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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:21
James 3:11 - Does a spring bring forth from the same opening both sweet
and bitter water?

James is dealing with the impossibility of anything producing something
that is contrary to its nature. Even as Jesus made known that a good
tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, James points out that bitter water
and sweet water cannot come out of the same fountain (Matthew 7:17);
understanding that these allegories relate to what a person says with
their mouth. Now the mouth speaks according to whatever is in the heart
(Luke 6:45). As the saints of God who have been baptized in the Holy
Spirit, there should be a wellspring of life and blessings coming out of
our innermost beings. The inspirations of the life and blessings of God
should pour forth like rivers of living water from our heart and mouth.

Our words should be like the river of Ezekiel 47, that brought life to
everything it touched. Out of our hearts and mouths should come forth
the word of faith (Romans 10:8). Our words should always be full of
praise and thanksgiving, because of this river of living water on the
inside. When we were baptized in the Holy Ghost, God filled our hearts
with His word, and our mouth with His speech (Acts 2:4). He gave us the
tongue of the learned, so that we might speak His words of life (Isaiah
50:4). God set our tongues on fire with the Holy Ghost, so that the
utterances of God's life-giving words would flow out of our mouth.
Through the work of the Holy Spirit He made our lips righteous, so that
we might feed many (Proverbs 10:21; John 6:63).

We need to consecrate our lips to speak only those things that pertain
to life and blessing. There will be some practice involved, especially
if we have allowed envy and strife to operate in our lives and produce
bitter water in our hearts. Because of God's mercy and grace, all we
have to do is ask God to forgive us, and He will cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. It is then necessary for us to learn to yield to the
Holy Spirit in a greater way, so that we do not repeat the same mistakes
of the past. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, He teaches us to sanctify
Christ Jesus in our hearts (1 Peter 3:15). He instructs us and gives us
revelation on how to keep our hearts with all diligence, knowing that
out of the heart come the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). Through
yielding to the Holy Spirit, the peace of God rules our hearts; and we
find ourselves being thankful (Colossians 3:15). God has given us a good
treasure which brings forth good things, so that the excellent things of
God's glory will flow out of our mouths (Matthew 12:35; 2 Corinthians 4:7).

As we walk in the Spirit, the words of our mouths will be as deep
waters; and the wellspring of wisdom in our hearts as a flowing brook
(Proverbs 18:4). The things that we speak should be as a well of life,
and as a fountain of life (Proverbs 10:11; Proverbs 18:4; John 7:38-39).
Through the wisdom of God we come to realize that death and life are in
the power of the tongue; and we become very cautious about what we say
(Proverbs 18:21; Proverbs 12:18). God's word is like cleansing water
that washes those who listen (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26-27). If we will
take hold of the importance and sacredness of what we say, then we will
be more mindful to speak as the oracles of God (1 Peter 4:11). As we
give ourselves to the life-giving words of God, we will find ourselves
continually increasing in the anointing of the Holy Spirit. We will
discover an ever-increasing flow of the blessings of the Spirit coming
out of our hearts and mouths. As a result, all of the blessings that we
have been blessed with will be realized: as our inherited blessings
through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 1:3).
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