By Patrick Hawthorne
If I were to personally walk up to you and say, “Don’t be stupid,” I would be prepared to be bopped in the mouth. But, what do you do when God, through His written Word, tells you not to be stupid? If you are smart you will look and see what it is that you are not to be stupid about. If you don’t, well…, you might be stupid. Don’t look at me cross eyed. I’m just teaching according to the Word.
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
(Proverbs 12:1 NKJV)
See, I’m not telling a fib. He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. No, no, no…God is not calling you stupid. This verse is basically saying that learning and correction go hand in hand. To learn without accepting correction is to willingly set yourself up to be ignorant. As a born again child of God, we must accept correction if we want to grow spiritually.
All Scripture is given by God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16). God’s Word, if we allow it to direct our footsteps, will alter our course so that we may become intelligent children of God. It is called a making course correction.
Let me give you an example. The Word tells us in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.” To put this simply, our words can kill or our words can give life. It’s our choice of which path we take. If we, as born again children of God, choose to speak negative words – death words – when we know that He give us life, we are not allowing for a course correction. We are being stupid.
Quiz time…How many of you have boldly proclaimed, “This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it,” only to turn around a couple of hours later and say, “Well, this day really sucks.” In one breath you spoke words of faith but in the next breath spoke words of death. You were being double-minded. You basically said, “Lord, this day You made really sucks. I refuse to rejoice in it.” According to the Word, you were being stupid. You knew the truth, but refused to confess the truth according to God’s Word and according to faith. You refused a course correction. Don’t worry; I’m pointing a finger back at myself.
We serve an absolutely sovereign God. I make no bones about that. In fact, He is so sovereign that, as one blogger friend wrote, He will make room for us to partner with Him in cooperation with His Holy Spirit. Because God is sovereign, He gives us the opportunity to learn to make the right choices that will bring life and not death.
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, (Titus 2:11-12 NKJV)
Grace is our teacher. Grace will teach us how to turn those death words into life words. So, the next time you feel inclined to speak negatively, turn your words around and speak to those mountains. If your day is horrible, boldly proclaim, “This is the day my Lord has made and no matter what the circumstances look like, I’m going to rejoice.”
If you are sick, quit speaking death over your body; speak life. First rebuke the sickness, which is not of God but is of satan, and then speak words of life over your body. “Father, I know this sickness is not of You. Therefore I rebuke it and boldly claim by faith that by the stripes of Jesus I am healed. I don’t care what my body says or how it feels; Your Word says I’m healed, so I claim my healing.”
Stupid talk will not be corrected overnight. However, it you begin to make the course correction you will find yourself becoming more intelligent day by day. Be blessed.