dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose; sacred.
“the Holy Bible”
synonyms: sacred, consecrated, hallowed, sanctified, sacrosanct, venerated, revered, divine, religious, blessed, dedicated
“a Jewish holy place”
God has been driving the point of holiness home to me. Our mouths and hearts need to be fully submitted or holy to Christ if we are going to bring about real lasting change in our world.
In scriptures, it says, ” Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” – James 3:10
King David, ” A man after God’s own heart ” reflected on this concept also by saying, ” May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer. – Psalm 19:14
And ultimately, Jesus says, ” And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”– Matthew 12:36
But deeper than just words is the heart. Jesus says, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts-murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander ” Matthew 15:9
I don’t know if it’s just an Arizona thing, but since I’ve moved here I’ve been wanting to curse, and occasionally let out a beep beep here, and a beep beep there. But God has shown me this is not fit to even be in my heart. ” Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.” ( Ephesians 5:4)
My prayer is like Isaiah’s when he cried out ” Woe to me! I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips..”( Isaiah 6:5) But God touched his lips with coals and made them holy. My prayer is God touches our hearts, and lips with fire, and burn away impure thoughts, and speech. I pray we stay in God’s presence, like Isaiah, and realize how much we need more of Jesus in our lives.
The picture above is of JT leading a Civil Righteousness conference in Kalamazoo. He believes we need a reformation about how we talk to and about each other. As God’s holy people our mouths should be holy and dedicated to only speak the words of God. As it was with the young prophet Jeremiah, God said to him ” If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let these people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.” ( Jeremiah 15:19)
So I earnestly pray, and hope we will all take heed to the words of Jesus, and stop the evil thoughts we think, and the wicked words we speak.If we truly are going to make a change, that change must start from inside out as Jesus said: ” First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” ( Matthew 23:26). That is the message of Civil Righteousness: Internal transformation, that results in external reformation, that ultimately leads to an eternal destination!
So instead of cursing we should be filled with thanksgiving, praise God, and Hallelujah! Philippians 4:4 says ” Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
So my Father in heaven holy is your name, I repent of the thoughts, and words that are not of you. I pray your fire will cleanse me so everything I speak would be full of your holiness. Amen!