Who can refute God’s word? No one! All through history there has been a fight against God’s word. There still is today. Psalm 18:30 says that God’s word is proven. Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”
Seven speaks of perfection or completeness. Isaiah 55:11 says that God’s word will never return to Him void. John 1:14 revealed that Jesus is the word. It says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
God’s word sanctifies our heart. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” When we feed on God’s word we will prosper. When we speak it in our hearts we will not stumble and fall.
Psalm 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” This is our prescription for health: spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
When we have a poor diet we will suffer needlessly. I’m referring not only to the food we eat but also our words. Proverbs 15:17 says, “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a fatted calf with hatred.”
Proverbs 17:1 says, “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” Strife often leads to hatred. 1 John 2:11 says, “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
How does bitterness, anger, clamor, hatred, and strife affect our health? Bitterness causes chemical imbalance. It also causes an acid drip in our brain that destroys neuro pathways.
Anger is rooted in unresolved issues. Clamor is shouting vehemently. Strife comes from inner conflict resulting in outer conflict with others. Each of these affect our health. What thoughts do you dine on?
Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” A diet of meditating on God’s faithfulness is sweet and delectable. Think about how that translates in our conversations.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” I looked up to see why king Solomon compared honeycombs and bones. Honeycomb has a mesh-like interior. It contains vital nutrients that enhance our health: collagen, calcium, protein, and other minerals. Our bones have a mesh-like interior also.
Pleasant words enhance our health and the health of the ones we speak to. Ephesians 4:29 says that we are to impart grace to our hearers. Proverbs 16:21 says, “The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.”
David was wise. He asked the Lord something that we can ask also. Psalm 141:3 says, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Our lips are the vehicle which our words travel through. Have you ever spewed out words you wish you could have stopped?
The only way to stop our words is through the right thoughts. When we dwell in God’s word, and His word dwells in us, we will be carriers of His righteousness to others. We will build them up instead of tear them down.
Proverbs 30:32-33 says, “If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.” Good advice. Verse 33 says, “For as the churning of milk produces butter, and wringing the nose produces blood, so the forcing of wrath produces strife.”