Friday, September 23, 2011
TAKE NO THOUGHT SAYING…
Matthew 6: 25-34 teaches us about anxiety and how to disarm it. Verse 31 says, “Therefore, take no thought saying, ‘what shall we eat? Or, what shall we wear?”
Jesus was teaching about worry. In verse 25 He says don’t worry about anything in life because life is more than just food and clothing. But what about worry? Where does it come from? If you read the whole passage, it shows that worry comes from thoughts. We are born with an unregenerate nature, a sinful nature, so nothing good comes from evil. So if you worry, you are only being human. But Jesus tells us not to take any thought and say it, especially if it is something negative.
You see, thoughts can be taken or rejected. When you say what you think, you are taking that thought and giving it life or death. Proverbs 18: 20-21 says that a man will be satisfied by the speech of his mouth, satisfied with the product of his lips. It also warns that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” The Amplified Bible says in verse 20, “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 [whether good or evil.]” There are consequences to what a person speaks. So your mouth can either destroy you and the ones you speak against or they can bring life, restoration and forgiveness.
Death is something no one really wants to talk about. But there are different kinds of death; not just physical death. There are deaths to relationships when people argue instead of talking out a problem. Or those two talk about their problem to others in a negative way, such as complaining. There is death of dreams. Someone can have a dream of being a doctor but bury that dream through discouragement, lack of funds, hopelessness. Jesus told a fig tree, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.” And at once the fig tree withered.” (Matthew 21:19) His disciples were amazed that it died so quickly.
Death is a consequence of Adam’s sin and this is universal. There is a physical death and a spiritual death, which is eternal. “For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.” (Matthew 12: 37) There is a theory called quantum physics that says if you speak to the atoms so much, they will manifest what you are saying. I once heard of a woman who kept saying she was losing her mind. She died of Alzheimer’s disease. I also heard of a woman “who kept saying ‘If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” And she did. Jesus told her that her faith had made her well. Do you see the power the tongue or speech has?