You don’t need to go to some crystal ball gazer who’s hooked up with evil spirits to predict your future. I can tell you what your future will be if you tell me the following things.
1. WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?
Whatever you believe in your heart and say with your mouth, you will have (Mark 11:23). This applies to bad things as well as good things – Jesus didn’t say it was restricted to good things. My grandmother prophesied her future for years – that she would be in a nursing home and be a burden to the whole family. And it happened just as she believed in her heart and spoke with her mouth. She predicted her future! You can do the same – so make sure that you’re saying what you want to see happen, not what you are afraid will happen!
Where you are today is the result of what you have been saying up until now, and where you will be tomorrow will be the result of what you are saying today. Death and life are in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Just as God framed the worlds with His words (Hebrews 11:3), you frame your world with your words.
2. WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS?
The righteous should choose his friends carefully, because the way of the wicked leads them astray (Proverbs 12:26). We can all be friends to sinners who need help, but who are your close friends – the ones you’d turn to in a pinch? Are they believers? Are they walking with God and looking to be more like Jesus? Or are they sin-bound flesh-heads? You’re blessed if you DON’T walk in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalm 1:1). Don’t be deceived – evil company corrupts good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33). We all probably know good Christians who hung around the wrong person or persons and ended up flushing their Christian walk down the toilet. Don’t let that happen to you!
3. WHAT ARE YOU TAKING IN?
If you are constantly taking in what God has to say in His word, thinking about it and acting on it, you will make your way prosperous and you will have good success (Joshua 1:8). If you are constantly taking in what Paris, Oprah, Howard, Ozzie, Marilyn, etc., are saying, well, it’s like the computer biz slogan we have – Garbage In, Garbage Out. Out of the abundance of your heart your mouth will speak (Matthew 12:34), so if you want to control your mouth (which you’d better do), you need to control what you take in. If you regularly feast on impurity, you’re going to have impurity laid up in your heart, and it will end up coming out of your mouth. If you regularly feast on God’s word, you’ll have God’s word laid up in your heart, and it will come out of your mouth.
Although God does not send tests and trials, they can be useful indicators of what is in your heart. What is your instinctive reaction to the situation when you’re not around church people and you’re not trying to impress other Christians with your faith confessions? Are you saying, “Ahhhh, we’ll NEVER get out of debt!” or “God is our Provider and He meets all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!”? You’re usually going to say whichever thought you’ve been entertaining the most! Don’t entertain thoughts that contradict the Bible! Ungodly thoughts come to everyone – they came to Jesus (see Luke 4), but you can do what Jesus did and speak the word of God in their place.
There are some good speakers in the Christian media, but there are also some awful ones. Scripture warns us that in the last days, there will be heaps of teachers that men will support to preach what they want to hear (2 Timothy 4:3). So have enough discernment to lay off the fluff and stick with the people who really feed you the word of God. The mark of a good ministry is that the word of God has first place – not gifts of the Spirit, angel stories, revelations, prophecies, etc.. These other things have their place, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Luke 4:4), not by cool stories and unusual manifestations.
If we really serve God, we’ll have our share of cool stories and unusual manifestations, but let’s remember to keep the Word in its rightful first place. Hope comes by testimonies but faith only comes from the Word.