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“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, and the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him.”  Proverbs 12:13, NKJ

Now there is an interesting word that we rarely hear used:  recompense.  What in the fudge does that word mean?  The Hebrew is gemûwl, pronounced ghem-ool´; means treatment as in an act of good or harm.  The implication in today’s text is that it’s an equitable payback in the form of a reward for good or punishment for evil.  King Solomon’s Proverbs are full of this thought “So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way and be satiated with their own devices” Proverbs 1:31, NAS; “From the fruit of a man’s mouth he enjoys good, but the desire of the treacherous is violence” Proverbs 13:2, NAS; “A man has joy in an apt answer, and how delightful is a timely word” Proverbs 15:23, NAS;  “With the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach will be satisfied; he will be satisfied with the product of his lips” Proverbs 18:20, NAS;  “If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?  And does He not know it who keeps your soul?  And will He not render to man according to his work?” Proverbs 24:12, NAS.  Not only Solomon but other Old Testament personalities have conveyed the same message:  Elihu“For He pays a man according to his work, and makes him find it according to his way” Job 34:11, NASIsaiah“Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, for they will eat the fruit of their actions.  Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, for what he deserves will be done to him” Isaiah 3:10-11, NAS; and King David “And lovingkindness is Yours, O Lord, for You recompense a man according to his work” Psalms 62:12, NAS. 

There is plenty of reason to be cautious about our words and deeds.  We should be careful about our vows, judgments and the imposition of our ideas for selfish means.  Caution doesn’t necessarily mean that we should fear.  Today’s text isn’t like a buzzard on a high wire.  It’s not that kind of message.  We just need to be aware that the product out of our mouth and from our hands has a return… literally.  I like the fact that Solomon encourages us to speak the good fruit, the sweet refreshment of a person’s heart.  By speaking that kind of blessing, we actually heap a blessing back upon ourselves.  Oh, how we need this truth cycled over and over in our life!

I’m asked all the time, “What does it mean to be a prophetic person?”  It means that you speak and live in a life element.  You understand that what you say, what you do, really does push stuff around in the spirit realm.   And when you push stuff around in the spirit realm, you can expect feedback.  Good for good and bad for bad.  It’s that simple really.  Speak life, give life, be life and you’ll get life in return!

Please take a minute and read Matthew 12:33-37.  List 5 truths of revelation out of this passage.  Is any of this new to you?  How do you practically apply what you’ve read and heard today?

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  1. jory
    March 29, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I speak life and blessings over you and your family big guy. 😉 Good word

  2. March 29, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Thank you for this!

  3. Sage
    March 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    i dig, i really do. love u crazy

  4. March 30, 2012 at 6:27 am

    love it! thanks Papa Mike!

  5. April 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    as always…you are a stud. glad to have you home tomorrow.

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