We know it. We quote it to ourselves and we quote it to others.
Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has power over life and death; those who indulge it must eat its fruit.”
We are told to watch what we say and to be positive, and for the the most part the mature Christian can and will bring themselves into obedience in this area. However, what about words being spoken to us? What do we do when there is a constant stream of negative information being thrust our direction, and not just from one source?
There are three very dangerous words that every Christian must be on guard against. What are they?
That’s right-but, what, and if, and not always necessarily together! There’s nothing the enemy loves more than to cause you to second guess God, or to step out and do things in your own way, in your own timing and then wonder what happened when it all falls apart.
This is a hard thing to learn, especially if you’re a planner like me, but I’m learning that not everything can be administered (even if you have a God-given gift of administration). Sometimes God just wants us to have faith.
Paul says concerning Abraham that,
“He did not by lack of trust decide against God’s promises. On the contrary, by trust he was given power as he gave glory to God, for he was fully convinced that what God had promised he could also accomplish.” Romans 4:20-21
When we question God, we are actually making a decision against God’s promises! I don’t want to do that, do you? I want to agree with God’s promises concerning my life. It says that as Abraham gave God glory, he was given power, and as God is no respecter of persons, I have to believe that He also empowers us as we glorify Him.
So when three dangerous words are whispered or shouted in your ear, whatever the case may be, just begin to glorify the Lord. Remember that He who promised is faithful!