Speak the truth of the Word of God in love, that you may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 4:15
Sandi Krakowski posted yesterday: “Pay VERY close attention to your words. Stop saying, “I’m so tired. Nothing works for me.” Instead speak LIFE & hope! #BEMORE”
We don’t give enough credit to the words that come out of our mouths. We’re all guilty. We say things like, “Why can’t I catch a break?” and “What is wrong with me?” and “Nothing ever goes right for me.” And then we wonder why we don’t ‘catch a break’ and ‘what is wrong with us’ and why ‘nothing ever goes right.’
It’s because we said it. WE said it. With our own mouth. “I’m so stupid, I can’t do anything right.” That might not make us stupid, but it DOES make us BELIEVE we are.
Our brains are wired to respond to the sound of our own voice. So what WE say, has the greatest influence on our lives, and who we are. And our destiny.
Twenty-five years ago, I “happened” to pick up a little booklet, you know the ones that are stapled and no bigger than an index card. It was called, The Power of the Spoken Word by Charles Capps. God created everything by speaking it. Period. Didn’t go to Hobby Lobby or Lowe’s or Home Depot. Didn’t gather supplies or set up a studio or a workshop. He just spoke. Said words. And created. With words. God created stuff with words. Words have power. Reading that changed my life. Didn’t happen instantly, overnight, but as I meditated on what he wrote, something began to happen. In his booklet, Mr. Capps included several Scriptures to “take” as a Spiritual prescription, i.e. speak them over yourself. Myself. Daily, or multiple times daily. I did this. I started doing this.
Over the course of time, weeks, months, years, those words began to take root in my soul. In my mind. In my spirit. And I began to change. This is THE single greatest – and yet simplest – tool that changed my life. Changed me from the “invisiblet” I once was, to the “shining star” (it’s what my name means!) that I know myself to be today.
I’m a word person. I understand the value of choosing the right word. I cannot even select a greeting card that expresses a sentiment that I don’t feel. (Anymore, I make my own anyway!) In my writing, I belabor my word choices, it has to say exactly what I want it to say; I can’t assume my reader will get it otherwise.
The Scriptures that Mr. Capps used in his booklet, he personalized, made them first person. It’s God’s Word, He is speaking to us, as individuals. It’s not blasphemy to make Scripture personal, it’s the intent God wants to begin with! In all Scripture, God is speaking to us. I, of course, have taken it further and taken liberty to personalize deeper, tailor scripting them for Robin.
My key Scripture for today, then, looks like this:
“I speak the truth of the Word of God in love, and I grow up into the Lord Jesus Christ in all things.” I speak, me, Robin E. Mason, speak God’s Word. And it changes my life. It changed me.
We all know the verse in Proverbs, don’t’ we, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (chapter 18, verse 21) And in Deuteronomy, chapter 30, verse 19, “… I have set before you, life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”
Did you see that? Choose. Choose. God will not force us to do or way what brings life and blessing. He shows us what to do, how to do it, then gives us the choice. How can we go ranting, letting garbage come out of our mouths – and then blame God when things fall apart? It doesn’t work that way.
Speak the Word. Stand on the Word. Cling to the Word. Trust in the Word. Faith, however, is not an ATM in which we can make instant withdrawals. It is an exercise, it takes time to build it up. And it starts with the Word of God. Speak it today. Harness your tongue, cease the destructive words, the sabotage of your purpose and destiny. Speak life, speak the Word of God and grow up, spiritually, in Christ.