I have been reading in Psalms over the last month or so. I came to Psalm 145:5 yesterday that stimulated my curiosity about “How God’s System Operates”.
“On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wondrous works I will meditate.”
My detective hat was put on and I went to “The Interlinear Bible–Hebrew, Greek and English”. “WORKS” in the Hebrew language can be translated from our old friend debar. To refresh your memory, debar means “words or “things“. In Psalm 145:5, debar also can mean works and to understand how God’s system operates in the Kingdom of God, it all begins with The Word.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.”
That verse in Luke 6 can be condensed into; “If it is given–if you give then it will be given back.” That is how God’s system operates. “Nothing Just Happens”.
In my investigation of the Hebrew word “debar”, I found a foot-note that was somewhat faded on paper; I couldn’t quite make it out. So, I got my magnifying glass out [I am also a near–sighted word detective]. It was a referenced scripture verse in the Old Testament.
I Samuel 3:17 reads, “Eli said, What is it He told you to pray? Pray do not hide it from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that He said to you.”
What is the thing (“debar“) that the Lord said? Everything that we can see with our eyes, started with WORDS! When you say, “I am broke”, you release things. You heard things before you have it. You have heard in Isaiah 53 the verse that says, “By His stripes I am healed“. When Dianne, my wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer, we both looked up and wrote down every verse we could find in the Bible about healing. We meditated on them day and night until the Words on healing became a part of our innermost being; the heart. We shared are thoughts and how we had been encouraged by what God had said in His Word. We received His word-seed in our hearts by faith. Then we practiced our faith with our mouths. “You have what you say”. Just because you know it, doesn’t mean you will have it. Can our words that we confess have a negative outcome?
I want to show you something in God’s Word that I found, about words that can come out of the mouth that can grab us by the throat. In Luke 12: 9, Jesus says some words that enter into a disciple”s life.
“BUT he who disown and denies and rejects and refuses to acknowledge Me before men will be disowned and denied and rejected and refused acknowledgement in the presence of the angels of God.”
We know what happens, after Jesus is arrested before His trial takes place. Peter denies that he know Jesus 3-times, as Jesus had foretold. And Peter said, “NOT me Lord. It will never happen”. Now turn to the Gospel of John. Jesus begins to ask Simon Peter, Simon the son of John the same question. In verse 15, again in verse 16 and then a third time in verse 17. Since Jesus had said that if ‘he who disown, denies, rejects and refuses to acknowledge Him before man will be the same done to them.” Since Peter, the Rock of the new covenant church, had denied Jesus three times, could Jesus be asking Peter in John 21 the same question; canceling out Peter’s three denials? I believe, a believer can cancel his words that were spoken out of haste or fear. The words of your mouth have consequences. Turn to Proverbs 18 to verify what I spoke of.
Verse 20 says, “A man’s [moral] self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied.” Verse 21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.”
Since God’s Word says that your words can have “consequences“, WORDS can’t be taken lightly. Words like, “That just kills me…” and “I’ll never get married or married again” or “They are cutting back help at work and I will go next”. What you say can get on you. Satan is after your mouth. “Things Just Don’t Happen”.
Now lets look at the world around us right now. The Imperials, a gospel group back in the 70’s, sang a song titled, “There is no shortage” when God is in our lives. Yet, we read and hear stories about crop failures, sickness, plagues, etc., etc. Go to the Book of Numbers and see what God tells Moses about word-things or Debar.
Numbers 14:26-28, “And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, How long will this evil congregation murmur against Me? I have heard the complaints the Israelites murmur against Me. Tell them, As I live, says the Lord, what you have said in my hearing I will do to you.”
What is an evil congregation? One which murmurs and complains. Every debar shall be done to you (Verse 29-35). “War, disease, plagues” [maybe even earthquakes] and they shall surely die. Why, because our words have consequences.
In Psalm 106:24-32, why did Moses not enter into the promised land? Was it something he said? Turn back to Numbers 20:7-12. We see again how it starts when “the Lord says to Moses”. God goes on to tell Moses to “tell the rock”, use your mouth Moses so they can see a thing (water out of the rock). BUT Moses’ SELF gets in the way. The congregation had been murmuring and complaining to him of late, and Moses had enough! So he took his rod and “smote the rock twice” in verse 11. What Moses didn’t do was to sanctify God; he sanctified man. The real “rod” or “staff” is your mouth. If the words of your mouth have caused you not to enter into your promises, it’s because you haven’t used the rod of your tongue.
We set our own traps in our lives. The Bible says we are “snared” by our own words. Debar is the tool that God gave us. God created the world by His Word and he gave us His Word to form our world. Be sensitive in your spirit to what you say. Things don’t just slip out! They had to be inside of us already before they slipped out. Proverbs says we are to guard our ear-gates, eye-gates and our mouth-gates.
When you next pick up on the media, conversing about a disaster that has happened or about to happen, guard you hearts and watch your mouths.