What happens in Vegas (does not) stay in Vegas!
Apparently God is trying to get a message through to me. In the past two days, nearly every topic of every sermon I’ve heard, scripture I’ve read or book I’ve read has involved an exhortation to guard my words! And not just any words, but the kinds of words you say when you think no one is really listening. “It’s just my girlfriend and me, we can talk honestly about how we feel.” Those kinds of words.
It turns out the Israelites found out the hard way that talking “in your tents” wasn’t such a safe activity! They were grumbling in their tents, and the Bible says that God was listening. And that grumbling over God’s provision got more than a few of them Krispy Kremed. I’m so glad that we live under the grace of Christ’s righteousness, because I’d be smelling the smoke rising.
So condensing what I’ve learned about words and tents in the past two days:
- What you say in your private conversations is heard by your God.
- What you say in your “tent” determines whether he is able to pour out blessings on you or is forced to withhold them from you.
- Words have consequences.
- What you say will determine what you believe about yourself and your God, so even casual mumbling and grumbling can limit your life and sadden the Holy Spirit.
- God’s glory was around the tents where the holy men of Israel lived. They got caught in the shower of his Spirit falling, and it showed around their tents. The atmosphere in your home is directly related to what goes on in your tent. We can choose to live in a tent filled with God’s glory!
- Tents are not just your literal home, but the places where you live your life and the people you live your life with.
When we were in Sacramento last month we visited my nephew’s church in Vacaville, California. Their pastor, David Patterson, began a series entitled “Words with Friends.” We were only there for the first sermon, but it was phenomenal. Yesterday I invested some time in watching the other two sermons online. It was the third in the series that spoke about what happens in your tents. I’m embedding the first video below for you. Here is the link to the rest of their series at The Father’s House in Vacaville.