Weekly Devotionals

Olive Branch Ministries

By Mark and Tinsley Baker

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The Abundance Of The Heart

Part 2

In the first study we used as a text – Matthew 12:34. Lets start off with that again.

-- New American Standard
Matthew 12:34. You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
35. The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil.
36. And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment.
37. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned."

Jesus said, For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. We also went on to see how life and death are in the power of the tongue.

Proverbs 18:21. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

I want to talk about why words are so powerful. Simply understanding this basic truth will help us to walk in the reality of God's Word. I believe the Word of God is not hard to understand, we have many times tried too hard to figure it out with our own reasoning and failed as a result.

In the very beginning, in the first chapter of Genesis alone, we see the phrase; And God said, 9 times. It could have been all lumped together in one God said. No, but nine times, and I believe that this was for a reason. I don’t believe God does anything by accident, He is very specific and does things for a reason. God was showing us from the very beginning that there is creative power released in words. I believe He wanted us to see the vital part that words played in the creation. God released His power when He spoke the words that created the heavens and the earth. The power of creation was already there wasn’t it? Yet there was no heavens and earth created until words were spoken. Out of the abundance of God's heart words were spoken that created. Out of the abundance of God's heart the universe was created, out of the abundance of God's heart we were created. He didn’t just think it He spoke it! You might say, well that was God, He can do what He wants. One of the things that God has given us that makes us like Him is the ability to choose. We have a free will, we can choose life or death, we can choose blessing or cursing. We were created in God's own image and likeness, and we have been given the authority to speak words of life, or to speak words of death. It’s our choice. The power is there, and is released when we speak. Our mouth produces those words, our hearts abundance produces what our mouth speaks, doesn’t it? Jesus said it does, and I believe Him.

Matthew 28: 18. Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All authority was given to Jesus and He turned around immediately and gave it to us.
Man now has that authority to go, and teach, or speak the words that create life, the life giving words of the Gospel.
Satan on the other hand has no power of His own, Jesus has taken the keys of death and hell from him. (Rv:1:1. So if we have been given the authority of Christ, and Satan has no authority, why is he running rough shod over Christians? Part of the reason is that Christians don’t know what the Bible really teaches and are destroyed for a lack of it.

Hosea 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.

Another way Satan is running rough shod over Christians is he is taking the authority that has been given to us, and using it against us. Since Satan has no power of his own, he has to use our power against us. You might say I’ve never heard of such a thing. Many Christians die; and not knowing why, we say God how could You have let such a thing happen? As we just read in Hosea, God speaking, said, My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge. That is a very sobering thought. Many children of God are destroyed because they don’t have the knowledge to walk in the victory that has been freely given to us through the death, burial, and resurrection, of our Lord Jesus Christ!

1. First of all we have to get knowledge.
To do that, we have to meditate in the Word of God until we gain the revelation of what God’s promises proclaim to be true.

God told Joshua after the death of Moses what to do in order to succeed. This was the first instruction given to Joshua before the beginning of his ministry.

Joshua 1:8. "This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
You see there was a sequence to having good success. It doesn’t just happen automatically. We have an important part to play in our own success. We have to be obedient.

Our Heavenly Father is giving us the instructions on how to be successful, and then tells us to follow those instructions, and when we do, we will be successful. He wouldn’t tell us to do it if it wasn’t His will for us to succeed would He? No He wouldn’t!

2. Secondly we have to take that knowledge and create life with it. God's Word always creates life, not death. When we have done our part, we will see good success. When we have done this, we won’t give Satan an open door to destroy us. We will walk in victory.
When we are not speaking life we are speaking death. There is no middle ground here.
When we speak death it is because we are not persuaded that God's Word is true, and we start a sequence of events in the spiritual realm that allows Satan to walk all over us.
We give Satan permission to destroy when we talk defeat, sickness, poverty, and lack. We basically are saying that God's Word is not true. God forbid!

Satan will try to manipulate you into talking doubt in order to kill, steal, and destroy. He has no authority over you unless you give it to him through your words. He doesn’t have the power to create with his own words, (he tried that once and it got him kicked out of heaven) he has to use ours. He has to persuade you through fear, doubt, deception, and intimidation, or just your own ignorance of God's Word, what ever he can use to push you off of your stand on God's Word, to cause you to fail.

When you meditate on fear, you will speak out of that abundance that you have built up in your heart. Do you see how Satan works? He is a deceiver and a liar. We have got to resist him and keep our mind on God's Word. Then, as Jesus said: The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good. If you have a good treasure in your heart you can only bring forth what is good. If you have a bad treasure you can only bring forth what is bad.
James said a similar thing.

James 3:2. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4. Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6. And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. 10. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12. Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring can yield both salt water and fresh.

Is your spring sending forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? It shouldn't!
You can't speak both, and have the blessing win out. The cursing will win by default. Doubt will negate your faith, and render your faith null and void, and rob you of the blessing.

What are blessings and cursings? A spoken blessing is prophetic in its very nature. A curse is not just cuss words. A curse is speaking the opposite of a blessing, and it is prophetic in its very nature as well. The spoken abundance of your heart will come to pass. This is a spiritual law that can't be negated. Lets wake up to the reality of this truth.

Hebrews 4:14. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

The Word confession in the Greek literally means; let us hold fast to saying the same thing. We might say it like this, let us be consistent in saying the same thing. We have to consistently speak the truth and not give in to the temptation of what our natural senses are saying. We can't be double tongued and expect to see God's results. Let's let our abundance be fresh water and not salty.

Hebrews 3:1. Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,

Jesus is the High Priest of our words. He is the High Priest of what we speak. His Word states that He watches over His Word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12)

In our present Covenant, our High Priest, Jesus, looks over the words that come out of our mouth. He can only perform life and healing, He can’t perform death and disease, however we have to give Him something to watch over to perform. Let's let our words be full of faith in our God and give Jesus our High Priest something to watch over to perform.

You can start right now by speaking words that will bring eternal life to you. You can start by praying this prayer.

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Your word says, "…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out." (Jn.6:37), So I know You won’t cast me out, but You take me in, And I thank you for it. You said in your Word, "whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'' (Ro. 10:13).
I am calling on Your name, So I know You have saved me now, You also said, "…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation." (Ro.10:9,10).
I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe He was raised from the dead for my justification. And I confess Him now as my Lord, Because Your Word says, "… with the heart one believes to righteousness…" and I do believe with my heart, I have now become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:21),
And I am saved! Thank You, Lord!
I can now truthfully say, I see myself as a born again child of God!

Glory to God!!!! Amen.