positive”, “fruitful” words. Then we avoid words that are “idle”, “unproductive”, “inactive”, “negative”, “unfruitful” words. This is the lesson of Moses found in Numbers 14 and Jesus and the fig tree in Mark 11. These are the words of Jesus found in Matthew. Avoid these “Idle Words” and you will be very glad when it comes to the judgment day and you have a much better opportunity to possess the promises of God in your life today.
If you would like to continue to read this series of lessons on spoken words, you can go to “Part 3“.
Posted on May 5, 2010, in Bible Study, Understanding, Words and tagged Bible, Christianity, Church, God, Holy Spirit, Interpretation, Jesus, Prophecy, Religion, Revelation, Satan, Truth, understanding, Words. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.