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Whats Coming Out of Your Well?
6/29/2016

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Prov. 18:21 NKJV)

In 2010 we watched as the BP Deepwater Horizon’s offshore oil rig came crashing down in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil industry was immediately challenged beyond their limits when this high-pressured oil well defied containment and made its way to the surface to do its damage. 210 million gallons of oil made its way out of the heart of the earth over the following 87 days, damaging the ocean, the shoreline, the marine life, the economy, and let’s not forget the 11 lives lost in the initial explosion. Safe to say, this was, and remains, devastating. 

Billions of dollars were spent to clean up the oil in the first 100 days alone. Untold hours of labor were generated from 50,000 people hired by BP, including effort from more than 7,000 U.S. Gulf-based spill response vessels including skimming units. It is always amazing to me how much effort is put into cleaning up a mess, rather than preventing one. Think about the lives that could have been saved, and how much damage that could have been avoided had better preventative measures been implemented.

The principle of preventive action is one that permeates our lives. Think of the needless damage and loss when we use hurtful, angry, or just plain non-edifying words in our conversations. I guess you could say that each one of us has our own personal Deepwater rig in the form of our mouth. And each one of us has some sort of capping system to control what comes out of our mouth as well—albeit some are better than others. Just as in the case of this oil well, each one of us, at some point, has a cap failure. When this happens, those things deep within our heart come spewing forth, contaminating those around us.

When this happens, we can find ourselves putting forth a great amount of effort into cleaning up the mess we are responsible for by those things we have spoken. But is capping our mouths really the best solution, or is there a better way? The answer to this question is that there is a better way, but it requires our getting to the source of those words—the well of our heart. You see, the only thing coming out of our mouth is what is already inside our heart. Therein lies the real issue. 

Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. Matthew 15:11, 18 (NKJV)

Our mouth is not the problem it is just a tool. It can speak forth life, or death (Prov. 18:21). It can heal, or it can hurt. It can build up, or it can tear down. The problem occurs when our hearts are bad—there is only one way to cleanup this type of spill, and it is by the blood of Jesus Christ, and then immersing our mind in God’s word and then committing it to the well of our heart. This is what needs to be gushing forth lovingly out of our mouths.

I want to encourage you today to think and pray upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 18:21, what power lies in our words?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: What do you find coming out of the well of your heart – is it life, or death? 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to be filled with the Holy Spirit each day (Eph. 5:18), and immerse your mind in God’s word so you can speak edifying words of life.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, look into my heart this day and take away anything evil within me. Change my heart into a heart like Yours Lord. Fill me with Your fountain of living water today and help me to understand the water of Your Word as I read and meditate upon it. Help me to speak forth life. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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