If you hear gloom and doom enough, you will believe it more than you already do. If you hear you are a failure enough, you will soon believe it, and nothing you do will change things in your favor. If you hear you are dumb and can’t make good decisions enough, you will likely become what you’re told. Does this make sense to you? It certainly does to me, and these are some reasons why people fail to live up to their potential.
For once, I happen to agree with former President Clinton when he suggests President Obama should speak with more optimism regarding our current financial situation. We don’t need to hear a bunch of lies which normally comes out of Washington; we do need to be told America has the courage and tenacity to move forward. Quit lying about who brought us to this place, and let’s move ahead.
One thing that needs to be done immediately, Mr. President, it to quit being so political – lead the country and quit complaining about the mess you’ve inherited. It’s amazing to me how many times we have heard the date for our current “crisis” beginning eight years ago, which is a direct reference to the beginning of the Bush presidency. Enough!
There is a biblical principal at work here, and many fail to see it. Simply put, we all get what we sow. If we only speak words of discouragement, then expect a life void of encouragement and a positive attitude. If we sow seeds of encouragement, then we will likely receive kind words by those around us. The Word of God plainly tells us the power of life is in the tongue, or in what we speak.
Galatians 6:6-7 ESV declares “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Proverbs 18:21 also declares “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
James 3:4-10 ESV says “Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Our country needs encouragement, not a steady diet of “this is the worse disaster our nation has faced since the Great Depression.” It’s no small wonder the stock market isn’t doing better than what it is. If we hear doom and gloom enough, we will lose hope and throw the towel in. Our cry will no longer be echoed by the words of America the Beautiful, but will be replaced with “I Might As Well Quit!”
Let me say unequivocally, when a nation leaves God out of its dealings and refuses to deal justly with its citizens, failure is lurking in the wings. Our nation has moved miles away from the principles on which we were founded, and that is the subject of hundreds of other posts. Let me leave you with a scripture which speaks volumes about where we are.
Psalm 33:12 ESV “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!”