William Howell

Transparent | Innovative | Relational

Have you ever had one of those days that you felt that nothing was going right? No matter what you do, the world seems to crumble beneath your feet? It is so easy to let go and have the whole world hear your problems. God really has been speaking to me lately about “the right to remain silent.” It’s pretty easy to complain and murmur about the issues that you are going through, I know it is for me. Something that really has been hitting home for me is that it doesn’t change. You know what I mean? You scream at the kids, you yell at your wife or husband, you throw a temper tantrum, you have a total meltdown, yet the bills are still there on the table or the car is still in the shop etc. Often, it is better to say nothing.

We look at the life of Jesus when He was beaten, cursed, flogged, and betrayed. Not once did Jesus speak a word. When asked questions, He answered by the Word. In the desert with Satan, Jesus didn’t give into temptation because the only words He spoke was the Word. He didn’t say, “Gee, some bread would sound nice. Maybe just once.” No, He spoke the words “Man can not live by bread alone” and that was the end of it. God didn’t give us a tongue to use it to curse our situation. By cursing the situation, I mean speaking negatively. There are life altering words that you speak each and every day. The way you use your words will affect the outcome. The most common verse we use is Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) which says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I love how the New Living Translation puts it, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”

Jesus used His words in Matthew 21:18-19 to prove a point, “In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry, and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up.” I am amazed at how we think that it couldn’t happen to us. There, of course, is the balance. In James 5, James spoke of the Lord’s will, and we should do the same. You aren’t going to speak a million dollars and it comes if you are not a faithful steward of what God has given to you already (See Matthew 25:21-30). What are we doing here? What are we trying to accomplish? This message is not just for you but for me too.

I believe that God is calling His children into a moment of silence. I believe that He is calling us to “Be still.” What a profound change it would have on our lives and on the lives of those around us if we would simply zip it. People who wouldn’t dare step into a church because of the hypocrisy of the church would arrive with hearts wide open. People who have seen the change in your life would see what a mighty God we serve. People who have hurt you will come to repentance because God will work on their hearts. There’s an old saying about taking the higher road. This is your higher road. I challenge you this week to ask the Holy Spirit to help you with your tongue, as I will for myself. Use your tongue to uplift someone and encourage someone.

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