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What Did I Just Say?

August 29, 2004

The Bible says, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. What this means is that sometimes we say things that surprise us, maybe even shock us. At times we express something with anger, sadness or fear that seems more than we intended to say. Often, this is because our hearts wanted to get out something that our brains didn’t want to acknowledge.

But, just as these slips can be embarrassing, they can also be enlightening. In Romans 10, Paul is speaking about how we can live a life of faith and righteousness. He quotes from Deuteronomy 30 where it speaks about how the Law of God is not hard to fathom. In fact, he says, “The Word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart”. Notice that he says, “It is in your mouth…”. Since the Spirit of God lives inside us as believers in Jesus, we have the author of the Bible and the Law of God living there. There are times we will say things that express our faith, our deepest trust and love, even though we had not intended the fullest meaning of what we said. We can literally “overflow with truth”. Those moments it is wise to write down what comes out of your mouth. There are times when I have been preaching and what I had written is not what came out of my mouth. But each word must have been intentionally placed there by God, because someone will come up and ask me why I said exactly what I said. They then have said it changed their life.

Isn’t that also why we read, “do not worry what you will say in that hour, for the Spirit of God will put the words in your mouth.”

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