1 Corinthians 13:6
He answered, “must I not speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” Numbers 23:12
Freedom of speech is something that America treasures. People want to be able to say what they, when they want and how they want to say. This is always seen as personally they want that freedom as an individual alone, not always with everyone else.
Many do not care what another person is saying, as long as it does not offend them personally. As soon as it offends them directly, they no longer want another person to have that freedom to speak.
Balak had called Balaam to put a curse upon the Israelite people. Although Balaam had personal freedom to say whatever he wanted, he stated he could only speak what God says. At the first speaking, Balaam blesses the Israelites. Balak gets, mad, but Balaam reminds him that he could only speak what God has told him to say.
Today many believers are asked to talk, but they are told to say what the people want to hear. The world only wants to hear good news, but not always the full truth of what God is saying. There is bad news to be told, that the world is dying in their sins. The good news is that God loves them and is providing a way out of those sins and death.
As soon as the world hears the bad news, they get offended and angry with the believer. The believer is talking ‘hate’ in the eyes of the world, even though there is love being said.
When this is said against many believers, they change their words to what the world wants to hear. They no longer speak against sinful acts. They refuse to show the real need for a Savior.
Every believer needs to speak only what God is saying. They need to speak it with love, but also with truth. Balak did not want to hear the words Balaam was saying, but it was the truth.
There will be many times you will be allowed to speak to a non-believer. Your words need to be filled not only with God’s love, but with His truth and words also. As with Balaam, do not allow yourself to say anything more or less than what God is saying. Speak only God’s words to this dying world.
Whose words are you speaking, yours, the world’s or God’s words?
I pray today that you will know the words of God; that you will not allow fear of this world to keep you from speaking God’s word; that you will only speak what God says; and that God will give you strength to follow Him and not fear the world.
“Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a malicious witness.” Exodus 23:1
Watching the news closely through different sources can cause a person to ask what is the truth. Each newscast presents a different report on what had happened in a situation.
One of the things that is currently being talked about is false or fake news. Reports are being spread around that are not telling the truth. Yet, as they are being spread, more and more people believe the reports and keep on spreading the false reports.
In today’s internet and computer age, this is something that is easily done. Words are taken out of context to say what the person really did not say. Pictures are altered to make it look like something happened, that did not happen. False reports.
This also happens in the local areas, including the church. People see a person doing something, and instead of verifying what happened, they spread a rumor about the person that is out of context. False reports will always tear down another person, rather than build him up.
False reports can damage a person for life. It does not show love, but hatred for a person. This can be public damage or inside personal damage. People will fail to trust, when they hear false reports being spread.
God does not want false reports spread. God is all about telling the truth all the time, every time. God wants His love and truth to be spread. Believers should be the first to stop any false report. When something is heard, a person should check the validity of the statement, before passing it on.
The command God gave the Israelites has not changed since the day He gave it. God is a God of truth, not lies or false reports. God will never hand out a false report to anyone.
As a believer, you need to pattern your life after God. Fill yourself with His love and truth for every person, including your enemies.
Jesus went around building others up towards God, not crushing them down under lies, as Satan and this world does. Jesus said that He is the truth. Live your life as Jesus lived His. Speak and live the truth at all times. Be careful to not spread on a false report about any one or any thing. Speak in truth and love.
I pray today that you will know the truth of God; that God will reveal lies brought to you; that God will give you the strength to stand upon the truth; and that you will always speak God’s truth in every situation in life.
No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Revelation 14:5
Speaking the truth all the time is something that most people struggle with. There are some people who tell lies all the time, but all people tell lies some of the time.
Often people look at telling lies as something major was said that is not the truth. Unless it is a major lie, it is not really a lie. However, not telling the full truth is telling a lie.
In this passage, the people being looked at are the 144,000 who were set a part and saved during a time of tribulation. One of their characteristics that is pointed out is that they were to found to have not lied and were considered blameless.
While the majority of people may state that they are not liars, most do tell lies. It is often found in ‘little’ lies that people tell. When asked how a person looks, many will not state the truth and tell a lie. When asked how a person is doing, many will state that they are doing good, while they are suffering and feeling rejected by God. They put on a false front, making it look like they are doing great, yet are really hurting.
Some people will try to state that they make statements to protect someone else. Telling a lie, no matter what it is for, will always hurt someone else in the long run. Lies are never the truth and are always against God.
People often get angry at others who are found in telling a lie, yet, many will still tell lies themselves. Believers should never be found in telling a lie. Jesus was never found telling a lie. He always spoke the truth, sometimes it hurt, but it was still the truth.
Focus your life upon Jesus and allow His truth to fill you. Allow His words to fill your life to where you no longer fear telling the whole truth all the time. James said that the one who can control his tongue is perfect and can control the whole body.
One of the largest areas in control of your life is with your mouth and telling lies.
Think about the words that you speak each day. How much truth is being said, and how many times are things not spoken that are true?
Will you be found blameless?
I pray today that God’s truth will be in your life; that you will speak the words God would say; that you will be found blameless before God and men of telling lies; that no one can find fault in the words you say; and that your words will be a witness of Jesus to this world.
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 3 John 3
Loyalty and faithfulness are some characteristics that are desired in people, but are rarely seen in the world. Going back forty years ago, it was common to hear of a person staying on one job for twenty years or more. He was faithful and loyal to his employer and the employer was faithful to him.
Today employers hire and remove people rapidly, regardless of how long a person has been there. People change jobs constantly. If a person stays on one job for more than five to six years, it has been a long time. People are no longer faithful to their employer.
People treat faithfulness to God in the same way. They do not always remain faithful to Him. One day a person is serving God, being a witness, turning from sin, and showing His love to others, then the next day, he is refusing to be a witness, living in sin, denying God and cursing others. There is no faithfulness in the person.
Many people have walked away from God, when struggles or trials came. They did not remain faithful as God does.
While many have become unfaithful, there are also many who have remained faithful to God. Their lives are a shining light of Jesus in this dark world. They stand out as foreigners in this world. They refuse to partake in the sin of this world. Seeing believers like this can bring great joy to other believers.
When a person is being faithful to God, it will encourage others to be and remain faithful to God. It is showing the truth that God has revealed in his life.
People are watching you every day. They are trying to find out who you really are. While the majority of the world is unfaithful in every area of life, you must remain faithful. Faithful to God and to other people.
Be willing to show and live out the truth that Jesus has revealed.
It brings me great joy to see another believer who is striving to remain faithful to God. It brings even greater joy when others testify to the faithfulness of another believer.
As you live your life, are you being faithful to God and His word?
Or are you living like the world and changing loyalty all the time?
I pray today that you will be faithful to God; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is to this world; and that the world will know you serve God.