We must be better stewards over our words

| July 23, 2013
Bishop Malcolm Howell

Bishop Malcolm Howell is pastor of Harvest Word of Life Ministries International. (Photo: Michael Patterson)

Editor’s note: The following are excerpts from an ongoing series by Bishop Malcolm Howell. Click here to see and hear video of Bishop Howell’s entire epistle on stewardship over words.

EPISTLE TO THE CHURCHES by Bishop Malcolm Howell

Just for a few minutes, I want to talk to you from this particular subject, what God has to say about our mouths—dealing with our mouths, our tongue, our speech. It’s imperative that we as believers in particular be stewards of our words, meaning to monitor what we say. We need to be more selective in our speech…

I want to look at a couple of scriptures. One is found in Proverbs chapter 10, verse 19…

“And a multitude of words, sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”…

It’s actually saying if we talk a lot, the potential to sin with our mouth is more accessible. Therein, we should stop talking so much.

The Bible says in Ecclesiastes, there’s a time to speak and a time to be silent. Well, the Holy Spirit said to me, most people talk when they should be silent. And, when the should speak up and declare what God says, they’re silent.…

We need to be better stewards over our words and one of the main reasons I’m saying this is because in Matthew 12, 36 and 37, Jesus says by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned. And, I know a lot of people think it’s by your acts you’re going to be justified or condemned, but Jesus says it will be by your words. He actually said you’re going to give an account for every idle word in the judgment.…

I want to just shift a little bit and talk about this passage where Jesus had cursed the fig tree and as they were traveling, he seen a fig tree, went to it, he was looking for figs. He was hungry. He was a man, he was a hundred percent man, he was a hundred percent God. He was hungry, there was no figs on the tree and Jesus said, “no man shall eat from you from this day forward.” He spoke to the tree.

If we look at it in the modern day, if we seen somebody talking to a tree, we would deem that person as crazy. But, Jesus knew what he was doing. He understood principles that we don’t really understand. And then they came back past that same tree the next day and Peter looked and in amazement, the tree had dried up from the root. And he said, “Master, Master, the tree that you cursed yesterday it has dried up from the root.” And, Jesus simply responds—he doesn’t respond the way we do—he says, “Have faith in God.” A literal translation is, “Have the God kind of faith.”

And then, I love Jesus because he doesn’t leave us in the abstract. He begins to train and teach his disciples how he did what he did. And, it says this in Luke 11:23:

“For surely I say to you, whosoever shall say to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes those things that he says will be done, he will have whatsoever he says.”

That’s a very powerful scripture. Jesus is literally saying, if we say, we can have what we say as long as we don’t doubt in our heart.…

Now we’ve got to get some understanding. The Bible says in all your getting, get understanding. So, the doubt comes in here. Here’s the doubt:

The word “doubt” in the actual Greek, this is what it means—it means to hesitate. So, you can speak words out of your mouth, but if you hesitate in your heart, you’re not going to get results.…

If you’re trained by the world, here’s clichés we say all the time:

“Everybody’s catching the flu. It’s flu season.” People will say, “I can’t keep a dime.” These are statements that I’ve made before—people make. We learn this from society…We say all of these different things but we learned that from the world. We shouldn’t be saying that because, literally, we’re prophesying our own doom and we need to be better stewards of our words.

Don’t say what’s going on, say what you want. Say what you desire. Say what God promised you in His word … The enemy knows if he can get us saying, “I can’t keep a dime,” “I’m sick as a dog,” “I love you to death.” No, don’t love “nobody” to death, love them to life! How about that? How about just change it because we’ve been taught wrong. And so, when we come into the kingdom of God, as believers, as New Testament believers, we have to learn kingdom dialogue. We have to talk differently.…

So, I want you to just accept this challenge, if you will. Listen to what people are saying around you, because you can locate people by their mouth … And, don’t get drawn into negative conversations around the lunch table at work. Come on! You be a representative, an ambassador for the kingdom of God. And then, watch what comes out of your mouth. The Bible says this, that our words should be edifying and minister grace to the hearer. So I minister grace to you today, God’s ability, God’s favor. You be blessed!

Bishop Malcolm Howell, along with his wife Pastor Jacquiline Howell is shepherd over Harvest Word of Life Ministries, 2260 Lake Ave. To hear Bishop Malcolm Howell’s entire Epistle to the Churches, including this week’s epistle regarding stewardship over our words, visit www.frostillustrated.com/. Or for more information about HWOL Ministries, call (260) 422-5750.

 

This article originally appeared in the July 24 print edition.

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