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From Emmanuel (4/14/2020)
If anyone of us were to ever admit it, most of us believe words have a special power. They are not static and impotent, but have the power to create, destroy, build up, and tear down. They are living, they carry energy, and prove the thoughts we carry inside.
I find it interesting that God, even through all His sovereign power, spoke everything into existence. From the beginning, He was not silent, but vocal. He could have very well made us and this world wordlessly, for it is well within the power of an omnipotent God to do so.
And yet…He spoke.
We admit words have power. But we can also admit how carelessly we handle them. God, however, is not a God of waste or carelessness, but of deliberateness and wisdom – and that includes His words. The same is expected of us.
Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)
God’s word – not our fears, not our complaints, not the rumors we hear, or the gossip we wish to spread, or worries about the virus striking our world, or blaming others – but His word. This does wonders for our hearts, too, because it causes us to be “prosperous and successful.’’ Useless words may make us feel good, but they do not bring prosperity, nor do they bring success.
God left us a weapon to combat our enemy, the devil, and that is His word. When Jesus was led into the wilderness, every temptation from the devil was met with God’s word.
When you feel sick, accosted by disease, it is easy to lament and fear. But it is wiser to repeat the Word in Jeremiah 17:14, “Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (NIV)
When you feel weak, that you can do nothing right, and powerless, speak the Word in Colossians 1:11, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (NIV) and Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (NIV)
No matter what you are going through, there is an answer in His word. Each Bible should have an area at the back called a concordance. It is a long list of words mentioned in the Bible. Whatever troubles you – fear, sickness, loneliness, a lack of confidence – it’s in there!
Confessing and affirming the Word every day is vital. I have a list of verses I try to say every day, to build myself up, to keep myself strong. Our ways of thinking and the way we live our lives were created by the words we heard: those in our hearts, and those from the ones around us. It is now time to build our lives around the Word of God. So, how do we use our words wisely? Three things:
Again, Joshua 1:8 speaks to me, especially the first part. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night,”
As you walk through your daily life, keep speaking the Word. It can even be a whisper at work, or while you are shopping. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, meditate and say it!
The inward thoughts we have create a huge influence on how we lead our lives and the decisions we make. Unfortunately, they are not all good. Replace those that are not good, that are outright lies, that go against what God says.
2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)
Before you speak, see what Jesus said about it. This also goes for what people say or condemn you for. God’s word, not theirs, is final.
3. Express gratitude to God
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (NIV)
Of course, I am not saying that we only speak the Word and neglect to take action when it is in our power. Praying for a new job while doing nothing to look for one is, unless God were to give specific instructions, not wise. I am not saying to forget common sense. However, the words we use are important. Taking action while speaking negative, condemning words also goes against common sense. Let our words and actions line up with the Word; then, we can become prosperous and successful!
Be blessed and live in the peace of our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
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