I get into trouble sometimes not so much because of what I do or don’t do, but more because of what I have said or maybe haven’t said. Does that happen to you? Me and my big mouth! Seems my brain is always scrambling to catch up with the trouble that my words have created.
As a child, I always had something to say even if I didn’t know anything about a given subject. I have memories of being in class and the teacher asking the students for answers. Of course I had no idea what the answer would be, but I would wave my hand frantically anyway and blurt out the first thought that would come into my mind. Whenever report cards were sent home, teachers would inevitably comment, “Lea talks too much in class.” It was so difficult to be quiet!
Words. They are incredibly significant. With our words we do so many things:
- Words create good/bad atmosphere. You know that atmosphere when all is going well and something awkward or harsh is said and a heavy cloud then descends totally changing the feeling in the room . The same can happen in the positive. Someone can enter into a room with great news and everyone’s hearts are lifted.
- Words create a good/bad reputation. Based on what a person says, their reputation is created to be: positive, negative, critical, peaceful, generous, stingy, etc. Words have just as much to do with how we are perceived, as do our actions. For example, as believers we can say we “live” our testimony but if we never “say” anything, what makes us different from anyone else who lives a good and moral life?
- Words determine our lives’ directions. What we say in a job interview has a lot to do with whether or not we will be hired. What we say to family, friends, and colleagues determines in a great way how we will or won’t be accepted. If a proposal is not given, there won’t be a wedding! All because of words.
- Words determine our attitudes. What we say reflects and reinforces positive or negative attitudes we possess. If I allow myself to run down the road of negativity with my mouth, my life will soon follow. Conversely, if I decide to change my words the moment my attitude goes sour and speak hope and faith into my situation, my attitude will begin to change.
If you still aren’t convinced that words are important, then take notice of how a false rumor that is spread about you makes you feel; those words have power. Words are important, what we say or don’t say is important.
Our God is a God of words; Genesis 1 & 2 tells us about His creation of the world and how He spoke, and the world just was. In fact, what I find interesting about creation is that the Father just created day & night, the oceans, land, vegetation like trees, flowers, grass, animals, fish and, insects all by the words He spoke. He had something in mind, said it, and it was.
Psalm 33:6 AMP “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all their host by the breath of His mouth.”
What I find most interesting about the Creation, as I’ve pondered it, is that when it came to creating mankind, a discussion took place. We weren’t created without God putting some thought into us:
Genesis 1:26 NKJ “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Notice “Us” and “Our” is capitalized here; Who is God speaking to? Jesus and the Holy Spirit were both there together with the Father and took part in creation, so they were part of that discussion. The only part of creation when the Father said more than “let there be” was when He made mankind. There was a discussion in heaven when it came time for God to create man and woman, and that to me, is just amazing. There was purpose to our creation that wasn’t there for the rest of creation – we were made to be like Him, in His image so we could represent Him.
How powerful are God’s Words! And since we are created “in His image,” how powerful are our words? Very.
Are words themselves visible? Was it possible to see the words God spoke when He created our world? No. But we can see what His words did then. In the same way, we can’t see our words, but we can see what they do whether negatively in agreement with this world or positively in agreement with God and His Word.
Hebrews 11:3 AMP “By faith we understand that the worlds [during successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”
When we speak of God’s Word, we must understand that it is more than a book.
John 1:1-3 NKJ “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
How was the Word in the beginning? Where is He seen at creation? In Genesis 1, the Word (Jesus) is seen 10 times as “God said, let there be…” Jesus, the Word, was spoken by the Father, and creation came into existence.
The Word, God’s Word, is alive and well today for those who hide it in their hearts; that power, alive, at work, in those who dare to allow Him entrance. Whose word, then, ought we as His children follow? Our own words, society’s words, friends’ words, popular words, words that are politically correct, or His Word?
Our own words have not brought us much success when we say what we “feel.” Society tells us what to do and say to fit in and it still says we aren’t good enough. Friends might be well intentioned in their words but they still fail us. Popular words follow the latest and greatest trends and change every day. But God’s Word never changes.
Psalm 119:89 AMP “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven [stands firm as the heavens].”
Have you been disappointed? Booked a trip and then due to weather or some other uncontrollable circumstance that trip was canceled? How disappointing! Have you been promised a promotion only to see someone else promoted before you? Disappointing! As a child promised a toy for your birthday and it doesn’t come? Disappointing! A promised economic turnaround only to find that it’s still just as hard as ever to make ends meet? Disappointing!
Some of the things that disappoint us are uncontrollable. Others are not, but the truth is that we are disappointed when a promise is broken. Thankfully, our Father is a Man of His Word, His Word is settled and secure. He does not disappoint.
As this world’s condition grows increasingly worse, the opportunity for God’s people grows greater as we display and declare how great and how sure our Father’s promises are. In the face of the world’s disappointing condition, here we are, secure, strong, and moving forward no matter what tomorrow may bring we know:
Psalm 37:25 NLT “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”
If you even only vaguely pay any attention to the news, you know that this world teeters and totters on the brink of disaster daily and news broadcasters seem to want us to believe that things can only get worse. Thankfully, I don’t live by the words of the news broadcasters or viral internet news feeds. The only Word that is sure is the One that has taken up residence in my heart – the Word of the Lord Jesus. His Word keeps my world in step with His and as I keep in tandem step with Him, it doesn’t really matter what happens. He said He would take care of me, and that really is enough.
Day 6! So far so good! We’re now in our rhythm that will take us to the end of the fast. May I encourage you to dive further into spending time with God in His Word? Make sure you’re replacing meals or whatever activity you may be fasting with time in the Bible. I’ve added reading a great Christian book by one of my favourite authors, Wayne Cordeiro, entitled, “Sifted” to my reading time but it does not replace reading my Bible. Christian literature is good but is like a small river emanating from the real river that is the Source of water for all rivers.