Be careful what you say

22 October 2021

Series: Shabbat sermons

Be careful what you say

We all know words have the power to destroy or create. What comes out of your mouth has the power to encourage or discourage another person and yourself. The words spoken over you will become a part of your internal dialogue together with the words you say to yourself. What you say about yourself can either encourage you or discourage you.

Do you speak encouraging or discouraging words to yourself? Most of us rarely pay attention to what we say to ourselves, but I encourage you to listen to your internal dialogue and answer this for yourself; is it an encouraging or discouraging dialogue?

The Bible says we have the responsibility to make sure our inner dialogue encourages us. (Prov 4:23) Keeping a positive and encouraging internal dialogue can sometimes become complicated, especially if you have been hurt in the past or chosen to believe a lie. We have all been hurt in the past, either by hurtful words that someone else has spoken over us, by words we have said to ourselves, or a combination of both. We have all believed lies about who we are; this has affected our internal dialogue to such an extent that it is no longer encouraging; instead, it has become destructive.

As Christians, we have been told time and time again how Jesus came to start a new religion called Christianity. We have been told time and time again how the church was born on Pentecost in the upper room and how we are now free from the law of Moses. If you have followed our teachings, you know this is a lie, and this is a lie that affects your internal dialogue. The Bible never said Jesus came to start a new religion, and it never said the church was born on Pentecost. Instead, we know, from the Bible, Jesus, Paul, the Apostles all agreed on one thing: If you are reconciled to Yehovah by the cross of Christ, you are obligated to keep the law of Moses. We also know from the Bible, what happened at Pentecost was not something new. The first time the Holy Spirit fell was at Mount Sinai when the law was given, and the word “church” does not even exist in the Bible. When you accept a lie about the Bible, it hurts you and affects your internal dialogue. Why? Because if your relationship with God is based on a lie, it is not a relationship at all.

The Bible says in Acts the first disciples were called Christians in Antioch. But we have to remember why they were called Christians. They were not called Christians because they had converted to Christianity; they were called Christians because they were Jews who imitated the life of their Rabbi and Lord Jesus Christ. He kept the law of Moses, so they kept the law of Moses. He rejected the teachings, doctrines, and traditions of men, so they rejected men’s teachings, doctrines, and practices.

If your understanding of being a Christian differs from what the Bible says about being a Christian, you are building your relationship with Yehovah on a lie. A relationship built on a lie is not a relationship, and your internal dialogue becomes destructive.

This is why it is so important to have an internal dialogue that agrees with the Bible.

The Bible says a Christian is reconciled to Yehovah by the cross and saved because they keep the law of Moses. Remember, in the Bible, reconciliation gives us eternal life, but salvation is for the here and now. So the Bible promises the Christian eternal life through the cross and deliverance from the trials and circumstances of life because we keep the law. When you are faced with a trial or a difficult circumstance, you need to remind yourself Yehovah will save you because you keep the law of Moses. When you are in doubt and afraid you might end up in hell when you die, you need to remind yourself Yehovah has given you eternal life because you have accepted the cross of Christ as atonement for your sins.

Life can, at times, be tough, very stressful, and challenging, so we need to keep reminding ourselves about these truths. You need to keep an internal dialogue that says: “I am a Christian, I am saved from lack, poverty, sickness, disease, problems because I keep the law of Moses and I am given eternal life because Christ died for my sins.” If you do this, you will have an encouraging internal dialogue.

For some of us, we know intellectually what it means to be a Christian, according to the Bible. But because we have been lied to for such a long time, the lie has become a part of us. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to internalize what we know intellectually to be true. One thing that will help you is to change your internal dialogue.

In Acts, the Bible says the people of Antioch called the disciples Christians because everything they did resembled Christ. God never said His disciples and His people should be called Christians. Do you see the difference? So why then should we call ourselves Christians when this is not a word used by God to describe His people?

The Bible says the people of Yehovah are called Yehudi, today we would say, a Jew.

We have been told the lie that a Jew is someone born in Israel or born by a Jewish mother. On the other hand, the Bible says a Jew is circumcised in their minds desiring to keep the law of Moses out of love for Yehovah. According to the Bible, anyone can become circumcised in their minds; therefore, anyone can become a Jew. (Isaiah 56, Rom 2) This is why Ruth, who was a Moabite, became a Jew and even is mentioned in the lineage of Christ.

The Bible never says you have to convert to Judaism to become a Jew; you only have to love the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus and a desire to serve Him. This makes you a Yehudi, which in Hebrew means a worshiper of Yehovah. And if you notice something else about this, Yehudi begins with the letters Y E H, which are the first three letters of the name of our God Yehovah. So you are not only a worshiper of Yehovah; you are also under the protection of His name.

Being a Yehudi, you know from Deut 28:1-14, Matt 6:25-34, Yehovah will bless you, protect you, heal you, deliver you for no other reason than the fact that you are a Yehudi. So you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, Yehovah will save you from whatever it might be troubling you for no other reason than you being a Jew and a part of His chosen people. How He will save you when He saves you is totally up to Him. The only thing we know for sure is that He will save you when the time is right.

To help you overcome the lie you believe and internalize what you know to be true, you need to keep reminding yourself your God will save you because you are a Jew.

When you keep reminding yourself that you will be saved from whatever is troubling you right now because you are a Jew, your internal dialogue will reflect how you live your life. Because you keep reminding yourself you are a Jew, and your status as a Jew guarantees Yehovahs salvation, you will be at peace walking by faith and not by sight.

So do the right thing today, speak words of life and faith over yourself, words that remind you of your identity as a Jew. Speak words of faith reminding you how Yehovah promises to save you, whatever it might be you are experiencing right now. Remember He will save you for one reason and one reason only, you being a Jew.

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