power of integrity: speaking life

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Bible verse: James 3:17

Some Christians like to know why they do not seem to receive blessing as others do. Why do we continue to praise God when we do not feel like it?

In Biblical teaching praising God is a form of worship, and is based on God’s goodness and not our feelings. IT MEANS “to bless,” AND indicates the action of pronouncing good things upon the recipient. We can read many examples in psalms of king David praising God in all sorts of circumstances, indeed often regardless of the environment and external events. He recounted lots of good deeds that the Lord has done for His people. He chose to focus on God’s goodness and greatness.

Jesus taught us to worship in spirit and in truth. This means we do not worship based on our own feelings and circumstances. We worship based on our born again spirit who aligns with the Holy Spirit and based on the truthfulness of the words of God.

Today we read the New Testament teaching of the praise requirement for a worshipper in spirit and in truth. The key word is integrity. The integrity of our heart is demonstrated in the words we utter through our mouths. One thing is sure: praise and curse do not co-exist. God is looking for praises and not curses from our mouths.

James 3 New Living Translation (NLT) (Quoted in part)

Controlling the Tongue
3 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

5…the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire…

9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

True Wisdom Comes from God
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom…
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

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