No More Hog Soup
May 10, 2021
There is a principle of “first reference” in the Bible that carries a significant truth regarding that particular topic throughout the Word of God. The first reference to “words” is found in the first chapter of Genesis when God created the worlds. Genesis 1:3 says, And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. From Genesis to Revelation, we find time after time the ability to create with our words. What an opportunity we have been given to create our world with our very own words!
James 3 contains a wealth of knowledge regarding the tongue, comparing it to a fire with the ability to create a world of iniquity and defile the entire body. However, when used correctly, the tongue has the ability to steer one’s life straight into the fullness of the blessed life.
James 3:9-11, Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Have you ever seen a fountain that produces two varieties of water? Of course not, and this is what the Holy Spirit through James is communicating. You cannot create all of the wonderful things that God has for us, while at the same time, using your mouth to curse and slander people and circumstances.
We are living in perilous times my friend, but nothing that is happening right now caught God off guard. In fact, He saw this day coming, and the principles that are contained in this letter are the very solution He gave us to maintain our rightful position as redeemed children of God.
In I Peter 3:10, we find two qualities of life that everyone should want: loving life and seeing good days. Regardless of what is going on around us, THIS ought to be our aim, and we do it through our words.
I Peter 3:9-11, Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
If you want to make your words more creative and keep them that way, do these three things consistently…
- Don’t render evil for evil or railing for railing. In other words, don’t retaliate when you hear something you don’t like. One of the best ways to keep this under control is by watching what you allow in. Much of the media is filled with lies and manipulation. DON’T LET THAT STUFF IN! When Dr. Lillian B. Yeoman was dealing with a severe typhoid outbreak, she discovered the reason for it was because the people in the villages where she was treating them were drinking water from a water source upstream where dead hogs which were filled with diseases had fallen in. The people suffering from the typhoid outbreak were partaking of that deadly “hog soup.” So it is today for so many people who are suffering…if they would just quit drinking the “hog soup” that the media is feeding them, they could see more clearly and keep their words creating God’s best for them.
- Don’t play games with your words, but let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no! This speaks to refraining from speaking deceit. I had a situation with a guy who worked for me one time who played games with his words in an attempt to “not lie.” When I asked him if he was planning to do something in particular, he wouldn’t give me a yes or no answer. Instead, he shot off a bunch of words to avoid answering the question truthfully. In other words, he didn’t come out and tell me a flat out lie, but he did deceive with his words. A person who plays with their words in this kind of manner is missing the mark with allowing their words to be more creative in their life.
- Seek peace and purse it! Again, filling yourself with the right information has MUCH to do with the peace you experience. In addition, surrounding yourself with what it is that makes for peace for you is so important. T.L. Osborn used to say, “do whatever it takes to surround yourself with peace.” My wife, Phyllis, is a perfect example of someone who has learned the importance of peace. She surrounds herself ONLY with those things and people that produce peace in her life. As a result, God uses her mightily as an instrument of peace to others. Remember this, when peace is not present, creating with your words will be very difficult.
Friend, your words are a powerful tool! You were made in the image of God, so why wouldn’t He have you to create your world in the same way He created His world? Keep a watch on what you’re allowing in, and as you do, you’ll find that the ability to create what you truly desire is much easier to obtain.