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What Do Your Words Reveal About Your Heart?
"The tongue is the indicator of the person. What we talk about all the time is what we love. The words we use and the words we don't use define what we are thinking, feeling, and becoming....
We Christians must learn to undergo rigorous self-examination; we must honestly discern what we are really saying if we are going to understand what we are...." - Karen Burton Mains
Adam Clarke, the renowned Bible Commentator, once said - "How many are there who count words for nothing! and yet eternity often depends on them. Lord, put a watch before the door of my lips! is a prayer proper for all men."
How important are our words?
In Matthew 12, the Lord Jesus seemed to indicate that it is by our very words that people know us. If our words are good, then our hearts are good. On the other hand, if our words are evil, then our hearts are surely evil and given over to the control of "unclean" spirits.
It is interesting to note that in this one chapter, the Lord spoke of "words," "unclean spirits," and "division" in the home. How do they all relate to one another?
Let's examine the Scriptures and see what truths we can derive from our study.
Matthew 12:43-45 says - "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."
In Matthew 12:34, the Lord Jesus called the people - "O generation of vipers..." What a sharp rebuke this was to them! In other words, He was calling them a wicked race - a people totally given over to the devil.
And what was the main indicator of the wickedness of their hearts or that evil spirits had control over them?
Matthew 12:34 tells us - "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh."
Their wicked words and evil deeds were the "overflowings" of hearts that were more than full of the spirit of wickedness.
"Unclean spirits" are dissatisfied spirits. They are constantly walking "...through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none." Their objective is to find a dwelling place in the bosom of some individual through whom they can wreak havoc and perform their destructive work. Their destination is the polluted human heart.
They are very possessive. Their eye is constantly on "my house from whence I came out." "My house" used to be the man or woman from whom they were expelled by the Power of the Lord Jesus and His Word. They are kept out through a vigilant watch on the individual's part through prayer, faith, and the study of the Bible.
But this does not deter them from their determination to get their "house" back. They are constantly watching and waiting for this "house" to become "empty, swept, and garnished" so that they can "return."
How would you describe an "empty, swept, and garnished" "house" that is ready for the "unclean spirit" to take over?
It is one that has lost its former inhabitant...it is unoccupied at the time. It used to be filled with the life of God and the power of godliness, but now it is "idle"...unemployed - if you will...no longer busy with the things of God. It is adorned and decorated with the frivolities and vanities of this world.
A "house" once saturated with the "rivers of Living Water" has now become a "dry" place - a ready dwelling for the "unclean spirit" as well as "seven other spirits more wicked than himself."
"Seven" was a favorite number with the Jews. It denoted a large or indefinite amount. It also implied that something was complete, perfect, finished, or filled up. Hence, to say that the "unclean spirit" "taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there" is to indicate that as many evil spirits that could enter into a man's soul have taken residence.
Is it any wonder that Jesus said - "...and the last state of that man is worse than the first..."?
The "tree" that was once "good" has now become "corrupt" - producing "corrupt" "fruit" - "idle" or evil words.
This man who once -
...was in league with the Holy Spirit is now taken over by evil spirits
...had the "good treasure" of the Love of God in his heart is now filled with the "evil treasure" of lust, corruptions, malice, bitterness, and unforgiveness
...was occupied with the things of God has now become "idle" or unemployed, so to speak - speaking "idle" words - words that are empty, vain, thoughtless, useless, accomplishing no good, injurious, false, and malicious.
"...seven other spirits more wicked than himself..."
"...out of the abundance of the heart..."
"...so shall it be also unto this wicked generation..."
"O generation of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things..."
As we look around us today, we are seeing more than ever that people are either yielding to the Holy Spirit or being taken over by evil spirits.
And what is the main indicator of this?
Just listen to the words that are emanating from the hearts of men!
As Karen Mains was earlier quoted as saying - "The tongue is the indicator of the person." Our hearts are either filled with God or the Devil. And whether we like to admit it or not, our "words" tell the story.
"The unclean spirit" which once inhabited us is watching closely to see if we will ever become "empty." It is looking for a dwelling place from whence it could do its destructive work.
And what greater destruction can be there be besides bringing division among the Christian ranks?
Matthew 12:25 tells us - "...every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
"The unclean spirit" desires to "return" to its "house" so that it can fill the individual's heart with "evil treasure" and then wreak its destructive work of division in the home, church, ministry, job site, etc. through the instrument of "words."
It is a "wicked generation" in which we live. It is a "generation of vipers." How do we know? Listen to its words - coming through the different mediums of communication.
And look at the condition of the family and the nations. Division can be found on all sides due to "words" perpetrated by evil spirits.
Proverbs 10:20-21 inform us that - "The tongue of the just is as choice silver...The lips of the righteous feed many..."
Like God's Word, the words of the righteous are compared to "choice silver." In other words, they are valuable and useful. Because the "heart" of the "just" is filled with the "good treasure" of God's Word, he is able to "feed" or nourish many with the "Bread of Life." As long as his heart is filled with Scriptures and the influence of the Holy Spirit, no "unclean spirit" has place to speak its "words" and wreak division in the midst. A Christian, who is filled with God, will not cause division, strife, and confusion, but will always bring peace, unity, and love by his Holy Spirit- inspired words.
Once again, we quote Mrs. Mains in saying - "We Christians must learn to undergo rigorous self-examination; we must honestly discern what we are really saying if we are going to understand what we are...."
What do our words reveal about our hearts?
Are they "empty, swept, and garnished" - ready to be taken over by an "unclean spirit" and "seven other spirits more wicked than himself"?
Or are they fully occupied by the Holy Spirit?
Are our words bringing division and strife or unity and love?
Jesus spoke - in the same breath - of man's heart and words, "unclean" spirits, and division. As we can see, there is a connection between them all.
Let's determine that we are going to strive to always speak words which are as "choice silver " - emanating from a "good" "heart." Then on Judgment Day, by our "words," we shall be "justified" and not "condemned"(Matthew 12:37).
May God Bless His Word.