“I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36
Here I am typing WORDS. I am also thinking in WORDS. Our thoughts, our feelings, our whole lives are dependent on communication mostly through WORDS. What is important is what the words we project say and mean. There is a saying you have heard many times; perhaps you have said it yourself. People say, “Talk is cheap.” We have all said that at one time or another.
The question is: How much do our words cost us? Many times there is an outer cost. If I say something positive to you, it builds a bridge between us. But if I say something negative, it burns that bridge down. We all know that ill-spoken words can cost friendship. When you have spoken the word often, it reins over you, your friendships, and your family. It has control; you no longer have control.
When words we have spoken need to be taken back, we also have the spiritual maturity to do so. Our words clothe us and are what others see. In relationships, after a while you do not see the person; you see the words coming out of their mouth. We must take responsibility for our words. What are we doing with our words?
Well, when focusing on creating something positive and enduring, imagine that you are the watering can for the garden of life. The words coming out of your mouth should do three things:
1. They should be positive.
2. They should be uplifting.
3. They should be nourishing.
As a good spiritual person, you need to check your words and see if they are following this vocal trinity of being positive, uplifting, and nourishing.
Then we have to ask the question: What am I saying to myself? Personally, what do my words cost me?
In the Bible Jesus says: “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36
Every day is Judgment Day. This very day will be a Judgment Day that is determined by the words you say. People will either love you or not, first by your words. They will treat you good or they will treat you badly depending upon the words you say. Inside of yourself, how your body feels, how your world is treating you, and how everything is working for you (good or not-so-good) is determined first by your words you say to yourself.
We will have to account for every word we speak this day, silently or audibly. By your words you are going to be justified, and by your words you are going to be condemned.
Matthew 12:33 says: Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad for the tree is known by its fruit. Now, this is not talking about trees; this is talking about words and the fruit on the tree of life we create by our words.
What is the fruit of our life? It is the words we speak.
Then Jesus says something you might think is unlike Him. You brood of vipers! He was saying, “Can’t you please understand how important what I am about to say is to you!” He goes on to say: How can you speak good things, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure [Matthew 12:34-35].
Inside of you is a heart. I am not talking about the muscle that beats within your chest, but the heart that is often talked about in Jesus Christ’s teachings – our soul. Those things beyond our conscious mind, that we really believe about any particular situation, is stored within the soul. Scripture tells us: The good person brings good things out of a good treasure, and the evil person brings evil things out of an evil treasure [Matthew 12:35].
Often we are saying flowery things with our mouths, but inside we may be holding something else deep inside of us. We just can’t seem to get beyond it. We mouth the prayers, but somehow there is a struggle going on inside of us, and we just can’t seem to get it right no matter how hard we try.
A wonderful true story, a traveling minister went into a church one day. The church had a problem – mice. Hundreds of mice roamed throughout the church. A little boy, trained in techniques of affirmative prayer stood up and led the congregation in prayer. He said, “Dear God, let us bless and multiply the mice.” The church never again saw any mice.
Many people asked: “Why didn’t the number of mice triple?” Even though his words were “multiply the mice,” there was a loud voice speaking in his total belief system, his feelings from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet, saying “The mice are gone.”
That is the loudest voice in prayer.
Let me paraphrase what Jesus said in the Bible about thinking and feeling. “Wherever two or more are in agreement in prayer, there am I in the midst.” Today, focus on creating inside of you a better prayer power than you have ever had before. You are here to have a dynamo of prayer working through you. You are here as spiritual students. When you want to heal a condition in your body or in the body of someone else, you want it to happen. You don’t speak the word in a lazy or idle way. When you speak, you want God to move mountains.
You do this by having both voices verbal and silent inside of you speak at the same time – your thinking and your feeling. This is the powerful way of prayer, and it is so because it was the Jesus way of prayer.
When you go to the hospital and you are praying for someone, if you do not believe that that person is going to be healed totally and completely, please leave that room, because you are not going to do any good with that prayer. You might make the person feel better for the moment, but you are there to do more than make them feel better. You are there to create a whole new awareness of God. You do that through your TOTAL belief.
Sometimes, if the condition is bad, I have to generate myself up, as you will too. You have to talk yourself into the full power of absolute belief. You will have to use positive affirmations and build block-by-block. But when you pray, you are going to have power.
Many ministers never say a word when they are praying with a person. They just sit by his or her bed and know the God truth about that person. The person might be healed because he/she is able to tune into the power.
There is great power when those two things – thinking and feeling – are combined. You can do anything. You are a co-creator with God, and little will stop you in that co-creation. You will have a tremendous, wondrous power of God working with you.
In Matthew 15:8 Jesus says: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Jesus wasn’t looking for people to honor Him as Jesus the human; he was looking for people to honor the Christ. They were speaking with their lips, but their hearts – their minds – were far from the Christ principles. Jesus knew that if you believe, you are going to be healed. You have to believe and be willing to believe with your free-will to change every part of you to become new. When you do, it’s going to happen. Nothing can stop it. Speak that power; be that power through your faith.
Jesus continued saying: In vain do they worship me, teaching human precepts as doctrines. In other words, they were going back to human mind, looking to the limitations, and believing them
Whenever we believe in our human lack, even if we have evidence of fact in our own life that this is the way it’s been up until now, we are placing blocks between us and the Divine. We have to tear down that block and let God come through.
In Matthew 15:13 Jesus said: Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Inside of our minds we have lots of weeds. We struggle all the time to dig out, weed our gardens, and plant the seeds of Divine ideas in our minds so they take root.
I don’t want my human worries and fears to take root and strangle all the Divine ideas. I want God to be so prevalent in the garden of my mind that nothing else exists.
Jesus then talks about others who choose to leave the weeds.. He says: Let them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If one blind person guides another, both of them will fall into a pit [Matthew 15:14].
The mind moves upon ideas. Ideas are made visible through words. Hence, holding right words in the mind will set up the mind going at a rate proportion to the dynamic power of the idea behind those words. You are speaking, praying, and wanting something to happen, but what is the idea behind those words? Does it have dynamic power in your heart and soul? Have you permitted it an opening? Have you allowed it to become whole inside of you?
A word with a lazy idea behind it will not stimulate the mind; will not heal the body. The word must represent swift, strong spiritual ideas in order to infuse the full energy of God into the mind and the body. For many years there have been students of Christ, and they have made a clear, intelligent perception of its truths. Yet, they are outside the kingdom of Spirit. They anxiously ask, “Why do I not realize the presence of God’s Spirit?” Have you opened the pores of your mind by mentally repeating the solvent of crystallized conditions – positive prayer affirmative thought? This means mental discipline day after day, and night after night, until the inertia of the mind is overcome and the way is opened for the descent of God’s Spirit.
What is the descent of Spirit? If the Holy Spirit inside of you descends, it is descending on your whole mind. It is becoming one with you. It is that moment in the hospital where you know that you are going to be healed. You don’t just hope it; you KNOW it. And when you know it and you speak the words, it can become manifested in that moment.
It is when you know you are not going to be in lack any more and have prosperity in your life. It is manifested. Whatever it is you are praying for will come to pass and be demonstrated.
The personal consciousness is like a house with all the doors and windows barred. The doors and windows of the mind are concrete ideas, and they swing open when the right word is spoken to them – the right word that is given through God. Unbar your doors; let them swing open; and through prayer, walk through the doors and out of your tomb.
Let us pray:
Dear God, I go on a journey with You. I ask You to help me formulate my affirmative prayers. I agree that I will say these affirmative prayers several times morning, noon, and night. I ask You to join with me in planting vocal plants of divine ideas in the soil of my mind that will not be uprooted. I give myself totally and completely. I join together the two voices inside of me of thinking and feeling, and I become a great co-creator of good with You.
Father, You are my partner in all things. I will never leave You. I will never turn my back on You in any situation or moment in my life. I know that You will never turn Your back on me. I so decree this is the way I will live my life. In Jesus Christ’s name . . . Amen.