They can lift up or tear down. They can save or they can kill. It is amazing that God would allow us to yield so much power. Yet He is truly the One who holds the power. He asks us to use our words to bring hope and healing to those around us who are still lost in their sin.
"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power." —1 Corinthians 2:4–5Does God have power over your words and your speech? Does He control your tongue? I would have to admit this is an area I struggle with. Not only do my words hurt others too many times but I also don't use my words to bring others closer to God.
Live Second: 365 ways to put Jesus First talks about "words" in week 13, day 2. The devotional questions your words and puts them to the test. Are you using them to share God's Good News? There are no acceptable excuses if we aren't. God tells us He is made perfect in our weaknesses; so we can't say we are not good at it. God tells us He will give us the words through His Holy Spirit; so we can't say we don't know what to say. God tells us He uses weak and broken vessels, just everyday people; so we can't say that it is not our gifting.
There are no excuses.
Doug Bender says in his devotional, our part in God's plan of spreading the Gospel "is more about obedience, humbleness, and diligence than wisdom and persuasion." So no more excuses for me! Or you. God says "go and make disciples...", so let's go and do that today. Tell one person about Jesus today. Tell them God loves them and He is waiting for them. Speak the WORDS and let God do the rest.
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Hawk Nelson - Words (Feat. Bart Millard of MercyMe) Official Lyric Video from hawk-nelson on GodTube.
Tell me: who will you use your words on today?