“He who guards his mouth keeps his life, but he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3, AMP)
We so often read and quote; “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” Words are seeds. As some of us might be contemplating spring/summer gardens and dreaming of a fresh picked “Big Boy” tomatoe sandwich with real mayo wonder if we planted a weed hoping for a tomatoe? Or, we planted a big juicy plant hoping for its fruit but forgot to water and care for so what did we get?
The mouth seems to be fertile soil for the fruit of life. How much time have I invested in my mouth garden? What are the nuritients in the soil that were produced by my thoughts? My actions are the fruit of my garden. What fruit has filled my basket? Dosen’t a farmer/gardener receive its first fruits? 2 Timothy 2:6 says; “The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.”
How are things in my life garden today? Maybe I should employ a little weed killer (repentance brand) and get back on track with a flourishing garden by using the right method of Holy Spirit skills and replant by revisiting words, thoughts and actions that will produce the dream life. A juicy big red sliced tomatoe that covers my bread and rich Kraft’s mayo with salt and pepper that delights the palate and satisfies the inner man! Soul Food is good for my soul!
Hope you are enjoying your garden!
12 thoughts on “0h, be careful little….”
Sara, giving these examples of tomatoes and seeds really brings the sobering reality of the importance of words …in my mind, heart and mouth. I handle a lot of different seeds in the spring due to the nature of my work. They lay in the dark, dormant in seed packs, seemingly lifeless and not affecting anything. It’s something to really think on how that so much power and potential resides in each and every seed and word and that how they are orderly used and planted, treated and maintained effects the results (whether they are positive or negative).
“Maybe I should employ a little weed killer (repentance brand) and get back on track with a flourishing garden by using the right method of Holy Spirit skills and replant by revisiting words, thoughts and actions that will produce the dream life”…this is my prayer so that there will be big tomatoes not only for my sandwich but for others’ as well.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Debi, as one deals with the whole of physical life and emotional being to grow as a useful mature adult from a womb seed; what engaging process needs to take place for one to have the capacity to use the words of the Psalmist as you have just quoted? You speak of the science of seeds for tomatoes and other but how does science of seed go to revelation of or to benefiting and serving others?
If I am getting a glimpse of understanding of what you are asking Sara, I will attempt to answer.
“what engaging process needs to take place for one to have the capacity to use the words of the Psalmist as you have just quoted?” I think the engaging process is that someone receives teaching and training (I have received much through you and The Daily Lily)and then has to be accountable in a team setting. The sting and consequences of failure to: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, “, may make one cry out and know they need help.
…”how does science of seed go to revelation of or to benefiting and serving others?” If it can be used to help teach biblical principles or as a tool that God uses in the mix of helping someone grow in Christ then hopefully it is useful or beneficial. Maybe the farmer farms and works his part and provides tools that the prophet and teacher, etc can use for revelation purposes to help engage someone else.
I like theses ideas to help us grow a healthy garden…this is a good frame to use to share our story. The writer used this framework for a success baseball player…
“Find one thing that you do really well. Or develop a unique skill set, contribution or invention.
Set aside distractions and work at it until to become a master.
Invest in yourself spiritually and physically, and enlist support from family and friends.
We may not make it into the Hall of Fame, but we can all work to make the world a little bit better because we were here.” With Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
Sara, if the seed is the Word of God planted in the UNIQUE soil of my heart and that ‘unique to me’ soil is good soil…i.e. I start pulling weeds as soon as one tries to crop up…like the servant asked the landowner…”didn’t you plant good seed in this soil? Why then, are there weeds? The landowner declared…’an enemy has done this.’
So as soon as the enemy tries to send weeds over into my fields…
I apply that weed killer that you mentioned above quickly to any weed that crops up….that is watch the words of my mouth and the intentions of my heart ever so carefully…guarding my garden…. And if it be given that my soil bears good fruit according to the ‘bent’ within me…the gifting within me..then perhaps, the fruit that my life bears will not look like another’s fruit or be manifested like someone else’s harvest, do you think? That the implanted Word of God in me will yield and manifest in a different harvest than that of my sister’s or my brother’s. If I am an intercessor, my seed and therefore harvest will be feeding a different group than one who is a prophet or a Bible Teacher or a writer, etc.
“Or develop a unique skill set, contribution or invention.”
In the devotional I read today there was a story about George Washington Carver that I thought related to what the quote above stated from ‘With Edward T. Creagan, M.D.’
A portion of the devotional said that George Washington Carver ‘was an agricultural chemist who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts’. It goes on to say that Carter recounted his impressions in the outdoors as a young boy and then shared: “Years later when I read the scriptures, ‘In Him we live and move, and have our being, ‘ I knew what the writer meant. Never since have I been without the consciousness of the Creator speaking to me…the out-of-doors has been to me more and more a great cathedral in which God could be continuously spoken to and heard from…Man, who needed a purpose, a mission to keep him alive, had one. He could be…God’s co-worker…My purpose alone must be God’s purpose – to increase the welfare and happiness of His people…Why, then should we who believe in Christ be so surprised at what God can do with a willing man in a laboratory?”
The devotional went on to say, “In 1921 Carver spoke before the United States House of Representatives. The chairman asked, “Dr. Carver, how did you learn these things?” He answered, “From an old book.” The chairman asked, “What book?”. Carver replied, “The Bible.” The chairman inquired, “Does the Bible talk about peanuts?” Carver replied, “No sir, but it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with the peanut, and He did.”
The devotional ends by saying, “Need a creative idea or solution today? Ask God.”
Great story & example cited here, Debi. A man’s gift [ from God] makes a way for him/her. Many men have giftings but what when we use them for God, wow! I think about Terry Macalmon and his incredible original songs and glorious keyboard abilities. I thought, oh Lord, he could have been a concert pianist or opera personality. But nonetheless he has devoted the gift of great music to His God, the Lord Jesus Christ. In this, multitudes are blessed by his divine gift of worship and helps bring many into the throne room of the Lord to worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth.
“..,We can all work to make the world a little bit better because we were here.” With Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
What things do I do on a daily basis hoping to meet the above? ….I read post from churches, ministries, and individuals that share their heart in need of a prayer or a act of kindness. Most often I know them not but I give pauses in my day to offer a prayer, kind word, or other according to need where I might help to make their journey easier. I believe the Holy Spirit directed my actions and most often I receive a confirmation of the beauty of a word or deed sown from wisdom words. The confirmations are so encouraging and needful as they are the seeds for the next planting. I have glorious work!
Oh how glorious to receive a prompt from the Holy Spirit to allow the fruit of the Spirit to manifest in our lives in the behalf of another human being! As you, Sara, mention above, a ”word, or deed sown in wisdom”…a prayer of faith for someone…or a kindness..,,, i.e. patience concerning someone who seems to be annoying to us…like Jesus has….that long-suffering kind of patience….. Oh that we of the ”Jesus Church”, His Body of Christ could only show forth that kind of love….the fruit of the Spirit… then we would truly be like Jesus in this world.
I think the church is doing a great job under the heavy weighty circumstances. Maybe we should pray more for our fellow believers.
Yes, I hear the prayers of the intercessors….Jesus please come to Your church. We need You desperately. Please visit Your church, oh God, by Your Spirit, by a visitation, give a fresh, truthful vision to Your ministers, Oh God.! Come Lord Jesus, come!!
Thank you for this blog inspired by Holy Spirit. It is a godly sign to the Body of Christ in general and to the individual believer who desire to be a Bride of Jesus Christ the glorious Bridegroom. Only those that are ”without spot or wrinkle or any such thing”….or at least is striving and intentionally following His commands and obeying them will be wearing the Wedding Gown that He is fashioning for us.
“Be careful little [or big] mouth what you say…” It’s very late and it’s very dark. Our mouths should be emitting the Light of Truth into that darkness. We must pray for one another as Sara pointed out above….and be careful what comes out of our mouths.