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SPEAK WHAT YOU KNOW

February 18, 2022

So often, in this life, we neglect to speak what we know, but instead, we allow opposing thoughts to occupy our minds. Unfortunately, this is not a new occurrence, for we can read about it happening in the Garden of Eden. According to the Word, the cunning serpent met with Eve and cast doubt about God’s directive to her and Adam. At first, Eve repeated to the serpent what God said, but after the serpent spoke lies and innuendos to her rather than speak again what she knew God said, she allowed herself to be deceived and enter into rebellion. From that time on, humans had to decide whether they would speak what the Word said or speak the words of the imposter.

In this world, the only thing that will last and stand the test of time is the Word of God. He said, “So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11) and “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35). Keeping these two scriptures in mind, we can boldly declare what God said in every situation in life, especially when we are confronted with erroneous words, philosophies, and deception. To help us, the Bible shares examples that we need to follow, and here are a few of them.

On the way to a mount in the land of Moriah, unbeknownst to what was about to transpire, Isaac asked Abraham about the sacrifice. Abraham replied, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8a). Abraham had faith in God, so he spoke his faith to his son.

After Joseph had been presented to Pharaoh to interpret his dream, Joseph told Pharaoh, “It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace” (Genesis 41:16). Joseph knew that he needed God to download the interpretation of Pharoah’s dream in him.

When the twelve spies returned from spying out the land of Canaan, ten of them gave an evil, disheartening report, but Caleb said, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13: 30). From past experiences, Caleb knew that they would be victorious with God on Israel’s side.

As he walked toward Goliath, David told him. “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17:45- 47). David had faced a bear and a lion and was victorious; hence he had no fear facing Goliath, and he boldly declared that to him. 

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood before the king who was going to throw them into the fiery furnace, they said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up (Daniels 3:16-18). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were staunch believers, and the possibility of a death sentence did not alter their belief.

And lastly, Jesus our most excellent example when confronted by the devil in the wilderness three times he told the devil, ‘It is written….” (Matthew 4:4,7,10), Jesus did not lose focus of His assignment on earth; thus, He let the devil know that He knew the Word and He was going to adhere to it.

All the above persons spoke what they knew. They did not allow the enemy’s tactics or emissaries to hinder them from speaking the truth. They believed and stood firm, which is what I am recommending in this blog. Know the Word and say it, for when you do, you will turn your situation around. 

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