I am back from “stay-cation” and felt like maybe it was time for another blog post. Life gets so busy sometimes that you forget to do things or simply just don’t do things that you would like or that you should. I was reminded by a powerful message from Jason Smithee (available under the sermon section of our web site) that we all have things that we just don’t do or say that we probably should. I am just as guilty of this as anyone. There are so many excuses that we use to justify our lack of motivation or our disobedience or our forgetfulness. This leads me to ask myself, “what excuses do I use?” So here it goes……”My words don’t make any difference”. There are some really conflicting thoughts about all this so I want to share with you some of what God has taught me and what I am in the process of learning about words.
First, this statement is a huge lie from the enemy. There are many scriptures that tell me that my words really do matter and that they make a difference. I want to look at some of these verses and talk about how they effect me in my taking the lies of the enemy captive.
Proverbs is a good place to start. “An offended brother is harder to reach than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress. From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is satisfied; he is filled with the product of his lips. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit (Proverbs 18:19-21).” I think the fact that we give life and death with our words is a huge point here. I wounder how may of us think about this we we talk to each other. How many husbands and wives think about this we they are fighting or just talking? How many kids are trained to think about this when they talk to people of authority? The words I say can give death. Matthew tells us that Jesus taught that we murder when we have hatred in our hearts and now with this verse we see that our motives and our words are powerful.
We give life every time we give the good news. This makes me want to ask, “what is good news”? Yes, I know that Jesus died for us and was raised from the dead for us to be able to live with Him forever. This is good news to me and I love to think about it. But to be honest if you are talking to someone who does not know Jesus this all sounds a little bit out there. So, to them what is the good news? Maybe its that someone loves them for who they are? Maybe it the fact that they have a creator that made them in His image and that with that image comes with a purpose? Maybe its that all the bitterness and anger they feel can be lifted away and replaced with joy that lasts? Maybe its that the bondage they feel can be replaced with freedom and love? Maybe the lack of being satisfied with life can be replaced with an over flowing abundance of contentment? The issue is how do we know what words of life to speak if we don’t know those that we are talking to. According to this passage if we start off by offending them we will have a hard time reaching them. I know some of the message that we have can be offensive to some. The fact that Jesus is the only way to God makes it hard for some. This does not change the truth about this. But I think the church has done more offending then we have done giving life and freedom. The church has done more quarreling and making this simple relationship with Christ look like a fortress that can never be entered. How have we gotten to this place? Well, I think maybe we have spoken when we should not have and have not spoken when we should have. I also think many people have to be right that people that have a little difference of opinion are often shoved away and given death from words of people from the church. I understand that we have to give truth but we have to do it in a way that dose not go against scripture. We treat one another so badly sometimes that people looking in really don’t want anything to do with us and that is giving death. Think about it this way every time we are given the opportunity to reflect Jesus with our words and actions and we don’t we are not giving life.
In conclusion of part one lets take something that Jason Smithee said on Sunday. If we are not leading then we are not doing what God called us to do. We lead with our actions and our words. We should want to give life every time we get a chance! We take captive the thought that our words don’t make a difference! We believe that with the Good News we can give life, freedom and joy!
Lord, please help us to recognize the words that we say. Help us to be a refection of The Word (Jesus) is our gentleness and love for others. Help us not get so caught up in our need to be right, our human dogma or selfish ambition. Help us give life and not death! We love You and give You all the glory forever and ever Amen!
In His Grip,
I just wanted to share these words with you.