I had a startling thought just as I sat down to type this. Do you remember what the Lord said to Samuel about his words? 1 Samuel 3:19 says, “So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him, and let none of his words fall to the ground.” O my. I am so grateful that the Lord did not say that to me. Why? I have said things that I wish I had never said. Have you? Spoken words come from our heart’s true belief.
Matthew 12:34 says, “…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Every motive comes from what we believe through what we have experienced. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard folks say, “I will never forgive them for what they did” and that emotional pain remains buried. What about ‘worry’ words? What about fear based actions?
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.” We say, “Lord, I trust You,” but our words fall to the ground the moment we fear, or worry, or get stuck in a negative dialogue in our mind. We may pray specifically, and when the Lord answers what do we say? Words like, “I can’t believe…” reveal hidden unbelief.
Every fiery dart that the enemy of our soul lobs is a lie. It is designed to undermine and destroy our faith. When that lie penetrates it remains hidden. Yet, like yeast it bread dough it permeates. Our defense is to hide God’s word in our heart. Therefore when the lie comes, His Truth rises from within like a warrior to cut it down, slice it up, and destroy that lie!
We may say, “I love you” and yet have a buried offense in our heart against that person. 1 Peter 1:22 says, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.” The word ‘sincere’ is what the bazaar vendors said to their prospective customers. They wanted them to know that their pots had no cracks filled with wax. The customer would still hold the pot up in the sun to see if their words were sincere.
What happens when our hearts are held up to the Son? Everything inside is revealed to Him. 1 John 2:4 says, “He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Verse 6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.”
Heart integrity is a character quality forged in the crucible of our fiery trials. Intense, long term, hard trials purify our faith. Established faith is deeply rooted in God’s word. Mark 4:17 was written about those whose hearts had stony ground areas. It says, “And they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.” May the words coming from our heart be established in faith, rooted in love, sincere, and pure. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”