The Pastor’s Pen
As we come to the climax of
a tremendous year of celebration, it has been so enjoyable watching you relish in the legacy and history of this, the Lord’s Church. A special salute to the Centennial Committee for a fantastic job. The Lord has truly blessed us with some outstanding members steeped in dedication and commitment to this work. For this we should be eternally grateful.
As Thanksgiving approaches what a great time to evaluate how we talk and walk in the presence of God. In Numbers 13 is an intriguing story about the power of our words. The LORD told Moses to send twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan (the land that he already promised to give the sons of Israel). The twelve spies went on a forty-day excursion to learn more about the land flowing with milk and honey. Upon their return, the spies showed the land’s fruit, a single cluster of grapes, pomegranates and figs, but right after complimenting the land’s produce and abundance ten complained about the
people in the land. Their complaining had a rippling effect throughout the nation. It set a tone of pessimism and doubt.
The end result is that those ten who complained negatively impacted themselves, their families and their future. By not watching their mouths the Israelites who complained died in the wilderness. By not watching their mouths the Israelites who complained caused their children to be set back. A journey of forty days ended up taking forty years.
Only Joshua and Caleb remained out of the twelve who spied out the land. Why? Their words spoke life and not death (Prov. 18:21). Their words created a climate of optimism for themselves and others. Speak life over yourselves, family and others. No mountain is too high, valley too low, burden too heavy or dream too impossible in an atmosphere of optimism.
Speak Life!!! – Pastor