Proverbs 13, 14
In our reading today is a couple of verses on the power of the words that come out of our mouth. Proverbs 13:2, 3 “A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat violence. 13:3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” The power of our words are part of the powers of the world to come (Hebrews 6:5). These are also powers of the kingdom of God in this world (Matthew 12:33-37). A perfect example is found in 2 Corinthians 4:13: “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe and therefore speak.” We believe what is written and we speak what is written!
1 Corinthians 16
In our reading today we have a verse that commands us, if we are men, to be strong men of faith. I have to say the King James translation is clumsy using wording that most would not understand, so i will use the Amplified Translation. 1 Corinthians 16:3 “Be alert and on your guard; stand firm in your faith (your conviction respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, keeping the trust and holy fervor born of faith and a part of it). Act like men and be courageous; grow in strength!” We are to be empowered by grace to be the men and women God has called us to be: 1 Corinthians 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 2 Peter 2:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 2:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 2:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”